The Goodnight Moon Room Re-imagined for Real Life.

I’ve taken to reading Henry Goodnight Moon every night before bed.  Most of the time he just gets mad that I won’t let him eat the book/ drench it in his drool, but he also loves to touch and stare at the pictures.  Probably because the famous room in Goodnight Moon is a colorful, violent assault on the eyeballs. A delight for littles, but for adults it leaves one reeling.

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As a designer, every time I look at these pictures I wonder what the illustrator was thinking (beyond making a picture bright enough for tiny developing minds to be intrigued by).  My thoughts go from “oohh, look at the tiger rug by the bed, how Miles Redd!” to “Why is there a roaring fire in this child’s room??” and “How have they not called an exterminator yet?”  Turns out, there is a HILARIOUS post about this  already from the blog The Ugly Volvo. So I won’t try to compete.

But I got to thinking, with so many parents reading this classic to their children, wouldn’t it be great to design a room around the book?  But one with a color palette that doesn’t make you go into violent seizures?  So I took on the challenge- creating a Goodnight Moon influenced room for REAL children!

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Sleep. Glorious Sleep.

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I describe what is going on in this picture below. I promise.

I hear the slightest hint of a growl and my heart stops in my chest.  I lie as  still as possible as if my rigid pose and held breath will allow me to escape confrontation.  The darkness magnifies every sound and then it happens.  My fears confirmed. A scream blasts out from the small device next to my bed.

Henry is awake. Again.

Fashion Friday: Dressing HEnry

To say I’m having fun dressing Henry would be a vast understatement. I can’t even imagine if I had had a girl- I’d be teetering on bankruptcy, no doubt. But there are still lots of fun clothes for tiny fellas (teeny tiny blazers make me weak in the knees).  A lot of people have asked on Instagram for my favorite places to shop for Henry and so here we go!  Like everything else,  I approach it with a high/low attitude.  The bulk of his clothes come from affordable sources and I spurge now and then on things that really make me squeal (after all, it took us so much to get this baby and so I tell myself it’s okay to spend $60 on a baby t-shirt if I want to, which I KNOW is ridiculous!!!)   It’s so easy to get carried away- case in point:

“That Henry, he’s so hot right now” said in my best Zoolander voice
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(sheet from Rikshaw Design– striped shirt from Zara (no longer available-similar here) and sweater from Gap Kids (also gone), jeans from Old Navy)

Brands I Shop the Most:

Carter’s (most of Henry’s pajamas- also great basics)

Old Navy (basics, jeans, trendy outfits & accessories for less- 40% off all baby & kids today)

GapKids (all. the. things. 40% off all baby & kids here today too! Ruh-roh)

H&M (50% of Henry’s wardrobe- stylish, affordable, well made)

Zara (baby “high fashion” at lower prices)

Magnificent Baby (amazing onesies that close with magnets- awesome for bleary-eyed middle of the night changes!)

Some current closet faves:

Black and White Nursery Insanity.

I have two fabulous lines to show you today that focus on black and white as a nursery scheme- who says you can’t have black in a nursery? Certainly not moi! Check out these examples while I go get my third cup of coffee due to the fact that Henry is in some sort of planet alignment craziness/growth spurt/possessed by evil spirits phase….

I bet you can guess that when the new Emily & Merritt Collection for PB Kids dropped so did my jaw. This is like, straight outta my black and white lovin’ brain! I mean….WHAAAAAAT!?
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Like, this rocker IS my living room chair.

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Incredible Local Artisan: Cheeky Monkey

This week I received the most INCREDIBLE gift for Henry that I had to share. People have been so overwhelmingly generous and kind in thinking of my little guy, especially people I don’t even know like Holly Johnson of Cheeky Monkey Home.  When I unwrapped this pillow I nearly fell over- especially when I turned it around and saw the incredible stitching of Henry’s name and birth information on the back!  Made of the most luxurious merino wool felt, I knew the minute I touched this pillow that it was a true work of art.  I was so touched and am going to treasure it forever.

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