Playhouses Galore with Antsy Pants

There are hundreds of wonderful tent and playhouse styles for kids and we’ve shared many of my favorites in the past, but now Target has a clever system of buildable play spaces from Antsy Pants.

The system starts with a set of poles and connectors. The sets are available in small, medium and large sizes. The small size shown below is used to create a shop like the Donut Shop or Farmers Market.

The medium set is perfect for tents, playhouses and castles, while the large set can be used for even more complex designs like the ice cream truck or pirate ship as well!

With the addition of fabric covers, the building sets can transform into any number of fun play areas like this circus tent

the amazing pirate ship

or this adorable lemonade stand.

There’s even a convenient storage container to contain all the pieces.

The Antsy Pants system is exclusively available at Target and you may want to get all the pieces you like sooner than later because you can never be sure how long they will carry this uniquely wonderful collection.

New to the Zoo: London Leopard and Dax Dalmatian from Skip Hop

Two new characters have joined the Skip Hop Zoo– London Leopard (black, tan and pink) and

Dax Dalmatian (red, black and red). These cute new characters are each available as Little Kid Backpacks ($20), Insulated Kids Lunch Bags ($15) and Straw Bottles ($7).

This brings the collection up to 27 current characters! Which one is your favorite?

14 May 2017, 9:55pm
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Happy Mother’s Day

We were running around all day today so we could go meet my newest nephew (less than a week old!), so this post is a little later than usual, but I hope all you modern moms, moms-to-be, mothering types and motherhood supporters had a wonderful day.

This is our first Mother’s Day photo outside the house and I feel like there are a couple lessons there. One, as a mother, you have to learn to be flexible. Nothing is guaranteed to match your expectations, so you have to roll with it and be happy with the joy there is, not what you think ought to be. Second, as your kids get older (as you can see mine keep doing!), the world expands. From the nursery to the rest of the home, to the neighborhood, then school and beyond… their world keeps growing and expanding and yours moves along with it. We may feel cooped up in the early days and years by nap times and mealtimes and then the school calendar, but life opens up and it gets both easier to manage and harder to keep them as close as you’d like.

I thank these two brown haired, brown eyed, growing too fast smiling faces for loving me as their mom, for trusting that I know what I’m doing and teaching me so many lessons about myself. If you’re just starting on the journey of motherhood, just wait. It’s so much more than you can imagine.

With love,
-Esther

Modern Baby Gifts from Nambé

I have been known to put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to shopping for just the right gift, but for new baby or first birthdays, the baby and kids gift items from Nambé really hit the mark.

My favorite piece is the Kibo Piggy Bank. It’s a minimal and durable design by Alvaro Uribe done in a modern Stainless Steel and Acacia Wood combination.

The dining pieces make incredible gifts and you should take a look at the Kibo Toddler Flatware Set, Baby Dish and the Baby Cup as well as the Baby Nambé Feeding Set  (shown below).

Another really unique gift is the Belo First Tooth & Curl Box. Many parents save things like this, but this is the way to turn them into a really treasured keepsake.

Check out the full collection on nambe.com.

1 May 2017, 8:04pm
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My Modern Nursery #120: The House in the Night Inspiration Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

For this month I was inspired by the soothing poetry of Susan Swanson and etched illustrations of Beth Krommes in the Caldecott award winning picture book, “The House in the Night.” Even in the darkness, the light shines through this soothing bedtime story.

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In only black, white and yellow, the images are rich and textured. Even though the pages are mostly black, a light glows through it all and there’s nothing to fear in the night.

House in the night illustrations by Beth Krommes

With Perfect Gray walls, I’ve made the room a bit lighter than the book but used similar dark tones with yellow accents. There’s nothing to fear at bedtime in this glowing modern nursery.

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1- Maya Sun Screen Print in Yellow Ochre– £105 GBP framed
2- Threshold Macrame Wall Hanging– $20
3- Perfect Gray from Project Nursery and Lullaby Paint- $59 a gallon
4- Stokke Home Crib– $700
5- Ella Golden Yellow Table Lamp– $100
6- Bird on a Wood Perch #3– $45
7- Arch White 3-Drawer Chest– $500
8- Black/White Throw Pillow Medallion– $20
Tufted Global Stripe Throw Pillow– $20
Woven Striped Throw Pillow– $20
Black Global Lumbar Throw Pillow– $20
9- Kenya Fleece Accent Rug– $200
10- Yellow Woven Diamond Oversized Throw Pillow– $30
Panda Softie from Poosac- $53
Milo Glider– $1300

We have additional inspiration for your The House in the Night nursery on our Pinterest page. There are many more decor options to help you customize this silvery moonlit space.

