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Round-up: Children’s Books

No nursery or child’s room, we feel, would be complete without a well-curated collection of books. We love the color, the sense of play, and the imagination-sparking energy books bring to a space — that’s why just about every one of our Nursery Projects puts a little one’s library prominently on display.

Today, in celebration of a few of our favorites, we’ve rounded up a list of fourteen treasured children’s titles with a little something for everyone: from babies to big kids to the grown-ups reading the bedtime stories, too. A bonus: On top of their wonderful words, these books are so beautiful you may find yourself keeping them out to be admired — or even displaying them, gallery-style, on the wall (a little trick we’ve used here and there.

1. Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis, a Portland artist (and “illustrator-in-residence” for rock band The Decemberists), illustrates all the many interpretations of home: from castles to log cabins, igloos to artists’ studios.

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2.Bruno Munari’s Zoo, written and illustrated by Bruno Munari

Take a trip to the zoo with legendary artist and designer Bruno Munari, whose poetic words are just as striking as his bright, buoyant illustrations.

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3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle

This colorful classic, published in 1967, features collage illustrations by then-unknown artist Eric Carle (who later went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

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4. The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Published in 1962, this story — about a little boy’s discovery of the wonders of a wintry day — is iconic not only for its unmistakeable artwork and words, but also for being the first full-color US kids’ book to feature a black child as its central figure.

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5. Along a Long Road, written and illustrated by Frank Viva

Artist Frank Viva (whose work has been featured on the cover of The New Yorker) made his debut into the world of children’s books with this bicycle-themed bestseller. Fun fact: The entire book was illustrated using only five colors.

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6. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, written and illustrated by Maja Säfström

Packed with peppy illustrations by Swedish artist Maja Säfström, this little blue book offers up heaps of awe-inspiring animal facts — did you know, for instance, that seahorses hold each other’s tails as they move through the water? (We didn’t, either.)

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7. Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs, written by Joel Meyerowitz

For more advanced readers, this kids’ guide to photography — written by seasoned pro Joel Meyerowitz — features images by Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, and more.

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8. One Thousand Things, written and illustrated by Anna Kovecses

A true treat for the eyes, this “visual encyclopedia” contains 80 pages’ worth of vividly illustrated people, places, and things.

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9. Sparkle and Spin, written by Ann Rand, illustrated by Paul Rand

A 1950s ode to the magic of words, Sparkle and Spin pairs author Ann Rand’s lively prose with the vibrant illustrations of her husband, midcentury graphic designer Paul Rand.

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10. I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Follow this charming bear on a search for his missing hat, through playful illustrations from Jon Klassen (also the author of This Is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat).

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11. A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

In a charming tale of friendship, a cast of caring (and exquisitely illustrated) animals tends to their cherished zookeeper as he nurses a cold.

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12. My Friends, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi

A ponytailed little girl is the star of this irresistible board book, sharing lessons she’s learned from her many friends — a jumping dog, swinging monkey, and sleepy crocodile included.

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13. Lost and Found, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Beloved author Oliver Jeffers’s dreamy watercolors and simple, stirring words tell the story of a little boy and his new friend, as they journey to the South Pole and back again.

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14. Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Though the adorable cover art is reason enough to take Gaston home, it’s the sweet story about the bonds of family that’ll have little readers hooked.

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Round-up: The Best Crib Sheets

We love any excuse to add a little extra color to our nursery designs. And while larger details like floor-to-ceiling paint, jewel-toned furniture, and show-stopping wallpaper are always fun, it’s often the finishing touches that tie the space together. Case in point: crib sheets, which come in countless prints and patterns, and can be switched out regularly according to season, style, or mood. Below: 15 options we love, from geometric shapes to origami animals, pink flowers to kaleidoscopic polka dots.

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1Floral Crib Sheet, $52

This floral sheet was handmade by Meredith Wright, an Austin, Texas mom with a serious talent for sewing. Not only that: The quality and functionality of her expansive line, Babiease, is informed by a near-decade of experience as a baby nurse and newborn consultant.

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2. Origami Zoo Crib Sheet, $26.25

Handmade from organic cotton, this sheet — from Nama Cotton of Haifa, Israel — features a charming selection of origami animals, from flamingoes to giraffes to fluffy-tailed foxes.

 

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3. Safari Fitted Crib Sheet, $37.99

DwellStudio’s 100% cotton percale sheet is a vision in soft yellow and gray — the perfect complement to a room filled with attention-grabbing accents.

 

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4. Pink Flower Crib Sheet, $40

This 100% cotton sheet comes from Toronto-based Auggie, a brand founded in 2011 by sisters Gen and Christina Burgess on the premise that a child’s life should be “filled with coziness, comfort, and color.”

