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The Honest + The Land of Nod feather your nest sweepstake

As a parent I get overwhelmed sometimes by all the products out there that are harmful to my children.  I have a tendency to be a bit of a worrier and get stressed out by by all the toxic chemicals (so many we're not even aware of) in everyday products and what I should and shouldn't do.  I'm so grateful for responsible companies like The Honest and The Land of Nod who can do some of the worrying and research for me.  Both companies believe in making sustainable, non-toxic products while not sacrificing on style. Today I'm teaming up with these two incredible companies to offer readers a chance to win the Feather your Nest Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes.  One lucky winner will receive an entire years worth of Honest Bundles and a $1,500 gift certificate for The Land of Nod to create or makeover their nurseries, kid's rooms, or play rooms.  The contest starts the 21st (today) till November 1st.  How cool is that?!!!

feather-your-nestHere's what you need to do to enter to win the sweepstake:

1. Click here to visit The Honest Company's Facebook page and choose the "Feather your Nest" sweepstakes tab.  2. Follow “The Honest Company” and “The Land of Nod” on Pinterest. 3. Complete and submit the entry form provided on the The Honest Facebook application and accept the Terms & Conditions of the Sweepstakes. 4. Complete your entry by creating a Pinterest board and naming it “Honest & Land of Nod Feather Your Nest.” Pin at least one (1) item to this board and tag the image(s) with #FeatherYourNest. Limited to one (1) entry per person.  Best of Luck!

Also, all One More Mushroom readers can Enjoy free shipping at Honest.com by using the code HonestFYNShip. Applies to U.S. and Canadian residents only (one per customer).  Valid for first-time orders only. Expires November 1, 2013

The Honest Company and The Land of Nod asked me to share some tips on how I create safe and stylish spaces for my children.  Here are six tips on how to do that in any space in your home.

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Tip#1-- Play with scale and color.  I love combining contrasting and complimentary textures, colors and sizes.  It's so fun to see something dramatic and unexpected in a space, especially a child's room.  The Wow, that's a big lamp is a beautiful and large floor lamp, which provides soft, directional lighting while reading our stories at night.

Tip#2-- Explain to your children why.  As a child I remember being told to do something but not knowing why.  I notice that when I explain to my children why they need to wear sunscreen, or brush their teeth they're more apt to obey without complaining (most of the time).  Did you know that the only sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays is Zinc Oxide?  This one is non greasy and non-whitening.

(Snake, Banjo, H pillow, the Henrik bed)

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Tip #3--  Keep soft toys/rugs around to cushion a fall.  Rugs and stuffed animals are cute and cuddly but can also protect little children while playing rough.  I also like the first thing to touch my children's feet when they wake up in the morning to be something soft. In Maja's room I used this blanket as a plush rug for her little feet.

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Tip# 4-- Have your children in mind when decorating and picking products.  When I saw this bunny lamp I knew my daughter would love it.  She has a bit of an obsession with bunnies and sleeps with three every night.  Maja is potty trained, but during her naps she still wears training pants.  I keep them stored in the bin on the floor so that she can put them on herself.  She prefers the princess pants, and they are gentle on her skin because they are chlorine, bleach and chemical free.  Maja also loves lip balm, she calls it her "lip", so we keep it on her bedside table for her to apply when needed.

(bird pillow, storage bin)

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Tip# 5.  Keep it fun and playful.  Who says a bathroom can't have art in it?  Or that a wall can't be an entire chalkboard?  Have fun with your kids and their interests.  Maja likes to draw, so we painted an entire wall in her room with chalkboard paint.  In our bathroom we hung some vintage prints from a favorite sea voyaging kid's book, as well as this clock (well, something similar).

safe-and-stylish-kids'-spaces5Tip# 6.  Know what's in the products you're giving to your kids.  Harsh chemicals in soaps, shampoos and conditioners can cause skin to become irritated, dry and even disrupt hormone levels.  What I love about this bubble bath, shampoo, and conditioner is that the ingredients are safe, natural and gentle on my children and I can pronounce all the ingredients.  I have a saying that I live by when grocery shopping  "If you can't read it don't buy it".

I hope that these tips are easy and helpful for you in creating safe and stylish spaces for your children.  I wish you the best of luck in entering the Pin It to Win It Sweepstake!  I hope you win!

Also, if you'd like to see what products I used to style these spaces, you can check out my Pinterest board here.

svenskt tenn shop tour and winner of the giveaway!

Thank you all for the very lovely comments and participating in the giveaway.  It was hard to pick just one winner.  But...Colleen is the winner!  Yay!!!  I had a chance to see the pillow that Svenskt Tenn is giving away and I'm going to have a hard time parting with it. svenskt-tenn7Svenskt Tenn is such a beautiful and inspiring interiors shop.  These pictures that I have shared with you are just a fraction of the beautiful two story space.

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Throughout the store there are beautifully decorated vignettes of furniture and textiles...so much to be inspired by.

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You can find Josef Frank patterns on journals,  pillows, totes, trays and many other home decor items.

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There are also so many beautiful selections of colorful Josef Frank wallpapers.

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I'm so excited!  This trip I may have splurged and bought the primavera fabric to cover an amazing mid century sofa that I found at an Estate Sale for $15!  Here one of the clerks is pictured measuring out my fabric.  I can't wait to see the finished sofa!  I'll be sure to share photos of it too.

 

 

 

svenskt tenn shop tour and giveaway

This week I'm so excited to share with you my first photographs from my trip to Stockholm.  The first of which is my all time favorite interior design shop, Svenskt Tenn, on Strandvägen in Stockholm.  Svenskt Tenn is world renowned for their beauty and quality and their textiles and furniture are iconically linked to Swedish design. svenskt-tenn

Estrid Erikson founded Svenskt Tenn in 1924 at the age of 30.  Ten years later she hired Josef Frank  (originally from Austria) as a designer.  He became her most beloved designer.  The two had a very amicable working relationship for 33 years.  Josef Frank designed most all of the textiles and furniture and was inspired by his travels and botany.  His use of color and his large designs of flowers, birds, fruits, vegetables is astounding.  Estrid Ericson ran the company, was the sole interior designer and table stylist.  She had an incredible refined eye and sense of style.  She dedicated most of her life to Svenskt Tenn, retiring at 82 after giving 54 years to her company.

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The two inspired each other and took on Josef Frank's philosophy that color should be introduced through the  textiles and furniture should be light and easy to move.  I couldn't agree more with their design philosophy.  Estrid Ericson wrote "White walls are loveliest, textiles must impart colour to the room.  Furnish sparingly with light, moveable furniture.  The modern home, therefore, will be a mixture of items, some more expensive than others, and they do not have to match."

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This design philosophy is what is so cheerfully associated with Swedish design.  And what has always drawn me to the Scandinavian style.

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What amazes me as well is that most of these textiles were designed in the 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's, but they are still so modern and fresh.  Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson did not conform to trends or style of the time, but stayed true to their design beliefs.  Therefore, they have remained timeless.  What an inspiration.

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When I first walked into Svenskt Tenn four years ago, I was blown away with the use of color and pattern.  Bold, bright, beautiful colors are everywhere in this large two story design shop.  There are also large comfortable sofa's upholstered in the large patterns.  The furniture is classic and comfortable, and generally made of wood or rattan.

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Svenskt Tenn is generously giving one lucky One More Mushroom reader a beautiful home decor item from one of their lovely textiles.  All you have to do is comment below.  I will pick the lucky winner next week along with part two of my Svenskt Tenn shop tour.

 

 

so pretty! felt book, giveaway and garland

I really enjoy sewing with and finding new ways to use felt.  Chronicle Books recently published So Pretty! Felt, written by Amy Palanjian.  So Pretty! Felt is a compilation of 24 different creative felt projects.  The projects are fun and easy to do if you know some basic sewing skills and know your way around a hot glue gun.  There are also new techniques and approaches to working with felt that I have never tried.  There's even instructions on how to make a felt mushroom.  I can't wait to try it!  Chronicle Books is generously offering one lucky reader a chance to win a book.  All you have to do is leave a comment below.  I'll announce the winner next week. felt-garland-

I didn't have a lot of time the other day, so I decided to try the quick felt garland project from the book.  I am a big fan of garlands, especially in a child's room.  The garland was a perfect way to add some pops of color in Henrik's room.

