Design for Kids

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Getting the House Prepped for Back To School


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Growing up in places where we trudged back to school after Labor Day, it always shocks me when the school bus hits my neighborhood around August 7. For some of you, back to school is fast approaching. As you clean up the swimming noodles and put away the summer luggage, it’s time to get the house spruced up for homework time. Here are a few ways to help your kids back in the homework groove.

No distractions: A well-organized desk. If there’s room in the house and the budget, giving a kid his or her own desk somewhere in the house that can be closed off and quiet is very important. While most prefer to have it in their own bedrooms, sometimes that can be a stressful hinderance to sleep. If this is the case, give your kid desk space in an adult office, basement, laundry room or playroom. Let them stock it with all the supplies they’ll need to get homework done – highlighters, pencils, sharpener, eraser, pens, power strips, chargers, notebooks, folders, et. al. Having an extra chair nearby can help when parental assistance is needed.

by interiors by nanette; photography by by Johanna Sophia Photography

A built-in workstation. Giving your kids their own grown-up workstations can help inspire them to get organized and get down to business. Use a wall in their own rooms, the playroom or even in your own office space. A room nowhere near where someone else is watching TV is best.

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More relaxed reading only: A reading nook. Reading homework can be done somewhere much more comfortable. Create an inviting spot where all that reading can be comprehended and perhaps even enjoyed.

Mash Studios Lax Edge Dining Table

Some collaboration from parents and a nosh: The kitchen table or island. Tempt kids to sit right down and knock out that homework with a clear kitchen table, snacks waiting and help at the ready (thought I don’t know about you, but fourth grade math is about as far as I can help).

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Getting messy: The craft room. For those dioramas, posters, multi-media (and I don’t mean digital) and science fair projects, get the craft area set up. Mom, if this is your domain, you may have to give up your crafts for a week or so, hide everything you don’t want ruined and let your kids have at your craft area. If kids are still making those volcanos, make sure that project is relegated to the garage or backyard!

Parents, any other advice for homework spaces? Please share with us in the comments section?


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Robin Crib On Sale


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The Robin Crib by Oeuf is one of those white whales of the furniture world – hunting down a discount is about as difficult as hunting Moby Dick. However, there is a rare opportunity happening right now; this fabulously modern, sustainable crib is on sale for $499 in the birch/white and espresso/white options. If you’ve been hemming and hawing over which crib to buy, stop it and start clicking “add to cart” right now!

Well, take a few minutes; I understand, this is a big lifetime purchase for you! Here are some compelling reasons to choose this bed:

1. Space in a nursery is very tight; you need all the space-saving help you can get. The Robin Crib is set up so that the Robin Changing Station (sold separately) will fit right on top of it.

2. Your babe will only need a crib for so long, why invest hundreds of dollars in something you may only use for two or three years? Oeuf knows this, so they’ve designed the crib to grow with you. It converts  into your child’s first big-boy or big-girl bed!

This conversion capability is not only sustainable for the environment, but sustainable for your budget!

3. Oops, did I mention safety yet? The Robin Crib meets and exceeds all European, Canadian, Australian and US safety standards. Also, the low height makes it easy to lift child in and out; the mattress height can be adjusted to three positions.

4. Finally, and most superficially, this crib is gorgeous. It has clean and modern lines and it is sleek yet warm. It’s the perfect crib for discerning parents who prefer contemporary style.

Convinced? Hop on over to the sale and pick one up today! The sale will only go on while supplies last!


Friday, March 30th, 2012

P’kolino Exclusive: Little Ones Art Easel in White

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One of the toys that I remember most from my childhood was the awesome art easel that Santa brought me one year for Christmas.  On one side it was a dry-erase board, and on the other it was a chalkboard (where Santa left me a note, in his famous block handwriting). It was fabulous – one of the best presents that I ever received.

So, you can imagine that when I spotted the P’kolino Little Ones Art Easel here at Design Public, I found myself overcome with a little twinge of nostalgia. I immediately added it to the list of things I was planning to buy for my kids, pronto. I mean, c’mon – how great is this?

