A Shared Space for Sophia and Nicolas

I recently asked our Facebook fans to share their decorating dilemmas. Kristin F. had the following to say, “Wrestling with putting a toddler girl and baby boy in the same room for a few years. How to mix genders in decorating, which seems to be especially gender… um… ful.”

After talking to Kristin some more, I learned that Sophia and Nicolas currently share a very purple room that was more appropriate when it was Sophia’s nursery, but didn’t work well as a shared space.

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To put together the room, I first started with the bedding. When mixing two sets, it’s important to keep at least one more simple. I chose an aqua palette for the bedding because it works well for both boy and girl, and offered a nice starting point from which to build the room. The bedding I chose for Sophia is from our Easy Breezy Collection, it’s mixable and can grow with her. It also paired well with the colors in our Come Fly With Me Crib Bedding. The nice thing about this set is we also offer it in kids size. Since Kristin indicated this shared setup was temporary, I wanted to show her pieces that would allow the room to transition into a permanent home for either Sophia or Nicolas, no painting or massive redecorating required.

From there, I chose a rug that, again, could work long-term. The pop of green adds to the snappy color palette. And, the rug is super soft and plush, giving a nice play surface for Nicolas while he’s learning to sit, crawl and walk.

Kristin indicated the room was on the small size, so I thought some storage was probably in order. Our 6-Cube Bookcase doesn’t take up much space, but holds a ton. It can start out as diaper and book storage and transition to craft supplies and toys as the kids grow up. Plus, the Top Box Storage Bins add some really great color to the room and make clean up a breeze.

Then it was time to accessorize. This is where you can really personalize the room. If you keep the furniture, bedding and rug more neutral, you can cater to each child’s tastes through wall art and other small décor items. The great thing about this approach is the cost commitment is low, so you can change it out with your kid’s changing taste. I love the idea of giving each child a growth chart, so they can track their growth together. Also, be sure to incorporate some wall art that reflects their interests. This can be anything from purchased prints and family photos to your kid’s own artwork.

It’s also important to allow each child their own “space” within the room. Even if it’s as simple as color-coded baskets to keep their toys apart. After all, no matter how much you love your little brother, sometimes you just want him to stay outta your stuff!

Overall, I think it’s a bright, cheerful space that can grow with the kids and feel like it belongs to them both. I hope I’ve at least given Kristin a few ideas she can incorporate into her kiddos’ room, I know I had fun putting it together.

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 4 ½-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 4 1/2 years old?

Maria Carluccio

We’ve worked with and loved all things Maria Carluccio for many years.  So, when we came across yet another opportunity to work with her again, we jumped at the chance.  Take a look at our new ‘The Birds and the Leaves’ Tree Decal

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Reasons why I love this product:

  1. This is a Land of Nod exclusive
  2. It’s non-toxic, green and PVC free, fabric decal
  3. The decal is repositionable which means you can use it over and over and over…
  4. The set includes over 25 decals for you to create a scene that’s your very own design
  5. It’s 68.5” tall, which 8.5” taller than me so that makes it almost giant like!

 

By Lia Mensinga

When Lia’s not out hunting for the latest and greatest décor items for Nod, she can be found painting, and re-painting, and re-painting her finger nails. Her current obsession is an ombré technique and water marbling. She’s also recently started a collection of all things robots, including a costume she made herself.

A Red Birthday Party

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Remember when I told you that my little man turned one last week. Well… I was about to get the award for worlds worst mother to a second child. I had a party when Finn turned 1 and 2 so how could I tell Clyde when he is 13 that we just "didn't have enough time"? I gave myself a guilt trip, but I'm glad I did because we had a really good time. Clyde was born last year on Superbowl Sunday. So this year when his birthday fell on a Monday we celebrated with our families. The color RED has been readily available so I went with a RED theme. I had red food, red balloons and I even told everyone to wear red.

Red Food:

Caprese Salad Appetizer

Red Bell Pepper and Hummus

"Red" Chips

Homemade Cherry Limeades

Meatball Subs (with Homemade Meatballs) & Coleslaw 

Mimaw's Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberries (compliments of my Mom)

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He had a cupcake, and was curious as to why everyone was staring at him…

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 He was spoiled with gifts and attention. As it should be on your birthday!

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And of course big brother had to help him figure some things out.

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 It was the red party of the year! Happy Birthday Sweet Boy xoxo

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Have you ever done a color themed party?

 

Post by Taylor Urban : www.itstaylormade.com

Mom’s Apple Crisp: Lightened Up

Hello again from Becca of CAKE.

I wanted a lighter dessert to bring to a few parties and this Apple Crisp has delivered twice already.  It's called Mom's Apple Crisp (not my mom mind you, but whoever she is I'm sure she's a very nice lady) and it's easy as pie.  On second thought, maybe easier.  I know 'healthy' can be a dirty word, but believe me- it's so wonderfully delicious, you won't even miss the crust.

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photos © cake. 2011

Mom's Apple Crisp

Ingredients
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons light stick butter, diced
1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves
3 lbs golden delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
topping variation: 1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins or currants

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F Spray a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
2. To make the topping, combine the 1/2 cup flour, the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, (dried fruit if desired), and salt in a medium bowl. With a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water and firmly press mixture to form clumps.
3. To make the filling, mix the granulated sugar, the 2 tablespoons flour, the nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl. Add the apples and vanilla; mix well. Transfer to the baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the filling. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden, 55 – 60 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com