The Animal Print Shop Nursery Project + Giveaway

The Animal Print Shop recently announced it’s new Nursery Project — a fun new addition to their blog showcasing designer nurseries to provide inspiration for mamas-to-be. Of course, all the nursery designs will be incorporating prints from The Animal Print shop.

The Fun Lux Nursery, the first in the series, features a bold, navy herringbone pattern on the back wall — and a refinished vintage dresser that was salvaged from the trash. Can you believe it?!

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Creative Advent Calendar Finds

Turkey Day is almost here — and after that, the Christmas countdown is on! We love counting down the days to important dates or holidays here in my house, which is probably why I love the idea of advent calendars so much. Check out these 5 creative advent calendar finds and get inspired to make your own advent over the long Thanksgiving weekend!

  • Chevron Advent Calendar Kit ($16): I think by now you all know I have a borderline-obsessive love for all things chevron. Advent calendars are no exception! I love the modern look of this calendar — and it’s perfect for those that want to get into the holiday spirit without having their homes look like Santa’s workshop.
  • Printable Advent Calendar Tree Cones ($7): Decorate your tree — or your mantle! — with these printable advent calendar cones. The classic holiday patterns used for the paper cones will match perfectly with your traditional holiday decor — and give it a modern touch!
  • Christmas Advent Jar (DIY): I love this ideas for two reasons. Not only is it a unique twist on the traditional advent calendar — there’s no candy involved! Decorate matchboxes and place little notes inside of things you’ll do as a family until Christmas. Isn’t family what’s all about anyway?!
  • Baby Sock Advent Calendar (DIY): Put those old — or new — holiday socks to good use and string them up with clothes pins for a one-of-a-kind and super personalized advent calendar!
  • A Cone-iferous Advent (DIY): Give your family advent calendar tradition a modern — and crafty — makeover with this cone advent idea. Create a forest full of paper cones that hide tiny treasures! Make it a family project and have everyone join in and help make the cones.

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Traditional Playroom for Kids AND Their Parents

I’m in love.

Yes, I’m in love with this playroom. Can you blame me?

This lovely room was featured in Lonny Mag’s Spring 2011 issue as part of a spread done on a beautiful family home designed by interior designer Jeff Andrews. “As a family home, every room had to be good for the kids,” says Andrews. “They play everywhere, with no restrictions.”

The entire home was designed with the children in mind. When choosing items for the home, Andrews says that his criteria was that it not only had to be beautiful, it also had to be fun and interesting.

I highly recommend you check out the rest of the home on LonnyMag. But be warned, it is FABULOUS!

I think this traditional yet relaxed style works well for both parents and children to enjoy a little down time together.

What do you think?

Mediterranean-Inspired Girl’s Room {Designer Spotlight}

This beautiful Mediterranean-inspired girl’s room by Lotus Blue Design {via little.lovely} caught my eye last month. What a beautiful space!

The furniture and paint color are muted but the fabric choices were bold and are what MAKE this room. A perfect example of how any room can look fabulous by simply coordinating the right bright textiles.

So tell me, what’s your favorite aspect of this room?

Has it inspired you?

Don’t be shy! Leave a comment =)

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Playtime New York | Splurge Worthy

One of the best things about living in NYC is that there are so many wonderful events hosted in this city. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Playtime New York, an international trade show dedicated to children, junior and maternity.

While most of the exhibitors were children’s fashions, I did come across several splurge-worthy shops for the nursery!

Here are some of my favorites…

1. h-luv fabrications | 2. mae | 3. woolly boo | 4. seven smootches | 5. mirasa

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Designer Spotlight: ubabub {modern nursery furniture}

Remember when I told you how much I was loving Australians?

Well, my love for them just got a whole lot bigger!

Let me introduce you to ubabub

ubabub is the brain child of 2 Aussie parents, Natasha and Daniel Dumais, who couldn’t find nursery furniture to suit their modern design style.

The sides of the Cot and Nifty are made of acrylic “evolving the look of traditional cot sides to enhance visibility and safety.”*

Unfortunately, ubabub is not yet available in the USA.

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Kids Craft Room: 2010 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens

If you have space in your home for a playroom/kids craft area, I suggest you take some notes from this showroom.

One of my favorite details in the room is also a budget-friendly project that any of you can try in your home.

There were 3 doors hiding massive storage that were covered in metal sheets and converted into magnetic boards. The doors were totally wrapped on the front & sides was finished on the back for safety reasons. The corners were smooth so there would be no issues to be had with little one’s running around this door. Nail head toppers were also added to cover the screws to make it look like a built-in and not an “add-on”. The magnetic board can be seen in the top left of the photograph below.

Margaret L. Norcott, Principal of Millieu Design Group, is the mastermind behind this room showcased at the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens. Margaret says that the main inspiration for the room was the Middle Window Floral Fabric {by Duralee}. “All the paint, fabrics and accessories to Floor tiles were a result of this wonderful, gender-neutral (not to childish) fabric.”

Images by Woodie Williams Photography

Room details:

The paint color is Crowne Hill Yellow by Benjamin Moore; Painting was done by ThePaintDoctor.com; Fabrics are from F.Schumacher & Co., Duralee.com and Kravet Fabrics; Carpet tiles by FLOR.com; Lighting from C-Lighting (shop in Buckhead/ATL, GA); Desk Chairs/Coat Rack/Desk Lights from Room & Board.com; Womb Chair and Mi-Lin Green Stools from Knoll.com, Folk Art supplied by matildascottage.com in Alpharetta, GA; Recycled Art from re-Inspiration (Atlanta, GA).

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