Category: Decor

Friday
August 24, 2012

Birthday Parade Printables

I saw these printables on hwtm and had to share! How fun would it be to have these cut out animals for children’s birthday parties.  After you’re done using it as birthday decorations, turn it into kids bedroom decor-so many uses for this fun animal circus theme.  Go here for more printables from this party.

To download:

Animal Cutouts (6 cut-outs total): click here to download
Happy Birthday Water Bottle Labels: click here to download
Miniature Birthday Number Flags. Select your age:  1 /  2 /  3 /  4 /  5

Have a great weekend all! ~Ijin    Find me elsewhere: site, blog

Categories: Birthday Parties, Decor
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Wednesday
August 22, 2012

Here Comes Baby – Bunny Rabbit Nursery Inspiration

Bunny Rabbit Nursery Style Board Sources:
(1) Belle Hugs Boo (Pink) Print: Belle & Boo (2) Maileg Flower Sisters Bell Bunny (Small): Sisters Guild (3) The Zoo Rabbit Money Box: The Modern Baby
(4) The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams: Amazon(5) Rabbit Lamp: White Rabbit England (6) Bunny Berry Bowl in Eggshell White: A. Speer Ceramic Studio (7) Zelda Nursing Chair in Grey Velvet: Graham & Green (8) Boo Cushion: Belle & Boo (9) Purple Cot: Amazon UK

A rabbit nursery theme is utterly heart warming with little fluffy bunny rabbits with their sweet cotton floss tails hopping all over the place! That’s what inspired me today to create this bunny rabbit nursery style board. This nursery has a warm and feminine feel perfect for a baby girl.

Belle & Boo inspired me with Belle, a bob haired little girl and her adorable bunny rabbit friend Boo. Mandy Sutcliffe creares a charming world of innocence, warmth and adventure and I feel this is also reflected in my rabbit nursery style board. The nursing chair from Graham & Green has me immediately thinking of bygone times and it looks so comfy. The characterful ceramic bunny bowl is lovingly handmade by Adrienne in her home studio and I can imagine Maileg’s bell bunny being dragged around the house by her endearingly large ears!

Of course a bunny rabbit nursery wouldn’t be complete without a well read copy of ‘The Velvetine Rabbit’ by Margery Williams. It is a story about a stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) who comes to life in this timeless and sentimental tale of the transformational power of love.

Do you have a nursery theme you would like Here Comes Baby to create into a style board ? Add you idea to the comments below.

Click here to visit Here Comes Baby Blog UK. A dedicated resource for mum & baby inspiration & style.

Kirsty xxx

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Tuesday
August 21, 2012

Currently Obsessing Over Exposed Closets

Ah, a pretty closet. Pretty clothes. What more could a girl ask for? Lately, thanks to Pinterest and my last cupcakeMAG project I’m obsessing over one thing: exposed closets. Forget the nursery or my Littles room! I kinda wanna show off my goods to, ya know?

I’ve spotted some really amazing exposed closets out there and really, they aren’t hard to re-create at all! Not only are they great for a wall that you just don’t know what to do with but you can make an exposed closet even if you have a closet. Why?  because than you can turn the “real” closet into a beautiful reading nook! I know, the possibilities are endless. And really, it’s a pretty budget friendly weekend project too! I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite to give you some inspiration. Gotta get those creative juices flowing! 

1. cupcakeMAG orange + pink room

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Categories: Bedrooms, Decor
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Tuesday
August 14, 2012

Grey + Yellow Nursery Inspiration

Well hello darlings! I am so super-thrilled to be joining the Spearmint blogs fam. When the lovely founder, Shari gave me the good news I was thrilled to find out I would be contributing to Spearmint Baby and Spearmint Decor. Can I get a yahhh-ooooo?! Needless to say, I am super-excited. 

With 4 Littles, all girls, I am currently 29 weeks preggers with my first boy {and last child!} due in October and have lots of knowledge in baby land. Not to mention I am the Founder + Editor of cupcakeMAG + cupcakeMAG Littles. And you can also find me on Babble + The Party Dress too. Oh, and you may remember from Spearmint Baby too! It was just a few weeks ago I showed off my bump here. 

