Post by Joni: Lay Baby Lay
A few weeks ago we hosted a small dinner party in our backyard. I didn't have a lot of time or money to spend, but sometimes that turns out for the best doesn't it? I wound up clipping a few branches from each of the different trees in our yard and laid them out as a table runner on top of some plain butcher paper. The blue patterned napkins.... yeah, those are actually dish towels from Ikea. Pretty right? And that was basically all it took. We had a grand old time and ate ourselves silly on southern bbq, red beans + rice, cole slaw and king cake.
Post by Becca: CAKE
Becca spends her days working for a strategic design firm in SF, and her nights trying to find time to blog, design + create while raising an adorable three year old hellion named Caitlin and newborn son, Theo.
If you asked me the household chore I disliked the most, it would be laundry hands down. But now with my new cheery laundry room, it may have just moved down on the list!
I was so excited to have a full laundry room when we moved to our new home last summer - a big step up in space from the closet with a stacked washer and dryer we had in Chicago.
However, I wasn't sure what to do with the room. The blah cabinets and big blank wall needed help. Someday we'll paint the cabinets and do more of a renovation, but for now I wanted to have fun with the room (in hopes that it would make doing laundry more fun!).
I reached out to my friends at The Land of Nod. I thought their bright and colorful storage and decor pieces would be perfect to brighten up the room and help it function as a mudroom for my girls as well. They were game to bring Land of Nod to the laundry room! Here's what I did in case you want to cheer up your laundry room a little as well:
1. Give the washer and dryer a makeover! Turn these boring appliances into something to smile at with colorful polka dot decals. It is as simple as peel and stick and they are completely removable (just peel off with no harm to the appliances).
2. Make use of wall space - Our laundry room is pretty narrow, but the long blank wall offered untapped storage opportunities. The addition of colorful wall hooks and a pocket cubby along with a shoe rack corrals quite a bit of stuff.
3. Keep it at kids height - By giving each of my girls their own set of hooks and a row in the numbered wall cubby, I'm hoping it encourages them to hang up their coats and bags when they come home rather than dropping them on the floor as usual. So far, I've had about a 50% success rate!
The pockets in the wall cubby hold everything from extra socks, to hats, to sunscreen… and the occasional monkey.
4. Stay organized with chalkboards - the addition of chalkboards with the girls' "schedules" helped designate each spot on the wall as their own. As you can see my girls have very rigorous weeks. ;) Not looking forward to the days when these chalkboards will be filled with all sorts of sports practices and after-school activities!
5. Swap in some new baskets - something as simple as trading our old plastic laundry basket for some of these colorful woven ones immediately made an improvement in my overall outlook toward laundry! In addition to using the baskets to sort laundry, I have one basket designated for the girls' pool toys and towels so they are ready to go as soon as warm weather hits here in San Antonio.
6. Add some pretty details - store your laundry pods in a pretty cookie jar instead of their usual plastic bin. (However, please make sure to keep it out of the reach of kids!) Also, don't overlook the laundry room as a place to put a little wall art. I made the "WASH" letters by painting inexpensive paper mache letters.
I loved this whimsical canvas from the Land of Nod. Who wouldn't want to be carried away by a huge set of balloons when they are surrounded with a mountain of laundry?!
So excited to have tackled this room in our home! Now off to do some laundry..
Photos by Candice Stringham
Post by Haeley: Design Improvised
It really blows my mind that Joy Cho of Oh Joy! designed these fabulous rooms for Nod. When I approached Joy with this idea, I was really uncertain about what she would say and figured it never hurts to ask. I had been a fan of her blog for a long time. I have always been drawn to her playful, colorful aesthetic and her passion for life, food, family and celebrating. The idea was to design a bedroom for Ruby, Joy’s adorable daughter. At the time that Joy and I first met (with Ruby in tow) she was 1 1/2 and it seemed to me such an obvious pairing: Nod and Joy to design a happy, chic space for Ruby to transition from crib to big girl bed. To my delight, Joy loved the idea and the rest is history. We’ve literally spent the past year collaborating to bring you this gorgeous collection. Enjoy.
Ice cream cone pillow – why? Because it’s an ice cream cone!
Nod Institute of art – curated by Joy – It is an absolute imperative to buy all of these pieces and create a gallery wall, they are so cheeky and fabulous all together. Seriously, that heart – “get in here”, beyond adorable.
Diagonal stripe lamp – I love the idea of a square lamp and the use of wood really elevates the design. This piece would look amazing in an entryway, as well as a nursery.
By Michelle Kohanzo
Aside from being the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, mother to four kids (yes I said FOUR!) and a gourmet cook, Michelle is a retail junky. From Zara to Marc Jacobs, Target to Nordstroms, she doesn’t discriminate, there’s room in her heart and closet for them all. And the addiction doesn’t stop at fashion, she’s painted her dining room at least 5 times, and changes rugs like most women change their sheets. Retail isn’t therapy for Michelle, it’s more like oxygen.
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.)
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.
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?
Well, I had to do it. Here's the St. Patrick's Day version of my Giant Geometric Wall Heart that I made for Valentine's Day. Green is my favorite color, so I think this guy is going to stay on my dining room wall for quite a while. Plus, it should bring me some good luck to have a giant shamrock in my home, right?
For this shamrock, you'll need 10 pieces of scrapbook paper. I used mint, forest green and metallic gold. You simply cut each piece of paper into 6" squares and then cut those squares diagonally to make triangles. Each piece of 12" scrapbook paper will give you 8 triangles. To make the shamrock shape, you will be making 3 hearts (like my giant geometric heart) and then adding a stem that is 3" wide. I attached the triangle to the wall using glue dots. I tried double stick tape, but with the texture of my walls, it didn't want to hold well.
What do you think about my "go big or go home" holiday decorations? I'm having fun with it, would you put up something this big on your wall? If you do decorate for St. Patrick's day, what does it look like?
Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm
I love having lots of plants in our house, but I don’t have the best track record keeping them alive. Every spring, I fill my house with plants, only to have most of them heading for the trash bin by the end of summer. This time around, I’ve been reading up on indoor gardening and have even started selecting plants based on hardiness. I’m especially encouraged by articles about plants that seem to thrive under any conditions. Surely, I can make keep a few of those alive.
Post by Julee : Warm Hot Chocolate
For this room, I was inspired by these dreamy nautical images. I love the idea of dressing up a classical nautical look with soft shapes, delicate lines and vintage details.
Try it for yourself!
Clockwise from top left:
Achievement Banner Flags, $2.95 each
Anchor Girl Pillow, $24
Sail the Ocean Blooms Banner, $79.95
Chalk with the Animals, $24.95
Good Read Book Caddy, $149
Little Twigs Wall Mirror, $219
Preppy Polka Dot Bedding, $29-$129
By Anna Passadori
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.)