November 5, 2012

Rainbow Hued Cribs

by Gillian

Color is so important in our lives. It evokes feelings and stirs emotion. Color in a room can really change the whole feel of a space. I love these new colorful cribs that are popping up all over place. Gone are the boring black, brown or white cribs. Say hello to the new crop of colorful cribs that are available now.

Caravan Crib – Kalon Studios  (available in 5 colors)

Kudos Crib by Young America (available in 24 colors)

Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib – Babyletto (available in 3 colors)

Parker Panel Crib – ducduc (available in 2 colors)

Lit Joli Môme- Laurette (available in 9 colors)

Alma mini crib – bloom (available in 4 colors)

Encore Crib -Young America (available in 24 colors)

Moda Crib in Colors – Room & Board (available in 11 colors)

October 18, 2012

Adjust Your Facebook Settings

by Gillian
So I just learned from another blogger that Facebook has started to charge page administrators a fee in order to promote our updates so the updates can reach the fans.  They are asking $10 per status update.  If page administrators don’t pay the promotion fee, only 10% of the fans will see the updates in their main Facebook feed. So, if you are a Cool Cribs Online facebook fan, and would like to keep receiving posts on your news feed, then please follow these simple instructions:
Click on the Cool Cribs page and click on the wheel next to the like button.
Now select the “add to interest list” button and then select “new list”, and then “next”

You can name your list BLOGS, and add other blogs to your list by following the same procedure. Click done, and that’s it! Now any status updates that Cool Cribs makes will show up in your news feed.

Thanks to Chelsea at two twenty one for letting me know about this!
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October 11, 2012

The Modern Murphy Bed

by Gillian

I recently found myself in the ResourceFurniture showroom in midtown and was amazed at how incredible ALL of their stuff is. This showroom carries modern furniture from mostly Italian designers that has the “ability to transform a space with both beauty and functionality.” Almost every piece can transform into something else and becomes multi-functional which for small spaces can be life changing.

Some of my favorite pieces were for kid’s rooms. With the slightest pull of a concealed lever what looks like a wall opens up to become bunk beds! The front panel comes in several standard finishes but can also be customized with a pattern like the Lollisoft SD  shown here:

On the top of the unit is a flip-up shelf for linen storage.

The headboard flips up and folds down easily when stored.

The top rails also collapse and open in a snap, and the ladder just clicks right on.

Probably my favorite feature of the bed though, is that the top bed comes down at an angle making it easier to change the bedding. Is that insanely brilliant or what??

Here’s a single bed version with a desk unit that rises up from its standard position, and a twin bed that folds out below. No need to remove items from the desk top before opening the bed – everything will stay in place.

These pieces are high-end and look very well made. If you are working with a small space, or if you have a lot of guests who plan on staying with you I would strongly recommend that you look into this company. I can’t wait to use them for future projects.

October 4, 2012

Fabric Covered Faux Nailhead Bulletin Board

by Gillian

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to add character to a bland cork board.

Step 1: Purchase, or reuse existing cork board (in my case I was reusing)

Step 2: Purchase cute fabric – I liked this geometric pattern from Cedar House Fabrics and wanted something cheery to go with my new silvery/grey striped walls. Fabric cost $14 for 1 yard which was all I needed.

Step 3: Iron the fabric so there are no creases

Step 4: Position fabric on board leaving 4″-5″ all the way around

Step 5: Using brass thumb tacks start pushing tacks along edge. I think what I actually should have used was nailhead trim strips so I would have a more even effect.

Step 6: Flip board over after nailheads have been pushed in and hot glue gun the excess fabric to the back of the board.

And voila! For less than $20 (because I already had the cork board) I have a cute bulletin board that I can use for my daughters’ art and calendars etc. This project was super easy and can be customized to any space – perfect for a child’s room above a desk!

October 1, 2012

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

by Gillian

I just spotted an amazing looking bunk bed that is UPHOLSTERED! I have never seen anything like it before and it’s genius. It’s called the Chesterfield Upholstered Bunk Bed by Restoration Hardware.

I had kind of forgotten about Restoration Hardware as a source for children’s furniture because they used to be so similar to Pottery Barn Kids. However, check out some of these incredible pieces from their collection – you definitely won’t find these at PB!

This rocker is the perfect balance between modern and traditional. Roll Arm Rocker With Slipcover

I am obsessed with the steam voyage collection. How amazing would this look in a boy’s room? Voyager Steamer Nightstand

And this desk? I mean?!!? Voyager Steamer Desk

This is a gorgeous tufted full size daybed. Devyn Tufted Daybed

All of these pieces are so unique and would add such character to a kid’s room! And don’t forget to check out their bedding collection too (there were too many to post). They have a very sophisticated looking collection which is such a nice change from most of the juvenile stuff I usually see.

September 20, 2012

Benjamin Moore Metallic Paint

by Gillian

A few months ago I read about a metallic paint line from Benjamin Moore that looked really cool.  (A Metal-Like Paint from Benjamin Moore – NYTimes.com.) When I was considering revamping my hallway I recalled this article and thought that metallic silver stripes would really punch up the small space. I selected a color called Shyness (PT360) and the man at the paint store told me I needed to select a base color that would compliment the silver otherwise the metallic would not show.  Armed with my paint brushes, rollers, tape, and paint I set off back home to map out my design.

When determining the layout of my stripes I had to consider the fuse box which is located in my hallway.  I wanted to leave it white, so I determined the height of my stripes by the size of the box which is 10 1/2 inches. I borrowed a long level from my handyman and measured every 10 1/2″ up and down the wall. Then, using painters tape I positioned the rows of tape either on the interior of my mark (if the space was to be white) or on the exterior of the mark (if the space was to be painted metallic) and made sure the lines were straight with my level.  This definitely gets confusing so it’s a good idea to double-check the space in between each row with a ruler once you have completed a section. To make matters even more confusing I had to work around 5 doors and still try to make sure that each stripe lined up horizontally 360 degrees around the space. Make sure you rub the tape in place so you get clean, sharp lines.

Once your walls are taped you’re ready to paint. I had to apply the base coat first and two coats of the metallic finish on top.  A tip I read about was “to remove the tape immediately after the last coat of paint is applied, while the walls are still wet. Waiting until the paint has fully dried may cause peeling and uneven lines”. While I followed those instructions I still had some paint that bled from underneath so once everything was dry I had to go back with a small paint brush and touch up some of the lines. It was very frustrating since I had spent so many hours taping to begin with.

I learned after the fact that the paint is really meant to be used for faux finishing – think textured walls – so unfortunately my walls didn’t come out the way I had hoped. You can see the roller marks and brush strokes within each stripe. 😦

Also, since this is an apartment rental the walls are not in very good condition and are not very forgiving. If you were going to attempt this paint in a well-lit area you must make sure the walls are skim coated prior to painting. Every crack, hole, or minor imperfection becomes glaringly obvious.

While in theory this project seemed like a good idea the end results were not what I hoped for.  Has anyone used a  metallic paint and achieved a smooth finish?  Since I did all the taping myself (except for the top row which I had to enlist my husband for) it took about 7 hours and the total cost was around $75.

After painting I added a few black and white family photographs, and covered a bland cork board in fabric (more to come on this project). I think the space looks better than it did before, but the roller marks still bug me. Does anyone have any tips on how to fix this?

September 4, 2012

Gallery Wall

by Gillian

I was getting a little tired of my living room and while I would LOVE to get rid of just about everything and start fresh that’s just not happening at this point. So I decided to use what I already had and add a few new things and freshen it up a bit. I’ve been pinning gallery walls for a while and I really wanted to create one behind my sofa. I will admit I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out but I am very pleased with the results.

This was my living room before:

And here’s how it looks now:

To create the gallery wall effect I first gathered all the frames I had on various walls throughout my apartment and laid them out on a large piece of craft paper that was the length of my sofa wall in the design that I wanted.

Once I was happy with the design layout I traced around each frame and taped the paper on the wall.

Using the outline of each of the frames as my guide I measured the center of each frame and then located the position of the hanging mechanism to determine where my wall hooks should go.

Once all the hooks are in place remove the paper from the wall and hang your photos. (I made the mistake of trying to remove the paper after the pictures were up – I do not advise this.)

I used a combination of family photos, my children’s art work, mass produced prints, even framed wallpaper samples and an Hermes scarf that was hardly worn. This gallery will evolve over time. I think that it really makes a big impact on the wall and makes it much more visually interesting. The project probably took a total of about 3 hours, because I did all the hanging by myself, but the best part is that it cost me nothing because I just reused what I already had.

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August 16, 2012

Little Sloan Leaning Desk

by Gillian

I love the open design of this new desk/wall unit from Land of Nod. This sleek desk and shelving unit is perfect for small spaces! It secures to the wall and can be used with or without the leaning bookcase. Each section costs $149 and is available in white or java.

