Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

Pint Size

by Gillian

California furniture designer Jennifer Delonge has an AMAZING line of cool children’s furniture that you won’t be ashamed to have in your living space. These pieces are sophisticated and chic but are scaled down to make your tot comfy and stylish.  And don’t worry, you don’t have to be envious of your child she also makes pieces for adults! Jennifer Delonge – Home.

Jennifer Delonge – Ava Toddler Chair

Jennifer Delonge – Ava Toddler Chair

Jennifer Delonge – Muse Child Chair

Jennifer Delonge – Luxe Child Chair

Jennifer Delonge – Muse Child Sofa

Jennifer Delonge – Ava Child Sofa

Jennifer Delonge – Parker Child Sofa

Jennifer Delonge – Luxe Child Sofa

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March 22, 2012

Mid-centuty Modern Baby Furniture by Dwell Studio

by Gillian

I just received Dwell’s new spring catalog and I am loving the mid century modern cribs, dressers and rockers. DwellStudio is known for their great modern textiles and these new furniture pieces would look fantastic in any modern nursery.

        

        

        

        

March 15, 2012

Indoor Play

by Gillian

I really wish I lived in a HUGE apartment or house, because if I did I would definitely get one of these incredible indoor playsets by CedarWorks for my girls! They range from Rhapsody 1 which is the most basic (a small slide) to Rhapsody 10 a very large and elaborate system (with several climbing areas, fire pole, swing, bridge and more!)

Rhapsody 1 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

Rhapsody 4 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

Rhapsody 5 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

Rhapsody 10 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

In addition to these playsets, they also carry a line of playhouses as well as playbeds. What kid wouldn’t want to wake up after sleeping in a cool bunk bed and go right down the slide!

Rhapsody Bed 2 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

Rhapsody Bed 5 | CedarWorks Rhapsody Indoor Climber, Indoor Slide, Playroom.

Prices range from $865 – $10,460

March 6, 2012

Announcing…

by Gillian

I am thrilled to share with you all that after months of hard work my new website, Cool Cribs Online, is finally up!

Cool Cribs is online decorating with a smart modern twist. We’ll help you transform an ordinary space into a fun, stylish, one-of-a-kind nursery, kids’ room or playroom. For a reasonable flat fee, Cool Cribs provides the creative inspiration, layout and resources so you can easily complete the project on your own – whatever your budget, whatever your style: sleek moderne, cool vintage, hip retro, spiced-up traditional or something unique and all your own. Please come check it out, and don’t forget to “like” us on facebook @ Cool Cribs.

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March 4, 2012

Chevron Heaven

by Gillian

I was recently browsing through Pinterest and came across a children’s bedroom with a chevron wall that I became obsessed with and absolutely had to have. My daughters’ bedroom is already complete so I didn’t do this in a nursery although I think it would be amazing in one. Instead, I painted the wall behind my bed in the master bedroom! This is what my bedroom looked like before…

My first step was to do some research online to try to find the easiest way to tackle this project as I am little DIY challenged. I thought using a stencil would have been the best way but, unfortunately, my wall is huge ( 17′-3″ w x 8′-6″ h) and I was unable to find a stencil in the right size. With some mathematical assistance from my brother, we were able to come up with the right proportions. I wanted my “V” to be fairly wide so there weren’t too many zig zags. We decided on 9 “V”s running horizontal and 6 white “V”s vertical. Each total “V” is 23″ from left to right and 7″ thick.

Then with the help of my detail-orientated husband (and a few cocktails) we first cleaned the wall of all dust and then mapped out the points on the wall starting in the upper left corner. We put a dot of colored chalk every 7″ from the ceiling down to the baseboard and every 11.5″ across from left to right. Then with a chalk line tool, we snapped a straight line from the ceiling to the baseboard. We repeated this process 17 more times across the whole width of the wall. With a ruler, we would check after each time we snapped a chalk line making sure there were 11.5″ between dots. Any imperfections would have thrown off the whole stripe. Then with FrogTape we connected the dots in a “V” formation. This part of the process took about 4 hours to complete.

On day 2 we took an exacto knife and cleaned up all the peaks of the “V” making sure they were crisp and also checked to make sure each line of tape was pressed securely to the wall so no paint would bleed through. With a baby wipe we cleaned the walls again removing the chalk dots and the vertical chalk lines that we used as our guide. Then it was finally time to paint! With a small roller, I painted only the larger section of stripes in Benjamin Moore Decorators White (my wall was already Benjamin Moore Bird’s Egg Blue which I wanted to show through underneath).

This is what it looked like after one coat of paint. I ended up using 2 coats of paint because some of the blue was showing through.

It took about 2 hours to paint the stripes (so a total of 7 hours from start to finish) and a total cost of $70 for materials. Once the paint was dry I removed the tape with the help of my 3 yr old and I was left with a perfectly crisp chevron wall which I adore. (My daughter told me it looked magnificent!)

This project was not difficult, but it was time consuming and requires a lot of patience. Since my husband and I didn’t kill each other doing this, maybe he’ll be up for another project next weekend.

March 2, 2012

FLOR Tiles

by Gillian

When considering flooring options for your child’s room my number one piece of advise is buy FLOR modular carpet tiles! These carpet squares comes in so many colors and textures that are each 19.7″ square. They are reasonably priced starting at $9 per tile and up.  They can be mixed and matched to create a unique floor design and are so easy to install. (If DIY is not your thing the company now offers professional installation services in select areas.) They are easy to clean – you can literally remove a square and put it in the sink to wash out a stain – or if there’s something that you really can’t get out you can just replace the tile, and not the whole carpet (so make sure you buy a few extra and store them). The options are endless but here are just a few to inspire you.

Buy Reverb-Magenta carpet tile by FLOR

Buy solid Modern Mix – Blue 4-pack of carpet tile at FLOR

Buy Toy Poodle-Dew 5 pack carpet tile rug set at FLOR

Buy Just Plain Folk-Linen carpet tile by FLOR