I am super excited about this new collection from The Land of Nod, which takes the retro simplicity of the Golden Book classics and channels them into adorable home decor. Here’s a small sampling of the collection.



The Tawny Scrawny Lion bedding collection


The Shy Little Kitten throw pillow


The Saggy Baggy Elephant hooded towel

The Ultimate Swing Set


OK, so this post is aspirational (or, crazy, if you prefer), but check out these amazing swing sets from Cedarworks. (The one shown above is $24,200. Yeah, the cost of a car. Pretty sure it can’t get you to the grocery store, but on the upside, it doesn’t require gas.)

It’s worth poking around the site if only to admire the craftsmanship, but there is also a series of budget-friendly designs that range from $1950 to $3525 (see below).

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I mean, come on. This handmade felt coat comes with a mane, claws and a tail (the hood and tail are removable for classy, lion-free excursions). So adorable. Available for $170 at UncommonGoods.com.


Contemporary Art for Kids

I was screwing around on Houzz.com (I’ve lost hours of my life this way) and came across ArtStar.com, a site that offers limited edition work from contemporary artists (completed with authenticity card.) The best part? They have a sub-specialty in art for kids. See my favorites below, and then check out the site for yourself.



Excessive, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


’69 Cougar, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Merry Go Round, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Baby Leopard, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


A Child’s Bookshelf, starting at $105.


Animal Stack, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Up to the Challenge, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Trains #1, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


One Day in the City, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Kiss Me, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Fisher Price People, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.



Love this wall art that lends a pop sensibility to a paper airplane. Available for $249 at CB2.

Keith Haring Dominoes


This adorable set of wooden dominoes is adorned with the pop drawings of Keith Haring. Available for $68 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Chalkboard Wall Panels


Keep the family organized with these chalkboard wall decals that are easy to apply and remove. Available for $50 at WestElm.com.

Fossil Taxidermy


I came across this while looking for decor for my son’s new dinosaur room. I wasn’t sure if it was cool or creepy, so I asked my son. He said, “Are you crazy? It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” Well, there you have it. Available for $79 at PotteryBarnKids.com.

Netflix gave me a chance to screen the first six episodes of the new series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from the minds of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the creators of 30 Rock.

The show centers around the life of 28-year-old eponymous Kimmy (The Office‘s Ellie Kemper) after she is rescued from a cult bunker, where she’s been living since she was a teen. She comes to New York to carve out her own life where she ends up rooming with Tituss (Tituss Burgess, D’Fwan from 30 Rock), a daffy Carol Kane is her landlady, and she works for the upper-class family of Jane Krakowski (Jenna from 30 Rock.)

Familiar faces aside, you may have guessed that this show has a lot in common with Fey and Carlock’s first series. Kimmy Schmidt is like Skipper to 30 Rock‘s Barbie. And if you were a fan of that show (as I am), you’ll find a lot to love here. It carries on the tradition of rapid fire humor and subtle sight gags, though it’s overall less wry and more innocent.Kemper’s doe-eyed sweetness is endearing rather than annoying (a feat that only this actress could pull off) and her relationship with Tituss is both hilarious and grounding.

It’s a bit of a slow build – settle into it for at least two episodes – but I am really looking forward to watching the remainder of this season and the next. Happy watching!


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Oh, how I love this modern tree bookcase. Available for $169 at babyletto.com.

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