A DIY Paper Camping Trip

By Joel Henriques

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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I loved camping when I was a kid – the clean smell of the woods, the quiet, and the roasting of marshmallows over a fire. Most of the time, I went with my grandpa and a friend or two from school. We had a rather old tent, as opposed to a trailer, but it was so much fun. I wanted to create this scene from my childhood out of paper so that my kids could take part in the same experience.

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Download my paper campsite printable and start adventuring with your kids! I hope this set gives you and your family a little taste of the great outdoors.

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Happy summer, everyone!

Color of the Month: Veiled Violet

By PBK Editors

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Get swept away in whimsical lavender with Sherwin-Williams Veiled Violet SW 6268 — a color that’s perfect for your little one’s walls.  Here are five ways to complement this beautiful shade:

1. To give your room a point of focus, add the Hayleigh Gold Chandelier featuring hundreds of glass crystals.

2. Give the bed flower power with this eye-catching design.  Our Flower Pillows offer plenty of texture and fluff to a bed.

3. Remind your little ones that they’re loved with our Heart Linen Canvas Nursery Art.

4. The Cora Duvet Cover allows you and your little one to cozy up beneath fanciful watercolor peacocks.

5. The beautiful scalloped Lorelei Beaded Side Table is convenient for storing your book and other bedside items.

Start decorating with inspiration from our Design Studio, and visit our Design Services page for a special $15 offer from Sherwin-Williams.

A Camping Treat: the Summertime S’more

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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During summer, we love to go on family hikes and little camping trips. Whether it’s an evening hike plus a picnic or actual overnight camping, there’s one thing we always love: camping food!

Today, we’re sharing a different take on the classic s’more that includes caramel, summer peaches and – of course – roasted marshmallows. This delicious, sweet-and-salty treat is perfect to make on a camping trip – or even a campout in your backyard!

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Summertime Peach S’mores

What You Need:

  • Peaches, halved
  • Caramel syrup
  • Sea salt
  • Marshmallows
  • Tinfoil

Step 1: Halve the peaches and remove the pits.

Step 2: Place a peach half in the middle of a tinfoil sheet. Pour caramel syrup over the top of the peach, and finish with a sprinkle of sea salt to taste.

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Step 3: Fold the tinfoil over the peach to make a sealed pouch. Place over the fire for about 10-12 minutes, or until soft and warm.

Step 4: Meanwhile, have fun roasting the marshmallows!

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Step 5: Pull the peach pouches off the fire and carefully open the tinfoil.

Step 6: Top the caramel peach with a roasted marshmallow.

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Enjoy – we know this recipe will be an instant family-camping favorite!

A Kid-Friendly Favorite With a Healthy Twist

By PBK Editors

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Forget the boring PB&J, we’re all about these healthy Banana Jam Sandwiches from Sam Talbot (featured on Epicurious). Whether you’re packing a nutritious lunch for back-to-school or preparing a snack time bite, these delicious sandwiches will be a hit with your little ones.

Looking for more great recipe ideas? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Nursery Chair

By PBK Editors

A nursery chair is undoubtedly the sweetest seat in the home, and we’re here to help you choose the perfect one for you. From the comfort and fit to the designer fabrics, here are three tips that will get you ready to rock.

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1. Find the perfect size. Whether you have a smaller nursery space or need larger seating to accommodate multiples, the first step is to determine the size of chair you need.

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2. Find the perfect fabric. All of our rockers and gliders are available in a range of colors and fabrics, so you can create a chair that will seamlessly coordinate with the rest of your nursery’s decor.

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3. Find the perfect accessories. You’ll be spending plenty of time in your nursery chair, so make sure everything you need is at arm’s length. From a small side table to a cozy throw, make the space your own with coordinating decor.

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Ready to find your perfect seat? Shop all of our nursery chairs, and visit your local store to be fitted by one of our specialists.

A Sibling Book Nook Filled with Light

By PBK Editors

Written by Kim Stoegbauer of The Tomkat Studio for Building Blocks.

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I absolutely adore Pottery Barn Kids and was so excited to style a reading nook for Building Blocks! We recently moved so it was the perfect time to create a little, quiet corner for the kids to hang out, relax and enjoy. Keeping both of our children (Tommy + Kate) in mind, I decided on a neutral gray and white color palette. I love this simple color scheme because it allows the books to really stand out in the space.

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I fell in love with the Ava Regency Bookcase and knew it would be perfect for housing the kids’ books and creating a focal point for the space. The spacious drawer is perfect for storing crayons, markers and more books!

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To provide additional light in the room, especially for nighttime reading, I chose the Payton Lamp Base and topped it with Harper Shades, which matches the window panels perfectly! Kate loves how easy it is to turn the lamp on and off with the push button on the front.

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We have always loved Anywhere Chairs and they provide the perfect, cozy seating for our book nook! The gray Ibiza Mat really pulled the space together. I added a few decorative accessories and wall art and voilà, the reading nook was complete!

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I hope you like our book nook and it inspires you to create your own!

Enter below for your chance to win a $100 PBK gift card to start creating a book nook for your little ones– Hurry, ends Sunday 7/27!

Design/Styling by Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photos by Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio