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Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Uniquely Coordinating Room Decor for Kids

    Artwork, table lamps, bedspreads, throw pillows, wall color, rugs - yikes! We agree that decorating your child's bedroom or nursery with coordinating room decor for kids can be exciting, fun, and yes - intimidating. That's why we're here to help, and offer our tips and suggestions for creating a space that your little girl or boy will find magical, enchanting, and their most favorite place to be!

    Be Unpredictable

    We'd like to encourage you to make decorative choices by thinking outside the "box" by selecting pieces that speak to you and look great together. So, don't feel pressured to buy a "set" of matching items to complete a whole room - branch out and choose coordinating room decor for kids that will give your space a fresh and unique touch!

    When decorating a child's bedroom or baby's nursery, our eternal tip that we will stand behind forevermore (not to get dramatic!) is to choose your wall art first. When you start to shop for wall art, you'll see all the options out there and be filled with excitement. Choosing wall color and bedding first really limits your options for wall decor, yet that's the most fun element to shop for! Our artists create such engaging and gorgeous artwork that you may be very surprised at the color palette you end up with just by finding that perfect piece of art that speaks to you from the beginning. So, we've added another component to our line that's essential to a child's room and will bring an extra art dimension. Our adorable decorative table lamps are all created from existing pieces of artwork from our talented artists to perfectly match or coordinate with the artwork of your choosing. Not only that, you get to choose from 6 colors of lamp bases, or just get the shade by itself to top your existing base.

    While we do make it easy to match our kids' table lamps to artwork in the line, we'd also like to inspire mixing and matching to get coordinating room decor for kids to really show your personality. We've selected some of our lamp shades that were created directly from existing pieces of artwork, and paired them with some less predictable selections - in many cases, joining with different artists' works.

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    Perfect Match: It's A Small World - Whale of a Tale Table Lamp and It's a Small World - Striped Waves Wall Art Decor by Mary Blair

    Coordinate: Lighthouse by Vicky Barone, Day At the Beach - Red by Shelly Kennedy, and Row, Row, Row by Ana Davis

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    Perfect Match: Say, Say Oh Playmate Table Lamp and Wall Decor by Winborg Sisters

    Coordinate: Giddy Up Horsey, Fish and Turtle Fun, Woof Goes the Dog, and Quack Goes the Duck by Winborg Sisters

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    Perfect Match: When I Grow Up - Boy Table Lamp and Artwork for Kids' Rooms by Rachel Taylor

    Coordinate: Construction Zone by Jill McDonald, Red Car #5 by Emily Green, and Recycle Truck by Halfpence Design

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    Perfect Match: Yellow, Pink, and Red Paisley Table Lamp and Paisley Parading Elephants Kid's Art by Mary Beth Freet

    Coordinate: Like, For Real by Maia Ferrell, Pretty Peacock by Annette Tatum, Herbaceous Elephant by Jennifer McCully, and Butterfly High by Jennifer Mercede

    These are just a few of the many options that can be paired for a vibrant and engaging bedroom or nursery for your little one. When it comes to choosing coordinating room decor for kids, we've got your walls (and table tops!) covered!

     

  • Rachel Austin

    Rachel Austin

    Hey little explorer! Grab your tent, fishing pool, and camping gear and what ever you do - don't forget your MAP! We're heading outdoors on a camping adventure with the very talented artist: Rachel Austin. Her art is not only fun and adventurous but it's super cute, friendly, and it also comes with a touch of "homeyness" for that extra sense of coziness and warmth. Our recent adventure with Rachel allowed us to get to know her a little bit better and this is what she had to say:

     

    GB: Has art always been your focus or did you just stumble upon it?

     

    RA: I did grow up in a very creative family but I guess I did just stumble upon it. In college I majored in business management and finance but I took a drawing class as an elective. My art professor told me that I had a gift for drawing and that’s what I should be doing! I then changed my focus and went to an arts & crafts college to possibly work at a museum. I took more art & design classes and started painting and the rest is history!

     

    GB: You have a very unique style of layering and tone. Without giving out any top secret information - can you explain your technique to us?

     

    RA: Thank you! I wanted to capture a very encaustic look with my paintings, which means the painting look they are covered in a layer of wax. For my process, first I glue down a map that I’ve selected, cover it with acrylic, and use a thin coat of oil paints. This tends to soften the busyness of the map. It normally takes me about a week or two to complete a piece because of the time it takes for the elements to set.

    I had a job at an art supply store and I was able to learn a lot of different techniques. So pretty much anything I conceive or want to do – I can because I know the right tools to use.

     

    GB: In a few of your pieces, such as Lower River and Erwin, you show a nature scene that uses a map as a backdrop. Does the map suggest the location for the scene taking place?

     

    RA: Haha – no! They are separate elements and not really related at all.

     

    GB: You collection with Oopsy Daisy is very nature and outdoor-sy focused. Did you go camping a lot when you were younger?

     

    RA: (Laughing) Not so much as a kid but I did more as a teenager. I really love camping because it’s so relaxing. It’s the only time I feel like I’m really on vacation since it’s a break from technology.

     

    GB: If so – have you been to Mud Lake as well as Beaver Lake?

     

    RA: No (laughing) – I just picked the maps because I liked the way they looked. I guess one day I should though! It’s funny because when I go to the map store, here in Portland, they always say to me “I guess you’re not going here” hehehe!

     

    GB: Camp USA is such a happy and delightful piece, can you tell us where you found your inspiration for this one?

     

    RA: I wanted a happy piece that was bright and homey feeling. The concept of home is really important to me.

     

    GB: Do you have any funny or scary camping stories for us?

     

    RA: Oh you put me on the spot! Let’s see… I was in college and it was one of my first camping trips and we were having trouble getting a fire started because the forest was so damp. So we decided that it would be a good idea to dump a bunch of lighter fluid on the wood to get it started. Well it did get going but the smell from the damp wood was so awful!

     

    GB: Lastly, where will your next artistic adventure be taking you?

     

    RA: I feel like I’m in a transition phase right now and I’m trying to figure that out. I’m thinking about doing a children’s book, starting a note card company, and I’d like to possibly start working on a new series that might involve plants and water colors!

     

    View all art by Rachel Austin for Oopsy Daisy here!

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