The beginning of October is my favorite time of year, the smell of fall is in the air and in a few weeks, I will start making my son’s Halloween Costume – or buying unique items and mixing them up. Being a working mom is hard, I have to balance between my want-to-do list and my reality. If you don’t have time to make your babiekins Halloween Costumes this year, this wicked cute round-up can help inspire you to come up with an original costume as unique as your babiekin! If you don’t celebrate Halloween, these costumes are perfect for imagination play all year round. Enjoy and Trick-or-Treat!
Guest post by Patty Nelson of @tinykaper.
Ever’s toddler room was her big gift this past Christmas. I started putting her room together by first converting her crib into a toddler bed. The bed became not only a place for her to sleep in, but also served as a space for her to lounge, read and play. Most of the larger pieces of furniture in her room were purchased from either Ikea or Target, which we ended up doing some DIY on. We then chose a rug that continues to serve as a statement piece and anchor for her entire room.
What I like most about her room is that it is filled with colorful toys, objects and decor from small businesses and shops we’ve come across on Instagram. We’ve become friends with many of these shop owners and talented artisans, and they continue to be such a great source of inspiration for me in decorating Ever’s constantly evolving space.
My biggest piece of advice for those putting a kids’ room together is to work with what you have and to curate and edit as you decorate. Play with colors and patterns and have fun!
Sources//Heart Blanket | Sleepy Eyes | Miffy Lamp |
Mushroom Light | Panda Pillow | Heart Sheets | Cactus Poster | Straw Hat |
Oh Joy for Target Heart Neon Light | Rug | Heart Wire Shelf | Bed and Table Set
When I was designing the playroom in my home for my three young boys, I knew I wanted it eclectic; just like each of their individual personalities. A blend between their love of art and music, mixed with touches of books and various collections, and finished off with pieces remnant of nature. That was the perfect eclectic balance I was looking for, in order for them to each express themselves. This has been such an enjoyable space for us to hang out in as a family, and we love being able to be creative and play for hours on end in the playroom.
Wall shelves, square woven baskets, and Curtains from Ikea
Woven rug from West Elm
Wood Play table from Little Colorado
Sunburst mirror and various stripe baskets from Target
Wood hexagon Art from Mulberry House
Wood stools from Serena and Lily
Floor Baskets from Home Goods
Batman Wall Decals from Urban Walls
When I was a little girl, I remember thinking camping was SO cool. My parents really weren’t “campers”, but oh, I dreamed gathering around a smoky, sparkling campfire spinning scary stories, snuggling under a woolen blanket under the shelter of a canvas tent, and then in the morning, exploring the mountainous wilds.
Now that I’m older, I know the reality of camping — especially camping with kids — and it’s a lot more work than I dreamed of as a child! There are a million things I’d rather be doing than chasing the bugs out of my tent, trying to cook over a damp campfire, and then coaxing the kids to sleep to a chorus of crickets and coyotes.
But I’m not ready to let go of my perfect idea of camping the way I imagined it as a child. I still want to camp.
So I’m beyond ecstatic about this. The Land of Nod now has a whole range of fun, fresh and quirky items so you can throw a little camp party…indoors! (Thank you, The Land Of Nod! Thank you! Thank you!)
Here are The Land of Nod goodies we’d invite to our camp party…
I love fostering creativity in my son in as many ways as possible and I get excited when I find innovative and creative toys for him – like these Chalkboard Toys. Your little ones can create their own designs on these fun educational toys finished with Chalkboard. Each toy comes complete with chalk so they can write messages on them, draw pictures on them or use them as room décor. I keep imagining all the creative ways my son would decorate his own toys – I am pretty sure he would draw a soccer ball, a robot, a heart and his name of course. What fun images would your little ones create? A butterfly? A flower? A cat? A dinosaur? A fox? A monster? The possibilities are endless!
I would have to say that most of us are familiar with Joy Cho, the creative force behind the Oh Joy brand. Many of us know her as an inspiring blogger and a modern designer who seeks out the vibrant colors in life and incorporates them into her daily routines. Joy recently partnered with Land of Nod to create a colorful collection of bedding and décor with the little one’s style in mind. We had the chance to talk with her about this whimsical line and hear her thoughts on the creative process.
Your new line for Land of Nod is sprinkled with hints of warmth and summer and pops of color. Where did you pull your inspiration?
Ice cream is my daughter’s favorite food. When I was designing the collection, I thought a lot about what I would like to be surrounded by and everything about ice cream– from the bright colors to the endless choices of toppings. This really jumped out as the perfect concept for design. The other theme is called Pattern Party. It’s inspired by the drawings that children create when they’re first learning how to draw: simple, playful shapes like hearts, circle, and squares.
We love how colors and shapes play such an important role in your creations. From the products you design, to your home décor, to the look of your blog we see bold shapes and bright colors. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and why you are attracted to such colors and geometrics?
The Oh Joy brand is all about adding happiness and inspiration to your everyday life. Everything I design starts with colors that are bright and fun and a play on mix-and-match patterns.
Speaking of pops of color, what are some of your favorite colors to work with?
I love the color green, but the shade I love changes every year. Right now it’s mint. I also love bright yellow, cobalt blue, and hot pink. My favorite neutral right now is shiny gold—I can never get enough.
You’ve partnered with Land of Nod in the past, and now you have an exclusive line created just for them just by you. What were some of your favorite steps in bringing this project to life?
My favorite part is getting to see things that I design in 2D turn into real life 3D items!
What do you think kids will love most about this line?
I think the Ice Cream and Cherry pillows are so cute. Many of Ruby’s friends sleep with the ice cream pillow every night!
What do you love most about this line?
I love that it can grow with a child. Whether it’s a baby, toddler, child, or pre-teen, it’s designed to last for a while and something she won’t get bored of too quickly.
The “Sundae Best Bedding” reminds me of a hot summer day when children wait at the edges of their lawns for the ice cream truck to come by. I have to ask, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip, for sure.
It must be since mint is your favorite shade of green these days! Spring is finally in the air and I have a feeling that our Babiekins readers are ready to spruce up their little one’s rooms with a few fresh touches that reflect these warmer days. Any tips you can share with our readers?
You don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money to refresh a child’s room, so smaller accessories like fun pillows and artwork are the quickest and least expensive way to update a room in a flash.
Photographs by Bonnie Tsang and Land of Nod
Posted by Elizabeth, Copy Editor