Try This Fall Trend: Boys’ Adventure

Written by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert 

For this fall trend ‘boys’ adventure’ room I wanted to create a place where a child’s interests and hobbies can shine, in a tasteful way that parents can live with. The basis of the look is clean, modern with an urban preppy vibe. Other inspiration comes from boys favorite hobbies such as dinosaurs, science or transportation. The idea is to create a clean, modern space that highlights your child’s toys and collections as pieces of art.

The simplicity of this room allows the toy collection to shine:

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Add in crisp preppy colors such as navy, red and green:

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The clean modern lines in this room create an impactful, vibrant space:

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Create an artful display of their favorite toys. Paying attention to scale and color, use repetition to create a visually pleasing presentation:

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Now, try it yourself!

Boys' Adventure from The Land of NodChalk Around the World Globe / Metal Letter / Electron Pendant Lamp / Prehistoric Dinosaur Wall Hooks / Pitch Perfect Storage Caddy / New School Desk with Bench / Cinema Floor Lamp / Green Tailored Rug / Red Stack Up Metal Bin

For more inspiration, click here!

 

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

I am loving our lack of schedule this summer, but I’m finding that it’s creating difficulty at breakfast. Without the need to get dressed and head to school (and with the luxury of having snacks available at home), the kids have been skimping on breakfast and then asking for snacks 20 minutes after I’ve cleared the table. It’s driving me a bit nuts, but this almond butter banana smoothie has been a great way to get some filling protein in them fast. It’s so creamy, it’s almost like a milkshake. Click over to Not-So-SAHM for the full recipe!

Rebecca and Suzanne are bloggers, graphic designers, and event stylists living in Washington, DC.  Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. Suzanne is a big fan of good design, good wine, and her two rambunctious little boys. They share DIY lifestyle and event styling projects at A Feteful Life. Rebecca also blogs kid-friendly projects at Not-So-SAHM

Lately Lily Joins Us For Camp Nod

It’s no secret we are BIG fans of Lately Lily (have you checked out our new exclusive bedding we carry?!).

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So we were so excited to have Lately Lily illustrator Micah Player in our South Coast Plaza store to read their brand new picture book, “Adventures of a Traveling Girl.” Afterward, Micah gave the kids a special drawing lesson on how to draw Lily.

Such incredible drawings came out of the art lesson. Check them out, and thanks so much to the entire Lately Lily team for this very special in-store event during Camp Nod!

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Artisanal Toast for Kids

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine
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I’ve been watching the artisanal toast trend gain momentum over the last year and have been wanting to give it a try.  One Saturday, I made three versions for Avery to snack on while doing some reading in her bean bag chair.  All on thick-cut brioche from a local bakery, version one was obsidian blackberry jam + French butter, version two was royal blenheim apricot jam + quark and version three was coconut jam + French butter.  Avery had no favorites in particular—she loved them all!  She agreed that books and toast made a perfect afternoon break.  (And some nice downtime for the rest of the household!)

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine. You can see her work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Land of Nod Locations Host Camp Nod

Back in July, we held our 2nd annual Camp Nod week at The Land of Nod stores. Camp Nod was a week full of creative events for the kiddos to participate in. A camp where you can create arts and crafts projects, and then have fun playing with Nod toys in the store afterwards? I’d say it was a hit! We wanted to share a few of the craft events we hosted with our Honest to Nod readers, so you all can try these fun activities at home!

Garden Day
We provided 3″ terra cotta chalkboard planters, chalk, soil, and Zinnia seeds for the campers. At the beginning of the event, we asked each camp attendee to decorate their planter with chalk. Some drew their name, a design, or some just enjoyed some minimalism. The best part about this is that they can always redecorate their planter for a future activity. After decorating, we helped them fill their pots with soil and handed each of them three Zinnia seeds to tuck into the soil. We loved watching them “garden!”

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet
We provided the campers with kid-sized tube socks and plenty of fun supplies like feathers, fabric markers, pipe cleaners, pom poms, felt sheets, googly eyes, and craft glue dots. The crafty glue dots made this activity less messy, and the kids had so much fun creating their sock puppet masterpieces.