Well enough about me! Let’s get on with my first post.

With just a few weeks to go, thanks to a complicated pregnancy, I am just NOW starting my nursery. I know, ahhh! But, don’t fret. I’ve been working on this baby in my head for months. I am going for a little vintage, a little eclectic. If that makes any sense. Main hues of choice? Grey and Yellow. And for now, here’s a little peek!

 

LOVE Pillow | Faux Antlers Stokke Sleepi Crib in Grey | Anywhere Map Print  | Blabla Kids Sheep Mobile | Insignia Rug | Blabla Doll | Owl Figurine 

What color combo did you go with for your nursery?

- lots of love, casi
{find me elsewhere: cupcakeMAG, cupcakeMAG Littles, Facebook, Twitter, Babble, and oh, Pinterest too!}

Categories: Decor, family/personal
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Monday
August 13, 2012

Japanese Balloons

Japanese paper balloons are cuter than ever. The come in all kinds of colorful characters & shapes. (I especially love the strawberries!)

Balloons are made of thin, crispy, lightly waxed paper. They come flat and if you are careful they can be deflated and reused. Has anyone used these at a birthday party? Wouldn’t they be a fun/festive detail?

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stores: uguisu.ocnk.net, petraboase.com, mokkasin.com

Categories: Birthday Parties, Decor
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Thursday
August 2, 2012

Guest blogger introduction and nursery in progress

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m so excited to start guest blogging for Spearmint Baby on Thursdays!  I work a full time corporate job and have a passion for floral design with a business and blog on the side – but since learning that I was pregnant with our first child, I’ve had baby things on the brain in a pretty all-consuming way (ok, that’s putting it politely and mildly ; ) I’m so excited to have a new outlet to share it, because I think even my mom is going to burn out on discussing the minutia of nursery décor with me pretty soon here (speaking of which, we need to know: is there a name for that color exactly halfway between coral and watermelon?!)

Since I’m introducing myself, I should also introduce my bump – here it was a week ago at 25 weeks- it’s growing pretty aggressively now!

25 weeks pregnant bump photo

I’ll aim for about half of my posts to be about pregnancy and baby style (nursery décor, maternity/baby photo ideas, cute maternity/baby clothes and accessories, birth announcements and shower invites), and the other half to be of more substance (wellness, fitness, preparation for labor and motherhood, etc.)

Today I wanted to kick off by posting about our budget friendly nursery décor project – it’s about halfway there now, with most things chosen and ordered, but not all installed. I always love chronicling a project from inspiration to fruition!  Here’s the board with all of the various components of our nursery, and there is an explanation of our choices after the jump:

Coral and blue nursery inspiration moroccan shabby chic

coral blue moroccan shabby chic nursery decor inspiration design

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Wednesday
August 1, 2012

Here Comes Baby: Dotty Elephant Nursery Inspiration

Dotty elephant nursery style board

Dotty Elephant Nursery Style Board Sources:
(1)Elephant Mobile: Bebemoda (2)Elephant Print: Redbubble (3)Elephant Toy: Miga de Pan (4)Elephant Stool: Dennis & McGregor
(5)Cot Quilt & Playmat: Baby Concierge (6)Armchair: John Lewis

Hi Spearmint readers, my name is Kirsty from Here Comes Baby. Shari has kindly let me become a contributor to Spearmint Baby and I am excited to share mum and baby inspiration & style from the UK.

I made this nursery inspiration style board after finding the adorable elephant toy handmade by the talented Miga de Pan. I want one! Once I started searching there was so much elephant theme nursery inspiration that I am sure I will be making another elephant related style board in the future!

