Tag Archive | kids

Stylish Rugs for Kids

Dexter Rug, Neutral/Blue

In both of my kids’ rooms, I really feel like the rugs pulled everything together.

In the animal nursery, the rug matched the crib comforter, and in my toddler’s “big girl room,” we found a patterned rug that pulled colors from her comforter and was bordered in the purple shade in which I’d painted her walls.

Either way, rugs are a fun element to add to a room. Even a carpeted one. Which is why I’m sharing these gorgeous rugs. Hopefully they’ll inspire some fun for your little one’s bedrooms and playrooms!

Buddy Rug, Neutral/Green

5'3

 Calf Rug, Ivory/Multi

Boxy Rug, Green/Pink

Nora Rug, Green/Neutral/Blue

Cassandra Rug, Purple/Aqua

3'6

Oude Flat-Weave Rug, Pink/Linen

Grace Outdoor Rug, Natural

Architects Designing Doll Houses

I’m a sucker for doll houses.

I can’t help it.  I love all things tiny and cute and adorable.

But these doll houses are really something special:  they’ve all been created by architects and designers.  They’re like vibrant, playful, exciting versions of architectural models.

A Doll’s House is a competition of 20 architects and designers who constructed doll houses for the 21st century.  The doll houses will be auctioned off for charity.  All proceeds support KIDS.

I would love just about any of them in my house, and I think my kids would, too.  Here are a few of my favorites:

ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS

AMODELS

DEXTER MOREN ASSOCIATES

FAT ARCHITECTURE

HLM ARCHITECTS

LIFSCHUTZ DAVIDSON SANDILANDS

MORAG MYERSCOUGH AND LUKE MORGAN

See all the doll houses (and bid on them until November 11, 2013) at A Doll’s House Gallery.

Read more about the project at A Doll’s House.

Conarte’s Colorful Mountains of Books

Conarte library with mountains of shelves for books

When I saw the photos of this Mexican library, I was instantly enchanted!

In the heart of the city of Monterrey is Fundidora Park.  The park includes everything from gardens to museums and auditoriums to theme parks.

It also includes this spectacular library designed by the architects at Anagrama.  This children’s library, or cultural center, is part of the Conarte, or Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León.

It was designed to be a playful space to help enhance the love of reading in children by mimicking the local mountainous landscape.

children's library with mountains of shelves

I can just see my own kids running over the mountains of shelves, rolling and climbing and laughing, and, finally, snuggling up in a valley corner to enjoy a book.

And myself.  I can see myself doing these things as well.  🙂

Read more about the library at ArchDaily.

Dinosaurs Come to Tampa

glazer tampa museum dinosaurs

My kids love dinosaurs.  This is due, at least in part, to my obsession with them, I’m sure.

Either way, I’m excited that there is a dinosaur exhibit coming to Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa.

From October 5th through January 20, 2014 the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit will be welcoming the excitement and exploration of children of all ages.

dino toddler tot glazers childrens museum tampa

And for four days during the exhibit (October 8, October 23, November 9, December 10), they will also be featuring a Dino Toddler Trot, a dance party for tots and their parents.