December 12, 2017

Gift Guide: For Pets.

This holiday season, we’re thrilled to share the fourth(!) installment of our Animal Print Shop gift guide, specially curated to help make the season merry and bright for the furry and feathered among us. This year, spoil your favorite cats and dogs by gifting top-quality catnip, a handmade leash, or all-natural treats in flavors like peanut butter and chicken pot pie — we’ve even got a little something for rabbits and birds, too. Scroll through for the full list in all its festive glory.


Candy cane rawhide, $6.99
Simple and satisfying: an extra-large braided chew toy in a classic holiday shape.


Ceramic bowl, $18
Make every meal a reason to celebrate with this sturdy ceramic bowl, hand-dipped in a jolly, joyful red (though there are nine other colors available if you prefer).


Catnip, $5.99
Grown on an organic farm, this premium catnip comes in a pretty corked bottle filled with a week’s supply for one lucky (and soon-to-be very lively) cat.


Red leash, $62
The perfect example of strength that doesn’t come at the expense of style, this handmade leash features marine-grade rope, brass carabiners, and a splash of bright color that infuses the holiday spirit into every step.


Cat house, $49.99
Part of Ikea’s new pet line, this sleek house — complete with scratching pad — can stand on its own, be mounted to the wall, or is easily integrated into the brand’s existing KALLAX shelf.


All-natural dog treats, $17
Balance hearty and healthy with all-natural dog treats in two enticing flavors: peanut butter (made with peanut flour and blueberries) and chicken pot pie (with chicken, molasses, carrots, and parsley).


Scratching pad, $15.99
This curved scratching pad is attractive enough to keep on display — and, because it’s made of cardboard, it’s 100% recyclable, too.


Dog mist, $22
Made using essential oil derived from 300-year-old Japanese trees, this invigorating mist acts as an insect repellant, deodorant, germ-killer, and mood-lifter, all in one.


Crinkle sack, $10.29
Entertain curious cats for hours on end with a comfy fleece sack that crinkles and crackles as they play.


Dog bandana, $17.50
Keep your dog warm all winter with this snazzy flannel bandana — or soak it in water and keep in the freezer to fight the blazing heat come summer.


Nature chew balls, $6.24 for three
Want to show your bunny (or guinea pig, ferret, or other small animal) some love? Pick up a set of these sisal, cornhusk, and seagrass chew balls for safe, sustainable fun.

Bird toy, $7.45

For birds: an environmentally friendly toy crafted by hand from wooden branches, a coconut shell, and natural rope — just right for promoting “foot and beak exercise.”

Another great gift idea? A donation in honor of your beloved pet to a charity that rescues, houses, or protects vulnerable animals. We like the ASPCA and The Humane Society, but there are many, many others out there that are equally deserving.

Wishing you all, big and small, a very happy holidays!

September 13, 2017

Gender Neutral Nursery Moodboard

With the arrival of a new month comes fresh inspiration for a clean and airy nursery steeped in post summer warmth. It’s an enlivening room that brings together a mix of vintage and modern accents, soft colors and soothing neutrals, and defined lines and rounded edges.


We started by laying the groundwork with a Persian Malayer rug in mellow shades of red and blue, beautifully faded as if sunbleached — it’s just one of a wide range of textiles, pillows, throws, and furniture from Brittany Chinaglia’s gem-packed Vintage Rug Shop. For the walls, we chose a luminous gold-and-white wallpaper from Portland design studio makelike, screenprinted by hand on recyclable paper and lit from above with an aluminum pendant lamp from LA’s Park Studio. Meanwhile, a handcrafted maple Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios provides a soft place to land for both baby and a chipmunk softie in organic cotton fleece (dressed appropriately for the season, of course, in an indigo sunsuit).

Presiding over it all, endless possibilities of Animal Print Shop pals: Baby Elephant, Baby ZebraBaby Camel, Baby Giraffe, and Lion Cub Twins are shown here, but any of of our Baby Animals will work – so pick your favorite. All elements combined, it’s a dreamy oasis for little boys and girls — that’s just as welcoming to grown-ups, too.


July 19, 2017

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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


 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.



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).



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.



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.



10. Dot Crib Sheet, $55

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



11. Woodland Deer Crib Sheet, $48

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



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.



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.



14. Boheme Crib Sheet, $33.99

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



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.

March 21, 2017

Round-up: Nursery Trash Cans

They say details make the difference—and when it comes to nursery design, we couldn’t agree more. From light bulbs to lamp shades, book ends to bed sheets, it’s often the smallest pieces that make really make a room pop. Each time we embark on a new project, we spend hours comparing mobiles, throws, wallpaper, woven baskets, and more—so why not devote some space on our beloved blog, we thought recently, to a room’s most basic necessity (albeit one that’s too often overlooked)?

Here, we’ve rounded up a selection of stylish nursery wastebaskets that represents a range of styles, prices, and performance features, and that elevates the trash can past its purely functional role. Forgo the forgettable, and you’re sure to find that a well-chosen and well-made alternative can add a hit of color, texture, and even humor to any room. Still need convincing? We’ve listed our 11 picks of the litter (pun intended) below.