Thanks to our friends at P’kolino, Design Public will be the only place that you can find this easel in white.  Did I mention that you can also use the easel for puppet shows?  It even comes with two “coloring book scenes” that your kids can use as backdrops for their big production!  Oh, and it’s a complete steal at $89 and free shipping.

To celebrate this exclusive product, we also have two deals going on with P’kolino that you’ll only find at Design Public.  With the first option you’ll get 10% off of the Little Ones Table and Chairs (also in white) with the purchase of the easel.  Or, purchase the special deal that includes the Pkolino Little One’s Art Easel in white, the Little One’s Play Table and Chairs set in white, AND the Clothes Tree in White and you’ll get 10% off of the Table and Chairs and the Clothes Tree.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the products from the P’kolino line – I especially love the P’kolino Storage Chest with Chalkboard lid (hey – my kids like to color on everything already, so why not beat them at their own game!), the P’kolino Elephant Wall Easel, and the P’kolino Craft Table.

Like what you see?  Check out the entire P’kolino Line at Design Public.


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Spotlight On D.I.A. (Design in Action)


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We’re looking for some hot design in action, also known as D.I.A. Email us a photo of design in your home and get $10 off your next order. In addition, if your photo includes you or a friend in the shot you’ll be entered to win a monthly drawing for a $200 gift certificate. If you have a camera on your phone, there’s really no excuse not to do this; we’re not going to critique you on composition, color or cleanliness, I promise! Here are five D.I.A. shots that caught my eye this week.

Thanks to Cindy for sharing this photo of 2 Hybrid Home Limited Edition Large Print Visible Ghosts. They look especially snazzy against that dark wall:

From the awesome photograph adorable baby files, thanks to Christy for posting this picture of the Flensted Mobiles Rollephant Mobile. If I were them, I’d be begging Christy for this picture for a future catalog:

Thanks to Joe for putting his Inhabit Current Organic Throw in Orange into fashion action mode. Lookin’ good Joe!:

I am loving this cutie living large in Fatboy Junior. It’s rather genius to use this modern beanbag to make your sofa more kiddo-friendly and fun. Thanks to Laura for sending this in; I love the way the socks and the book go with the color of the Fatboy!

I love the serene and sophisticated bedroom sent in by Robert Bernard. Underfoot there’s a lovely rug that adds a big pattern to the room without overwhelming it. It’s a perfect use of DwellStudio’s Home Gate Rug in Ash and Cream:

Thanks to everyone who shared their D.I.A.!


Monday, November 7th, 2011

Spot on Square Sale


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Yip yip! Spot on Square is on sale! From Nov 8th to the 30th the Roh and Hiya Collections are 15% off*.

We are big fans of their clean modern designs, especially since so many pieces can easily transition a design-lovers drool worthy nursery to a super chic modern adult pad without any obvious overlap. So, when little Timmy grows up and moves out you can use his Roh Bookshelf in your living room or bedroom…a gift for him is a gift for you.

Of course, we are still drooling over the Spot on Square Roh Crib in the photo above.  Does it look familiar?  That’s because it is the same modern crib we posted about a few weeks ago as seen in Rachel Zoe’s home. Talk about a room with a view – this beautiful crib is every modern design loving parent’s dream – in place of the traditional wooden crib bars you’ll discover that the Spot on Square Roh Crib has half-inch clear acrylic.  (And don’t worry – it’s BPA free, phthalate free, and 100% recyclable!) Bob and Nicole Springer, the husband and wife team who founded the company and created this incredibly modern crib, believed that children should be surrounded by simple, eco-conscious, high-quality products that promote an appreciation for design.  To Bob and Nicole, we say – congratulations – mission accomplished!  So dive in now, because for a limited time, you can get these gorgeous products at a discount*!  Score!

Spot on Square sale pieces…Check it!

*Sorry, Eicho pieces are excluded from the sale and this promo cannot be combined with any other discount.