Kids love to build impromptu forts—hiding inside tents, nooks, and improvised shelters makes them feel protected from imaginary monsters, frightful creatures, and the rest of the outside world. We’ve seen a lot of DIY and ready-to-buy tent options on Pinterest and all over the blogosphere lately, but one idea makes my heart skip a beat: the repurposed closet.
The minimal BUM stool by BAGGU and UM Project (available from Lin Morris) features a natural canvas seat, maple base, and brightly-colored shoulder strap. All proceeds from the sales of the travel seat go the to Brooklyn Recovery Fund for local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
This fabulous camping lean-to by Scout Regalia & Reunion, also available from Lin Morris, quickly & easily converts from covered shelter to open air.
The perfect accessories for traveling light this summer—love!
Small is beautiful, so they say. In my experience, little ones can learn great things from playing with their miniature friends. We’ve all dressed up peg dolls, held tea parties for plushies, fought never-ending battles with mini toy soldiers or soothed teddy with a nighttime story, haven’t we?
Although I love quirky vintage wooden dolls I’ve been making the most of my secret pinterest boards to curate a small collection of modern mini folk that I hope your little ones will enjoy…
Our good friends at Chronicle Books recently sent us a copy of So Pretty! Felt, the newest book from former ReadyMade deputy editor Amy Palanjian. The book is filled with simple yet elegant felt projects, including chic headbands, sweet flower bouquets, adorable package toppers, gorgeous necklaces, and more.
We’ve been in the middle of a super fun party campaign with Keep.com, the organized and curated way to shop the internet. All of the amazing products that we’ve discovered on Keep.com came together for an intimate party with several pals and their daughters.
It was the ultimate summer soiree! We had a ball with our gals as we nibbled on organic yummies and crafted under the starry night. All of the details were perfect, thanks to our readers and fellow keepers.
So, without further adieu… throw on your sequin party frocks and get ready for our list of summer party essentials!
Enjoy the lazy days of summer with these DIY stencil floor pillows! Head over to Paint Me Plaid for the tutorial.
I’ve been blogging about children’s design for almost four years now. In that short span of time, I’ve watched trends, makers, and stores come and go, but I’ve also seen some brilliant creatives carve out a niche for themselves and thrive.
The ones that have lasted possess that certain something that allows them to withstand the test of time as they gain confidence, experiment with new products, and surprise us at every turn. In my opinion, kids’ shop Les Petits Bohèmes fits squarely in that category.
Whenever I am looking for inspiration for my own home, I go to Les Petits Bohèmes, where Mathilde Hardy and her textile designer friend Perrine Coudevylle have created something unique—an original, enchanting universe for little ones and big ones alike. They offer an ever-changing mix of industrial vintage, handmade textiles, lights, accessories, artwork, and more.
The shop always makes me want to run to the nearest flea market and dare to be more creative at home. Just take a look at what they have to offer and you’ll see why…
We’re huge fans of Girard around here. Last year, we picked up a copy of the mammoth Alexander Girard coffee table book by Todd Oldham (published by AMMO books) while visiting the “Century of the Child” exhibit at MOMA. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since that we haven’t spent time flipping through this gorgeous book–we’re totally obsessed!
Here’s a paper craft project that offers a fun way to introduce Girard’s fabulous work to your children. We found the perfect place on the wall of our boys’ room and stuck it up with a few strips of washi tape.
Take a look at the easy steps, and if you get a chance to get your hands on this fabulous book—do it!
As you already know, pretend play has many benefits. While doing things exactly like mom or dad, your child develops his/her creativity, analytical skills, logical reasoning but also communication and social development skills.
Play kitchens are among favorite pretend play games. Here are a few of our favorites…