And afterwards, our What’s that Stand For was a perfect stage for the campers to play with their socket puppets.

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Balloon Animals with Shop Sweet Lulu
We partnered with our great pals Shop Sweet Lulu to help us host another balloon animal activity with our campers. We hosted this event last fall with them, and it was such a hit we knew we needed to bring it back for Camp Nod. The DIY Balloon Animal kits are offered on their site, and include one balloon, one 15″ balloon stick, cut cardboard pieces with the animals’ faces, and adhesive glue dots.

The campers first blew up their balloons with their help of the grownups, and attached it to their stick. Afterwards they took the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth from the cardboard cut outs and created their animals with the adhesive glue dots. Campers loves showing off their pigs, bears, and chickens they created!

Camp Nod Balloon Bash

We hope you have as much fun with these activities as we did at Camp Nod! We can’t wait for more fun next year!

Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme

Post by Rebecca and Suzanne of A Feteful Life

Kids Playdate Ideas: Let's Go Camping!

Hello, hello! We’ve done books, we’ve done science, and now we’re taking on the great outdoors. The AFL crew is always up for a new adventure and thanks to Land of Nod’s awesome outdoor imaginary play toys, we were able to “set up camp” in our backyard and start exploring the best of what summer has to offer… Nature.

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I just love the S’more the Merrier Campfire Set. It was the center of our camp that also included the Indoor Explorer Pup Tent (which I got the kids for Christmas last year and continues to be one of their favorite toys), some lanterns and cushions. And what would an AFL kids party be without a journal of some kind for the kids to take notes of what they observe as we explored.

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We were so in love with the Meri Meri Fundamentals party collection we used for the science party, we knew that we needed more! This time we used the Meri Meri Toot Sweet Charms collection along with the coordinating paper straws and fell in love again. While the charms collection doesn’t immediately make you think “nature,” we thought their colors and whimsical feel were the perfect fit for our party. We pulled out the blues and greens from the collection and created some DIY food tents, drink flags, favor tags and journal labels. You can find all of these (and more) in our printable party pack.

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Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 6 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 7 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 8Once Camp AFL was all set up the kids came out and went straight to work roasting our pretend s’mores (marshmallows dipped in chocolate and coated with crushed graham crackers — yum!) over the campfire. Then they filled up on some more provisions before we got to crafting and exploring.

Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - Crafts Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - Crafts 1The kids crafted up some scarecrows, trees and flowers thanks to the Eco Crafts Kit. There were so many options for them and it was fun to see them follow the directions but also add their own personal creative marks on their projects.

Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 9 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 10 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 11 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 12 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 13 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 14Once they finished crafting, they grabbed their journals and magnifying glasses and we set out on an adventure walk to find rocks inspired by the I Love Dirt book by Jennifer Ward. It has some simple but great ideas to help you get out into nature and start exploring with your kids.

As I mentioned above, I made each kid a field journal and on the inside cover a made a rock scavenger hunt to help the kids look at the rocks more closely and to see just how cool a simple rock could be. We also had a bucket of water on hand to wash any dirt off the rocks and also to see how the colors or the rocks changed when they were wet.

Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 15 Kids Playdate Ideas: Nature Theme - 16There’s no better way to end a surprisingly hot afternoon of exploring than by eating ice cream, right? The kids love getting dirty with this faux dirt of crushed oreos, chocolate ice cream & gummi worms. Now get out there and start exploring!

Rebecca and Suzanne are bloggers, graphic designers, and event stylists living in Washington, DC.  Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. Suzanne is a big fan of good design, good wine, and her two rambunctious little boys. They share DIY lifestyle and event styling projects at A Feteful Life. Rebecca also blogs kid-friendly projects at Not-So-SAHM

Outdoorsy Boy’s Bedroom Design

Post by Kim Grosser of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team.

Carol is getting ready for the new school year, and asked us to dream up an outdoorsy bedroom update for her son’s room. She wanted it to be functional for homework, offer lots of storage and be a fun space for him to play after school. Below is the outdoorsy boy’s bedroom design created by Design Services.

