Category Archives: kids

To Buy or Not To Buy…..

I know it’s fall and the weather is encouraging us to stay indoors with our books and hot drinks. But maybe now is the time to plan our gardens and even playhouses for next spring.
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I saw this elaborate Victorian mansion playhouse at the Children’s garden in Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. More about this world renown public garden another time. But first the O’Neill Playhouse….

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Closet art, literally

Moving can be exciting, exhausting and an opening for spectacular creations like these life size paintings that my daughter did on her closets in her room in our new “old” house.
She wanted something special in her new room, something that would make it stand apart from other 12 year olds rooms.  The amazing artist that she is, she did these on her own in one evening.  If she can do it, so can you!
Closet Girl One
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Store review: Carousella in Tel Aviv

Carousella (warning – site doesn’t work on Chrome, grrrr) is an adorable rather insanely high end kids furniture shop in Tel Aviv. Some of their goods are imported, but the bulk of it is designed and manufactured in Israel.
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While I love the whimsy of the circus pieces in the picture above I don’t think I would put them in my kids room. My own office, perhaps, but not a kids room. They kind of remind me of the things nightmares are made of.
Which makes me think of Coraline, the new movie. If you haven’t seen this film, you should – it’s amazing. These pieces remind me of that film – which is not for kids and rated PG (of course if my husband reads this I’m in the doghouse because I didn’t realize the rating of the film and we’ve already watched it with The Boys – who were scared absolutely out of their wits by the movie.)

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Shira Abel is the CEO and founder of Hunter & Bard, an award-winning public relations and design agency that works with scale-ups and enterprises on building their brand, awareness and thought leadership.

As CEO of Hunter & Bard, Shira oversees a team that manages public relations, marketing, design, and brand development for clients across multiple industries. She develops strategies for organically growing companies through sincere digital engagement and the application of behavioral marketing.

Clients include JELD-WEN, Benchling, Sixth Continent, Totango, Folloze, Radix DLT, Axa Tech, Allianz, and many more. Shira is also a sought after corporate speaker and marketing mentor, and has spoken at events such as Confluence and Content Marketing World, and taught at institutions such as Kellogg School of Management and S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai.

Read more about Shira’s company Hunter & Bard at https://www.hunterandbard.com

Loony for LEGO!

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Last week I wrote about LEGO’s new Architecture Series featuring Frank Lloyd Wright, which led me to look for other LEGO inspired items. Check out some of these truly unique finds:

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Home tour: Dropping in on Michal “Bialik”

On the first day of Houses From Within I went to lunch at the very cool Cafe Bialik and sat at the bar. I’m bored so I start chatting with a guy sitting a few stools down. He was a real character, asking me if I was religious and such (I guess I kind of looked it from the way I was dressed) and I found him thoroughly entertaining. We eventually discussed Tchochkes and family and kids (what can I say? I’m chatty.)
That day I ordered the BLT and it was really good.
I liked the BLT so much the next day I went back for another one (because they made the bacon crispy – which for some reason is really hard to find in Israel.) This time I sat at a table.
Looking around the restaurant I thought to myself, ‘I bet the owner has a fabulous apartment. There are just too many really cool elements of design in this place.’ So I saw the owner and asked her if I could take pictures of her flat.
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Turns out that she already knew about me. The guy I was chatting with the previous day was her brother and he had mentioned me.  So she said yes, and walked me to her flat after I finished my meal. I love it when that happens.

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Shira Abel is the CEO and founder of Hunter & Bard, an award-winning public relations and design agency that works with scale-ups and enterprises on building their brand, awareness and thought leadership.

As CEO of Hunter & Bard, Shira oversees a team that manages public relations, marketing, design, and brand development for clients across multiple industries. She develops strategies for organically growing companies through sincere digital engagement and the application of behavioral marketing.

Clients include JELD-WEN, Benchling, Sixth Continent, Totango, Folloze, Radix DLT, Axa Tech, Allianz, and many more. Shira is also a sought after corporate speaker and marketing mentor, and has spoken at events such as Confluence and Content Marketing World, and taught at institutions such as Kellogg School of Management and S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai.

Read more about Shira’s company Hunter & Bard at https://www.hunterandbard.com

Painted furniture for kids


How cute is this?  Generally speaking, I have a real problem when it comes to painted motifs on furniture, but I think that this line of  “Green” furniture from Lilipad Studios  is “all the rave”.  These intricately painted tables, chairs and step stools are expensive, the table & chair set costing $1,100.00 (not recession worthy) with extra chairs priced at $300.00 a piece: but from an artisans view they are magnificent and if I had a small child and a bag full of cash I would definitely be a taker.

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Modern design in a handmade baby quilt

Modern design in a babies quilt, handmade, cool colors, graphically…

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