PBK nursery makeover for the Curry Family

By PBK Editors

We are so excited to share our nursery makeover for the 2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry and his wonderful wife Ayesha.

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Ayesha and Stephen are expecting their second child this summer. As the Curry family traveled to Cleveland and back for the NBA finals with Stephen’s 2015 NBA Championship winning Golden State Warriors team, we prepared their dream nursery for them to come home to.

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Seating is key for any nursery. Our Declan rocker and matching upholstered ottoman are perfect for nursing your baby, or rocking them gently to sleep.

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The focal point of the nursery is our Blythe crib. We dressed this classic crib with beautiful, soft bedding that we hope the newest member of the Curry family has many, many sweet dreams in.

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Their 2-year-old daughter Riley stole hearts across the nation throughout the 2015 NBA playoffs and we did not leave her out! We gifted her the Ripley Jewel doll from our Jenni Kayne collection and she loved it. Mommy especially loved Ripley’s outfit too!

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We are simply so thrilled to be a part of helping this lovely family craft their dream nursery. We cannot wait to meet the newest addition to their team and we hope they love their new nursery as much as we loved designing it for them.

Photography credit: Alli Pura Photography

Jenni Kayne x PBK collaboration

By PBK Editors

Earlier this month our first ever design collaboration launched with fashion designer Jenni Kayne.

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This capsule collection comprises of, in Jenni’s own words, “…classic, comfortable pieces that are beautiful, functional and perfectly blend Pottery Barn Kids’ timeless design with my relaxed, laid back approach. I can’t wait to incorporate pieces from the collection into my own home.”

As a mother of two young kids herself, Jenni wanted to “…create items I would want in my own kids’ rooms, so I approached it as if I was designing their rooms all over again.”

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Collection highlights include this play teepee that Jenni’s kids, Rip and Tan love! This teepee was made for indoor playtime on a rainy day, could make a wonderful reading nook or would even provide shade outside on a sunny day.

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Between paper tassel garlands, playful 3D butterflies and fun storage options to keep everything neat at the end of the day, it’s hard for any combination of these pieces to look anything but wonderful when pieced together.

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From cozy rugs to comfy bean bag chairs and quirky glitter letter garlands, we designed a range of pieces to meet any budget and add a perfect pop of style to any children’s room.

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We hope you love this collection and have as much incorporating it into your home as we did designing it.

xoxo,

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Jenni Kayne x PBK Launch Party

By PBK Editors

Pottery Barn Kids’ very first design collaboration with designer Jenni Kayne launched today. To celebrate, we hosted a star-studded event at Gracias Madre in Los Angeles along with Jenni and her kids, Rip and Tan.

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Many of our favorite celebs including Julie Bowen, Busy Philipps, Soleil Moon Frye, Jason Bateman, Odette Annable and Dave Annable, Elizabeth Berkeley and Greg Lauren, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Dane and Johnny Knoxville were spotted checking out the collaboration.

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Not to mention, enjoying delicious snacks and partaking in fun, DIY crafts and games with their families.

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Jenni beautifully documented the day, on her blog too. Click here to check out her post.

We are so thrilled to share the story of our collaboration with Jenni with you. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes insight on how we designed this collection with parents just like you in mind and fun, design and crafts ideas from Jenni for you to try with your kids this summer.

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Join Us For a #PBKTreasureHunt!

By PBK Editors

Looking for some summer fun with the kids? Bring the whole family to your local Pottery Barn Kids store for a treasure hunt!

Find all of the items on our summer treasure trail and you will receive a special prize from our treasure chest. For treasure hunt dates, click here.

Want to seek out more treasure!? While on your treasure hunt, upload a photo to Instagram of your favorite trail stop using the hashtag #PBKTreasureHunt for a chance to win* a $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift card.

See you at the #PBKTreasureHunt!

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*Official rules.

Family Travel: Guide to Paris

By PBK Editors

Written by Feather + Flip for Building Blocks.

Paris is a magical city that captures both parents and children at any age. Whether you’re visiting the iconic sites or just taking a stroll through the city, here are our tips for your family trip to Paris.

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WHAT TO PACK

Their favorite backpack. Universal truth: kids love backpacks. Maybe it’s the cute design, maybe it’s feeling like a grown-up and having a space to carry their special items. Either way, a special new pack (ideally stocked with some snacks and toys for the airplane) is the perfect treat for a kid about to embark on a long flight.

