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Nine Great Storage Solutions for Kids

A couple of months ago, I picked up these baskets on sale at Serena & Lily for toy storage in Madeleine’s bedroom…love the thick textured weave and bright colors.

Serena & Lily storage baskets

I kind of have a thing for toy storage bins and baskets. They make me feel organized when really I’m just stuffing a lot of crap away from view!(Admittedly my favorite kind of organization-cue Amy’s cringe…) So here are a few of my favorite options out there right now– big open ones with great prints (love the letters and numbers on #2 from Land of Nod!); practical ones with tops (lid goes on and everything disappears!); an open wire option great for stuffed animals; three different styles great for bookshelf storage (how fun is the retro TV bin from Urban??)



1. Origami Hamper by Pehr Designs// 2. Land of Nod Alphabet Bin//3. Laundry Basket by Ferm Living//4. Charming Basket by Land of Nod//5. Serena & Lily Rope Collection//6. Yellow basket by Ferm Living//7. Serena & Lily Pandan Bin//8. Wire Locker Basket//9. Television Canvas Storage Box//

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Kids’ Art (on the cheap!)

Have you been noticing all the gallery walls with typography art? If feels like everywhere I look, I’m seeing Etsy-finds hung like this…


I love the idea of these fun, affordable prints for a child’s room. In fact, I just bought this print for my son’s room from Etsy vendor artyMAPS (except I had them put Evanston not Chicago!)

Illinois Map Art from Etsy

Then, as I was looking for a few more pics to add to his gallery wall, I found this great source for printable artwork–the blog the handmade home. They do a monthly print freebie and have created a library of prints that you can just print off at home and frame!

This whole set of alphabet images is available to print off their site…so cute in a kid’s bedroom or in a playroom and you could use our favorite IKEA curtain rod hanging system!

The Handmade Home

The Handmade Home

 This little tricycle print is darling

The Handmade Home

The Handmade Home

And for you Jane Austen fans, I’d love to see this one hung in my closet–a nice little reminder every day.

Color printer, some scissors and a frame and you’re all set. Mixed in with some photographs, some original art made by you (yes, you!), these prints make for a really affordable way to add some color to your walls

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Seven Great Kid-Sized Chairs

Hi everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend. Not sure what happened to summer, but a chillier weekend meant more things got done around the house. Amy and I even had a chance to head down to the city to check out Jayson Home, FLOR and West Elm plus grab a little breakfast at one of my favorite places from my Wicker Park living days–Milk & Honey.

When I posted this picture of Madeleine’s little Lack (hack!) table and chairs a few weeks ago, I got a lot of questions about her little side chairs.

IKEA Lack Hack  Madeleine Room

The scale of these chairs–called the Little Jake from Room and Board–is perfect for a 2-5 year old. Madeleine can sit and draw, have tea parties, chat with another little person…you know, all the fun things a three-year old likes to do. The great thing about this lack table from IKEA is that its simple parsons style really goes with any kind of chair.

Here are some other suggestions for chairs perfectly sized for the little kids in your life…

Seven Great Kid-Sized Chairs board


Madeleine’s (#1) Little Jake comes in four fun colors–at $49 it’s middle of the road coast and is American made so I don’t mind spending a little more! Pottery Barn Kids (#2) has something similar for $39. Also discovered on a recent trip to Land of Nod that they offer a version called the Felix Chair that comes in a bunch of great colors and is priced at $69. Here’s a pic (albeit small!):

Kids Chairs: Kids Purple Play Chair

IKEA is a always a good source for kid-sized furniture. Chair #3 is a great little shape and because its kind of plain would look so cute with a graphic print cushion on it; super steal at under $20. These iron chairs are currently being seen everywhere for the big peeps so why not incorporate them into your little guy’s life with the Iron Rich Play chairs (#4) from Land of Nod.

I’m kind of obsessed with this mini knock off ghost chair (#5) and at under $70 you could afford to pull a couple of around a cute round play table. This
knoll kids Risom Side Chair
 (#6) is pricey at about $200, but seriously gorgeous and great quality. And, this little green chair (#7) which has a table it comes with (Knifty Kids Table & 2 Chairs Set) is like a modern take on a schoolhouse chair.

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