August 9, 2012

Back to School – Dorm Style

by Gillian

In a few short weeks kids around the country will be going back to school. For many this will be their first experience at college and what kid wouldn’t want some serious dorm room style to show off? It’s been quite a few years since my college days but I still remember my move in day and how excited I was to put together my room and make it my own. There are now amazing sites like Dormify which have everything any college kid would need to design the coolest space on campus. The best part is that they have already assembled all the pieces you would need for a cohesive look and prices are very reasonable. Here’s just a sample of their many options.

Butterfly Bliss Collection

Fall Into Fall Collection

Botanic Bliss Collection

Teen Dream Collection

August 1, 2012

Closet Nook

by Gillian

My daughters Grace and Charlotte share a bedroom at my parent’s weekend home and the closet that was in the 100-year-old house was not at all functional. There were 2 large sliding doors that were basically falling off the hinges and the doors were so heavy that it was very hard to open. So I decided to remove the doors, paint the interior a bright pink, and put the dresser and some hooks inside to turn the wasted space into a cute, functional nook.

My husband painted the interior walls and shelf in Benjamin Moore Strawberry Shortcake 2000-40

I found these really great antique looking wall hooks on Etsy, of course, and positioned them on either side of the dresser that I repainted a few months ago. I hung them low enough so the girls have a sense of independence and can hook up their wet swim suits and robes, or hooded sweatshirts by themselves.

I reused an antique mirror that we had hanging in a different spot and placed it at the right height for the girls and added a cute lamp that used to be in Grace’s nursery when she was a baby.

I also had these custom silhouettes created by a very talented vendor on Etsy, and also found these perfect shabby chic oval frames on Etsy and installed them just above each hook.  (I was really serious when I said I was addicted.)

I added a pink and white polka dot hamper, a few pink and white striped boxes and voila! I am so pleased with how it all turned out. I think removing the doors really helped to open up the small room and I love how the bold pink on the interior compliments the pale pink walls.

July 26, 2012

Ombre

by Gillian

A huge trend right now is ombre (having colors or tones that shade into each other) and it’s such an easy DIY. If you have a room with an exposed radiator try painting it with several shades of one color for an awesome effect. {Just be careful if there are small children around, I would advise a radiator cover instead.}

Another super easy trick is to purchase an inexpensive unfinished dresser or desk, or reuse an existing piece you already have, and paint each drawer a different shade. The effect is fresh and unique and will match the rest of your decor.

Of course you can also always create the ombre effect with wall paint. I love the idea of a chevron ombre!

July 23, 2012

Wee Decor

by Gillian

I would like to thank the kind folks at weeDECOR who sent over the most adorable wall decals for me to test out. They were so easy to install  that even a 4 yr old can do it (no really, my daughter Grace had a blast installing these). I was very impressed with how durable they were (as well as PVC free), and how easily they were to move around (since a 4 yr old installed them some of them were a bit crooked). This company has some of the cutest wall decals I have seen in a while – they have a modern fresh feel to the design and a wide array of themes to choose from. If you’re looking for something more personalized they do that too. My girls love the new addition to their farm bedroom!

July 16, 2012

My Design Inspiration

by Gillian

I love looking through design magazines and finding inspiration from other designer’s work. I think for anyone looking to decorate a room this is a fantastic place to start. Get a huge stack of magazines and tear out pages that speak to you – whether it’s a fabric, or wall color, a lamp or even the whole vibe of the space. Make sure you write notes on the page about why you like it so you can remember when you need to reference it.

Designer: Katie Ridder

Bedding: Leontine Linens

Bedside tables: Bungalow 5

 Carpet: Paul H. Lee Carpets & Rugs

 

Designers: Carol Egan & Wayne Nathan

Ant chairs: Arne Jacobsen

Photographer/Designer: Pieter Estersohn transformed an image he took in Udaipur into a giant mural

Crib: Netto Collection

Walls World Map:Hammacher Schlemmer

Cabinet and bench: George Nelson

Designer: Miles Redd

Wallpaper: Marthe Armitage

Bed: Ikea

Rug: Dash & Albert

All Images curteosy of Elle Decor

 

July 12, 2012

Colorful Bookcase

by Gillian

I am in love with this custom Italian designed bookcase by Dearkids. I am sure it costs a fortune, and would take many months to order and have installed, but I think it’s such a statement piece and could see it in any child’s room.

