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What I See A Lot On Pinterest – Teepee In The Nursery

Are you a mother of a small child or soon to be one? Well, then you better have a teepee in your nursery or you should go and buy one right about now if you want your nursery to be featured anywhere else than your personal Facebook page. Right now, it is all about Native American décor with a twist (what I call gentrifying Native American art). Just type nursery in your Pinterest account and 90% of the pictures will have some kind of teepee in a corner.

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What is the attraction of the teepees? Well, kids love hiding and parents love when they do, so it is a win, win situation, unless the child wants you to crawl into that tiny space and read him/her some books in a very uncomfortable position, in which case you should bring up your old age, and explain in basic words why your back pain kicks in when laying on the floor in any yoga position. After one minute of explanation, your child WILL give up (I have tried it). He or she will decide that it is more fun to go inside the teepee by him/herself (or with sibling in tow) than hearing all that aging nonsense.

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So, there you go, I am not only giving you great design advice, but I am also giving you clear guidelines to be a better parent, all in one blog spot. Small steps, people. Small steps.

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If you are sold and have decided to buy what is also known as a tipi, here are some of your options:

 

Little Me Teepee – Etsy
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Land of Nod

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AZ Teepee – Etsyjestcafe.com--etsy-teepee Tiny TeePee – Etsyjestcafe.com--teepee-etsy1 Lil’ Brett & Co Tents – Etsyjestcafe.com-Teeppe-from-etsyMaple and Spud Designs – Etsy
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If you are a hardcore DIY, first, let me say that I admire you and wish to be like you, and, second, let me show you this extremely cute teepee with a link to a step by step guide that will show you how to create it all by yourself. When done, please, send pictures my way. I would love to see it and envy you some more.

Dress This Nest  DIY
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What I See A Lot On Pinterest – Eames Chairs

When I see the same furniture pieces over and over in Pinterest or design magazines I get curious. And when I get curious I do fact lists, and when I do fact lists I might as well share them with the world.

Let’s start with the basics: Eames Chairs. They are everywhere. I wonder if you can call yourself a designer unless you have placed one of these chairs in one of your projects. My answer is probably not. The thing is that, for a couple that wanted to do affordable furniture for the masses, a $400 dining/desk chair does not fit the profile, but boy are they cute!

There are two authorized manufacturers of Eames products: Herman Miller, Inc (US) and Vitra International (Europe). You can find legal knock offs by other brands in case you don’t want to spend so much. Just pretend they are Eames and stay quiet. The ugly truth is that 90% of people will never be able to tell. The thing is that for most of us spending $400 for a dining chair is unthinkable, but I still want to have a nice house with nice things, so maybe I will buy the $100 very similar, almost identical, I can’t tell the difference chair and dream of getting the real one when I become a millionaire after playing Blackjack in Vegas. Totally plausible.

Well, here’s to Vegas! And here’s. a short list of the Eames chairs I see most often.

  • The Eames Fiberglass Armchairphoto_gallery_eames_molded_plastic_side_chair_23

This chair is everywhere. It seems that no dining room is worth eating in if you don’t have at least four, and, no nursery is baby worthy without the rocking version. As a quick summary, Charles and Ray Eames designed this chair around 1950 for the ‘International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design,’ sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. The chair comes in different color and bases.

Here are some pictures.

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  • Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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Most humans don’t know what a Eames chair is, let’s be realistic, but everybody living in LA has at least seen an Eames Lounge Chair at some point. I love our white lounge knock off that my husband bought in a thrift store for $100 15 years ago and then I took to reupholster in white for $450 last year. It was the most beautiful piece in my living room until my son decided to paint the ottoman with a black Sharpie (I am not kidding!!!). Now I feel much better about not buying the real $4,800 version.

Look how cool all these places look thanks to this one piece of furniture:
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  • Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW)

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This chair won the Museum of Modern Art’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition” in 1940 and it was named the greatest design of the 20th century by Time Magazine. It is the result of a process that is able to mold thin sheets of veneer into gently curved shapes. The Eameses experimented with plywood for years before being able to mold it and shape these chairs for mass production.

The cheapest non-upholstered version is $869 a piece. It comes in many colors and materials. Look at this wide range of alternatives for home design:

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The shelves in the office space are custom made perfectly matching the two Eames chairs below.

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