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GIRL Skateboards x Sanrio

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A few years ago GIRL Skateboards collaborated with Sanrio to create three skate decks with Hello Kitty. Now, GIRL is building on the collaboration by creating a series of skateboards where each of their riders has their own Sanrio character deck. I want all of these!! My only question is, where are the Little Twin Stars??

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Design Spotting: My Infatuation with Eames Furniture

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Almost three years ago I got pregnant and after years of looking for a house, my husband and I decided that we needed to find a house soon. Our one-bedroom apartment in North Beach, San Francisco was not going to cut it anymore. We quickly realized we were priced out of the city and we kept looking further and further out of the city. By the time we started looking further out in the suburbs we were dejected, tired and losing hope that we’d find a house we loved. Well, we did find a house we loved but it was a good 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. The trade-off for proximity to the city was finding a beautiful house we could afford – and being able to furnish it with some of our dream furniture.

Eames Molded Plastic Eiffel Side Chair

When we bought the house it was our first time doing real furniture shopping. I had done plenty of shopping at IKEA but that doesn’t count. We were looking at furniture that was not meant to be disposable anymore. As we did our research we found that we kept gravitating to the same style – we found out that we loved Mid-Century Modern.

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair

One of the great designers of the Mid-Century Modern period and style are husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames. The pair came up with some of the most iconic pieces of furniture that define the Mid-Century Modern style. Not only are these pieces aesthetically beautiful, but they are completely functional. They are some of the most user-friendly and comfortable pieces of furniture that I have ever used. That the Eames’ styles still endure is a testament to its lasting design.

There are times that I miss living in the city, and it’s in those moments that I ease into my Eames Lounge and I forget all about SF.







This Design Spotting post was sponsored by Dyson.

The Dyson Air Multiplier is available in table, tower and pedestal sizes. With no fast-spinning blades, it’s safe, easy to clean, and generates smooth air with no buffeting. Keep cool with Dyson Air Multiplier. Learn more at www.dyson.com/cooling.

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

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Design Spotting: Finding Beauty in Nature’s Designs

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I’m a sucker for good design.  Whether it’s a beautifully plated meal, a clean typeface or distinguished architecture, I love to see good design at work.  My favorite designs though are the ones we find in nature – they are the blueprint for everything we see around us.

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From vibrant colors, varying textures, infinite shapes and sizes, nature provides us with the most beautiful designs.  Many of the designs we admire in our modern world in some way relate back to what we find in nature.  The spiraling structure of the Guggenheim Museum is reminiscent of a seashell and the main vault of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona mimics a forest.  Many women’s dresses often evoke flowers from the obvious tulip or petal skirts to more complex designs.  And let’s not forget Bjork’s swan dress!

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I suppose it’s only natural that when we approach design – whether it’s products or structures – we instinctually are inspired by nature’s designs.  From flora and fauna, to sea and surf, our natural world is an infinite repository of design inspiration.  With the natural beauty that we are surrounded by, we have very high expectations to meet.

This Design Spotting post was sponsored by Dyson.

The Dyson Air Multiplier is available in table, tower and pedestal sizes. With no fast-spinning blades, it’s safe, easy to clean, and generates smooth air with no buffeting. Keep cool with Dyson Air Multiplier. Learn more at www.dyson.com/cooling.

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

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Linky Dinks: 05.12.11

♥♥Pirouette Blog shows us the cutest maternity tee we’ve ever seen. It will help answer the endless string of “Do you know what it is? Is it a boy or a girl?” questions.

♥♥Babyology shows us gorgeous color blocked furniture from Italian furniture company Dear Kids.

♥♥Ohdeedoh shows us the coolest bed ever made to look like a (soon-to-be extinct) book.

♥♥Li’l Magoolie shows us how to make a DIY Light Up Felt City – this would be really cute for Christmas!

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Linky Dinks: 04.29.11

♥♥Little Scandinavian shows us some gorgeous hair accessories fit for little princesses.

♥♥Ohdeedoh and BuyModernBaby give us the scoop on the new Marimekko shop at Crate & Barrel which features items for kids.

♥♥Coochicoos shows us some really fun DIY crayon art.

♥♥Hanging Mobile Gallery has some really nice mobiles – some of them are “museum-worthy”

♥♥Rainbow Birthday Cake – need I say more??

♥♥Balloons + Wall = Bubble Wall.   So cute!

♥♥Lil’ Magoolie shows us how to make a DIY colorful raincloud mobile.