Outdoorsy Boy’s Bedroom Design

Ellipse Bed / Branching Out Coat Rack / Camp Iwannadrinkawawwa Quilt / Indoor + Outdoor Blue Rug / It Takes Two Wall Art / Iconic Sheet Set (Arrow) / Bear Pillow / Vintage Wooden Arrows / Car Love Wall Art / The Ocean, The Sea, The Wave Artwork / Foundry Nightstand / Charming Hamper / Bubble Wall Clock / An Adventure A Day Banner / Archery Garland / Between a Rock and a Lamp Base (White) / Teacher’s Pet Backpack / Light Years Table Base (Dark Blue) / Tug O’ Lamp / Stack Up Metal Bins / Modern Schoolhouse Desk / Perfect Pitch Storage Caddy / Orange Moving Blanket Sham / Tracy Walker Animal Wall Art

Benjamin Moore Paint Color: Lido Green 617

 

Design by Kim Grosser of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team. Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.  

Little Rockstar Nursery Design

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

It’s Joni again!  Today, I’m excited to share another nursery from The Land of Nod fall catalog.  This is my “little rockstar” nursery design and it has a bit of a science/astronomy feel with a modern edge.  Here is the inspiration board we started with:

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Bear on the Moon Canvas / Little Twigs Wall Mirror / Star Bright Decals, Silver / Electron Pendant Lamp / Origami Wall Shelf / Between a Rock and a Lamp, Black /  Carousel Crib, Kelly Green / Cube Bookcase / Shine Print / Chalk Around the World Globe / White Campaign Dresser / Periscope Floor Lamp / Milo Glider / Star Pillow /  Framework Metal Letters /  Iconic Baby Bedding (Drops) /  Tailored Rug

And below is how the room all came together.  I’m really crazy about the new green Carousel Crib, and it makes such a gorgeous focal point in the room.  The bright white walls make everything feel so dreamy, and the silver metallic accents of the stars and the mirror really brighten the space.  I think I could live in here!

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I also love how neutral it is.  This room could easily be used for a girl or boy, but it doesn’t feel generic at all.

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The light fixtures are also fantastic.  Everyone’s favorite rock lamp looks super chic in black (I’d like this in my bedroom, please!) and that Periscope Floor Lamp would add the perfect glow at bedtime.

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The Twigs Mirror adds just the right bit of texture to all the straight lines and geometric shapes elsewhere in the room (love that geode detail!).  I’m also a big fan of those Origami Bookshelves.  They are super versatile; you can line them up on the wall, or place them on a shelf.  Such a fun way to display books!

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This Milo Glider is super clean and sophisticated with clean lines and white fabric (and it has a copper base!), but it looks very cozy at the same time – such a win for a nursery chair!  What do you think about this dreamy nursery design?  Hope you are inspired!

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

 

Summertime Kids Lemonade Stand

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine

Kids Lemonade Stand - 1 Kids Lemonade Stand - 2 Kids Lemonade Stand - 3 Kids Lemonade Stand - 4 Kids Lemonade Stand - 5 Kids Lemonade Stand - 6 Kids Lemonade Stand - 7 Kids Lemonade Stand - 8Lemonade and summer just seem to go hand in hand.  We outfitted this kids lemonade stand with a kid-friendly drink dispenser paired with mini cupcake liners filled with savory snacks.  This was Avery and Nate’s first experience with this quintessential summer activity and they loved every minute of it.  The brilliant thing about this stand is that it can be turned into a puppet theater, farmer’s market kiosk, post office and whatever else you can dream up—what an amazing prop for pretend play!

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine. You can see her work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Q&A with Nod Artist Stacie Bloomfield

Nod Artist, Stacie BloomfieldTell us a bit about yourself…

Hi I’m Stacie & I really like to draw animals, drink French press coffee, and eat Indian food. I find inspiration in heirloom quilt patterns, my Midwest upbringing (though now I suppose I am a Southern girl) carefully curated color palettes. I currently live in Springdale, AR with my mathematician husband, Nathan, my incredibly energetic daughters Violet & Lucy, and my 2 pups Wallace & Zeus. I am a tad unorganized, spill my coffee on most of my original drawings, but I am always punctual!

