Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pinteresting!

A little slow to jump on the bandwagon, I know, but I finally requested my own Pinterest account.  Simply put, I can see that it can be quite addictive.  Pinterest is just filled with all things beautiful and creative to look at… and re-pin again!  If I had to design a nursery, or any room in my home, and needed some inspiration, this is definitely where I would go to store all my ideas.  Not only does it give you easy access to your own design board, but also lets you tap into a community of other users who may have similar interests, or ones completely different that may inspire you even more!

 If you already have your own Pinterest account, follow some of our Stork Craft retailers on theirs.  Cymax & Lussobaby are a couple of them.

 

The Windy City

By Dawn

 Happy Hump Day!

I spent this past Thursday to Monday in Chicago for a mini get away and I think I have found my new “totally love” city!  To be honest, I did not expect much as I have always regarded New York as the ultimate place to live it up in North America.  But I think Chicago may be a rival!   The Windy City has all the aspects of a great city to live in: Good shopping (Magnificent Mile!), it’s multicutural, plenty of mouth watering food (deep dish pizza, steak), amazing art deco architecture, and all of this is settled along a beautiful waterfront with plenty of green space!  

For those with young children, Chicago is a kid friendly destination.  If you ever go, here are 5 picks that are worth checking out.

1) Chicago Children’s Museum: You won’t need to worry about “boring” in this museum!  Chicago Children’s Museum has three floors of exhibits and activities that educated children through hands on activities and play.  Both you and the kids will learn new things here.

2) Lincoln Park Zoo: Sitting on Chicago’s lakefront, this zoo is easily accessible and all the members of the family will enjoy all the must-sees, including the Great Ape House, lions, a $12-million greenhouse with rain forests, savannahs and deserts recreated under a 45-foot high glass dome and more.

3) Tall Ship Windy: Have an aspiring sailor or even little pirate on your hands?  Taken them for a sail along the lake shore on the 148 foot traditional four masted schooner.  You can find this at the Navy Pier.

4) Navy Pier: This is the one stop shop for food, entertainment and a whole day of fun.  The Navy Pier is Chicago’s lakefront playground offering 50 acres of promenades, shops, restaurants and activities.  Rent a bike, hop on a boat cruise, see Chicago from the 150 foot ferris wheel, and then round out the day with a fireworks show that runs through the summer every Wednesdays and Saturday nights. 

5) John Hancock Observatory: 94th-floor observatory with more than 1,000 feet above Chicago, it’s got a Skywalk for those who are daring and enjoy heights.   

6) American Girl & Hershey’s: I know I had written top five picks, but as a girl, and especially one with a sweet tooth, I couldn’t resist including these last two in.  American Girl is a little girl’s dream: Create a custom doll with choice of hair colour, outfits and more.  When your little ones (or you) need a little pick-me-up after a long day of walking, head to Hershey’s for an ice cream or smoothie in store.

Check out www.chicagokids.com for more listings and activities.

 

-A snap shot of my trip: 

       

Versatility

By Dawn

While some have the luxury of fully decorating a nursery with a specific “baby theme” and worrying about having to completely redecorate later, most of us are looking for something cute and comfortable to welcome the new baby, but without compromising versatility. Here are some of my favourite Stork Craft picks and also a few decorating ideas that we have come across along the way for photo shoots.

1) Cribs: What’s better than a convertible crib that will take your baby into their teen years?

 Short on space? In need of something that will take your child from baby through to the day you get to wave them off to college?  The Portofino Crib and Changer speaks for itself.

 

Monza II 2 in 1 Crib is my favourite for anyone looking for a modern look. It’s a fun design that also lends itself to various décor themes. I can see this crib fitting right next to an Eames piece (for anyone who is a mid-century furniture buff), or go completely fun and modern like the images below from Sears.

 

 If I had to pick a crib that gives great value for its overall look, I would have to say it goes to the Venetian 4 in 1 Crib. It’s fit for a little boy or girl, and that extra pyramid detailing along the front and the back rail is amazing!  It can convert from crib, to day bed, toddler bed and then a full bed.

 

2) Organizer Changers: Changers are practical pieces of furniture, but traditional ones do not necessarily lend themselves to being useful beyond those diaper years.  StorkCraft just launched its two models of changer organizers and now your changer can transition into a great cube organizer for toys and books.

Aspen Cube Changer Organizer-

Beatrice Cube Changer Organizer-

 

3) StorkCraft specifically manufactures juvenile furniture, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t always on the lookout for awesome decorating ideas.
Colour: Not long ago we did a post on “The Concept of Colour”. While not everyone will want to paint the nursery walls a bright yellow, keeping the furniture and walls a neutral colour, but using accessories and bedding to get that wow factor is both economical and versatile.

 

Peel and Stick Wall Decals: What a great way to create a theme in your nursery without having to worry about taking up a big project! We recently put one up for our photo shoot and we think that it gives the room the pop that it needs. These peel and stick wall art stickers are easy to apply and most are removable. Just make sure to read the packaging and see if it says that the stickers are removable, if repainting is not something that you want to do down the road.  Here are some from Target that we love.

Treetop Friends:

Alphabet Zoo:

Wallies Wall Play Growth Chart Peel and Stick Decor:

 

StorkCraft’s take on decorating with a wall decal with the Portofino Crib Changer, Aspen Combo and Aspen 5 Drawer Dresser in White.