Click here to visit Here Comes Baby – A dedicated resource for mum & baby inspiration & style from the UK

Kirsty xxx

Categories: Bedrooms, Decor, Rooms
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Friday
July 27, 2012

Hot Air Balloon Ideas + Printable

{balloon chandelier, centerpiece, dessert table, DIY mobile}

Hello all! Ijin of ijinku here – first time contributing to Spearmint Baby and couldn’t be more excited-Thanks Shari! Now onto the post,  it all started with the movie, “Up”, back in 09 and over the years, hot air balloon theme has become quite popular among weddings and events, and it’s perfect for baby events.  The chandelier channeling balloon decor on top was from photographer, Jessica Claire’s workshop. A group of talented folks came up with this theme for a wedding shoot, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to add this for baby showers, birthday parties, or even gender announcements?! The centerpiece is from a wedding too, but easily a hit for a children’s party.  The dessert table was made by an event company for a shoot and I first discovered it on the Amy Atlas blog-I like the organic/vintage feel to it. You must check out this DIY paper mobile, such a cute mobile to hang over your baby’s crib-so simple, anyone can do it.   All this balloon talk inspired me to make a few whimsical printables. ☺  See below.

As you can see, I made two options-one for birth announcement and one for birthday.  You can print them out and write by hand-simple! Links below.

To download them (5×7) in pdf format, just click here and here. More free printables are available on my blog. We also provide blog design services. What do you think readers? Let me know if you like these and I shall make more.  Enjoy and have a great weekend! ♥ ~ijin

Monday
July 9, 2012

Petit Collage


Some darling decor inspiration this Monday morning by Petit Collage at Fawn & Forest. I love those confetti fabric wall decals!

In the 2nd room it looks like they used Washi tape to make the house outline. So clever!

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Monday
July 9, 2012

Mini Piccolini’s DIY Changing Station Bins

I’m a messy crafter but I have to share this project because it’s the easiest DIY you’ll ever do. For just few dollars, these fabric-covered storage bins are such an easy upgrade for your changing station. I keep diapers in one, Bummas in another, and a few creams etc in a third.

We have a ton of IKEA Skubb storage boxes. They come flat, zipper into boxes in several sizes, and are perfect for storing baby changing essentials. I’m also going to be using them to organize Baby #2‘s clothes in the dresser we bought. Baby clothes are so teeny and things get cluttered quickly, so using these boxes makes everything a little more organized. In a drawer or cupboard, they are fine as they are, but we have three of them at our bathroom changing station that I wanted to pretty up. So I covered them in fabric.

This is a super easy project – it’s just like wrapping a present. I used a cute fabric that I bought while living in India, and a glue gun. I’m sure you could use fabric glue but I like how quickly glue gun glue dries, making it easy to stretch the fabric to cover the box without wrinkles. Click here for full instructions.

You can also use these storage bins to hold baby toys. However, when things get out of control consider storing baby things in self storage. It is a good idea especially if one is planning another baby!

Monday
July 2, 2012

Mini Piccolini: Dreamy Twin Nursery

Randal is one of the moms from my wonderful moms group in Atlanta. A few months ago she shared her and Charlotte and North’s favourite things on Mini Piccolini and today I am so happy that Randal has agreed to share Charlotte & North’s lovely nursery.

Here, in Randal’s own words, are some of the fabulous details of her twins’ fabulous nursery:

Since we have boy and girl twins, we wanted a very neutral theme to our nursery – mostly white and grey with some pink and blue accents. We love the wall color because it is very calming, and I think gives the room a restful feeling.  

The room gets lots of light from the windows, so we have black out shades that we can pull down for nap time. I like the sheer linen curtains during the day because they let light in but still give us some privacy.

For more pictures and all the details of Charlotte & Norths’ lovely nursery, click here.


I have nurseries on my mind right now as I am scrambling to put together a soothing but playful space for Baby #2 – follow developments here.

Mini PiccoliniClick here to visit Mini Piccolini - all the best stuff for Moms, Babies, Kids & Families!

Friday
June 29, 2012

La Tente

LA TENTE tents are made by Caroline Gomez. I love the simplicity of them– the cute window, colorful ribbons, and ease of storage. & Isn’t it cute with the fur rug inside?

P.S. Did you know you can BUY OLEBY Faux Sheepskins like this at IKEA for only $4.99 each? (They are not on IKEA’s website.)

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Wednesday
June 6, 2012

Accent Pillows

What kind of accent pillows do you have in your toddler’s room? I’ve purchased 6 new ones for Harper’s big girl room. I’m kind of OBSESSED! She has a window seat & they look adorable all lined up.

Pillows from Joss & Main.

Categories: Accessories, Bedding, Decor
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Tuesday
May 22, 2012

Inspired by Wallpaper

Josephine Grey Wallpaper/cloud bookshelf/chartreuse polka dot pillow/mobile/giraffe pillows/elephant pillow/LOVE print/Elephant Crib Sheeting

Because I am so “inspired by wallpaper” I’ve decided to make this a series of posts. This week I was thinking of a really soft gender neutral room with cool blues and greys. I think ANY white crib would look great in this nursery. Possibly a Jenny Lind or IKEA crib for budget-friendlyness sake?

Be sure to check out the adorable crib sheet. If you zoom in you’ll notice the subtle elephant print.

& I’ve included 3 of my favorite books that would look cute on the cloud wall shelf:

And Tango Makes Three

The Skin You Live In

Little Pea

Monday
May 21, 2012

Pink Bedroom

This month on Houzz.com I’ve put together a toddler girl room with lots of PINK accents! In fact, a lot of these accessories inspired Harper’s new room. I am currently redecorating and hope to finish it soon. To learn about all of the details you see here visit Houzz.com.

What colors did you use in your little girl’s room?

P.S. This was the green/orange inspired BOY BEDROOM I posted last month:

P.P.S if you’d like to share your girl/guy’s room on Spearmintbaby.com, send 4-10 GOOD photos to spearmintbaby@gmail.com. SUBJECT: Girl Bedroom/Boy Bedroom Feel free to include description and inspiration for the room. & I’d be happy to include a link to your blog/etsy store/etc!

Categories: Accessories, Bedrooms, Decor
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Tuesday
May 15, 2012

Inspired by Wallpaper


crochet apples/wallpaper/hug the dog print/black & white stripe pillow/whale tissue holder/Black Basset crib (used to be sold at Target)

There is a BIG sale at Anthropologie & this amazing wallpaper is on sale. I always thought it would be darling on an accent wall in the nursery…possibly behind the crib? Anyone else planning on putting wallpaper in the nursery?

some more inspiration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Friday
April 27, 2012

Nursery Designer

Jennifer Delonge is an interior designer/product designer. She designed this nursery with one of my favorite pieces, the Henry Daybed.

I also love her Custom Silhouettes.

Categories: Decor, Furniture
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Friday
April 20, 2012

Perchance the Cat

Our newest addition arrived yesterday, & I am not sure who is more excited!…me or Harper? We are redoing her room and have lots of new things coming. Eventually Perchance will sit on the window ledge or maybe even a pink leather pouf? For now she is sitting on our PUT THE LOVE IN THE COCONUT BEACH TOWEL.

Tuesday
April 17, 2012

What is behind your crib?

Good Morning! I’m sitting in Starbucks this morning browsing old issues of Lonny Mag & saw this cool idea! What do you think about an oversized mirror behind the crib?  Would you try it?  Or way too dangerous?

I saw some HUGE mirrors at Homegoods the other day. One of them actually reminds me of this mirror. It was $179 but had a gold-ish frame. You could easily spray paint the frame to get this exact look.

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Tuesday
March 13, 2012

Modern Wall Letters

Edies Lab sells all kinds of wood letters in cool modern fonts. These OVERSIZED ones are my favorite. Maybe the perfect statement for your modern or vintage nursery?


P.S. you can custom order them in your preferred color!

Categories: Decor, Wall Art
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Tuesday
February 28, 2012

Nursery Details

My daughter would LOVE the purple elephant book ends!

Categories: Accessories, Books, Decor
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Friday
February 24, 2012

Nursery Art

Adriane Duckworth has created this fabulous collection of animals for the nursery. How cute would it be to have the entire collection framed on baby’s wall?

Or, if you could choose only one, which one would it be? I’d pick the bunny or the whale. (there are more animals on her website)…

BTW, she also paints super gorgeous abstract pieces. I’d love to hang one in a large gold frame in my living room. My favorites are this one & this one.

NOTE: just found out that she also has an Etsy Store, YAY!

Categories: Decor, Paintings, Wall Art
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Thursday
February 16, 2012

Glittery Animals

YES, YES, YES! What a perfect touch to your baby’s nursery. Place a sweet glittery animal on the wall shelf or at the end of his bookcase. So so cute! But be sure to place out of reach once baby starts moving around on his/her own.

to purchase visit Wish Daisy

P.S. I really want the pink penguins for my own office!

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Friday
December 16, 2011

Idea Board: Big Girl Room

So Violet’s play room is slowly transforming to become her big girl room. No – I’m not pregnant, but we do want to have another baby eventually and I don’t want her to be making too many transitions at once. I’m hoping that as soon as she is ready to be out of her crib the room will be ready for her. (We’ll see how that goes when the time comes – could be a disaster, but in my mind it sounds like a good plan!)

I’ve slowly been making purchases for her room and my ideas have evolved a bit since we first started the project. Here’s the current plan:

So far I’ve purchased everything except for the curtains (which I may buy white curtains and DIY) and heart print (which unfortunately is no longer available, but I can always DIY it.) I am also creating my own larger version of a black botanical chart using an old map (wish me luck on that one!) and obviously have a slightly different dollhouse. I’m still looking for a mirror and the perfect vintage dresser on Craigslist. I’m thinking a coral color paint but it could end up natural wood as well – we’ll see!

If you remember my original plan you can see that this one involves a lot more black – I’m so in love with black lately! I feel like it just adds a touch of sophistication to an otherwise very girly space. Here are the sources:

Clockwise from top left: ribbon-edge drapes, terrarium prints, doily pillow, love pillow, rug, round flower pillow, botanical chart, bedding, bear doll, dollhouse, bear hook, squirrel lamp, heart print

 

So excited to pull it all together!

www.withtwocats.com

Categories: Decor, Etsy, Wall Art
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Saturday
November 19, 2011

Mini Toadstools

These are darling Christmas ornaments, but wouldn’t they also be cute to make into a nursery mobile? Via Fairyfold

Categories: Decor, Mobiles
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Thursday
November 17, 2011

Nursery Idea Board: Follow the Arrow

clockwise from top left: leather triangle mobile, DIY cloud roller shade, chevron crib sheets, industrial arrows, bear print, crib, pouf, lamp, rug, chair, dresser

Wouldn’t this be such a fun room for a little guy? The to-die-for leather mobile was the inspiration for the board. If I had a little boy, triangles + arrows would be on my list for sure!

P.S. I’d really appreciate a comment (aka vote) on my ideabook for Houzz.com – thank so much!!!

www.withtwocats.com

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Wednesday
November 16, 2011

Wall Hooks

Do you have a wall or door hook in the nursery? I love these sweet, small hooks by Monkey & Squirrel

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Tuesday
November 8, 2011

Ideas for the Kids’ Table

If you’re having the fam over for a holiday meal this year, don’t forget about the little guys. Here are a six inspiring ideas for the kids’ table:

1. Craft paper + crayons

 

2. Chalkboard paint + chalk (minus the vino)

 

3. Checklist

 

4. Clearly a fun activity

 

5. Paper cutouts

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6. Fringe

 

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Thursday
November 3, 2011

Get the Look: Clean, Modern Nursery

I fell in love with this clean, modern nursery from Laura of Orange Beautiful after coming across it over on Parenting.com:

 

 

Do you love it too? Get the look:

 

 

clockwise from top left: paper owls, Behr limelight paint, mobile, number poster, abstract art, zigzag pillow, dresser, crib skirt fabric, blanket, crib, rocking horse, glider, marbled paper, porcelain letter

 

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Tuesday
November 1, 2011

Homeschooling Inspiration Pic

Darlene over at Fieldstone Hill is a homeschooling mom & posted this pic from Architectural Digest as inspiration. Isn’t it cute? I think it would be equally fun decorate a vintage nursery with red accents and an XL apple poster above the crib!