Those must-have dining essentials.  Don’t forget that traveling in Paris means you will likely be dining out quite a bit. Make sure to bring along the essentials like a bib or a clip-on baby seat packed into your diaper bag — they will surely save many a meal.

A few tiny toys. Most hotel rooms don’t come with toys, so bring something small that won’t weigh down the luggage but will provide a little in-room entertainment during jet-lagged mornings. The wooden Super Hero Set is easy to clean and great to tote around the city for post-meal playtime in the park while mom and dad relax for a minute.

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A lightweight jacket. Even a summer day in Paris can turn chilly if the clouds roll in, plus museums and restaurants can be cold. Bring a lightweight jacket that folds up and won’t need a lot of space.

A kid-friendly camera and/or waterproof case. It might sound crazy to give a kid a camera, but choose an unbreakable (and waterproof!) digital camera so your little ones can document their trip while you keep your phone safe in your pocket. It’s great entertainment while waiting in museum lines or for lunch, and the resulting pics show the city through your child’s eyes.

Snack time storage. Airplane food is pretty terrible these days, so be sure to bring a bento box with a few favorite snacks. Although these are technically for kids, they’re also great to pack one with more adult eats so everyone can have something edible on the flight.

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WHAT TO DO

Favorite Parks and Playgrounds

Parents will be pleased to find small parks and playgrounds almost anywhere (there’s even one within the Notre Dame grounds). Here are a few bigger ones we hit on every visit:

Place des Vosges: this gorgeous square in the Marais is the city’s oldest, has a great playground and is surrounded by hip cafes and shops. Plan an afternoon (at least!) in our favorite Parisian neighborhood. Also nearby is the Square Leopold Achille, another wonderful park to check out.

Jardin des Tuileries: next to the Louvre, this gorgeous park has a fountain where children can launch mini-sailboats, a summer fair with carnival rides, trampolines for bouncing out post-museum jitters, and the Roue de Paris, a supersized ferris wheel with views across the city

Jardin des Plantes: Paris’ botanical garden is next to the Natural History Museum, and there’s also a small zoo to visit. Don’t miss the Labyrinth, a garden maze created in the 18th-century that’s still a hit with kids.

Rainy Day Play: Done with museums but rain killing the park vibe? Head to the department store Le Bon Marché, which has a bookstore with a fantastic kids’ section. The stuffed animals at Deyrolle, the famed taxidermy shop, is a Parisian oddity kids will adore as well.

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Favorite Museums

It’s impossible to pick the best—families could fill weeks touring Paris’ amazing museums—but these are a few to hit on a first trip:

Louvre: The Louvre can be overwhelming, but done right, it’s a magical experience for families. We’ve discovered some fantastic guides that lead children on an art-inspired scavenger hunt through the museum (Paris Muse, we love you!).

Musée Picasso: reopened recently after a massive renovation, this museum houses the world’s largest collection of the painter’s work, yet it’s still small enough that antsy kids can enjoy without running out of patience. Tip: just around the corner is a great pizza spot, Pink Flamingo.

Centre Pompidou: this famed contemporary gallery has the colorful art that captures a kids’ imagination as well as fantastic children’s programming, from workshops designed for toddlers to studio events aimed specifically at teens.

Favorite Restaurants

We’d need a novel to name all the best Parisian eats, but these are a few near the main sights you’ll visit with kids:

La Favorite: classic café in the Marais, great brunch or casual dinner after an afternoon of museums and exploring.

Les Cocottes: casual chic comfort food near the Eiffel Tower.

Angelina: famous pastries and hot chocolate near the Louvre; grab some treats and eat them across the street in the Tuileries

Le Castiglione: smack in the middle of Rue St.-Honore shopping, clubby, cool and with people watching and amazing cheese burgers.

Berthillon: ice cream on the Île de la Cité, a sweet treat after a visit to the Conciergerie or Notre-Dame.

Museum Eats: Paris’ museums have great food as well as fantastic art. The Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, the Petit Palais, the Musee Rodin and the Quai Branly all house cool cafeterias worth a visit even if you weren’t popping into the exhibits first (but more fun if you do).