June 25, 2012

Perfect Picnic Table

by Gillian

When my parent’s purchased their weekend home in upstate New York – which we refer to as “the farm”- several years ago, there was an old picnic table in the back yard that stayed when the former homeowners left. The picnic table was in very poor condition so we hadn’t been able to use it.  But recently my daughter had been asking us to eat outside so my husband decided to take on this project of refinishing it. (Disclaimer – he’s a city boy with very little DIY experience). Here’s how the table looked before…

We purchased a hand sander and my husband sanded down the bench as best he could. He applied an anti wood rot product and used some wood filler in a few spots that had been eaten away.

Then it was ready to be primed…

And finally the green spray paint could be applied. The girls couldn’t wait to have their dinner outside on their “new” picnic table! My husband did a fantastic job breathing new life into this old table and I know we are going to get a lot of use out of our upcycled table.

June 19, 2012

Designer Tents and Playhouses

by Gillian

Hello, my name is Gillian and I’m addicted to Etsy!

What I like most about Etsy is you can almost certainly find someone crafty enough to custom make virtually anything! Within seconds of doing a search for children’s tee pees I came across several amazing options. What little girl or boy wouldn’t love to hang out in their very own special hideaway?

DESIGNER Tee Pee The Posh Play Tent Choose by STUDIOofWHIMSY

Play teepee with Transport theme wall art planes trains by joyjoie.

Children’s AFrame Ruffle Tent cover by Teepee and by TeepeeandTent

Playhouse Custom by missprettypretty

June 12, 2012

Poufs

by Gillian

For some time now I have been noticing these adorable poufs in magazines and catalogs and I LOVE them! They’re not quite an ottoman or a side table but can double as both. And they’re great for kids to climb all over or sit on or jump on! I quite like the Moroccan inspired ones but they tend to be pricey. This one from Serena & Lily is beautiful but $450! Each one is made of leather and hand embroidered and measures 12″ h  x 20″ d.

So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted one from The Land of Nod for $79! This one is made from faux leather and measures 26″ d  x 15″ h.

For a more modern look I think the knitted pool pouf by CB2 is adorable! It costs $90 and measures 18″ d x 14″h.

These crocheted poufs by Anne-Claire Petit would look so sweet in a nursery, and would also be useful at the foot of a rocker or glider. LittleChoux.com – POUFS. They’re $120 each and measure 10″ h x 15″ d.

If you like prints, check out these ikat & geometric designs by LittleChoux.com.  They are available in 3 sizes and start at $95 for the 18″ size.

Looking for something more tailored? How about the Oilo Furniture Pouf Ottoman. It measures 17.5″W x 17.5H 55″ and costs $349.

If you want something indestructible try Fatboy Point Beanbag. The fabric is water resistant and stain resistant. It comes in 16 colors there’s bound to be one to match your decor. They measure 20″ x 20″ and cost $89.

If the seat of your living room sofa isn’t too high, try two of these cool Zigzag Floor Pouf  from west elm in lieu of a coffee table. If you have young children or babies you won’t have to worry about sharp corners! These are $249 each and measure 24″sq. x 13″h.

June 7, 2012

What To Do With All Your Kid’s Art

by Gillian

My daughter comes home from school every day with at least one new “masterpiece” and like any good mom I ooh and aah over how magnificent it is.  Some of the pieces I have framed gallery style in my hallway outside her bedroom, and most just get stuffed into a box which is currently overflowing. I can’t bring myself to throw it out but I also don’t have the space to store every single thing she makes.

Several months ago I was watching HGTV and I saw an artist named Jan Eleni who makes these incredible collages with your child’s work. You send her the originals, she shrinks the image down and then hand cut and mounts 112 images in a 60 x 40 frame, and sends your originals back with the completed product.  I think the end result looks incredible and modern and would look great in any room, not just in the kitchen or hall.

The problem is that commissioning a piece like this is very costly. I have been trying to think of ways I can recreate this for a fraction of the price. So I have started photographing all the drawings, paintings & collages that my daughter brings home and uploading them to an “art” file on my computer. When I have enough images my plan is to create a poster collage using an online photo sharing site and then purchase a ready-made frame for it. While each individual image won’t be a 3D cutout (which I think is an amazing effect) I think the overall feel of my homemade piece will be quite similar and at a much better price.

If you don’t have the wall space for a larger piece of art like this you could always use fewer images and a smaller frame, or you could create a photo book with all the scanned or photographed images. My daughter would LOVE to have a book of her very own artwork. Plus you could create one book per child per year and I’m sure it would be something they would cherish forever.

