Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On the books...

If you haven't already, be sure to email your name & address to to enter our eco-friendly bundle giveaway! A winner will be announced on April 30th, so hurry to enter and tell your friends!

A gender neutral palatte for our bundle was picked up in this adorable flip book!

Just like our giveaway bundle, sometimes inspiration behind a design can come from the most simple of places - storytime! Colors, textures, and emotion contained in children's books can provide the right amount of whimsy & style to launch our hunt for the perfect elements to create a space. Other times, books can comfort or support us when nothing else seems to help. Recently, partnered with child development experts to compile a list of children's books that address everything from tantrums, adoption, chores, feelings, moving & just being unique in general! Some of these helpful publications can be found here.

Enjoy these well coordinated covers.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day DIY...

Happy Earth Day! Wondering how you & your little ones can help save the planet? Why not enjoy the great outdoors, be neighborly and set-up a lemonade stand with refreshing beverages & yummy nibbles (organic, of course!) to help raise funds for your favorite organization?! So many great causes, so little time but every effort counts. The possibilities are endless with this Junior Entrepreneur Lemonade stand from The Land of Nod; it's unique, adorable & has hours & hours of indoor or outdoor play potential.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

At Your Service...

Looking to create a modern, playful nursery
that stands out from the rest?

Don't know where to find those off-the-beaten path
products you see in celebrity kids rooms?

Want a plan for a functional, fashionable space
you and your child will enjoy?

Let us help! See our new service menu to the left; we hope to help feather your nest soon!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Back to the drawing board...

As we've mentioned many times, it always pays off to keep magazine tears & image files of interiors, landscapes & color stories for use in future projects. Besides having an automatic jumping-off point, the inspirations help to curb that "Where do we start???" anxiety.

We recently tackled a BIG move & were delighted to finally put some of our archives to use in our new digs. We are always preaching that family living can be surrounded by high-end design as long as you've got a little smarts... Here is what we did to ensure our dream decor doesn't get that "lived in" look quite so fast. (Pardon the dark pictures, it was 6:00am!)

A beautiful rug hung as a grand focal point in House Beautiful.

Our splurge from a trip to Turkey didn't have a fighting chance on the floor and hangs in a much safer place away from dust bunnies, foot traffic & food spills.

A gorgeous breakfast nook complete with upholstered banquet in Elle Decor.

Our "renter's" version made with a fade & stain resistant fabric, perfect for use around messy guests & family members (of course we would NEVER spill on our own furniture :) .

Now back to the inspiration files for pillow & picture wall ideas - getting items checked off the "honey-do" list!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring-y Clean-y...

This very well planned & well edited closet/changing station featured on Ohdeedoh has gotten our minds in gear for some spring cleaning! It's hard to stay indoors with our sleeves rolled up after the sun has finally warmed NYC and the blooms are in full effect. However, it is the perfect time to be re-inspired and re-look at stacks of magazines, books and inspiring tear sheets from previous creative bursts! (More on our own creative bursts later in the week). We admire how this clever homeowner has personalized common organizing tools from somewhere like The Container Store or Ikea work in their design favor by inserting a lovely pattern which pleases the eye & helps keep items tidy & tucked away.


Thursday, April 8, 2010


Hope you have a great end to your week, enjoy these photos that hopefully set the tone for a relaxed weekend! (bloomers by rikshaw design)

Feet on the sofa in Elle Decor.

Lanterns perk up a canopy bed, and the colorful linens by Pine Cone Hill don't hurt either.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Throwing some Mudd your way...

We love to visit high-end design shops, shows & spaces in hopes to find even the tiniest detail that can be incorporated into kid-friendly spaces. As promised, here is our favorite "take home to the family" idea straight from the aisles of the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC last month.

Mudd Wall is a creative concept in storage, organization & life in general that also supports our love of environmentally responsible, small living. This one wall piece replaces huge mud rooms seen in McMansions everywhere. We all need an efficient "landing zone" for everyday necessities and these quality milled pieces made in Upstate New York are just the ticket for many areas of your home, even a child's room or playroom. Check out their website and remember less is always more!