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The Writing On The Wall: IdeaPaint to the Rescue

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When I found out I was having a baby one of the first design decisions I made was that I wanted chalkboard paint somewhere in the baby’s room. While that hasn’t happened yet – we decided to wait until she can actually use it – I did end up painting a wall in my foyer black. We opted for chalkboard paint because it’s a high traffic area and I figured it would be easy to clean. So far, so good – I love it!

If you’re more of a dry erase board person, it’s your lucky day. IdeaPaint lets you turn “anything you can paint into a high-performance dry-erase surface.” Awesome! The uses are pretty endless…home office, work office, kids room, garage – anywhere you want to jot stuff down. I love the idea of painting a kid’s table top as well.

IdeaPaint is has Greenguard Certification. It doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, ships in minimal packaging and does away with all the post-it notes and whiteboards.

Source: California Home + Design

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Sales on The Mini Social: 1.25.11

The Mini Social, a flash sale site just for the kiddos has some really cute sales going on.   Some of them end in the next twenty-four hours, and some are still on for a few days.  If you see something you like, get it fast because the cute stuff is selling out fast!  Here are some of my favorites…

Jellycat Books

Jellycat has some really cute stuffed animals but when it comes to baby toys, plush toys are a dime a dozen. What I really like was their baby books.  The book is hardcover but has a plush tail – perfect for baby since her only interest in books right now is sticking them in her mouth.

Lillybee

Lillybee has some adorable sweater pieces – some of them are even cashmere!  Perfect for keeping tiny dancers warm in the cold winter months. I especially love the details like the contrast color edges, kimono style of the cardigan and the ribbon tie on the tank.


Children Inspire Design

I’m always on the look out for children’s art and wall hangings that are unique and not generic.  Children Inspire Design has a really cute assortment of posters and prints for nurseries and kid’s rooms.  My favorite is the set of nesting dolls but they also have posters with cute sayings and modern takes on animals.

Sophie Catalou

Sophie Catalou has whimsical, feminine pieces for tiny dancers.  Most of the pieces I liked were for summer – I guess it’s because I’m already over winter…

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LittleCollector.com: Art for the Young Enthusiast

Decorating a children’s nursery/room can be a little intimidating. Many of the decorative items start looking the same: pink, blue and brown seem to be the only colors to choose from. Many of the options are overly “cutesy” and it’s hard to junk up a room when you’ve spent a lot of time and energy decorating your dream home/apartment.

Chrissy Crawford, art consultant and independent curator is answering our prayers with the launch of LittleCollector.com, an online gallery of contemporary art for kids. Speaking about the project’s inspiration, Crawford stated:

I work privately for a lot of families who wanted art for their kids’ rooms…I was completely underwhelmed by the options out there. So I started talking to artist friends of mine, and a lot of them are young parents. It developed from there.

The gallery consists of new works and pieces from archives from artists including Kenny Scharf, Bo Bartlett, Inka Essenhigh, Cynthia Rowley, David Levinthal and Matthew Carden. Crawford is going to rotate the artistic talent featured on the site to keep things fresh and hopes to include more fashion designers in the future.

In addition to original work, to make LittleCollector.com more accessible, the site will also sell limited edition prints that cost from $40 to $375. The pieces are geared directly to children, Crawford explained:

The front of our frames are Plexiglas so the art can be hung at the child’s eye level. And if the work falls, it’s not glass, so it’s not going to break or hurt anyone. It’s important to me that parents aren’t hanging the pieces at high levels so the children can’t touch them.

LittleCollector.com will also encourage kids in their artistic pursuits with its Art 101 feature “that covers a full range of artists from Paul Cézanne to Damien Hirst, a listing of children-friendly art activities and exhibits in the U.S. and a blog where parents are encouraged to submit their own decorating ideas.

LittleCollector.com launched on December 13th. If you visit the site before the launch you can sign up for the newsletter. I’m very excited about this website because I think it provides parents a chance to introduce art to their children at a young age and allows parents to decorate a kid’s room without sacrificing their taste.

Source: WWD

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Linky Dinks: 11.11.10

♥♥Yet another egg recall – check your cartons! Babble.

♥♥If you’re traveling this holiday season, check out the Bed Bug Registry.  You don’t want to take those critters home with you! Babble.

♥♥I’m loving these placemats from DwellStudio. LilSugar.

♥♥Enter the Yummie Tummie Sweepstakes to win a $500 Yummie Tummie Wardrobe.

♥♥Join the Soft Toy Movement!  For every soft toy you buy at Ikea, the company will donate $1 to help educate a child.

♥♥Win your wish list courtesy of The Land of Nod – naughty ones need not apply!

And some news that makes me go, WTF??

:( A 10-year old girl gives birth.

:( A chain smoking 2-year old is sent to rehab.

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