 

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5. Gold Dots Crib Sheet, $14.99

For the bright new addition in your life, we love the Gold Dot Fitted Crib Sheet from Cloud Island™. It’s brushed 100% cotton and metallic gold dots add a sophistacated pop to any nursery.

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 6. Pebble Fern Fitted Crib Sheet, $45

Also from Auggie, this bedding comes speckled with an array of tiny dots. We’re fans of the yellow-green “Fern” color—but for those hoping for something a bit more subdued, there’s gray and a duo of stunning blues, too.

 

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7. Seaweed Denim Crib Sheet, $36

Brooklyn brand Lewis is a collaboration between friends Liz and Lizzy, who bring varied talents — in illustration and interior architecture, respectively — to the table. We can’t get enough of their organic cotton crib sheets, screen printed by hand in unique patterns that are sweet but never saccharine (sage green stingrays, bright blue onions, ballerina-pink palms, and more).

 

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8. Triangle Print Crib Sheet, $21.99

This triangle-print sheet from Sweet Jojo Designs features a clean, sophisticated pattern that makes coordinating with neighboring decor a snap.

 

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9. Black Forest Crib Sheet, $65-85

Elizabeth Ivie is the “owner, designer, curator, and seamstress” at Iviebaby, a shop specializing in gender-neutral nursery decor. This handmade sheet, available in your choice of two baby-friendly materials, features a forest full of happy trees.

 

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10. Dot Crib Sheet, $55

Fresh, modern, and California-designed, this chic cotton sheet embodies minimalist style without skewing severe.

 

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11. Woodland Deer Crib Sheet, $48

Go for gold! This triangle-print sheet from Caden Lane lends luminous sparkle to bedtime.

 

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12. Half Moon Crib Sheet, $24

This sheet’s smattering of purple half moons (courtesy of Kansas City’s Ampersand Design Studio) encourages soothing slumber.

 

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13. Fox Crib Sheet, $24

You’d be hard-pressed not to love this flock of busy foxes — but rest assured, the Land of Nod print is available in toddler and children’s sizes, too.

 

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14. Boheme Crib Sheet, $33.99

This vintage-inspired pattern from DwellStudio features French peacocks, towering flowers, and a hodgepodge of pacifying colors.

 

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15. Zebra Crib Sheet, $38

A herd of coral-colored zebras congregates against a wash of serene baby blue on this cotton-sateen DwellStudio sheet. For animal lovers, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Wallpaper Pairings: Baby Deer + Hygge & West

For our latest wallpaper pairing, we returned to one of our favorites: Baby Deer. She was one of our first Animal Print Shop prints and even though she has lots of company now, our love for her hasn’t diminished. We’ve been chomping at the bit to use a Hygge & West wallpaper (BTW, Hygge is pronounced: Hoo-Ga) and knew we’d found the perfect compliment in their soft blue Petal Pusher pattern. Even better, Petal Pusher is a design by the uber talented Joy Cho of Oh Joy Studios.

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Hygge & West was founded by childhood friends Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos – loving the vibe of Danish design, they created their wallcovering company around it – Hygge is a Danish concept loosely translating to life’s small pleasures, be they cozy homes in winter or bedtime stories with your kids. The “West” in Hygge & West is western as in the United States. We love that their wallpapers are all hand silk screened AND Hygge & West works with so many talented designers. Oh Joy finds herself in amazing company next to Julia Rothman, Rifle Paper Co., Heath Ceramics, Justina Blakeney, and many others. 

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Petal Pusher pairs beautifully with Oeuf’s clean-lined, modern Rhea Crib. We especially appreciate the slight Danish taper of the legs. The sweet polka-dot crib sheet is from Etsy seller Holkuda who hand prints on the softest fabric ensuring restful sleep for the little slumberer. And our favorite detail is the pop of fuchsia from a custom Kantha baby blanket made by our good friend Heidi Merrick (we’re trying to convince her to make them for sale!). And if blue isn’t the direction your design is headed, Petal Pusher also comes in a range of other gorgeous colors, from gold to blush to black.

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Finally, if you follow our blog, you know that we love ourselves a vintage nod. In this pairing, we used two: the brick pattern vintage Moroccan rug and a large white Gainey pot from the 60’s. We’d never seen a rug with such a vibrant, rich blue color, let alone in a brick pattern (if you’re in Los Angles, you can pick this rug up at Hannoun Rugs in Culver City). The Gainey pot is from Sharon’s own collection. Sadly, Gainey stopped making their signature ceramic pots in 2013, so if you spot one at a thrift store, don’t hesitate to buy it!

