Art doesn’t need to hang on the wall to impact your space, and these handcrafted mobiles from Australia’s Puka Puka Design are a perfect example.
Handmade from ethically sourced, high quality materials, each mobile is unique and designed to bring a bit of nature into your space, with designs inspired by the sky and sea.
We love the organic shapes and contemporary color pairings, and that the mobiles add visual interest without adding visual clutter. We can see these in almost any room of the home – from the corner of the living room to an entryway or office – so think beyond the nursery (though they’d look lovely there, too).
+ Puka Puka Modern Mobiles, $80 and up
Modern Playhouse will add this November a new model to their collection of wood playhouses. A cool feature is that the maple plywood playhouse will require no tools for assembly. Being sensible to the fact that many urban parents (like me) simply do not have the space to keep a playhouse in permanence, the emerging industrial designer Svend Nielsen designed the Puzzle House to be set up for a day of play. When kids are ready to go to bed, it can be stored under the bed or inside a closet.
Furniture and a puppet theater curtain set will be launched before the Holidays. I am looking forward to see it all.
+ Puzzle House by Modern Playhouse – Price to be released
The unique design of this revolving bookcase provides a lot of storage for teen girls to display their favorite things. It is also a space saver. It only comes in white. You can find it at Pottery Barn Teen.
+ Revolving Bookcase $699 USD
The Twilight drapery rod by Umbra could help parents who are looking for a solution to keep a nursery or a toddler’s bedroom very dark. The wrap around design allows the drapery panel to lay flat against the wall. It can fit windows from 28 inches to 144 inches.
+ Twilight drapery rod from $30 to $50 CAD at Umbra
I am currently looking for a series of art prints to hang on the short hallway that leads to my son’s nursery. I am leaning towards 3 medium size art prints that would fit into the 20-inch RIBBBA shadow box frames or a 20-inch tall RIBBA frame. But whatever I do, I need at least one frame of this size.
Another solution would be to showcase 2 medium prints and a series of three 5×7 prints. I got this idea after I saw the kids prints realized by San Francisco Bay area designer and illustrator Hillary Bird. If I was going with this plan, I would be together the the Expedition, the Crystal Lake, and the Teatime. I also like the warmth of the Rescue. Then, the question becomes what to put next to those. One reason that I hesitate to commit at this time is that I would prefer that the main character was a boy with the bear.
+ Hillary Bird’s Prints $15 USD for 5×7 on Etsy
This super sweet project is one that solves a double-dilemna: where to find inexpensive nursery art and what to do with those adorable baby things you can’t bear to give away.
Shoes are a well-heeled choice for a little girl’s room but work just as well for baby boys, whether framed as a series of pairs or squeezed side-by-side in one shadow box. Either way, it’s a clever way to create a custom growth chart.
+ Framed Baby Shoes photo via Liberty Biberty
+ DIY Shoe Growth Chart from Real Simple
Just because they’re little people, doesn’t mean they don’t come with a lot of stuff. That’s why this two-kid room – formerly just a closet in a one-bedroom apartment – is particularly amazing. Moses and Roman’s mom, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, paired down their room to a stylish, colourful space that any kid would love to be in.
She used the smartest small-space design trick in the book by using vertical space to create bunk beds that work for both children.
Bright linens and well-chosen toys and decor elements make what would be an otherwise cramped space cozy and inviting. The It’s Beautiful Here Coat Rack says it all.
See more of the closet’s evolution on Oh Happy Day.
+ Photos via Oh Happy Day
The new Kido’s collection by the Spanish wallpaper brand Coordonne is cheerful and playful. It transports the kids into a quest for adventures. The original designs range from dancing flamenco ladies to comical birds, cars and houses in the forest. Sadly, I do not think that their products have crossed this side of the Atlantic. Nonetheless, I shared them as eye candy.
+ Kido’s collection by Coordonne
I finally started to buy the decorative accessories for my son-to-be nursery. Today, I bought an adorable monster/alien theme wall decal kit by Nouvelles Images. I did not want to stick to one theme: the owl. Like you do with fabric patterns, I coordinate illustrations that share similarities in their forms and colors.
Look at how cute are the Raplapla dolls that I bought for him. They go well next to the Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights that we received at our baby shower.
Another challenge is to find items that will contrast with the green wall. The next thing on my list is an airy mobile that I can hang from the ceiling. I look for a mobile that shares the aesthetics of the mobiles by Ole Flensted. If you know a modern style mobile that could fit within my design, do not be shy to share it.
+ Monsieur Tsé Tsé $42 CAD at Raplapla
+ Spoque $46 CAD at Raplapla – currently sold out
+ Home Stickers Cute Monsters Decorative Wall Stickers $22.94 USD at Amazon.com
+ Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights $40.80 at Amazon.com
+ Cute Monsters Wall Decals for Kids $34.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
+ Oxo Tooli 2 Lamp Set $59.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
Girly without being too sweet, the vibrant yet sophisticated palette of this nursery makes me wish I could go back in time to re-live my toddler years.
One wouldn’t always consider icy grey paint as the backdrop for a nursery, but here it’s warmed up with hits of chartreuse green and bold, honeysuckle pink in the fabrics and room accessories creating a fresh and energetic vibe.
The parents-to-be added plenty of personalized touches with custom bedding and curtains (via Etsy shop Rocky Top Design) and DIY projects. I love their twist on a standard Ikea Expedit bookshelf. By flipping it on it’s side and adding drawers and doors, they’ve created a functional furniture piece that would work just as well in an office or as a sideboard.
A pretty gallery wall is comprised of bold fabrics in ornate, thrifted frames sprayed white.
You can check out more details and find sources used to create this lovely nursery at Cape 27 blog.
+ Nursery Makeover and Sources at Cape 27 Blog
When I spotted those cute vintage school charts on Shelterrific this morning, I immediately thought that they would look sharp on a baby or toddler room. They carry a childish vibe and it will make a change from the usual ABC or 123 posters. The best part is that they can grow with a kid.
Each chart measures approximately 12.5 x 15.5 inches. To unify the look make sure to use identical frames. You could go with white, cream or black frame. You can find those on Etsy from Scottie in a Canoe.
This post closed this month feature on nursery and toddler bedrooms.
+ COMPASS and SPEEDOMETER mid century School Chart $20 USD
+ THE SUN 1960s Science School Chart $20 USD
+ MIGRATION and HIBERNATION vintage mid century Classroom Science Chart $20 USD