Archive | October, 2010

colorful mid-century modern nursery inspiration

20 Oct

Leaves and Vines bedding, BirdsHaveFlowers, Etsy

I just had to create an inspiration board based on an amazing discovery I’ve made this week.

Whether you’re in the market for baby stuff or kid’s decor, you must check out this AMAZINGLY adorable bedding available in the BirdsHaveFlowers shop on Etsy.  When not playing in her band or hanging out with her two toddlers, Rebecca, the proprietor of BHF, custom-sews sheets, bumpers, and crib skirts with the fabric of your choice.  I’ve found her personal aesthetic (and her own fabric selections and suggestions) to be really beautiful and in line with what I’d want for myself.    You can buy a set of two sheets, one bumper, and one skirt for around $250-$275 (it depends on the fabric… see here) which, to me, is a great price for a unique and defining piece of decor. (I’m sure she can do the same thing for toddler beds.)

A while back, I created this inspiration board (above)  featuring an eclectic/mid-century style design, and it got a great response.  So I thought I’d do a similar thing again.   But this time, I truly believe that every piece I’ve included can work on its own.  Truth is, most of us aren’t starting from scratch, but we all could do with a beautiful new clock or wall treatment to spruce things up.  All the items featured below are mid-century inspired, from actual vintage to having vintage-like accents.

mcm mood board (click for PDF version)

1.  Walls.  How full-on do you want to go with the color thing?  If you said to yourself, yes! more color!, I’d recommend something like this Banana Yellow shade from Benjamin Moore.  Personally, I think I’d either do a very light grey or an eggshell white on the walls.  You’ll avoid any fear of overdoing it and it’ll help the colors elsewhere in the room pop more brightly.

 2. Crib.  This is my most favorite piece of nursery furniture in a long time, courtesy of my buddy Esther over at Buy Modern Baby (thanks, lady!).  She discovered this gorgeous item at the Dwell booth (yes, the bedding people) when she visited the ABC Kids Expo this year in Vegas.  See her link here for more details.  I only wish they had it when I was building Fionn’s nursery…

3. Chalkboard tiles. A new discovery of mine but available for a while now from Pottery Barn (the regular one, not the kids’ one).  The tiles are 20″x14″ and $34 each.  But they’re having a special promotion online – now you can get four at once for $15, for about $20 in savings.  I would do one of two things with them – either place them high-up (above a dresser, for example) as ‘decor,’ or mount them width-wise across one of your walls at toddler-height for an inspiring play space.

4. Vintage educational posters. Aren’t they great? From the wonderful folks at Grain Edit, available at Etsy for $37.50 each. 

5. Woven Poang chair.  IKEA’s really upped the game lately with their Poang series.  If you’re not totally into the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on a glider, this kind of chair would not only save you some change, the new webbing design would suit a retr0-modern-styled room beautifully.  I personally think the rich forest green is gorgeous and a great complement to the background field on the bedding.  Find it here for $99.

6. Wood-slat blinds with custom tapes.   Now, this may be a personal quirk of mine, in the same so-old-school-its-new-again vein, such as the red-painted studies and ornate chandeliers of Brooklyn Heights brownstones.  But I can’t help but think it’d be super cool to outfit a kid’s room with these sturdy wooden slatted window coverings, accessorized and personalized with fabric ‘tape’ in a coordinating color as the bedding.   There are tons of places where you can find these blinds; I checked out the “Window Blinds Mall” for a price quote.  This particular company offers tapes in great colors like a flamingo pink, a canary yellow, and “Alice Blue.”  And for a typical 32″x60″ window, you’d pay around $100, then add a few more bucks for the tape.

7. George Nelson “Fernando the Fish” clock.  Just adorable, in perfect colors for both boys and girls.  $150 at Hive Modern.

8. Kartell FL/Y lamp.  Available in so many fantastically bright colors, you can’t go wrong. (Of course, if you want white or black, they’ve got that too.) The greatest selection I found was at Velocity Art & Design, where you can find them for $293 each.

Got any favorites of your own that you think would fit well in this room? Rugs? Dressers? Artwork? Let me know!


birds everywhere

12 Oct

I’m typing this from my desk at my new job.  (It’s lunch hour, btw).

Surrounded by contact lists, org charts and presentation decks, it’s quite a different thing from the ‘playground-nap-lunch-errands-playground-nap-snack’ cycle I’ve become accustomed to over the past year.  Needless to say, by the time I get home from work, I’m friggin exhausted.  So here’s the plan.  We’ll aim for one post a week (I’ve yet to figure out what day that’ll happen, and if it’ll be consistent to that day).  So bear with me, and please check back periodically for new inspiration.  And as always, reader suggestions, questions or tips are well welcome.

Concert poster, Doves at Sasquatch 2009

And as I’ll be surrounded by news of eggs, chicks, hens and other poultry-related issues on one of my new accounts at the agency, I thought it’d be great time to return to this ever-popular nursery (and toddler room) motif.  Above, one of my absolute favorite concert posters by Andrio Abero, a limited edition silkscreen for the Sasquatch 2009 festival (Incidentally, see Fionn’s Sasquatch poster by Invisible Creature here.  It’s out of stock, but I believe the 2010 version is available).  Buy the poster here, it’s a steal at $25.

multimedia birds by Dolan Geiman

I just discovered this artist named Dolan Geiman.  I think he may be a big deal… his work was featured on FFFound! and a handful of art blogs.  Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the ‘found material’ school (Joseph Cornell is a notable example, if you’re curious check out his work), but this piece grabbed my attention.  It’s not cheap ($400) but if you’re a starting-out art collector, it could be a compelling part of your new collection.  Find his work on (where you’ll also be directed to his website and blog).

Chicken puppet, seewhatimade, Etsy

Baby bird crochet rattle, blue moon crochet, Etsy

On a slightly different note… I couldn’t resist including these two little guys.  At top, the chicken with the most personality is available on Etsy from the seewhatimade shop, for $10.  At bottom, a perfect itty-bitty gift rattle by blue moon crochet is available for $5 in lots of different colors.  Get a craft nest from Michael’s and fill it with an assortment of these tiny chicks.

Oeuf poster, Bad Circle, Etsy

Lastly, and perhaps in terribly bad taste, here’s another poster I really loved.  Created by Bad Circle, it measures 16×20.  Like many artisans now selling their wares on Etsy, 10% of your purchase will go to charity … in this case, helping  children in Chiapas, Mexico to go to school.  At $12 (unframed) you really can’t go wrong.  Place it side by side with a mod Who poster and you’ve got yourself a clever juxtaposition there.