Land of Nod

Way back in 2010, I posted Kid Stuff for Adults showcasing some neat home items from Crate and Barrel’s online kids store, Land of Nod.

They’ve really stepped up their game, offering beautiful and functional pieces for children. Some of their products are so stylish they could easily fit into an adult’s home as well. Here are a few of my favorites.

Between a Rock Lamp Base – $69
Peacock Painted Masterbeasts Wall Art – $119
Basic Framework Coat Rack – $99
Tectonic Floor Rug – $299
Midtown Throw Pillow – $35
Magnetic Magazine Pocket – $24.95
Red Medicine Storage Box – $40
Bird Finials – $24.95

Dining Room Makeover

Like with all things, sometimes when you’re decorating your home, well, you make mistakes. I always try to remember this and don’t keep things around I don’t love. Recognizing the Ownership Principle was my first step away from being a hoarder. We value things we own or have paid for more than we would ever pay for said things again.

So a ways back when I installed some green IKEA curtains behind our dining room table, I tried to ignore how much I didn’t love them. I gave them several months of thought, weighed some other options, and finally decided to bid farewell. It was a relief to take them down and put in a pair of leaning bookcases. I also finally ordered the Paris metro print I’d been wanting for the past couple years. The space feels lighter, more personal, and much more complete. I’m so happy I didn’t let those curtains get the best of me!

The before:

And the after:

Overdone Home Trends I Still Love

As often as I can, I like to browse home decor magazines and blogs for inspiration and stress relief. I love to see what new home trends will pop up and how I can incorporate fun and interesting ideas into our little Chandler house. As blog commenters will no doubt tell you, many home trends become so ubiquitous, the sight of them annoys even the calmest of us all. However, these handful of overdone home trends, I just can’t get enough. Anytime I see them pop up on blogs or on the pages of my favorite magazines, I swoon. Sometimes you just have to do what you like, even if everyone else is doing the same thing.

Chalkboard walls: Yup, still love ’em. They incorporate both functionality and whimsy, reminding me always of the dusty smell of old school classrooms. None of that white board marker smell in here. They are especially beautiful in unexpected places and when the home owner has particularly good handwriting or drawing skills.

Wall decals: The perfect solution for renters or the commitment-phobe. I’ll be the first to admit I have an obsessive problem committing to home decor. I agonize over paint choices, furniture sizes, and the right depth of bookcase. Wall decals allow us to add some life to our space, without the scary permanence.

White ceramic animals: As a kid I collected animal figurines of all shapes and sizes. I adored dogs, wolves, and horses and had a full ceramic menagerie. Later I discovered that was, well, kind of lame. Enter the white ceramic animal trend. Now I can air my ceramic animal love out in the open, while appearing hip and contemporary. What a glorious day.

Keep Calm and Carry On prints: These are everywhere. But you know, it’s still as charming as the first time I saw it. Clear and concise with no extra fluff, it’s a message we should all keep in mind on a daily basis.

Brightly colored accent walls: Scared of choosing a non-neutral for you house? Simple solution: pick a bright color and pick a wall. It’s an easy way create focus in a room and bring that room to life. Change your mind later on? Luckily, you only have one wall to re-paint.

Faux taxidermy: I’m the first to freak out in a room of death (for all you Ace Ventura fans out there) and I cry at the thought of shooting an animal for a trophy. I do, however, love the trend of faux animal heads. Cardboard, paper-mâché, I don’t care. All I know is having a fake animal on your wall doesn’t bother me one bit.

Homegoods from Rockett St George

Although I’ve never ordered anything, I absolutely love browsing through Rockett St George’s online store. They run out of the UK and specialize in fun, unique pieces that can bring life and intrigue to your home. Prices vary from affordable to expensive, but the feeling of clever whimsy is consistent.

Mr Wingate East End Pub Crawl Cushions – £35

Barneby Gates This Other Eden Wallpaper – £75
Stamp Rug – £695

Karlsson Pocket Watch Clock – £59

Tractor Seat Iron Stool – £69
Atelier Abigail Ahern Greyhound Light – £325

Vintage Typewriter Keyboard Stickers – £9.99

Bronze Ribbon Coat Rack – £75

More Exposed Bulb Fixtures

By far the most frequently visited post on this blog is from this past April on Exposed Bulb Fixtures. I really love the look and can’t seem to get enough of them. It looks like the trend is clustered fixtures, providing impact through numbers. Here are a few I think are really charming and would be so fun to have in my home.

Firefly pendant lamp from CB2 – $199

Cluster pendant from West Elm – $199

Train station swing-arm sconce from Restoration Hardware – $129 for small, $149 for large

Exeter 16-jar pendant from Pottery Barn – $319

Brass and Nickel cage light from Tracey Kessler – $185

Fishs Eddy

Although my kitchen cupboards are filled with IKEA dishes and hand-me-down glassware, I love imagining them filled with fun pieces like these. Fishs Eddy is an online store that specializes in dinnerware, glassware, and serving platters, beautiful patterns, and whimsical decoration.

Teapot Orange – $16.95
NY Times Crossword Creamer – $9.95
Guest Check Tray – $7.95
Spice Jar with Cork Lid – $5.95
Artist Palette Cheese Tray – $22.95
Alice in Wonderland Glasses – $20.00
Brooklyn Pitcher – $22.95
Memo Notebook Tray – $24.95
Honey Jar Eye Winker Opal Crystal – $39.95
Kitchen Weapon Coasters (Set of 12) – $3.95

Back to School

One thing I miss about being an adult is back to school shopping. How much fun was it to take your supply list to Target and load up with new binders, pens, and study accessories? Kids today are even luckier, as many stores now offer beautifully designed and fun school supplies that even an adult could love and use.

Thomas Paul “Botanical” 3-ring binder – $21.00 from See Jane Work
Punctuated page markers – $10.00 from See Jane Work
Staple free stapler – $8.00 from See Jane Work
Silicone calculator – $6.50 from PB Teen
Hi-light task lamp – $59.00 from PB Teen
Takboard – $49.95 from CB2
Green metal bookends – $19.95 from Crate and Barrel
Decisions spitball dartpad – $11.00 from Knock Knock