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Thursday
October 27, 2011

Get the Look: Vintage Modern Nursery

 

I’ve always loved this nursery from Domino Magazine. It’s just the right combination of modern and vintage; color and neutrals. Do you love it too? Get the look:

 

 

clockwise from top left: early bird pendant lamp, behr dew drop paint, window shade fabric, lion painting, fabric bin, wooden stool, mid-century lamp, flor carpet tiles, giraffe pull toy, modern bookshelf, pendleton blanket, giraffe wallpaper silhouette, sheepskin rug, striped chair

 

Tuesday
October 25, 2011

11 Amazing Wallpapered Nurseries

When we were creating Violet’s nursery, I really wanted to use wallpaper but was worried it would be too difficult with her sloped walls. Some days I wish I had a huge house full of rooms so that I could use all of the amazing wallpaper that is out there! But since I’m not winning the lottery any time soon (considering I don’t play – oops!) I suppose I’ll just have to live vicariously through others. Here are ten eleven children’s spaces that got it just right:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you ever use wallpaper in a nursery?
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Thursday
October 20, 2011

Nursery Idea Board: Neon + Geometry

So I’ve decided to take a little break from doing custom idea boards and just do some for fun. I’m hoping to post one each week if life doesn’t get away from me. Right now two of my favorite things are neons and geometrics, wouldn’t that be such a fun combination for a nursery?!

Clockwise from top left: crib sheets, mobile, pillow, lamp, rug, lion print, original screenprint, wall hooks, neon elephant, crib, blocks, clock

What other nursery idea boards would you like to see?

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Friday
October 14, 2011

Kelly’s ‘Big Girl’ Room

Recently, Kelly wrote to me about for an idea board for her daughter’s big girl room, and I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it with you:

Dear Lauren,

We are getting ready to transition our daughter into a “big girl” room. She will be two in December and a big sister in February. We recently purchased a full size bed in white, and we have her bedding: Pottery Barn Kids, Lillian Quilted Bedding in pink. The wall color is currently a light blue or a bluish gray (Val spar paint: Happy Cloud). I have been considering painting the room a different color for her but I thought it might be okay to stay blue? Your thoughts? I am open to ideas!!

I have purchased letters to spell her name (Belle): Pottery Barn Teen, Wire Wall Letters. And you will see a bench in the photos that I got at a garage sale and would like to paint and recover, I thought it would look cute under the window or at the foot of her bed. My dilemma: curtains/window treatments, a fabric for the bench, accent pillows on her bed, dresser, night stand, book and toy storage ideas, rocking chair . . . I love interior design blogs, mommy blogs and ETSY and search and search for stuff but I have a hard time completing the look with fun decor pictures, fun fabrics etc. How do i get it all to come together? I love your eclectic style.

Excited,
Kelly

No. 1

No. 2 (requested more art, bunting, pillow)

Hmmm…I may have to have another girl so that I can use this board for myself! Visit my blog, with two cats for sources.

www.withtwocats.com

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Friday
October 7, 2011

Chevron for baby

I always love a good chevron print -a chevron print accessory adds a nice modern touch to the nursery. This grey & white chevron print crib skirt is beautiful…it really makes the room feel “crisp & fresh!” (I also love that Deer painting above the crib!)

See the rest of the nursery here.

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Wednesday
October 5, 2011

I’m a Giant Dollhouse Challenge

Is anyone else participating in Emily Henderson’s I’m a Giant Dollhouse Challenge? I was planning to create a dollhouse for Violet anyway, so this was just a fun way to kick-start the project.

I purchased the Christy’s Cottage dollhouse from Melissa & Doug after a lot of research. It got great reviews on quality, and after receiving it in the mail I have to say I am very impressed so far. It also fit my budget of $100 after some searching online for the best price and discount codes. (You can read more about that here).

