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New Upholstered Gliders

Sorrento Crib and Dressing Table with Thomasville Glider

Cozy up in our new Thomasville Kids Grand Royale Upholstered Swivel Glider & Ottoman!  They are available in multiple fabric colors and are now for purchase on Amazon.com!

Storkcraft has been the top seller of wooden glider and ottoman sets in North America for a while now, so we are so excited to be able to add a new line of upholstered ones that boast the largest and widest seating space in the category.  This model is ultra roomy and super comfortable for parents of all shapes and sizes- Perfect for rocking your little one during bedtimes, or snuggling together to read a book.  Its classic shape and style will fit right in the nursery, but will also blend seamlessly into any family or living room.  So on those nights when the children are all asleep and everything is quiet, feel free to kick up  your feet and hog this seat for yourself.

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Storkcraft Bedding

Storkcraft has been exclusively a wood furniture company since its start in 1945, but with customers inquiring increasingly on when we will be able to help them outfit the rest of the nursery, we have finally decided to take up the challenge!  We are so excited to be launching our Storkcraft bedding line this October!  The line will feature crib sheets and crib skirts with fun, versatile patterns.  Each set will come with two fitted crib sheets- each with its own unique pattern- and one matching crib skirt.

The world of baby crib bedding has come a long way: What used to be sold as large, expensive sets that even included items like matching bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, duvets, and window dressing, have now been simplified for better safety and also versatility.  The modern nursery is now all about being able to mix-and-match, and to style a space that is baby-appropriate, but also sophisticated enough for your Little One to grown into.

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Our design team had intentions of coming up with a “boy” sheet set, but as you can see from the image above, this blue and green geometric set would fit well in any contemporary room regardless of gender.  We’re in love with its fun, graphic pattern and fresh colour combination.

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This lilac, pink and citron set as shown above is our take on the garden party and florals.

 

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Grey is the new neutral and this crib sheet and skirt is the perfect set for outfitting a calm and relaxing nursery (as shown on the Sorrento Crib in white).  The star burst pattern adds just the right amount of design and colour to an otherwise neutral pallet.  This allows for parents to easily add their own infusion of colour and to customize the nursery space with unique accessories.

 

 

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Web Wednesday: Five Links

There are times when one has to really wonder why there isn’t more regulation over the type of content that is permiteed to be published on the world wide web.  And then there are other times when the web is the place where you can come across the most beautiful things right from the comfort of your own home.  Here are a few links to some things beautiful that we wanted to share with our readers on this mid-day Wednesday.

 

-Seth Rogan’s take on how marriages are portrayed in movies and how they really should be.

 

-Wondering if it is normal to struggle so much when it comes to putting your Little One to sleep?  We love this article on baby sleep regressions as actually being baby progressions.

 

-Packing a healthy lunch that is appealing to a grade schooler shouldn’t require so much creative juice right?  Maybe not after you get a look of these bento lunch boxes.

 

-Oh Joy! shares on how to dress up the bump for special occasions.  We love all those maxi dresses.

 

-Do you record your LO’s milestonesThis is a simple and oh-so-adorable way of doing it.  Put all the images into a photo book at the end of the year and let the “Awwwwwww!”s begin.

 

 

 

Dawn

 

Look Up: Ceiling Inspiration

So what about that ceiling?  When it comes to nurseries and kid’s room decor, it’s always mostly about the walls, the flooring and the window treatments, but what about that blank slate right above?  It’s not the easiest location for intricate paint work or installations.  But with it being the place that your little one would be looking up at before he/she goes to sleep, the ceiling is a space worth considering some special treatment.

 

Wood paneling used to be a dreaded term that conjured images of outdated 70′s style family rooms.  But now with their lighter washes, they give amazing texture and depth to a room.  How amazing are these nurseries that have them installed on the ceilings?

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^Design Dump

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^Project Nursery

 

Decals are easy to put up and add playfulness with small details.

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^Erika Bretchel

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^Apartment Therapy

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^Apartment Therapy

 

A painted pattern ceiling is no doubt going to be one project that will require lots of patience and a keen eye for precise measurements, but boy do these three rooms look worth it!