June 4, 2012

Princess Dress Up Peg Rack

by Gillian

As the mother of two little girls our house is overflowing with dress up stuff – dresses, crowns, high heels, wands – it just doesn’t stop!  I wanted to find a way to neatly store all of it so that my girls could actually find what they were looking for, play with it, and then put it back themselves. Originally I was storing it all in a dress up box, but it was messy and overflowing and you couldn’t really tell what  was in there. So I turned on my computer and checked out the Etsy site (which I am completely obsessed with).  I found a vendor who created a custom peg rack with the girls’ names and princesses (of course) and had it shipped to my door within a week.

There are 2 sizes available:
~ 4 pegs: 24″ x 3 1/2″ (sticking out from the wall a little more than 3″) $32
~ 6 pegs: 34″ x 3 1/2″ (sticking out from the wall a little more than 3″) $40

Personalized Coat Rack with 6 Pegs 34 Princess by auntjjsattic

May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Makeover

by Gillian

Starting around memorial day weekend each year my family and I spend almost every weekend at my parent’s farm in upstate New York.  It’s a far cry from my modern city life but I really enjoy the old farm-house and antique furniture. This past weekend I decided to spruce up a sad old dresser in my daughters’ bedroom and make it a fresh, country dresser that I now adore. The dresser before was an ugly color wood, with even uglier knobs. It lacked any kind of personality at all. I wanted to paint it white and came across magic in a can called Krylon fusion.  There is no sanding or priming needed! I sprayed a total of 4 coats so I wouldn’t be able to see the wood grain through the paint, waited approximately 5 minutes in between each spray (that’s how fast this stuff dries), and then let it completely dry for about 2 more hours.

The final touch was adding these adorable antique floral knobs that we had saved from an chest or drawers.

For less than $12 and in only about 2 hours, I now have a charming dresser which is the center piece of the new closet design I’m working on.  Stay tuned to see how the rest of the project turns out….

May 29, 2012

Etsy Art

by Gillian

Etsy is an incredible resource for children’s wall art. There is a ton of very affordable & adorable art that is sure to brighten up any room. Here are a few of my favorites:

ABCs and 123s

You are My Sunshine

Personalized print by Frillychilidesign.

A Day At Sea Set of Four 5×7 Nautical Prints

The Letter F ABC

Personalized Canvas Growth Chart

Child Silhouette Custom Portrait on White Print

3D Wall Butterflies 50 Colorful Butterflies 

May 17, 2012

Rug Obsession

by Gillian

I am just loving all of Land of Nod’s rugs for kid’s rooms. They are so incredible looking and would make a great addition to any room.

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May 10, 2012

The High Low Project

by Gillian

There are so many amazing children’s furniture pieces and accessories but many of them come with a steep price tag. My goal was to create a dream nursery and then recreate it on a budget. The total cost for the high budget came to $6,080. The total cost for the low budget is $2,458. That’s a $3,622 savings! How do you think they compare?

Moderne Crib by Netto Collection $1595

Nurseryworks — Loom Crib $599

Moderne Dresser by Netto Collection $1595

Moda Dressers – Room & Board $799

Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker $549

Amazon.com: Molded Plastic Rocking Chair in White $149

Blush Border Rug | Serena & Lily $775


Dhurrie Border Rug | Pottery Barn Kids $549

Brocade Peony 3-Piece Crib Bedding Set by Annette Tatum $380 (3 piece set)


Baby Crib Pink Floral & Lattice Print Bedding land of Nod $129 (3 piece set)

Pink Letter Pillow | Serena & Lily $58

Savannah Decorative Sham | Pottery Barn Kids $29

Large Cursive Wooden Hanging Letters – Cottage White by New Arrivals Inc., Wall Letters $38

White Capital Letters | Pottery Barn Kids.$10

Cottage Dollhouse Bookcase by Bradshaw Kirchofer $780

Dollhouse Bookshelf by KidKraft $159


Little One’s Table and Chairs in Fuchsia by P’kolino, $160

LÄTT Children’s table and 2 chairs – IKEA $20

P’kolino Multi-Use Art Easel $150

  MÅLA Easel – IKEA $15

May 3, 2012

Grey for Babies?

by Gillian

In 2008, when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter Grace, I was planning her nursery and trying to find some adorable bedding and accessories. To my dismay everything for girls was PINK. I am not really a pink person and I just couldn’t imagine a pink room for her. I wish I had seen some of these incredibly chic grey palettes that have been popping up all over. I LOVE how sophisticated and modern they look, and they all seem to have a sense of calmness. Would you paint your nursery grey?

April 26, 2012

Ahoy Matey!

by Gillian

Nautical themed rooms are adorable for any little boy.  Pottery Barn Kids offers a huge selection of accessories to complete the look for your young sailor.