I also went a little crazy this week snatching up fabric samples and fat quarters, and even a tea towel for the dollhouse. Here are a few that made the cut (plus some seriously amazing lighting inspiration):

pendant, tea towel, botanical fabric, geometric fabric

Check out my dollhouse board on Pinterest for more fabrics and dollhouse inspiration. I’m excited to get my textiles in the mail so that I can start reupholstering and doing what I’m sure will be a terrible job at making curtains, pillows, and bedspreads. Wish me luck – sewing is not my forte!
I’m starting to wonder who will enjoy the dollhouse more – Violet or me?
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Monday
September 12, 2011

Neutral Colored Nurseries

I have to admit that I love color. When people ask my favorite? Well, I love them all! For the longest time I thought that neutral was just another word for boring. It wasn’t until I discovered the blog world that I began to appreciate just how beautiful neutrals could be when they are used in the right way. Here are a few of my favorite neutral nurseries that won’t make you yawn:

Texture is so important in a neutral space, and this nursery is full of it. The soft cowhide, textured wallpaper tree, wild pendant, and warm wood all pitch in to make this space a showstopper. And speaking of texture, I’ve always loved this beautiful textured bedding from Serena and Lily:

And the paper crane mobile installation? To die for. Another way to jazz up a room that doesn’t have much color is to make a statement with the lighting. The Viva Terra Lotus pendant in this space found over on Decor Pad does just that:

And the stunning pendant by David Trubridge as seen in this space designed by Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes (found via Ohdeedoh) is a showstopper as well:

Natural light plays another part in taking a neutral space to the next level. The light streaming through the large window in this quiet nursery designed by Emma Reddinghouse (via Design Sponge) almost gives the room an ethereal feel:

A pop of color goes a long way too. The art in this little girl’s room designed by Lulu De Kwiatkowski (via Lonny Magazine) takes it from boring and beige to cozy and playful in an instant:

Although the walls and floor in this space by Palmer Weiss (via Lonny Mag) are very neutral, color and whimsy is brought in through the accessories and art:

Traditional moldings juxtaposed with simple modern accessories make every detail shine in Lena Corwin’s nursery:

This space could have easily been a boring beige box but parents Aubrey and Lindsay went big (literally) with an oversized plush giraffe and a large piece of whimsical art to make this nursery a true delight:

Mom Nikki Perisi hit it out of the park with this amazing neutral nursery for her son, Holden. The wall decals make a statement, the elephants add the fun, and the textured cowhide rug pulls it all together:

 

I don’t think I’ll be doing a room in all neutrals any time soon, but these designers and parents have certainly taught me that beige isn’t always boring.

What do you think of neutral children’s spaces? Do you think it’s a missed opportunity to have fun with color or a smart way to create a soothing space that will grow with your little one?

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Monday
August 29, 2011

itty bitty ceramic houses

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i just spotted these on Etsy. you can have them personalized with your baby’s name. so cute! by The Little Red Door.

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Wednesday
August 24, 2011

For Your Wee Ones: Light as a Feather

 

Clockwise from top left: garland, mobile, owl plushie, dress, wings, print, featherband

 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win a custom idea board for your nursery, home, or event!

Monday
August 22, 2011

Giveaway: Custom Idea Board

As a thank you to all of my readers here on Spearmint Baby, I’ve decided to giveaway a custom idea board. If you have a room that you need a little help with, are designing a nursery but aren’t sure where to start, or even planning a party, this one’s for you!

Girls Spaces:

Boys’ Spaces:

Events:

Home:

Idea board package includes initial consultation, idea board, sources, and up to two revisions. To enter, visit with two cats and leave a comment below.

Additional entries:

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The contest will be open to all Spearmint Baby readers through Friday, August 26th – good luck and thanks for reading!

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Tuesday
August 16, 2011

How To Create a Sophisticated Nursery

I’m starting a new series over on my blog with two cats all about striking the right balance between sophistication and fun to create the perfect space for a child.

While I think it’s important to bring in adult decor into children’s spaces to prevent them from becoming too “cutesy”, I’ve also seen a lot of spaces lately that are going overboard and taking all of the whimsy, life, and fun out of a space that is supposed to be for little ones. (Example 1, Example 2)

After studying some of the best nurseries and kid’s rooms out there I’ve decided that there are three main elements that work together in each to create a great space:

  1. Color Palette
  2. Whimsical Touches
  3. Statement Piece

Each week on with two cats I’m going to share a few spaces that get it just right and talk about how they did it. I thought I’d share the first set here on Spearmint Baby as well. I’ll start with this colorful, yet sophisticated space of Ramya Giangola and Chiara over on THE GLOW:

Color Palette – is one of the biggest things that makes this room read ‘child’. Separately, any of the important items in this room could easily fit into an adult space – the chevron bedspread, the floral rug or the abstract art . Even the chairs are very grown-up looking. None of these pieces necessarily read ‘kid’ on their own, but together the bold color palette created by all of these items makes this space just right for a fun-loving little one.