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^La La Lovely Things

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^The Glow

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^Kidsomania

 

While painting regular walls a bold hue may overwhelm it, a splash of solid colour on the ceiling brings warmth and depth to a space.  Take a look at that lovely soft pink in the second image and tell us you are not bookmarking it for a little girl’s room!

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^VT Interiors
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Web Wednesdays: Mommy Blogs You Need to Bookmark

Right when I think I have found my perfect rotation of blogs to check up on, I always end up coming across another mommy blogger that I cannot help adding to my daily list of “must reads”.  Take a look at these three style and lifestyle bloggers who happen to be mommies too.  We can be sure that you will be quickly bookmarking these blogs too.

 

1) Barefoot Blonde- At only 23 and armed with the most adorable little boy, Amber Fillerup Clark is the one to follow for everything stylish.  We love her vivid and colourful photos of her daily life and inspirational #OOTD (outfit(s) of the day).  She makes looking perfectly windswept and carrying a baby everywhere at the same time seem effortless.

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2) A Mommy in the City- I’m not sure why I haven’t posted about Lauren’s blog before because not only is she one of my favourite mommy bloggers to follow, but she has previously done a guest post for Storkcraft.  A Florida transplant to the Big Apple, and now a resident of Connecticut, Lauren takes us on her journey as a full-time mommy to two little girls and a 6 month old boy.  We love her candid way of sharing her joys and struggles, as well as her honest product reviews and recommendations.

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3) Chic 9 to 5- This is one of those blogs you read and wonder how someone “does it all”.  Anh of San Francisco manages to balance a corporate job with being a mom to the most lovely little girl, Lucia.  Adding to the list is her  fashion blog that just makes you want to either copy her entire wardrobe or move to San Francisco.  We think we could use both.

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Back to School Bedroom Prep

September is just around the corner and organization is key to getting the school year off on the right foot.  Whether it’s for your Little One or your college bound child, keep your child’s room in tip-top shape with a Canwood loft or bunk bed.  Great for making use of vertical space, these beds will not only add storage, but also minimize furniture footprint to maximize bedroom space.

 

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^This Skyway loft bed keeps everything compact.  It has built in open shelving and 5 drawers of storage space.  Pull up a chair to make use of the computer desk right below.

 

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^Both parents and kids love the Mountaineer for its stairs feature.  Not only do they offer easy and safe access up and down the bed, it also has built in drawers in each one of the steps.

 

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^The Overland (Top) and Ridgeline (bottom) twin-over-full merge the best of storage with bunk beds.  They’re perfect for siblings or simply for keeping extra sleeping space in your guest room.

 

Products are available in espresso or white finish at Amazon.com or Walmart.com.

 

 

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Rooms Gone on Wild

Animals are great themes for nurseries and kid’s rooms.  It can be gender neutral without ever being “boring”, and at the end of the day, what child doesn’t at one point go through the whole “animal craze”?  My one year old is currently obsessed with farm animals and cuddling the neighbour’s dog and cat every chance that she gets.

The best thing about the updated, modern wildlife themed rooms is that they are playful, yet still maintain an overall sophisticated look.  No cheesy caricatures here.  Take a look below at a few of our favourite rooms from around the web that seamlessly incorporate wildlife motifs.

 

The Prints- It may be cute as seen on Project Nursery, but not up for painting a giant juggle mural up on that wall?  We love the idea of grouping a set of prints together, or even having one blown up and framed for maximum impact.

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^Apartment Therapy

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^A Cup of Jo

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^Project Nursery

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^Decoist

 

-The Fur Babies-  Most parents will tell you that they cannot, and will not fit, another stuffed animal into their home, but a few, well placed plushies can make for wonderful children’s room decor.

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^Style Me Pretty

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 ^Project Nursery-  That hippo in the corner, and the zebra rug?  <3

 

-Taxidermy-  Not everyone appreciates hunting as a hobbie.  But when it comes to what we think of the faux taxidermy in nursery trend, you’ll find no resistance here!

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^Design Sponge-  Those two taxidermy heads and elephant woven basket are just the right touches to incorporate that safari theme without going overboard.

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^Kidsomania

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^Chloe Fluery

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^Vogue France-  That’s right.  Even Vogue, the iconic magazine, approves of the animal head accessory in a kid’s bedroom.