1. Round Step Trash Can, $19.99

There’s no denying the simplicity of this clean-looking can. Its stainless steel exterior is impressively fingerprint-resistant; housed beneath its lid is a plastic bucket that keeps trash bags concealed.


2. Wire Framed Trash Bin, $149

Handmade in Oregon, Schoolhouse Electric’s eye-catching can merges pretty (its wire frame comes in red, pale green, or a golden yellow) with practical (its metal bin is sleek and sturdy). Take note, design aficionados: its construction takes cues from mid-century master Richard Galef.


3. Handwoven Waste Basket, $70

Woven by hand using a natural fiber called fique, this stunning basket is the result of a collaboration between LA-based online shop Someware and artisans in Santander, Colombia. It’s multifunctional, too: As the folks at Someware point out, you can use it to corral toys, textiles, or “anything else your creative mind can imagine.”


4. White Trash Can, $24.98

An effortless addition to any room, this charming square bin owes its streamlined look to snow-white propylene and a simple wooden handle that makes everyday transport easy. Plus, like many of the options on this list, it comes in a variety of can’t-go-wrong colors.


5. Copper Trash Can, $14.99

Spills, messes, and dings are no match for this gleaming can, which showcases all the attractive qualities of copper, without any of the inconveniences (think: rusting and denting).

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6. Swing Top Trash Can, $35

Umbra’s dependable “Venti” model is as good-looking as it is effective: Its brushed metallic lid and neck ring are shamelessly chic; its sizable can holds 16½ gallons.

Basket_Lido_Isle_Large_MV_Crop_SH7. Woven Basket, $38-78

Available in small, medium, or large, these beautiful baskets are made to last, featuring durable water hyacinth woven over an iron frame.

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8. Powder Coated Trash Can, $48

On the hunt for cute and compact? This powder-coated trash can does just the trick.

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9. Multicolored Wastebasket, $14.99

We love that this playful, patterned wastebasket is simple enough not to steal the show—but its colors bring a hearty dose of charm and seaside whimsy to the table all the same.


10. Wire Basket, $85

The brainchild of Danish designer Trine Andersen of ferm LIVING, this iron basket comes in three sizes and a host of colors. We’re partial to the elegant, understated, and not-overly-girly rose.

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11. Swing Bin, approx. $70

Designed by Shingeichiro Takeuchi and made in Japan, this minimalist trash can—whose graceful swing lid is conveniently removable—is artful, efficient, and appealingly uncomplicated.

August 20, 2015

Products We Love: Heather Levine Ceramics.

Ceramicist Heather Levine has a way with clay. And while no one could deny the beauty of her hand-crafted bowls, bottles, and egg-shaped birdhouses, our favorite pieces are her one-of-a-kind wall hangings, which manage to balance incredible artistry with unassuming grace. They’re ideal pick-me-ups for any room — case in point: our American Buffalo Close-Up, where a cascade of teardrops and triangles bedecked an otherwise naked beam.








June 23, 2015

Products We Love: Luvmother.

Canada-based company Luvmother makes kids’ clothing that is exactly what most items for children are not: no frills (yet still perfectly suited to a pint-sized aesthetic), high quality (pieces are made using ethically-sourced, “traceable” materials), and made to last (according to its founders, Luvmother products retain a “built-in hand-me-down quality”). We love the clothing’s simple shapes, soft-to-the-touch textures, and muted color palette — in fact, we’d go so far as to say that if we could, we’d happily wear it ourselves.


May 13, 2015

Round-Up: Woven Baskets.

For magazines, for laundry, for your sweetest, softest toys: eight woven baskets in an array of shapes and sizes, made from materials like seagrass, wool, and water hyacinth. Whatever your preference, you’re bound to get your money’s worth — these hardy, durable weaves are made to last, providing years of storage for treasures of all kinds.






July 30, 2014

Products We Love: Fabric Mobiles.

Bring a token of the outdoors in, with these handmade mobiles crafted from linen, cotton, and leather. With their soft branches and liberty-print leaves, colored stars and crescent moons, we can’t imagine a prettier addition to a nursery, or a more magical introduction to nature.

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July 9, 2014

The Sweetest Softies.

In our opinion, no nursery’s complete without dolls designed for cuddling, so as a follow-up to last month’s accent pillow round-up, we’ve put together a collection of top-quality toys made from materials like organic fleece, eco-friendly yarn, sheepswool, and alpaca. We call them softies, and we’re smitten. (We guess that makes us softies, too.)


May 20, 2014

Round Up: Nursery Pillows.

It’s a problem we’ve encountered on repeat: every time we set out to design a nursery, we look high and low to find accent pillows that are sophisticated, yet mixed with a bit of sweetness and whimsy. We figured we weren’t the only ones, so today we’re sharing a few standouts from our search, which include pinwheels and polka dots, mushrooms and mountains, spunky stripes and forest friends. Here’s to sweet dreaming.nursery-baby-room-pillow-roundup


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