NAME: Stacie Bloomfield
HOMETOWN: Springfield, Missouri
CURRENT TOWN: Springdale, Arkansas
FAVE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate Chip
FAVE BREAKFAST FOOD: Pancakes with tons of butter and syrup
FAVE HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving
FAVE COLOR: Turquoise
FAVE MOVIE: The 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries!
FAVE DECADE: The 1950s (I am a sucker for the feminine dresses from that decade).

When did you become interested in becoming an artist?

I have been drawing as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of my free time drawing portraits of all of my friends and family. I had always known that I wanted to study art in college and graduated with a degree in Design Arts from a small liberal arts college in Springfield, MO. I took a few career detours (i.e. managing a coffee shop for a while and then working an admin job at a local university) but eventually found my way back to art once my children were born. I couldn’t find nursery art that I loved, so I made my own!

Stacie Bloomfield Artwork

You draw a lot of animals. What type of animals are your favorite?

I love drawing bears and birds! I enjoy taking the fur on bears and using it as a blank canvas to explore different textures and patterns. And birds are simply lovely to draw because of their beautiful colors and feathers! I take a bit of artistic license when it comes to how I interpret my Gingiber animals. ;)

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Is there a story behind the name of your company?

When I was an undergraduate, I had a graphic design project to create a magazine all about myself. When I was searching for what to title it, I turned to an old Latin dictionary and began searching through the “G’s” (which is my favorite letter). When I saw the word “gingiber” with the 2 G’s and that it was an older version of the word ginger, I ran with it! Years later when I started my illustration company, I didn’t think twice about using my old standby of Gingiber, and now I’ve never looked back!

What are the most rewarding and the most difficult parts of running your own business?

I love creating work that I love! I know that if I create something that I am pleased with, most likely my customers will see the passion in the illustration and love it, too! I love setting my own hours and interacting directly with my customers. I also love my small business community, and all of the amazingly talented people who share the same creative lifestyle as myself!

The most difficult part of running my own business is deciding which of my ideas to run with and which ideas need a bit more tweaking. I literally have so many directions I would love to take Gingiber that prioritizing what needs to come first is important because I only have so many hours in a day. Also some times of year of crazy busy (holiday, yikes!) while others are slow and steady. Finding the balance planning for the future and setting myself up for success is a yearly challenge!

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Tell us about your kids and how you balance work/mom life.

I have a 5 year old named Violet, a 2 year old named Lucy, and a 3rd baby on the way due December 30th! This baby better not come during my holiday rush! I feel like work life balance is constantly evolving. During the school year my oldest goes to school M-F, while my youngest is home with me most of the time. I send her 3 days a week to a Kid’s Day Out Program, and that is when I get the bulk of my work done in my studio (outside of my home). I find that I can’t get work done efficiently if I am at home, so getting out of the house 3 days a week helps me to focus. I try to not work as much when they are home, but usually I catch myself on my phone returning emails :) And working during the summer? I still haven’t found that rhythm. Somehow everything gets done, though! Coffee helps!

Stacie Bloomfield's Kids

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

Recently my husband and I have been talking about wanting a honeymoon “do-over” in Charleston, SC. I know it isn’t exotic, but when we last traveled there, everything that could go wrong went wrong! Missed flights, hurricanes, lost reservations, etc. It was a great way to start a marriage ;) Yeah, I’d like a do-over!

If you could possess a superpower, what would it be?

The power to read minds, specifically my 5 year old daughters. She is feisty, and I would love to get a glimpse at what is going on in that little head of hers.

Tell us about your new Sheepish bedding set. What do you love most about it?

I am crazy about the entire set, but I think the linen blanket with the French knots representing the sheep wool is absolutely dreamy! It feels sort of like an “heirloom”, and I think it is a very special piece.

Land of Nod Sheepish Baby Bedding

How would you style it in a room?

I would love to see this set in a classically inspired room a gorgeous black wooden bed with spools, paired with a beautiful vintage upholstered chair in an unexpected color like kelly green or hot pink. Of course the room would be filled with books, well loved toys, and wall art from some of my favorite illustrators like Ashley G, Leah Duncan, or even some prints from Gingiber. ;)