Living Room Update

A week ago we got our new twin sleeper and lamp from CB2 and they are starting to grow on me. At first I was unsure the new couch/sleeper got along well with my baby – a Room & Board couch – but I think they do! Sometimes it just takes a while to get the feel of a room.

Here are the two items we got:

CB2 Julius Twin Sleeper
CB2 fujiya floor lamp

And here they are in our living room – coexisting happily!

Our Living Room

Awesome Prints!

I could totally see redoing Baby V’s bedroom with some of these amazing gems in a year or so… How awesome are these!?

Horses Gonna Hate by Aled Lewis

Horses Gonna Hate by Aled Lewis

The Upper Hand by Aled Lewis

The Upper Hand by Aled Lewis

Lone(ly) Wolf by Aled Lewis

Lone(ly) Wolf by Aled Lewis

Murder Mystery by Aled Lewis

Murder Mystery by Aled Lewis

You can check all of them out here, or purchase them here!

Put Some Pantone in Your Life

It seems like Pantone is all the rage now in home design so I wanted to do a quick roundup of some cool products & tutorials out there. Being a web designer I utilize color in my everyday work and life, and although I use hexadecimal colors for the web, I am constantly converting Pantone colors from our print department at work. I love the new range of products out there from storage containers to magnets to bags to cakes(!) that feature bright and cheery Pantone colors. So check some out here (click to view larger pics):

PANTONE WEDDING- The Dessy Group Pantone Hotel Pantone iPhone & iPad Cases
Pantone Wedding by
The Dessy Group
The Pantone Hotel
(you heard me right!)
Pantone iPhone & iPad
Cases by Case Senario
Pantone Chip Cookies Pantone Salt Or Pepper Mills Pantone Folding Chairs
Pantone Chip Cookies Pantone Salt & Pepper Mills Pantone Folding Chairs
DIY Pantone Magnets Pantone Cupcakes Seletti Pantone Bikes
DIY Pantone Magnets Pantone Cupcakes! Seletti Pantone Bikes
Ok, how amazing are these!!!

I think I have my color fix for the day!

Bike Love/Longing

Here in Chicago Springtime is a little bitch that always seems really nice on that first date and then never calls you back. “It went really well!”, you think. Well, more snow is in the forecast for this coming weekend, so in my deepening depression about the weather I thought I would post some happy bike things. I usually bike year round, and I kept up biking until I was about 6 months (and the weather started to turn), but when I got a little peek of awesome weather this past week I was really bummed to not be out riding. Oh well, just a few more weeks and I’ll be back at it!

Bicycle Poster, by Steve MacDonald / RamblinWorker

Bicycle Poster, by Steve MacDonald / RamblinWorker

Large Dark Yellow French Bag with Bicycle Flap

Large Dark Yellow French Bag with Bicycle Flap

Alligator on a Bicycle T Shirt

Alligator on a Bicycle T Shirt

Mr. Bicycle felt and leather sleeve for laptop

Mr. Bicycle felt and leather sleeve for laptop

Linen Bicycle and Lace Pouch/Wallet

Linen Bicycle and Lace Pouch/Wallet

Rocker Update – Score!

Sleepytime Rocker in Slate Grey

Our Sleepytime Rocker!

Rocker update! I was super worried that a deal I found on a parent’s board was bogus. The deal was too good to be true – a Sleepytime Rocker (which retails for about $900-$1,000) for $375. BRAND NEW. Now come on! That IS too good to be true. So I finally made a time and date to go pick it up and it turns out the people were completely normal. In other words, Dom and I were not sold into a sex slave ring! Yay! So the rocker was procured this past Sunday and now sits in our nursery waiting for Baby V to make it home!

Some of my favorite things…

Screw You Weather!

There is another 5 inches of snow predicted for Chicago tonight. So I thought, screw it!! I am getting in the springy, happy, baby-coming, life-changing mood, dammit. And no amount of snow is gonna stop it! So check out some awesome happy-time inducing interweb finds!

London Ride Poster from Made By Joel

London Ride Poster from Made By Joel

Marc Jacobs Mimi CDC Dress

Marc Jacobs Mimi CDC Dress

Create A Faux Colorful Canopy On The Cheap

Create A Faux Colorful Canopy On The Cheap - Apartment Therapy Tutorial

Here Comes The Sun Print by FotoFoto

Here Comes The Sun Print by FotoFoto

Apartment Therapy House Tour

Apartment Therapy House Tour

1 . London Ride Poster from Made By Joel – Can’t you just see yourself spinning around London on a sunny day?!

2. Mimi CDC Dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs – I heart MJ. Maybe once I get my pre-baby body back. Sigh.

3. Create A Faux Colorful Canopy On The Cheap from Apartment Therapy – ohhh. I want this for me!

4. Here Comes the Sun archival print by FotoFoto – well, maybe in 2 months or so…

5. Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana? – AP House Tour Roundup – sunny homes with sunny decor!

Baby “Memory” Book Picked Out!

Saccharine sweet and primary colors are just not our thing, so the search for a “babies first memories” book has been long. Even after several attempts at finding one on the interwebs, I was unable to. When visiting Hadley last weekend (for famed Tummy Tub…) I asked the owner if he had any modern baby books. Of course I was escorted right over to the Dwell Studio Books (of which we own several). After some explanation that went kinda like this: “No, not a baby book, like, a BABY BOOK” (yes, I have amazing conversational skills), we were told of local Chicago print shop Binth. Hadley had yet to carry their baby book yet, but I was told it was beautiful and thus after a little bit of Googling I found it:

Binth Baby Book Cover

Binth Baby Book Cover (Green Version)

Baby Book in Chocolate Brown

Baby Book in Chocolate Brown

Binth Baby Book - Inside Page

Binth Baby Book - Inside Page

Binth Baby Book - Inside Page

Binth Baby Book - Inside Page

Well, it was love at first site. At $95 a pop it’s definitely a splurge, but it will be a keepsake for years to come. And there are just some thing I am willing to spend a little dough on!

Looking for your own modern baby book? Well check out Binth here. Theirs comes in green and chocolate brown!

Drool for the Day – Gretel

I was looking to do a post on kids indoor play tents, but instead came across this amazingly beautiful site filled to the brim with all sorts of little knick-knacks I could just see in my home/nursery/life. Here are a few of my favs:

Walnut Owl with Green Top

Walnut Owl with Green Top

Animal Coatrack

Animal Coatrack

Large Bau Pendant Light

Large Bau Pendant Light

Puppy Antique Toy Pillow

Puppy Antique Toy Pillow

I can see all these awesome items in my nursery! To check out more cool items click here to view Gretel!

Out With the Bird, In With the Fox

Decorating with birds are sooooo 2010. Don’t believe me?? Check out this clip from the premiere of Portlandia. So with that in mind let’s start out the new year (or, Feb. 1st anyway) with a new forest animal for your shopping consumption! FOXES!

Foxes In, Birds Out

1. Fox on a Bike Natural Creme White Rug – Bath Mat or Door Mat from dark cycle clothing
2. Sweet Foxy Brooch by BeautySpot
3. Liam – The Sleepy Woodland Fox by Sleepy King
4. Retro Gingerbread Fox – Baby Bodysuit by Crowsmack
5. fox stuffie . organic by bird mafia
6. Bear And The Fox limited edition from Ashley Percival Prints
7. jane the retro red fox plush with mustard woolen glasses by One little red fox
8. Little Fox Onesie/Bodysuit by JoyNevada Little Ones
9. 1 Michael J. Fox Note Card with Envelope Included (5×3) from Art By Marilyn

Ok, that last one is a bit of a joke…