I’ve always considered myself a good gift-giver, but I’ve been going to a lot of baby showers lately, and I’m forced to contend with the reality that I have no idea what to get for new parents. I’m all, Do I go practical? These strollers cost as much as my rent! Maybe a toy. That’s not a choking hazard, is it? I could get them a cute onesie…but they don’t know the sex yet. These are all pink or blue. WHY CAN’T I JUST FIND A CUTE UNISEX ONESIE?! until my brain essplodes. That’s what makes this Floating in the Clouds 3D Wall Art by Gosh & Golly so attractive. (Well, that, and the fact that it’s adorable.)
It’s cheery, totally gender-neutral, would look precious over a crib, and since it’s made to order, the hot air balloons can be customized with different colors and patterns. Gosh & Golly also makes whimsical mobiles, just in case you sense that the parents-to-be wouldn’t go for sticking things on the wall. (But here’s hoping they’ll set up a registry and let you know what they want in the first place!)
I’m filing this one under: purely adorable creativity.
Photographer Yusuke Suzuki made this book bed for her kids. One “page” is for playing, and the other pages are for sleeping. See if you can spot the third kiddo in the bed.
Set designer and art director Cat Belluschi Paulk has taken the skills that she’s used on film sets and translated them into an organizing and interior styling business, Modifize.
One of the ways she personalizes a home while not losing sight of cost is creating custom art. In this case, photographing childrens’ artwork, printing it and hanging it for display. Such a thoughtful way to make a space your own.
Getting stuck at the kids’ table isn’t so bad, especially if you get to make this turkey.
Photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat
Give your youngest guests a craft to do while the real turkey is roasting. There are step-by-step instructions for constructing this adorable popcorn stuffed bird at One Charming Party. Gobble gobble!
Looking for other ideas for fun handmade gifts and decorations? HGTV’s got you covered with the premiere of our new show 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas on Friday, November 26 at 7pm ET. Plus our experts have created 15 fabulous step-by-step presents you can make yourself and have curated more than 100 of our favorite handmade gifts from Etsy crafters you can buy. Have a happy, crafty holidays!
Fall is upon us, and I’m in search of snuggle-up-by-the-fire-inducing designs.
It seems furniture artist Claire-Anne O’Brien had the same idea when she created these adorable knitted stools, which tap right into a recent hot trend in home decor: warm, cozy weaves. I love the playful quality of Obrien’s designs. One of these stools would look cute in an office or even a kids’ room.
No more pencils, no more books, summer is a great time to give kids’ bedrooms a new look. Enlist your children in the design, and find projects they can do themselves. HGTV.com’s Kids’ Rooms Design Guide has ideas, tips and simple decorating projects to get you started. Here are some of my favorites:
This contemporary bedroom by Rate My user ECinNC is designed for the ultimate girly girl.
More Kids’ Room Ideas
About once a year, I feel the urge to do something crafty. Perhaps it’s my memory of making a Mother’s Day gift at school and trying to get it home before it fell apart. But, right on time, the mood struck me last week when I saw some lovely spring-colored translucent soaps that looked to me like perfect Mother’s Day fare. But they needed a little something, a little personality.
Embellished Glycerin Soaps
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Instead of marking your doorway or wall, try one of these great growth charts to measure your kids’ height. Not only are they adorable, but you can also take them with you if you move!
The whimsical print on Bold and Noble’s growth chart is available in Azure blue and Poppy red.
A long jute ribbon is the basis of Miss Natalie’s Heirloom Growth Chart, which is highlighted with classic red and manila tags.
Easy-to-apply vinyl wall decals are another great option for growth charts. Check out janeymacpress’ options.
Preparing for parenthood seems like a daunting task. I’m not a parent yet, so I can only speculate, but I’ve seen kids and I know people with kids. And I feel for hopeful new parents-to-be, with all the questions that must come along. Do we have what it takes to raise a healthy, happy little person who will someday contribute meaningfully to society? What’s a great name that won’t come back to haunt us 15 years from now? Will we surrender to the chicken nuggets-for-dinner-every-night debate? But in urban areas another more pressing question comes up quickly: where will we put this new little friend? Such is the topic in the House & Home section of today’s New York Times. Case in point:
For four years [Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan and husband Maxwell] shared a 265-square-foot, one-bedroom rental on Bedford Street in the West Village, an apartment so preposterously miniature it could fit neatly inside the foyer of many apartments uptown. They made it work for the two of them in part by jettisoning clothes, a television and a home office. “It never felt too small,” said Ms. Gillingham-Ryan, 31, a food writer. “It helps to keep your life well edited.”
No amount of editing, it seemed, would create enough room for a baby. But after looking at more than a dozen apartments, and weighing the benefits of more square footage against the burden of debt, they decided to stay on Bedford Street, where they pay $780 a month for rent. And they would renovate to accomplish the seemingly impossible: accommodate a baby.
So is this conundrum limited to downtown walk-ups or is making room for baby getting trickier in general? Or is the transition to parenthood easier in other areas of the country? (And I do mean from a decorating perspective only.) Let’s hear it.
In the meantime:
Before-and-Afters: Nursery Makeovers (HGTV)
Comparison Shop for Nursery Furniture and Accessories (Shopzilla)