Phones are a big bone of contention in my house. My husband has an ongoing love affair with his iPhone, and his favorite refrain is “Remember when you used to have to wonder things?” as he looks up whatever it is we’re talking about. He considers it an extension of the conversation. I consider [...]
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Best. Duvet. Ever. This comforter/pillowcase set features a photographic print of a space suit so your little one can curl up and dream of traveling to the outer limits. Available for $98 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Child bookcases are usually a jumbled mess—a Good Night, Moon here, an Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day there—but bookends can help bring some order to the chaos. Plus, they’re just cute. Check out of a few of these options. Beluga bookends, $68, available at Anthropologie (anthropologie.com for locations). Traveler bookends (set of [...]
I had an old gumball machine that I hadn’t used in years, and now that gumballs are a choking hazard for half of my household, it was time to do something else with it. The solution? Turn it into a light for the playroom. And it was so easy. 1.) Start with an ordinary gumball machine. [...]
The new circulation chest from The Land Of Nod looks like an old school card catalog but actually has drawers that vary in size (some deep, some narrow) to hold a variety of kid and household ephemera. Although designed by a children’s company, there’s no reason this wouldn’t fit right into a living room or [...]
Have a dinosaur lover in the family? Check out this Dino candleholder ($9.95), new this season at CB2 (800 W. North Ave., Chicago, 312-787-8329). Switch to an electric candle for a kid’s room. Even a ferocious dinosaur can be safety conscious.
Kid’s bathrooms are one of the best places to have fun with decorating,but you may not want to go too wild on tile, flooring, paint and other permanent fixtures. Here are some quirky ideas to spruce up junior’s loo and make it feel like her own. Brush Your Teeth wall art, $89, available at Land of [...]
These silhouette wall hooks would be perfect in a Jack and Jill bathroom, mud room, or any space where a brother and sister have to share. Available for $48 for the pair at Greener Grass Design. Each piece is handmade, so allow a lead time of up to 3 weeks.
Parenthood prompts many people to green their homes, but vetting products for eco-friendliness can be time-consuming and confusing. Here’s a list of mostly local resources (beyond Whole Foods) that have done all the research for you. If they stock it, it’s organic, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. (For a full list of green stores, visit the directory [...]
Feeling groovy? This ’70s retro hand chair has been re-created for locally-based furniture store Chiasso (2112 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 773-244-4114; 108 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, 847-251-8600). Available in blue, black, pink, or multicolor for $298.