Nod Celebrates the Holidays

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media Lead

This holiday season, we created a winter wonderland at our offices. We held a cube decorating contest (Frozen won), hung snowflakes everywhere and held a holiday party for 100 kids – Nod employee kiddos and little ones from Englewood, a community in Chicago that we’ve partnered with for a number of years.

We turned our office into a winter wonderland and are having a holiday party for our Nod family kiddos and children in need. Follow along as we celebrate with cookie decorating, holiday carols and more!IMG_6840IMG_6938 We decorated cookies, made sock snowmen and were treated to a performance by Emerald City Theatre and a sing-a-long from Lauren Hubert.

IMG_6959IMG_6946IMG_7026All the kiddos were able to take a picture with Santa and then each received a present to take home with them. Best of all, we presented a $15,000 check to a church in the community to help them fund their childhood programs.

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Happy holidays from Nod!

Ever wonder who’s behind The Land of Nod social media accounts? That’s Rachel! When she’s not telling anyone who will listen that she’s not meant to live in cold, snowy Chicago, you will  probably find Rachel binge-watching Netflix, reading blogs or in her kitchen making guacamole. Or starting crafting projects that never get finished.

An Honestly Glam Mother’s Room

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Anyone who’s been a nursing-working mom knows that pumping at the office is hardly a glamorous affair. In fact, from my experience, it’s generally one of the most extremely unglamorous things you’ll ever do. So, when I had the chance to collaborate with The Honest Company on the design of the mother’s room at their corporate office, my main goal was to make it a place that moms might actually want to hang out. (BTW – if you don’t know about Honest check them out. They have an incredible line of baby and home products. And are seriously a very cool group of folks doing some fantastic things.)

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Anyway, back to the mother’s room. Honest had some amazing things already in the works for their corporate office, so it was easy to be inspired. Their color palette is mostly aqua with lots of grey. So, that was my starting point. The showpiece of the room is our Sleeper Sofa in a great teal puzzle patterned fabric. The mother’s room was intended not only for nursing moms, but also for moms that might bring their young kiddos into the office for a visit. And, hey, they might need a place to nap. So, the sofa doubles as a place to sit and a place to nap, with a twin fold out bed.  A great small space solution.

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­­­From there I added in some basics like our white changing table, a perfect place to change baby’s diaper with tons of storage for all the essentials. And then I dusted it all with a bit of metallic…gold dot changer pad cover, metallic pillows, gold dot decals. It was so fun to add these all to Pinterest and have Jessica Alba (yes, you read that right) Jessica Alba comment, like and add to the board. Jessica’s one of the founders of Honest and was actively involved in the design.

In the end I think the room is functional, modern and decidedly feminine. I hope all the ladies who visit it feel at home and just a touch pampered.

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, Instagram 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 7-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 7 years old?

Store Window Display by Studio DIY

Kelly here from Studio DIY! I was so excited when The Land of Nod asked me to help design their spring windows for the South Coast Plaza store! I like to call these windows "A Sparkly Starry Night." I knew I didn't want to do a traditional "springy" window, and I wanted to incorporate some of the fuchsia and deep blue colors that would be used in the in-store displays. Taking a cue from this "I Love You to the Moon and Back" poster, a night sky seemed perfect! 

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It all started with a giant moon piñata, of course, which you can find the tutorial for right here! I purchased die-cut stars in various sizes from the party store and covered them in shades of glitter and confetti! Lots of gold was a must! We draped the walls in deep navy fabric, hung some mylar tassel garlands and strung up some gold disco balls as "planets" to add a little drama, too. Once everything was hung (Shout out to Mary who spent most of the day on a ladder helping hang stars before she took these gorgeous photos!), we styled it up with some of the new pillows and storage pieces, and pulled in some of my Land of Nod favorites too, like that geometric lamp and that confetti canopy, and of course a mini balloon animal, too!

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A huge thank you to The Land of Nod for having me. It was so fun adding a little bit of Studio DIY flair to those sparkly windows!

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Photography by Mary Costa Photography

Kelly Lanza is an east-coast transplant living in Los Angeles and has been a DIY-er since birth. Check out Studio DIY & you’ll find a whole lot of DIY projects, party tips and colorful ideas designed to help you inspire, create and celebrate. 

Nod at Emerald City Theatre

When designing the lobby of the Emerald City Theatre, the very first theater in the nation devoted solely to children ages 0 to 4, I knew it had to be visually stunning for all ages. This space had to evoke fun and creativity, welcoming families into a magical space, where imaginations could flourish.

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In The Wizard of Oz, the movie began in black and white. As a little girl I was very drawn to this style. It felt simple, and when the movie changed to color I was overwhelmed. I wanted this same concept to translate from the lobby to performance space. 

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Bold black and white artwork promotes visual strength for baby’s eyes too. 

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Julia Rothman’s interpretation of the Emerald City has playfulness, unique to other Oz references. I am inspired by her bold patterns, line strokes and simple graphics. You can follow the yellow brick road through the rainbow hall into a world of performance.

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My favorite characters in The Wizard of Oz were the munchkins and their Lollipop Guild. The giant lollipops made of plexi-glass allow light to shine through. 

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Remember when Dorothy and her friends ran through the poppy field and felt sleepy? Perhaps after the show, little ones will play with these giant magnets and feel very sleepy, drifting into a nice long nap.

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Bathroom time is fun, too. Stripes in one bathroom, dots in the other.

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Opening night and the ribbon cutting ceremony was very special. It was an honor to be part of this project and to collaborate with some very talented people in the process. Best of Luck Emerald City “Little Theatre.”

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For more info and behind the scene pictures, visit Emerald City Theatre on Facebook.  

By Cara Reche

When young, Cara had two imaginary friends. As their friendship grew, so did her imagination. Cara loves to “get crafty with it” and is the Associate Art Director at the Land of Nod.