New and Noteworthy: Manhattan Toy for Giggle

Bright colors, soft textures, and fun features make these Giggle exclusives from Manhattan Toy perfect for encouraging imaginative play and inspiring exploration!

This exclusive toy collection features six colorful toys—including a shape sorter, a musical pull toy and a wedge mirror—that help develop hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and more. Prices range from $12 to $32.

Shop the collection at Giggle.com.

*Affiliate links are included in this post.

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New in 2012: Baby Gear

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is not even two weeks old — and there are already new baby products to buzz about! Scroll down to check out some of our favorite new products of 2012.

New Arrivals, Inc. has added more beautiful designs and patterns to their collection of crib bedding sets — featuring bold and trendy prints. We’re loving them all — especially the chevron crib bedding!

DwellStudio just came out with some super sweet swaddle blankets ($33 for 2). There are four different pattern and color combinations to choose from — and they’re the perfect gift for a new baby or mama-to-be!

If I were expecting a baby in 2012, the Stokke Bounce ‘n’ Sleep would be at the top of my wishlist! It’s a 2-in-1 bouncer ($200) and day bed ($250) combo — and the design (just like all of Stokke’s products) is fabulous. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely a splurge-worthy item!

Fun at the Circus: A Carnival-Inspired Nursery

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! For many people, the circus = clowns. Well, not for me! The truth is, I don’t like clowns at all because they kinda freak me out. But I do love a good-old-fashioned carnival circus! Something like Coney Island in the 1950’s — with a Ferris wheel, lots of color and dogs performing circus tricks. Check out this whimsical nursery board inspired by the whimsical and magical feeling of having fun at the circus!

1. Fabric Pennant Banner in Red & White – Carnival ($28) by mkmathews from Etsy
Red and white stripes scream “Carnival Circus” if you ask me! And this fabric banner was the first thing I looked for when I came up with the idea of a circus-themed nursery.

2. Wooden Lighted Hanging Chandelier ($70) by Twelve Timbers from Toys R’ Us
An ornate wooden chandelier hanging from the ceiling adds drama to the this space — the good kind, not mama drama!

3. Hot Air Balloons and Clouds – 3D Paper Wall Art ($30) by Gosh and Golly from Etsy
I’m completely obsessed with hot air balloons. Seriously, I am. These 3D hot air balloons add a whimsical touch to the entire theme. And they’re just sooo pretty!

4. Jenny Lind-Style Crib ($170) from DaVinci

5. Circus Dog Pillow, 20 x 20, Applique ($88) and Large Circus Elephant Pillow, Applique ($88) by Anna Joyce from Etsy
I splurged a little on these pillows but I think they are the perfect accent pieces for this room!

6. Rainbow Rag Rug ($69) from Urban Outfitters

7. Marquee Alphabet Light – Multi ($179) from Urban Outfitters
This funky alphabet light reminds me of the signs at the circus or carnival. It’s a fun and unique way to personalize baby’s room.

8. Ferris Wheel – Vinyl Wall Art Decal ($95) by Vinyl Wall Accents from Etsy
Wouldn’t it be neat to have an enormous ferris wheel decal as a focal point in the nursery? I would probably order this in red and paint the walls in a pale blue — something like the background color of #3.

9. Tiffany Blue Antique Dresser (Sold) by French Silver from Etsy
Even though this dresser has already been sold, I included it because I love the shape! Take it as a point of reference and try to find a dresser with similar french curves at your local antique and thrift shops.

Brooklyn’s Boutique Nursery: Featured Baby Room

These expectant parents wanted a combination of classic, sophisticated and fun without being too frilly or feminine. Their main goal was to create a space that would grow with their new baby, utilizing existing items or “lucky antique finds” that could be refinished or updated, and could inevitably be relocated to other rooms in the future. They chose a color scheme with calming and soothing tones. Check it out!

Child’s Name:Brooklyn Jordan
Child’s Age:
Due any day now!
Location: Hilliard, Ohio

What was your inspiration for the room?
We were inspired by the clean look of the French Provincial dressers – they brighten the room and add a delicate feel to the space.  We also love the antique look of the Jenny Lind-style crib.  With all the crib options out there, this one is very simple and dainty and can go with almost any style nursery (and can fit almost any budget!)   Although we loved the look of some of the larger, traditional, convertible cribs, we didn’t want a clunky piece that would weigh the room down.

Describe your decorating style:
My decorating style tends to be Vintage-Modern, overall.  For the nursery, however, there is definitely a wide variety of styles – contemporary rug and artwork, antique furniture pieces, and lighting that is a little more modern – but when you stick within a chosen color scheme, I think it can all blend together well.

Favorite Items:
I love the combination of the dresser with the mirror and green lamps. I think it all really pops off of the bead-board wall. I love that the furniture is very flexible and versatile – it can be used a changing table now, a dresser for a toddler, teenager, or adult, or even used in a hallway or dining room in the future.

I also am fairly fond of my rocker – it was a $25 Goodwill purchase for my first apartment. It is still in great shape, and the teal piping and buttons really give it character.

