Design Challenge: Shared Space for Brother & Sister

By Pam Ginocchio

Written by Pam Ginocchio of Project Nursery and Project Junior for Building Blocks.

Bunking siblings in the same room is a necessity in our home. Luckily, my 7-year-old son Gray and 4-year-old daughter Sloane are the best of buddies. They love having each other to whisper to at night when the lights go out, and they have come to rely on each other as trusted roommates.

Before the Room Makeover | Design Challenge: Shared Space for Brother & Sister

Even though Gray is all dude, with a sports and video game obsession and Sloane sings “Let it Go” daily while wearing a tiara and tutu, a shared space works great for them. The problem is that the room lacks style and design, plus creating a space that lets both of their personalities shine has been a huge challenge. As a result, I’ve plopped a bunch of odds and ends into the room and called it a day. Finally, I’m ready for a total room makeover! Feeling overwhelmed, I knew I needed a little help. Enter Pottery Barn Kids!

I’ve always loved how PBK layers boy and girl collections together, making it easy to mix the two seamlessly. Plus they offer free Interior Design Services to provide inspiration and help develop a plan. I knew it would be exactly the motivation I needed to get this project off the ground. I set up an in-store appointment with my local Design Specialist Christine, and I immediately felt reassured that this room makeover would be a success.

I wanted to be sure that the kids loved their new room too, so Christine suggested I bring the kids along so they could get involved in the design process. The experts at Pottery Barn Kids know that bringing the clients into the design process, no matter what their age, is always a great idea. I was all for it; I wanted to be sure they loved their new room too!

So off we went to my trusted friends over at Pottery Barn Kids.

Success! Gray loved the Organic Navy Star Bedding, and Sloane fell for the Reversible Pink Heart Duvet. With the navy and hot pink color scheme set as the jumping off point, Christine and I got to work. We created a room layout and a joint Pinterest board so we could share ideas and pieces we thought would bring the design to life. I wanted to keep a few existing pieces, like the dresser, and Christine worked with my ideas and my budget.

After I soaked up all the inspiration from our in-store visit and Pinterest collaboration, I did what we are known for at Project Junior. I created a design board. What do you think?

Design Challenge: Shared Space for Brother & Sister

I’ll be revealing more on the progress of this shared room challenge for Gray and Sloane with the final room makeover coming next week. Check back for updates often on #projectsibling in partnership with Pottery Barn Kids and see our post about this project on Project Junior.

Want to support your little one’s inner design skills? Starting this weekend, Pottery Barn Kids is hosting three different Jr. Designer Camp events all around mood boarding, textiles and color! Visit their Store Events Page to learn more and follow the fun on Instagram with #JrDesignerCamp.

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

By PBK Editors

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In our continued partnership with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, we’ve had the great pleasure of helping create “bright spaces” in local homeless shelters and celebrating the holidays with the children and families that live there.

This Valentine’s Day, we want to share this same local love with the communities in each of our stores. From February 6th-14th, you and your little ones can come to our stores to make a free Valentine for a friend or family member and one for a child in your community.  Find your nearest store here to join us in sharing the love.

Want to get involved online? Download our printable Valentine’s Day card and share with us on Instagram — We’re donating $1 for every creation shared on Instagram with #pbksharethelove to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to support their Bright Spaces program.* To learn more, click here.

 

*Pottery Barn Kids will donate $1 to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, up to $5,000, for every photo shared on Instagram with the hashtag #pbksharethelove. Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Perfect Mini Pop Tarts for Valentine’s Day

By Megan Bailey

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

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Valentine’s Day is one of my all time favorite holidays! Aside from all the pink and red hearts, I love what this holiday stands for — showing those special people in our lives just how much we love them!

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When we think of Valentine’s Day, we often think about giving cards and candies to our friends and family. I prefer the idea of finding new and different ways to show our love for our families on Valentine’s Day. How about serving them a Valentine’s Day inspired breakfast?! This is the perfect way to start off the day and also fill up those little bellies! Think adorable tabletop, heart shaped pancakes, lots of fresh strawberries and raspberries, and of course pink milk! I’m excited to share with you this simple and also healthy homemade pop tart recipe that would be perfect to serve along side your Love Day breakfast!

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Homemade Mini Strawberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients:

  • Double Pie Crust (premade or homemade)
  • ½ cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup Creamy Honey
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Using premade pie dough crust (or homemade if you would preferred) roll out the pie dough into a large thin disk using a little flour on the top and bottom of the dough disk to prevent sticking.
  2. Cut out mini heart shapes using a cookie cutter. You can also cut into small squares if you don’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  3. Place the bottom layer heart dough shapes on a lined cookie sheet. Mix the strawberry jam and chopped strawberries together in a bowl. Spoon small amounts of the strawberry filling onto each dough shape.Perfect Mini Pop Tart Recipe for Valentine's Day | Building Blocks Blog
  4. Place another heart dough layer on the top and seal both layers + filling together by pressing down on the edges using a fork.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  6. While the pop tarts are cooling mix the creamy honey with 1 drop of red food coloring until you make a light pink frosting mixture.
  7. Spread on top of the mini pop tarts and serve warm!

Makes 1 dozen.

