Today in the states, we celebrate Halloween. A day filled with pumpkins, candy, costumes, haunted houses, parades, smiles and sugar rushes! See you on Monday. (image via brancusi7)
BeeBee is a German based children's clothing line that made this great little number called Schlupfdecke. Which I think means "slip blanket"? It's a super soft blanket for your newborn that comes with legs and a wrap around effect.
Somewhere in Manhattan is home that doubles as an art gallery and a family home. It's uncertain which of the two this bunk bed is situated in. I can only imagine by the looks of the kid's room below, that the bunk bed is just on display. Do any of my readers know which gallery this is? (photographer : Verne / OWI)
Over at Ohdeedoh, they are having a kid's color contest. One of the entries, from reader Kristin, is actually pretty dope! They took her old doll house and turned it into a bookshelf / changing table. Bravo!
I think the D:2 chair from Desirée Sundberg could make for a great reading chair for your a child. Throw a nice little seat cushion on it and voilà! I wonder if you turned it on it's side, would it make for a good little table?
It's Da-Bloom from Industrial Designer Jin-Young Lee. Made from plywood and plastic, the table can be customized to your liking with just a few simple twists and turns. Use it as a chair and table or for the children to create an imaginary hide-out. Da-Bloom can also be custom made in various colors - you choose your bloom.
So this morning my daughter had her first ever school pictures done. Up until the last minute this morning, she wanted to be dressed in a princess gown with a crown. A request that I felt was just fine. I mean why not? Then I started thinking about the other kids and would they be upset that they did not get to play dress up for their pics? So we came to a compromise where for her individual picture, a princess she could be...but for the group shot (shown here) , she would have to dress in her normal clothes. Like I said, at the last minute, she changed her mind. However, I think she had a great idea! Why not dress up in a costume for your class pictures? It sure would make them more fun to look at in 20 years!
If you are in the NY area this weekend, stop by the Cookie Living Show House where I will be doing 2 free hours worth of Design Consultations this Saturday from 11:30-1:30pm. On Sunday from 1pm-2pm, I will be giving a free presentation and Q&A on “Designing Your Kid's Room and Child Proofing Tips." Bring the whole family as there are plenty of things to keep everyone's attention! Check out the press so far on NY1 and the NY Post.
For the consultation, you can rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line put : Oct 18, Ward. Directions to the Cookie Living Show House, in Battery Park City, can be found here.
Gensler Architect firm designed a children's retail concept store by the name of Baroue in Kuwait. Baroue means "role play" in Kuwaiti - seeks to create a lifestyle environment that caters to a child's desire for exploration, recreation and self- expression. Aside from toys, salons and food catered to kids, Baroue also feature radio frequency identification system (RFID) with viewing console units to allow parents to locate younger children anywhere in the store.
DOT has a very cute placemat that is made up of three polypropylene comic strip-shaped mats. The package
includes also three handmade chocolate pastels which allows you to
leave drawings and messages in the morning to your beloved. After being
washed in sudsy water, the mats will be as good as new, ready to accept
new messages the following morning.
Nope, you are not looking at my new fall wardrobe. These are actually looks put together by the wonderful people over at Little Fashion Gallery to show what's cutting edge in kid's wear. Can I get any of these in my size?
Here are the first shots of the CookieLiving room that I have been working. A few pics are from my iPhone and some are from the lovely Tina. Today it opened to the public and I am very thankful for everyone who helped me along the way! A majority of the items are handmade or vintage with a few brand spanking new items.... like the OTT Hooks from byproduct and Boodalee's Throw Pillows. A special highlight for me was a lovely visit today from Oliver Jeffers. he was kind enough to leave a little chalk drawing on the desk. If you're in Battery Park City over the next three weekends, please stop by and take a look. You can view more pics and get info about the items in the room here. Make sure to go upstairs and check the amazing nursery that Koko Architecture designed....simply beautiful!
Artist Dallas Shaw just launched her Modern Baby Block print. You have 12 prints to choose from that reflect your mini's birth month. Lovely. The print changes by month, so mom can purchase the print that her little one is born in. The design is sleek and modern,is different by month and won't distract from any nursery. For modern mommies only! Also, the wording in the corner is different as well: december baby, march darling, june bug.....The prints are 8.5 x 11, on non glare, matte paper and come in fitted plastic.
Meet the Dulce Caramelo child's chair. Created by Mexican designer, Luis Luna, the Caramelo can be used both as a chair and a rocking chair with a simple change in position.
The designer has a really nice quote as well : “I am a 23 year old, Industrial design student, a full time dreamer, part time designer and occasional storyteller."
Head on over to Cookie Magazine's Cookie Living Show Home any fri-sun from October 10-October 26. There are going to be a ton of events and really great programs. I will be doing individual design consultations on Saturday , October 18th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Feel free to bring a picture of a room that you might need some advice or direction with....or if you have an inspiration pic for a space and don't know how to make it happen...I will be available to help your tackle those design woes. Make sure to RSVP to email@example.com with the subject line "Oct 18, Ward". I will also be doing a baby/child proofing program on Sunday , October 19th from 1-2pm. Best of all....it's free.
Make sure to stop into the kid's room that i have been working on. Here is the concept behind it : One staple in Minor Details design philosophy is to spark a child's imagination. With Merle's room, inspiration came from the pages of a book*. Most of the furniture is handmade, re-invented or vintage. With this approach a greener message is achieved. The motivation behind the color palette was to provide a gender neutral path for any child who enters. By adding a ton of books, vintage marionette puppets, and milk-fueled highway wallpaper, it was our hope to create an environment where curiosity leads to creativity. Welcome, please make yourself at home.
*The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
See you then!
I'm very excited to share the latest piece of furniture that I built for the Cookie Magazine project that I've been working on. I took this wallpaper, made a few recessed cubbies, under mounted lights, man-handled a jigsaw and this is what the final headboard looks like! Up next is a bookcase turn eames-esc side bench with a secret hiding spot for your child's diary......