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Sponsored: Revitalize and Redesign with Home Depot

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My dream kitchen – I love the Mondrian-inspired wallpaper. Photo of a page from Bazaar Magazine

Growing up I spent most of my time at home in the kitchen; while my mom cooked dinner, I sat at the kitchen table and did homework.  Now that I have my house, I’m the one doing the cooking and the kitchen is the focal point of our home.  And, inevitably, when we entertain, everyone ends up in the kitchen.

Such an important room needs some extra TLC — here are five ways to add some (more) life to your kitchen…

1.  Pop of Color!

I prefer kitchens that are white, as they have an air of sterility and cleanliness — two things you want your kitchen to be!  But just because it’s clean, it doesn’t need to look clinical.  One of the advantages of a white kitchen is that you can brighten things up by adding a pop of color — and most any color will work.  You can change the color depending on your mood or season., just swap out towels, table cloths, and accessories.

2.  Add Some Life

Plant life, that is.  Plants and flowers make all rooms better, and the kitchen is no different.  Adding some plants (I personally have a bunch of orchids in my kitchen) are a great way to add something fresh to your kitchen, especially if you don’t have a great view from your window.

3.  Paint the Walls and/or Cabinets

One of the cheapest ways to revitalize a room is by using some paint.  Whether you change up the walls, or your wooden cabinets, a new color will give the kitchen a whole new look.

4.  Change the Hardware

If you can’t change the cabinets and drawers, a less expensive option is to change the hardware.  Adding a metallic or matte finish will transform the look of the kitchen.

5.  Add Some Art

Like plant life, art adds so much vibrancy to a room.  Whether you go for fine art, or you child’s latest masterpiece, displaying art in the kitchen is another way to add personality and life to a room.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by The Home Depot via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Home Depot.

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Where Did All the Colors Go? by Adrien Broom

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Adrien Broom is an artist and photographer who has been working on a project called “Where Did All the Colors Go?” — an art project destined to become a children’s book, short film and all around multi-media extravaganza for your tablets.

The premise is simple. The story is told through the eyes of a little girl and when she wakes up she realizes color has disappeared. As she moves on from room to room, she rediscovers colors. Though meant for children, the imagery is so enchanting it’s hard not to get drawn in — perhaps it appeals to the kids in us.

You can hear Adrien talk about the project below. She’s already met all of her funding so we can expect this to become a reality. In fact, she’s slated to have an exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Virginia, in 2014.

Overview of Project/ Kickstarter Video from Adrien Broom on Vimeo.

I’m not sure when the book will be out but I’ll keep you posted because I definitely want a copy for myself, um, I mean, for the tiny dancer!

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Andy Warhol + Bugaboo “Flowers” and “Cars”

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Andy Warhol, the father of Pop Art, revolutionized how we see and experience art. His influence is still felt today and through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts his artwork and legacy live on. The latest project to bring Andy Warhol’s work to life is with Bugaboo in a multi-year creative collaboration. In May 2013, we’ll see the release of two sets of accessories collections: “Flowers” and “Cars”.

Bugaboo always has great collaborations with designers but this is definitely one of my favorites. I only wish they weren’t so pricey so I could get one for my Tiny Dancer. If you could afford one of these babies, enjoy it!

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Disney It’s a Small World by LeSportsac Collection

lesportsac disney its a small world collection

If you’ve read this blog then you probably know we are a family of Disney lovers. And one of my favorite things about Disneyland is “it’s a small world”. It was my favorite as a kid and not that I have a little girl of my own we enjoy “it’s a small world” as a family.

For the Winter 2012 collection, LeSportsac teamed up with Disney to create a collection featuring handbags, totes and accessories that combine the bright aesthetic of LeSportsac with inspiration from the mid-century artwork of Disney artist Mary Blair who created the whimsical look of the “it’s a small world” ride.

Disney It’s a Small World by LeSportsac collection includes five seasonal deliveries, each inspired by a specific country. In addition to celebrating a country, each delivery will be anchored with a Signature Tote and a colorful print that pays tribute to the unique facades and architectural works of Disney’s “it’s a small world” Theme park attraction. The collection kicks off with a celebration of Tahiti that includes two graphic totes and a range of 12 styles in two vibrant prints.

You can find the Disney It’s a Small World by LeSportsac collection on LeSportsac.com.

