toddler gift guide

First of three O+L gift guides –this one for toddlers. Click image to enlarge, and find everything on our new gifts+toys page.

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grid pattern

We’re obsessed with geometry. And it shows. Triangles, circles, crosses, squares –we’re all over it. We love how these geometric forms play off each other. Our latest love: grids.

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This reminds me of the graph paper we used at school. Math(s) was never my ‘thing’, but I love the visual. Incorporating grid patterns into room design creates structure, and accentuates both horizontal and vertical lines.

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Adding other structured patterns, such as our gray cross bedding and cross pillow, creates a strong geometric feel. You can also mix in more organic patterns, like our line pillow. paired with our grid pillow and black cross decals.

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Our mini triangle bedding has geometric form in a less structured way. And the intricate pattern of our weave blanket is softened by its snuggly texture.

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Grid patterns work best in black and white, to provide the strongest contrast. Use minimal accents and they’ll really ‘pop’, like our mint and metallic gold triangle quilt, below.

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We don’t expect everyone to share our obsession, but by mixing and matching patterns, colors and textures, you should find a blend that works for you. We hope you can show some geometric love to your nursery.

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gifts + toys

People keep reminding me how many weeks are left ’til Christmas. Those same people likely finished their shopping weeks ago. If, like us, you’re a little behind the curve, our new gifts + toys page might come in handy.

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Choose from Danish soft toys, cute wooden dolls –plus a gorgeous house for them– and stunning alphabet block sets. We’ll add more over the coming weeks, and profile additions right here. In the meantime, check out the lineup.

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instagram giveaway

No prizes for guessing we’re holding an Instagram giveaway right now. But you could win a prize by entering –$50 to spend in the O+L shop. Just click on over to Instagram now. Well, what are you waiting for?

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new blue nerves

I write the words here (I’m Andy, if you don’t know) but today’s post comes from Karen –my partner in work+life. She designs our products, handles production (way more important than me) and offers ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into our latest addition…

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“I love what we do, but sometimes get nervous when we launch new products. Okay, I always get nervous. This week was no exception, as we launched our new pool crib skirts. These skirts are linen blend, something we’ve never done, so there was added concern.”

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“Although I checked the fabric a million times, until the skirts arrived from our manufacturers, in North Carolina, I was constantly questioning myself. Is the color right? Is the linen a good weight for skirts? When they finally arrived, yesterday, I was SO pleased.”

[I confirm this. As she opened the packaging, Karen let out an audible squeal of delight.]

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“The new skirts are simply stunning. The linen has such great texture, and the color is spot-on. Phew! This skirt has instantly become my favorite item. We’re planning pillows with this fabric…mainly because I want them on our sofa!” –everyone needs perks, right?

Our new pool crib skirt costs $75, available now from the O+L shop.

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mini style

Mini Style offers “fresh, stimulating ideas of fashion, parenting and living life” –put simply, we like their style. And they like ours. So, a couple weeks back, we hooked-up, for an Instagram offer. And now we’re sharing it with you…

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For a limited time, get 20% off in the O+L shop –just pick what you want, then enter promo code “MINI20″ at checkout. Cannot be applied to previous orders or combined with other codes. Excludes custom items and decals.

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aussie double

Two new mentions to tell you about. First, The Grace Tales included our cross crib sheet, in their “shop the look” post, featuring Australian Cosmopolitan editor Bronwyn McCahon.

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Next, Nest Etc. included our mini triangle crib quilt, in their post about Australia’s unseasonably wintery weather.

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Thanks both, for spreading the O+L love down-under.

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twig and nest

As you probably know, we’ve made some big changes at O+L, refocusing on our modern design principles. At the core of this shift were two new patterns, Twig and Nest.

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This is Twig. It has an organic, natural feel. And it’s a subtle pattern, thanks to minimal color contrast –the charcoal version features two grays, and pool features two blues.

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Its subtlety makes this pattern tricky to photograph from a distance, at least if you want to show the detail. But these closeups should give you a good feel for the design.

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Twig charcoal/pool comes in crib sheets ($55) and crib quilts ($85).

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This is Nest. An even more subtle pattern. Close up you can see the delicate crosshatch. Again, color contrast is minimal, in both the gray and pool versions.

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Nest gray/pool comes in crib sheets ($55) and changing pad covers ($35).

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Both these designs pair well with our solid colored crib skirts, for an ultra-modern look.

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We like Twig and Nest so much, we even used the name for a spin-off company. Twig+Nest is the ‘adult’ version of O+L…that sounds kinda wrong, but hopefully you get me –same aesthetic, larger sizes. And more products to come.

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project nursery

Our new look just got the Project Nursery seal of approval. Junior editor, Courtney Barbe (due in under two weeks!) picked our Nest crib sheet and Pool crib skirt, for her “vintage modern boy’s nursery” design board. Thanks Courtney, and good luck!

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columbus day sale

Thinking about buying some O+L crib bedding? Now is a great time to push the button. Through Tuesday, get 20% off in the O+L shop, with promo code “sale20″.

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