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The finishing touch is a delicate mobile from Brooklyn’s Fort Makers. The designer, Noah Spencer, says he takes inspiration from human fascination with the universe. We love its delicate lines and gentle movement, and we think it is the perfect compliment to the pairing of Baby Deer and Petal Pusher. We also think Petal Pusher pairs beautifully with Baby Camel! 

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To see Petal Pusher and the full range of Hygge and West’s wallpaper collections, visit them online here – and find more from our Wallpaper Pairings series, here.

Inspired Finds: Halloween Edition, Part 3.

It’s that time again. For the third year in a row, we couldn’t be more excited to share Halloween costume ideas inspired by some of our favorite familiar faces. As always, these ensembles are meant to be fast, fun, and easy – just a t-shirt and leggings, plus one or two quick additions: a striped tail, for instance; a set of claws; or a pair of wings in every shade of pink.

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1. Top, $16.94
2. Mask, $7
3. Tail, $14
4. Jersey pants, $5.99
5. Shoes, $29.95

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1. Jersey top, $3.99
2. Face paint, $6.80
3. Wings, $35+
4. Jersey leggings, $6.99
5. Shoes, $29.99

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1. Hat, $60
2. Top, $13.20
3. Leggings, $5.40
4. Mittens, $60
5. Shoes, $35

Have a very happy Halloween! For more Inspired Finds (including the last two installments of Halloween costumes), click here.

Inspired Finds: Baby Horse Little Darling.

Today, we’re sharing six sweet finds for spirits as happy and free as our own Baby Horse Little Darling. Among the haul: a Danish-made mobile; a linden wood rocker; and an organic cotton dress with a herd of horses caught in mint-green gallop. Ride on.

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1. Flensted, Horse mobile, $35
2. New Mom Designs, Crib sheet, $40+
3. Winter Water Wear, Baby dress, $38
4. Pocopato, Beanie, $18.18
5. Bobo Choses Socks, $26
6. Moover, Rocking horse, $179.95

Inspired Finds: Halloween Edition, Part 2.

Halloween’s just around the corner, and in continuation of last year’s Print Shop-inspired costume post, we’ve got three new dress-up ideas to share: a feather-soft duckling in tangerine-colored rain boots; an elephant with plush peanuts in tow; and a charming piglet with ballet slipper hooves and a curly pink pipe-cleaner tail. Like last year, these costumes are based around items of clothing your child may already own — just add a mask, or ears, or a snout-on-a-stick, and you’re set!

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1. Sweater, $133
2. Mask, $18
3. Leggings, No longer available
4. Rain boots, $36.95

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1. Ears and tail, $10
2. Pullover, $11.21
3. Cotton leggings, $52
4. Suede boots, $88
5. Roasted peanuts set, $4

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1. Sweater, $34.95
2. Ears, No longer available
3. Snout, $3
4. Ballet slippers, $18.50
5. Leggings, $18-22
6. Pipe cleaners, $3.45 for 100

Wishing you a wonderful, wild Halloween!

Inspired Finds: Wolf Pup Pair.

We’ve always had a soft spot for this playful pair, whose wily ways never fail to make us smile. (They’ve also made wonderful playmates for a set of siblings, as shown here.) This month, taking cues from everything we love best — their exuberance, their elegance, their spirited charm: a collection of seven treasures, including a hand-carved stamp, a tea blend meant to recall “expansive Western frontiers,” a delicate silver pendant, and Howlin’ Wolf, playing the blues.

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1. “Part Wolf” tee, $28
2. Howlin’ Wolf: His Best, $11.41
3. Stamp, $9.20
4. Hat, $32
5. White Wolf tea, $17
6. Necklace, $29
7. Resin wolf head, $94.99

Inspired Finds: Baby Squirrel.

This month, in honor of our rascally, resourceful Baby Squirrel, we’ve got our eye on items made for equally playful tots: an organic cotton onesie in a spring-like shade of leafy green, an embroidered animal totem with a pair of sturdy squirrels in the middle, a collection of rainbow acorns, and a handmade linen tree for make-believe safekeeping. (More treasures below.)

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1. Onesie, $26
2. “The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties,” $11.66
3. Pillow, $74
4. Puzzle, $15.67
5. Linen tree, $58
6. Acorn sorting toys, $15
7. Finger puppet mobile, $95

Inspired Finds: Baby Chick.

Easter’s coming, and we’re well-prepared. To commemorate the special day, we’ve got chocolate chicks, a stoneware egg crate, a sassy tote bag, and a pillowcase too cute for words. Further, for those who are extra committed, we’ve found the world’s chicest backyard chicken coop, and a woven basket for collecting – what else? – Easter eggs. We think Baby Chick would approve.

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1. Egg crate, $12
2. Chocolate chick, $8
3. Modern chicken coop
4. Woven basket, $22.50
5. Pillowcase, $14
6. Tote bag, $18