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I hope your little ones enjoy this perfect pop tart recipe this Valentine’s Day – Enjoy!

3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

By PBK Editors

Did you know that today is National Pie Day? Whether you’re preparing for Valentine’s day treats or looking to surprise the sweetie pies in your life, here are three of our favorite ways to celebrate!

Winter Berry Pie | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

Enjoy the taste of the season with this Winter Berry Pie from In Honor of Design. This recipe can include almost any frozen or fresh fruits you’ve got handy in your home plus you can make it your own with fun cutouts or weaving patterns in the top layer of crust.

Chocolate Caramel Tart | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

Technically a tart, this decadent Chocolate Caramel Tart with Sea Salt from Eats Well With Others is the perfect way to celebrate something special. Both rich and elegant, this dessert appeals to little chocolate lovers as much as it does to older guests.

Chicken and Kale Hand Pies | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

For a savory spin on this favorite food, we love these Chicken and Kale Hand Pies from Martha Stewart. With a flaky cheddar crust and playful kid-friendly size, your little ones won’t even notice if you add some extra veggies.

For more great recipe ideas, browse other recipes on the blog or visit Design Studio for more inspiration.

6 Perfect Party Planning Tips

By Taylor Sterling

Elodie’s first birthday party turned out to be such a magical day that we’ll never forget! With the help of Going Lovely, we were able to transform our space & create a fun afternoon for kids and adults alike! Here are a few of their tips for planning the perfect party:

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The pressures of planning the perfect first birthday party can seem like a daunting task, but being realistic with about what’s most important to you and focusing on the details first will help alleviate pressure.

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1. First things first – get organized! Make spreadsheets mapping out your total budget, decor items, and tasks. This will help you keep all your details in one place and allow you to check things off as you go.

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2. Come up with the color story and theme for your event. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and keep your ideas together. Taylor chose a pastel pink, mint, and gold magical wonderland theme, which was referenced when planning out each and every detail. This will really help your event feel cohesive and well thought out.

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3. Plan a mix of activities for the adults and the little ones! We made sure to create a designated space that the kids could play in while the parents enjoyed the delicious treats and mingled with the other guests. For the space, we included coloring books, play dough, and construction paper crafts giving them the chance to be creative and interact with each other.

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4. Get creative with seating. You don’t have to have a seat for every guest (especially if you know people will be coming in and out throughout the day) but be sure to include some seating options for guests that may want to take a break from standing and mingling to sit down while enjoying their food. We re-arranged the living room furniture to allow for space for tables and created a lounge using Taylor’s living room sofa and set up a darling PBK teepee with pillows and toys for the little ones to hang out in.

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5. Keep the food simple! We hosted the event in the late afternoon so guests weren’t expecting to eat a sit down meal. Finger food appetizers are easy to prepare (and replenish) and are also fun for the kids. We stuck to kid and adult friendly bites like mini pizzas, meatballs, veggie sticks, and a charcuterie platter. We also incorporated a pretty and tasty punch to go with the whimsical theme.

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6. Get creative with desserts. Instead of going the traditional route and serving a large birthday cake, we opted for a mini dessert bar along with a custom Elodie sized smash cake for the birthday girl. Guests loved the variety of desserts to choose from AND as a bonus –  they doubled as built in decorations.  The table featured mint chocolate meringues, rice krispy balls with sprinkles, macaroons, cupcakes, and ice cream sundaes. Pretty and delicious. A win win in our book!

Celebrating sweet Elodie’s first birthday was such a treat and the perfect way to close out the year!

 

Photos by Jenna Rae

6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

By PBK Editors

Time to make good on that New Year’s organization resolution? We’ve shared some great tips and tricks, but now’s the time to bring it to life. Here are six of our favorite stylish storage pieces and ways to bring them into your home.

Low Storage in White | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

1. Find a wall system that works. Low storage like our Cameron System in simply white is both practical and a fresh way to update your space. The easy-to-reach bins make picking up a breeze and a clean white finish gives the perfect palette for bright pops of color.

Mix and Match Prints and Patterns | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

2. Take a color to the next level with mix and match prints. Classic canvas storage is one of our favorite ways to stay organized and playing with pattern gives your storage new life. Try these essentials in lavender or go bold with orange to minimize clutter in your home.

Natural Storage Adds Sophistication | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

3. Woven baskets with a touch of sparkle make spaces sophisticated. Natural elements add warmth and handcrafted quality while subtle details like the silver in our Rope Storage bring a touch of glitz.

A Sturdy Touch of Industrial Design | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

4. Form meets function with sturdy storage and strong design. Our round wire baskets are inspired by vintage industrial design and have the strength to carry their weight and then some with toys, book and games.

Peg Boards and Racks Display Storage Beautifully | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

5. Organize and display all at once with hooks or a peg board. Keep belongings in one place and even label each hook with our Chalkboard Peg Rack.

Vary Shapes and Sizes for Storage Bins | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

6. The secret to smart storage is varied storage shapes. Both visually interesting and functionally helpful, having storage constructed in useful shapes like our Nursery Canvas Storage is a great way to designate spaces for your stuff.

For more great storage solutions, read about our tips and tricks or start shopping our storage solutions here.