Whimsical Touches – stuffed animals, toy dinosaurs, and a playful garland all add to the childlike feel of the room

Statement Piece – Without the bold large-scale abstract art, the space would still be playful, but a little too monochromatic. This colors of this piece in combination with the rest of the space really shout, “This room is playful!” And playful = perfect for a child.

 

Next up is a room created by Palmer Weiss that I found in Lonny Magazine:

Color Palette – The main pieces in this room are very formal – the valanced drapes, upholstered headboards, bolster pillows, and tailored bedding are all very sophisticated and adult. It’s the color palette that really makes this room come to life. Bold oranges and soft pinks rescue what could have quickly become a very stuffy child’s room.

Whimsical Touches - A couple of ruffled pillows, a fun modern pendant and a few childish knick knacks on the dresser/nightstand are all it takes to add a little childish whimsy to the space.

Statement Piece – The stand-out pieces in this room are definitely the two photographs hanging above the beds. In case the color story and childish touches didn’t win you over, these pieces let you know without a doubt that children live here. (And the sunglasses are a great and unexpected touch).

 

And last (for today), but certainly not least is this beautiful and sophisticated nursery from Samantha Farjo found over on Decor Pad:

Color Palette – This room is mostly neutral, however the pops of springy green in the space help to add life to what would otherwise be a dull color palette for a baby.

Whimsical Touches – The birdcage pendant, stuffed animals, elephant toy, and polka-dot pillow all add those important childish elements to this elegant room.

Statement Piece – The bold botanical wallpaper would look right at home in an adult space, but the spring green colorway and climbing vines pattern add interest and movement to the quiet solids of the rest of the room.

 

What do you think of the first three rooms? Do you think that they work well as children’s space? What do you think makes them work (or not)?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

P.S. If you’d like to follow along with the entire series, be sure to check out my blog with two cats next week!

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Tuesday
August 16, 2011

The Robot Room: Nursery Design for a Baby Boy

by Christine Hart

As soon as I found out I was having a boy, I realized pretty quickly that most of the sweetest nursery themes were all for baby girls. Cherry blossoms, vintage sparrows, butterflies – you get the idea.

Since I wasn’t keen on ultra-modern, minimalist, or boring old blue, I started thinking about the cool toys I wanted to share with my son. From that point on, the theme was easy – robots!

The Crib, Crib Bedding and Wall Décor

I started with a few lively paintings from Cici Art Factory, a robot blanket from Mamasan Maternity, and an adorable robot rug. To decorate his bookshelves, I added a few Transformer toys. But to have something he would be able to actually play with sooner than later, I also purchased a block-style robot puzzle from Guidecraft.

Cici Art Factory 11 X 14 Robots In Love Series Paper Print - Donka Loves 80s Music

Fun Rugs Olive Kids Style Go Robots Rug

Guidecraft Primary Puzzle: Robot

Regardless of theme, I wanted my nursery purchases to be practical. Knowing we might want to change the linen and pictures, maybe even several times, I decided my crib had to be the anchor. So I started browsing convertible cribs at Baby Crib Station. I looked for designs with angular lines to complement the robot imagery.

Paired with so many bright colors, black convertible cribs were the best fit with my robot theme, but espresso baby cribs could also work with this color scheme. I may be one of the few moms who didn’t paint my nursery walls, but crisp white worked so nicely with the vivid robots and black baby furniture. I couldn’t have been happier!

DaVinci Jayden 4-in-1 Convertible Wood Baby Crib w/ Toddler Rail in Ebony

 Stork Craft Milan 2-in 1 Crib and Changer in Espresso

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