Thursday, February 25, 2010

You asked for it, we've got it... the uber-organized publication has asked it's readers "What is your favorite children's book?". We've scoured the responses, made note of the classics and added the new-comers to our reading list. Check the list out for yourself and peek at our store for our new picks including the charmers below.

This is a story about the Kay family who came to the United States in the 1970s from Europe. After settling in Pennsylvania, the Kays had two children: one boy named Adam and a girl named Molly.

"Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree Came by special delivery. Full and fresh and glistening green--The biggest tree he'd ever seen." That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story of recycling & reusing!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Center of Attention...

Placing your crib in the center of the room can provide two distinct design themes... balance/symmetry or high drama. The nurseries pictured below beautifully demonstrate how layout can convey these effects, even just by a glance. The yellow room is simple, spunky & symmetrical while the neutral room is flouncy, ornate & down right royal. We are loving how both the round crib and sheer canopy are accented with this type of floorplan - and what could be a better centerpiece than your little one?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Adopt an Owl, for a good cause...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

As American as Apple Pie...

We hope everyone had as delicious a Valentine's Day as we did and enjoyed the President's Day Holiday! On yet another inspiring roadtrip we stumbled upon a gem of a shop in Norwich, VT. You might recognize the company name King Arthur Flour Company from the shelves of your local grocer (we love their all purpose baking flour), but they offer so many items to fill your family's days with scrumptious projects.

The natural flour company has been in business over 200 years & has an interesting employee-owned, open-book, team-managed business model, with profit sharing and an employee stock ownership program. The delightful store is hands on with demos, tons of sampling & baking class topics that range from expert to perfect for kiddos.. think "Introduction to International Pastries" & "Enchanted Cupcake Kingdom". Check out some of our favorite kid-friendly products below & browse their website around each holiday for specialty baking kits.

Non-stick mini-doughnut pans for making fluffy baked doughnuts (not the fried stuff!)

Create Cinnamon & Sugar Yeast Bread Twists & go initial crazy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Model Maternity...

As fashion week kicks off in NYC this week, we wanted to share some beautiful maternity garb created by someone very familiar with the catwalk... Heidi Klum. Her collection in partnership with Pea in the Pod , titled Lavish, is relaxed and flowy but still feels chic - almost edgy. The 17 pieces are a smart investment as they can be mixed & matched to endless combinations. Have a fashion parade everyday!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not in a blue mood?...

House Beautiful's latest edition has been dubbed "The Blue Issue" and contains countless hues of the classic color throughout it's pages. Blue is a common "go-to" color for Boy's rooms & nurseries - but the possibilites go much further. Question is... what colors are style makers turning to for an alternative to "little boy blue"? Here are a few shades to keep in mind...

Gold tones with orange/red accents, from the pages of The Best of Elle Decor: Style & Substance, available here and features an entire section of iconic children's rooms.

Aqua & tans, from the pages of Style Court

Gray & Orange featured on

Friday, February 5, 2010

Show "business"...

We are fresh off our tour through the New York Gift Show and have a few things to report. Among the many new launches of children's home decor collections (i.e. Jonathan Adler Junior & Oly), we left feeling warm & fuzzy over Working Class Studio. WCS is not specifically for kids but their creative home accessories radiate a playful, youthful vibe and are part of a "mentoring" business model that gives future design moguls their first shot. As a division of SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), the studio is a product development venture that cultivates & promotes the work of it's students, alumni & faculty. Their Puffy Frames & graphic pillows are perfect for surrounding your kiddos while daydreaming about what they might become: an Artist or an Entrepreneur? ... perhaps both?!

Read up on Working Class Studio's original designs, and be sure and visit the wonderful town of Savannah if you ever get the chance (which was part of our inspiring road trip over the holidays). The area close to SCAD and it's namesake ShopSCAD has a creative energy that definitely feeds your spirit and when more than your spirit needs feeding head to the Gryphon Tea Room (housed in an ancient former pharmacy) and chat with your student waiter about off the beaten path shopping & sight-seeing.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Baby Food-ies...

Want to expose your little one to inventive foodie delights but worry about dragging them to stuffy restaurants? You are in luck (& so were we!); on our last inspiration trip to Los Angeles where we participated in the newest gourmet phenomenon - food trucks! This trend is spreading like wild fire and as we witnessed the casual ordering & pick-up window with first-come seating is perfect for introducing your child to unique flavors and worldly dishes (& if they spit it out.. not to worry, most dishes are under $10). Foodies, families & first-timers all waited patiently (waits can reach up to 1 hour) for an alfresco lunch made by the Kogi truck serving Korean/Mexican fusion cuisine (Asian sparerib burritos & kimchi quesidillas); which might I add... were heavenly!

In a moment of in-decision we turned to the man behind us & asked if there was something he recommended, his response was "Everything!" as he lifted his sleeve to reveal a tattoo of the Kogi logo (he was a HUGE fan). Adding to the fun of eating the haute-cuisine picnic-style is actually tracking down the elusive trucks. Kids will squeal with delight as you seek Twitter updates to find out where they are parked ("scavenger hunt" style) and if there are any unlisted specialty menu items to sample once you arrive!

Seek out food trucks in your area too & bon appetit!