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This felt garland was so easy to make and took no time at all.  The great thing about making this garland is that you can use scraps of felt in any shape and color.  I chose to use squares, triangles, and circles.  I also added a couple of silhouettes of a giraffe, an elephant and a lion to make it a little more playful and childlike.

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I was so happy with how it turned out, it was just what I wanted.  I look forward to starting on some more projects from the So Pretty! Felt book, particularly some of the necklace ideas.

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If you would like to purchase a book you can find it through AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound, or Chronicle Books.

Or you can enter to win a book by leaving a comment below.

Here is a list of the rest of the book tour and more chances to win a book:

Friday, May 10 – West Coast Crafty 

Saturday, May 11 – Mod Podge Rocks

Monday, May 13 – Handmade Charlotte & Fabric Paper Glue

Tuesday, May 14 – MINT & A Spoonful of Sugar

Wednesday, May 15 – Positively Splendid & Hart and Sew

Thursday, May 16 – Rouge and Whimsy & So You Think You're Crafty

Friday, May 17 – Aesthetic Nest & Dollar Store Crafts

P.S.  This is just a sneak peek of The Henrik Bed.  I'll have more photos and information next week.  I can't wait!

girlie glue winners

Thanks to everyone for your comments (It was hard to pick just two).  The winners are Stacy and Heather.  If you ladies could email me your addresses so I can send you your girlie glue I'd appreciate it.

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This week on Babyccino Kids: My baby girl is almost two years old and still doesn't have a lot of hair.  For special occasions (or when I remember) I like to put something in her hair, the clips do not work and fall out immediately.  For my daughter's hair I use Girlie Glue.  Girlie Glue is a hair accessory glue that is all natural and safe for your baby.

My friend Katie noticed that there was nothing out there to use as a temporary glue for her babies' hair.  She tried various products like KY and honey, but they didn't have the right consistency and were not safe for her babies, so she developed her own product...Girlie Glue.  Girlie Glue is made with Agave nectar and other all natural ingredients.  The glue lasts all day and washes off easily with a wet wash cloth.

Not only can it be used for your baby's hair but to attach play earrings made out of felt.  One of my friend's daughters has been wearing her 'earrings' every day for the past week.

Girlie Glue is not just for girls either.  My son Henrik and his friend Jones love to play pirates.  Girlie Glue is perfect for attaching felt mustaches, beards and eye brows.

The possibility are endless with what you can do with Girlie Glue.  I had so much fun making the different hair accessories, like the fox and clouds.  Henrik loves the different faces he can make with his assortment of mustaches.  Girlie Glue would make a great baby shower gift for a friend too.

Girlie Glue is offering One More Mushroom readers two free gift packets, included in each gift is a tube of Girlie Glue with some hair accessories or mustaches (depending on what you would like).  All you have to do is like their Facebook page here and comment below on how you plan to use Girlie Glue, easy!

I'll announce the winner next week.

Love Mae winner!

First of all I want you all to know this was a really tough decision for me.  I wanted to give it to everyone who commented.  Thanks for all your comments and Thanks to Love Mae for making this giveaway possible!  Colleen and her darling baby girl are the lucky winners!  I can just picture the build a tree in her room.  Colleen I will email you with all the details and I want to see pictures of how you use it in her room (what a perfect Birthday present this will be!)

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature I will be doing with Love Mae's mini wall stickers, I'm so excited!

Love Mae giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce my very first giveaway!  One of you could be the lucky winner of Love Mae's build a tree light wall sticker! All you have to do is like them on their Facebook page here, go to their website here and comment on which wall sticker's your favorite, easy huh?  The only hard part is deciding on which one you like best. Unfortunately, at this time they are only able to ship to the United States.  I'll announce the lucky winner next Thursday the 12th of July.

To get ideas on what to do with the build a tree you can see how I used it here.