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^The Boo and the Boy-  We love that this room incorporates wild animals with all things girly, like the princess dress and doll house.

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^Donmino- Safari animal heads, oversized bear, tassel garland and that colourful rug?  An unexpected combination that makes for an eclectic and adorable room!

 

 

 

Dawn

Give it a Swirl

Our new swirl patterned cushions on the Tuscany glider sets are now up on Amazon.com!  These three cushion styles (Taupe, Blush Pink and Slate Gray) add just the right amount of playful, yet subtle pattern to the nursery. Pair it with your choice of wooden base!

Take a closer look at the fabric options by clicking on the individual images below.

 

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Storage Galore

Whether it’s short of space or simply not having the right system to organize, lack of functional storage is one of those dilemmas that everyone seems to have.   When you already have all the dressers and case pieces but still need additional places to get everything in order, here are some storage ideas for reorganizing that nursery or the up-coming back-to-school cleanup.

 

Cornered- Make use of those corners, no matter how small.  They can hold all those picture frames, small collections, and knick knacks that you may want displayed but do not want to take up precious dresser-top space with.

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^Image: Project Nursery

 

Tiered- You’ve probably re-purposed that vintage cake stand into your jewelry console, so why not a Farmer’s Market Epergne/fruit stand into your baby’s accessories caddy?

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^Image: Project Nursery

 

Under Bed Storage-  There’s no room for bed-time monsters here!  Make use of that space under the crib with a flat storage box.  Use a crib skirt to hide anything unsightly, or find some bins that you do not mind displaying.  Just make sure that the items inside are either sealed shut or are baby-proofed around any crawling Little Ones.

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^Images: A Lovely Lark

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DIY Library-  There are so many configurations and ways to style a bookshelf wall that there is definitely a variation that will work for just about any space.  It’s a must-have for any child’s room as they display all those beautifuly illustrated book covers, and do not take up any floor space that regular bookcases do.  Score!

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^Image: Mini Style Blog

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^Image: The Book and the Boy

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How to Stack Those Stuffies?- This is probably the age old question that parents have been asking themselves since mass-produced stuffed animals came into existence (I have a one year old and we are already swarmed with fur babies everywhere, thanks to grandma and grandpa, aunties and uncles, and friends).  I have been (and am still) on the hunt for effective, but also aesthetically agreeable ways of corralling these little beings.

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^A vintage style wooden crate with wheels.  Image: Cozy Cottage Cute

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^The basket seems to be the majority’s answer for all general toy clutter.  If it’s going to all have to get piled somewhere, it may as well be in a style that can double as some interior design eye-candy.  Image: The Glitter Guide

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^Re-purposed garden wire baskets are an unexpected but cute way to display those dollies and animals.  Image 1: Modern Kiddo, Image 2: Babble

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^Make those animals double up as wall art with this DIY branch swing.  Just make sure to keep the ropes high enough away from little hands.  Image: Garden Therapy

 

 

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Inspiration | Application: It’s Shades of Gray

Green and yellow tend to be the default colour choices for “gender neutral” nurseries and baby accessories.  But in terms of giving incredible flexibility for mix and match or change down the road, my current favourite combination is gray and white.  These shades placed together are calm and soothing, and is perfect for making the addition of colourful accessories pop against a neutral background.

 

Our Inspiration:

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^Bright and airy, this gray and white themed nursery keeps things interesting with textures and accessories.  (Image from Lay Baby Lay)

 

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^Mixing up playful patterns with textiles (Image credit here).

 

Our Application:

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^The Hillcrest 3 in 1 Crib in gray.  Classic and contemporary, this crib would be fit for a little boy or girl.

 

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^The Tivoli collection is a collaboration between Zutano and Storkcraft.  Modern and functional, the Convertable Crib and Three Drawer Dresser come in a dreamy Cloud/White finish.

 

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^The wonderful worlds of chevron and gray come together in the form of the Hoop Glider & Ottoman set.

 

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^Click here for a closer look at the subtle play of pattern on the cushions on this Tuscany Glider & Ottoman set.  We’re loving the swirl dots.

 

 

Dawn