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our literary nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest. I love working with them on these nursery boards and coming up with modern nursery inspiration using their baby-safe colors.

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Nursery Trend: Oversized Florals

The bold, girly trend showing up more and more in modern nurseries this year is oversized florals. This really does make decorating the nursery simple. You just keep things basic and let the walls do all the talking.

This Floral Pastel Nursery on 100 Layer Cake-let is incredible with one hand-painted feature wall.

Floral pastel nursery from 100 layer cake-let

Lillya’s Nursery from Monkia Hibbs is wrapped in magnificent wallpaper.

Lillya's Nursery from Monika Hibbs

Heather Sartain posted this amazing wallpaper and crib combo on Instagram.

Nursery from HeatherSartainsStyle on IG

Even without expensive wallpaper or artistic talent, there are some beautiful large scale floral wall decals from Urban Walls that make it easy to achieve this dynamic look. Try Vintage Floral

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Graphic Flower Clusters

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Peonies, or Greyscale Floral.

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What do you think? Have you found any other great examples of the large scale floral trend?

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Unique Felted Mobiles

There are theme mobiles and felt mobiles but Gulnara Kydyrmyshova does themed felt mobiles really well.

I love how the pieces hang off the large palm in the Pink Flamingo Mobile.

Pink Flamingo Mobile

Owls and stars are common mobile motifs, but Gulnara’s Owls and Stars Mobile has a fresh and original look.
Owls and Stars Mobile
And for something really original, check out the Taco Dreams Mobile.
Taco Dreams Mobile

You can find these at uncommon goods for $48 each (and be sure to search for the matching booties!).

16 Apr 2017, 7:53am
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My Modern Nursery #119: Miss Rumphius Nursery Inspiration Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

My newest nursery nursery series sponsored by Lullaby Paints is inspired by the art and illustrations of some of my favorite children’s books. The first title I selected is Miss Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Cooney paints an inspirational tale of a woman, who after a full life of work, adventure and travel, finds a way to make a lasting mark by making the world a more beautiful place.

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With a subtly colorful palette, the atmosphere of the book is warm and lush and rich. You can feel warm sunshine, cool breezes and smell the lupine fragrance in the air.

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We’ve captured the colors of the book in this sweet nursery space and infused it with the spirit Miss Rumphius’s adventures. Miss Rumphius made the world more beautiful, and you can start baby off in a beautiful environment of her own.

My Modern Nursery 119 Miss Rumphius Inspired Nursery

1- Spoiled Rotten from Lullaby Paints
Large World Map Poster from Art Prints Vicky- $68
2- Barton 24″ Pleated Drum Pendant– $500
3- Sailboat Mobile from Enchanted Pendulosity- $60
4- Flora in Peach by Yao Cheng-
5- Children’s Companion Library– Set of 12- $180
Wrightwood Grey Stain and White 3-Drawer Dresser– $700
6- Archway Crib– $800
7- Boho Holiday Pink/Lilac Rug– $540
8- Jess Brown + Cathy Callahan Tiny Macrame Natural Doll– $234
9- Lake Glider in Kelly Green- $1500
Claremore Toddler Sham– $30
10- Lindved Side Table from Ikea- $20

We have additional inspiration for your Miss Rumphius nursery on our Pinterest page. There are many more decor options to help you customize this sweet and lovely space.

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our literary nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest. I love working with them on these nursery boards and coming up with modern nursery inspiration using their baby-safe colors.

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5 Apr 2017, 1:21pm
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Adorable Animal Nightlights

I love browsing through Anthropologie whenever I’m near one, and I tend to gravitate to their little corner of treasures for kids.

I’ve discovered this cute collection of “Peaceful Animal Night Lights,” which includes your choice of giraffe, elephant or whale. ($32)

Peaceful Animal Nightlight from Anthropologie

Night lights are must-haves in my book and with such great colors and adorable designs, these might be the perfect ones in your modern nursery.

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