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Save PBS! Join the Million Puppet March

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately you’ve probably been hearing a lot about the upcoming presidential election. Mitt Romney has come under fire because he has explicitly stated “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS. I love Big Bird.” Well if you love Big Bird so much why will you be effectively canceling his show??

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If you are among the many Big Bird and PBS supporters you can have your voice heard (1) by not voting for Romney and (2) by walking the Million Puppet March on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  For more information check out the Million Puppet March Facebook page and MillionPuppetMarch.com.

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Swing Table – Just Picture Feeding Your Kids

Swing Table

I just came across this photo as I was catching up with my email and it’s truly a unique design. Yes, you are seeing correctly, the tables and chairs are sans legs – all are suspended like a swing. I cracked myself up trying to picture myself feeding the Tiny Dancer while sitting at the swing table and I thought you may get a chuckle out of it too. Enjoy!

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The (My First Car) Viktor & Rolf for Bugaboo Stroller

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Bugaboo has teamed up with Marc Jacobs and Missoni and now their latest designer stroller is designed by Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf. The Viktor & Rolf for Bugaboo stroller dubbed “My First Car” features a monochromatic design in grey with detailing to look like a car such as hand-stitched handle bar and carry handle reminiscent of leather stitched steering wheels. The stroller and footmuff even come equipped with their own license plates reading “bb – ♡ – V&R”. My favorite design feature are the rear wheels with the Viktor & Rolf embelm in them.

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Designers Designers Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren stated:

Working on this collaboration with Bugaboo was a creative challenge for us as it’s out of our immediate design sphere, which always proves to be interesting as you can think about objects differently. In doing so, we envisioned a My First Car Bugaboo – a luxurious and innovative vehicle which is the ultimate in mobility design. There is a slightly ironic and unexpected twist as this Bugaboo takes to the open road – but we love the idea of any design object being transformative.

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The (My First Car) Viktor & Rolf for Bugaboo Stroller is available in stores worldwide and in the U.S. at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Bugaboo.com beginning in September 2012.

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viktor & rolf bugaboo

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Cloudy Film by Friends With You

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Friends With You are best known for their fun visual graphics, toys and collectible pieces but the artistic duo Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III of FWY recently produced an animated film short showing the lives of clouds. The short film takes us through the life of a happy cloud set to tunes and sounds of these adorable clouds. I got sucked into watching this short – I’m hoping the Tiny Dancer will enjoy it as much as I did – I’m guessing she will!

Cloudy from FriendsWithYou on Vimeo.

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Lunchbox Art – Getting Crafty With Your Kid’s Lunch

Yo Gabba Gabba Lunch from LunchboxAwesome

Yo Gabba Gabba Lunch from LunchboxAwesome

We were told as kids, and probably tell our kids today, not to play with our food. There’s a growing trend among moms and they’re not only playing with food but making art. Whether they are trying to make healthy food look exciting to little ones or whether they are channeling creative energy, these moms are making lunches that look too good to eat. I even came across images of grocery stores packaging fruit in fun ways to appeal to children.

Lunch by This Lunch Rox

Lunch by This Lunch Rox

Have you ever gone out of your way to create “fun” foods for your kids? Did it work? I’d love to hear about it!

fruit art for Fresh N Friends

Fruit Art for Fresh 'N' Friends

Check out these flickr streams for more inspiration: Cuteobento & Packed Lunch

Lunch by This Lunch Rox

Lunch by This Lunch Rox

Hello Kitty Lunch by LunchboxAwesome

Hello Kitty Lunch by LunchboxAwesome

Sesame Street Lunch by LunchboxAwesome

Sesame Street Lunch by LunchboxAwesome

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Kids Love the Dirt! Dirt Is Good Campaign

I don’t know what it is about the dirt but for some reason kid’s love it. My Tiny Dancer can’t get enough of it. As an adult, it totally grosses me out but so long as she’s not putting it in her mouth I feel like I should let her explore. There’s a small patch of dirt in our backyard and she can spend the afternoon just shoveling the dirt and pouring it between buckets. I don’t know what the fascination holds -maybe it’s part of that magic that we lose as we “grow up”. Whatever it is, when I saw this Dirt is Good campaign for a line of detergent in Singapore, I thought it was pretty brilliant. Enjoy!

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