Favorite Kid Collaborations

I'm not really sure what the land of children's goods was like pre 2015, but these days it is filled with so many amazing collaborations.  Some of my favorite designers are making the landscape of kid rooms, clothes, toys and everything in between, totally covetable.  Target has tapped whimsical blogger, Oh Joy for several lines, including a colorful line of baby clothes and nursery wares.  Nate Berkus has also expanded his home line at Target into baby goods, along side the arrival of his real life bundle of joy.  Pottery Barn has enlisted a few of fashion's biggest names for their collaborations.  Margherita Missoni recently launched a colorful, line of crafted textiles with pom pom details and needlepoint pillows.  Emily & Merritt the ladies behind our favorite denim brand, Current Elliott have created sophisticated lines for PB Teen and PB kids, with beautiful brass details and palm prints that are covetable by any adult with good taste.  Finally, one of my favorites, Rachel Zoe teamed up with Quinny & Maxi-Cosi baby for a line of the most fabulous strollers and carseats you've ever seen, sold at Nordstrom.  


Oh Joy for Target


Emily & Merrit for Pottery Barn Kids


Nate Berkus for Target


Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids


Rachel Zoe + Quinny & Maxi-Cosi

Our Home // 1 Year Later

Last week we hit a milestone, one year of living in our house.  I thought I'd share some snaps of how far we've come in the past year.  We didn't do any major renovations, but we painted the ceiling of the living room, painted the kitchen cabinets and transformed a bathroom with tile paint.  We also did a slew of Ikea hacks to make our home function the way we wanted it to.  We are so happy we we are, but of course have a few projects on the docket, including an overhaul of the basement and a few more mentioned below. 

Koster family photo

Our baby turned into a little boy in the past year.  

Family photo

We painted the front door inside and out, changed out the light fixture, added an Ikea wardrobe and Ikea hacked built in benches for storage. 

kitchen before

In the kitchen, we painted the cabinets, took down one section of uppers and added open shelving.  I hope to eventually add a tile back splash, change the flooring to slate tiles and possible change out the countertops.  

Dining room
living room before

The major change in the living room was to paint the ceiling.  By next year, I want to swap out the lighting. 

Living room

This room is still a work in progress, but I'm hoping to add some elements that turn it into a cute, well designed playroom. 


I shared this bathroom makeover a few months back and it really is the room makeover that I am most proud.  We took it from the above photo to the below with under $1000 for everything!!

bath after
bedroom before

The bedroom has come a long way, but in the next few weeks we will be investing in a king-sized mattress, we already found the bed on Craigslist, and I hope to give it a refresh, a bright white paint and replace the boring light fixture with a modern ceiling fan.  


I put a bold navy blue paint on the upstairs half bath.  

Half bath

And finally in Ollie's room, I painted the walls from lavender to bright white, and it made such a big difference.  


ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

LIVING ROOM: Sofa: West Elm / pillows: Urban Outfitters / Leather Chair: West Elm / Coffee Table: CB2 / Accordion Table: vintage / lucite side table: CB2 / rug: West Elm / pouf: Amazon / fauxdenza: DIY Ikea Hack / hanging chair: Craigslist / desk: DIY Ikea Hack

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie 

PLAYROOM: sofa: Craigslist // rug - Target // side table - thrifted // footed planter - Target // mirror - Target // wall hanging - DIY 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

HALL BATHROOM: dresser - DIY Ikea Hack // rug - from Morocco // framed flea market landscape - framebridge // 

BEDROOM: Bed - West Elm (old, similar) // quilt - Anthropologie (old, similar) // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // throw - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib / crib sheets / rug /  apple print / bamboo shades / curtains / rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabricVW Bus knit toy / diy quilt / New York blocks / London Bus knit toydiy name banner/  New York illustrationdresserlamp/ not pictured: New York photographcartstorage binbrownstone pillow 

Vintage Chair Makeover with Minted

Did you know that


, the custom stationery company, now does


!?  Just after created my

baby room inspiration boards

, actually maybe it was before, I purchased the first piece of furniture for the room, the mid-century modern rocker.  A craigslist find for $30!!!  Similar chairs online are going for close to $1000!!  Though the chair has great bones, the fabric left something to be desired.  The cushions were covered in a 70's-looking deer print.  I searched high and low for the perfect fabric, then I discovered that Minted has a

HUGE fabric selection


Here are Oliver's thoughts on the before of the chair.  Then I chose the

Irregular Herringbone fabric

and got to work with the makeover.  I think the project took about three yards.  A vast savings from the hundreds I was thinking of spending on

this chair


For a sewer like myself, the project was fairly simple, I used the old cushion cover as a pattern.  Added piping and a zipper, since we know all kinds of baby things will be happening on this piece of furniture.  

After, Ollie was much happier, and mom too.  I think the subtle graphic pattern suits the room perfectly without being too loud and this fabric choice could eventually work for a girl's room too.  

Aside from fabric, Minted also does art prints.  This

Heirloom Apple print

was on my initial inspiration board and became the centerpiece for the graphic, New York-themed baby room.

More nursery details to come.