Any advice to share with other expectant moms planning a nursery?
Great looking, quality furniture doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (like most nursery furniture sets do these days). I am a firm believer that with furniture – the older the better. They don’t make stuff like they used to. Why not find an old piece of furniture, give it an updated look with a little paint and new hardware, and save some money while you’re at it? Not to mention, if it gets scribbled on, scratched, or dinged by thrown toys – you already have the paint to cover it up! It’s a win-win!

Room Resources.

Crib: Jenny Lind-style crib ($170) from Amazon.com
Rug: TJ Maxx Homegoods
Rocking Chair: Goodwill
Dresser and Chest: Dixie dressers found on Craigslist – refinished by The French Canary
Glass Knobs: Bubble glass knobs in Mint from Anthropologie
Green Lamps: Midland Antique Mall (drum shades from Meier were added)
Mirror and Green Accent table: Garden Ridge
Bookshelf: Craigslist
Artwork: Most of the art was found in the framing department at Hobby Lobby half-off.  I found all the 5×7 flowers above the crib and the dog and cat prints all pre-matted to fit in 8×10 frames.  Hobby Lobby was also having a half-off sale of picture frames that week, so I got several of the white frames there, and the remaining silver frames from Walmart.
Ottomans: I found both the green and white ottoman, and the white foot stool at Marshalls and TJ Maxx Homegoods, respectively.  Both on clearance section because of a small scuff on one, and a missing floor glider on the other.  Nothing a little magic eraser won’t fix!
Bedding: (my one splurge!) Serena and Lily Natasha Collection
Mobile: I made this myself by using a couple metal rings, dowel rods and string from Hobby Lobby, and tying on Pomwheels from The Pomtree on Etsy

Pink Swan | Black Swan Inspired Nursery {Decorating Ideas}

Inspired by Natalie Portman’s growing baby bump and all things Black Swan-ish. Feminine, innocent and affordable, the budget for this nursery is a little under $1,200.

I know you’re probably wondering “where are the feathers?” but let me tell you, feathered items are pricey!

But we’ll be sharing some feathered DIY projects soon, so stay tuned :)

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1. Paint: Devine Poodle from the Flora Fauna Colors {Collection #1} by Devine Color.

2. Curtains: Waterfall Ruffle Curtains from Urban Outfitters, $78 each.

3. Pom poms: Decor Paper Pom Pom 5-Pack in White by Martha Stewart, $16.99.

4. Crib Bumper: Filigree Blossom crib bumper by DwellStudio, $158.

5. Crib: Jenny Lind-Style Crib from Amazon.

6. Mirrors: Shaped Mirror Collection from Pottery Barn Kids, $39-$49.

7. Drawer pulls: Save with the Brainerd 1 Knob from Lowe’s for $3.97 each or splurge with the Cocktail Ring Knob from Anthropologie for $8 each.

8. Tutu: Hang it on a decorative hook, frame it or dress your little white swan in it. Bubble Gum Infant Tutu by TutuSisters, $25.

9. Dresser/Changing Table: Hemnes 8-drawer dresser from Ikea, $299.

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Revealed: The Hottest Design Trend for 2011

We’re wrapping up this week’s trends series today! WOO HOO!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, Michelle Adams (editor of LonnyMag) predicted what the 5 hottest design trends of the year would be. I took that info and shared it with you (along with a few sweet finds from the web that will help you take those design trends to your nursery)!

And now…

I give to you THE hottest design trend for 2011…

Rust.

The popularity of the color rust is on the rise and it’s becoming increasingly trendy in the Fashion industry. And on The Nate Show, LonnyMag‘s Michelle Adams reminded the audience of how decor trends tend to follow Fashion.You’ll be seeing this color pop up everywhere this year from decorative accents to apparel.

One item in orange, red or the like can really make an impact in your design. Do you dare?

1.- Rust Ruffles Pillow from Pier1 Imports, $31.

2.- Clothes Tree from Giggle, $80.

3.- Spot on Square Animal Series Wall Art, Ray The Cat, $55.

4.- Fruiteria Lamp from Anthropologie, $298.

5.- KUSINER box from Ikea, $4.99.

***  Check out the complete trends series! Mirrored accents (trend #5), Typography (trend #4), Storage art (trend #3) and Mid-Century Modern Lighting (trend #2).***

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Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers For Under $25!

Toddlers are all about exploring and pretend play. Give them gifts that will encourage them to learn about the world around them. Here are a few ideas for under $25!

1. A Little Books Boxed Set Featuring Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, $10 from Amazon.

2. Hohner Kids Toddler Glockenspiel with Bag and Safety Mallet, $17.49 from Amazon.

3. Tiny Transportation Trio Airplane, $25 from Giggle.

4. Eco-Friendly Tool Set, $25 from Giggle.

5. Green Toys Tea Set, $21.19 from Amazon.

6. Cozy Cotton Petal Headband, $6.60 from etsy seller ZUZII.

7. Plan Toys Dancing Alligator, $18.99 from Amazon.

8. Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, $16.99 from Amazon.

9. Eco Playdough, $20 from Giggle.

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