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      Kids Room Ideas

      THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NON-TOXIC AND SUSTAINABLE KIDS AND BABY RUGS

      THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NON-TOXIC AND SUSTAINABLE KIDS AND BABY RUGS

       

      Think about all the time your child spends on the ground. Seriously, think about it - from crawling and learning to walk, to rolling around and roughhousing, to sprawling out and relaxing - kids love the floor! So, the first place to start when creating a safe space for your little one should be with the perfect rug. When choosing the right rug, you not only want it to be a warm, soft space for them to land, but you also need it to be safe for their health. An area rug should not only look and feel good, it should also be good for the planet, good for your home and, most importantly, good for your child. Here's what to look for when choosing a rug that's safe in every way for your little kiddo:

       

      NON-TOXIC MATERIALS

      A non-toxic rug is created using natural materials, focusing on the health of the humans that come in contact with it. Your little human deserves to be safe from these toxic substances: 

      • Pesticides - found in natural fiber rugs if not properly sourced
      • Flame-retardants - toxic chemicals used mainly on synthetic rugs
      • Formaldehyde - found in adhesives used for rug backing or pads
      • PFC's - per-fluorinated compounds are chemicals used in stain and water repellent treatments

      Rugs made with synthetic fibers contain volatile organic compounds (VOC's). VOC's are human-made chemicals found within the fibers, backing and pad. These VOC's emit toxic gasses that may be carcinogenic and cause a number of health-related issues.

       

      Look for 100% Wool

      Natural wool is an excellent option when choosing a non-toxic area rug. Not only is wool non-toxic, but it can also improve indoor air quality. By quickly absorbing certain VOC's that linger in your household (from cleaners, air fresheners, and furnishings), wool neutralizes these contaminants and does not re-emit them into the air. Another bonus, wool is naturally fire-resistant.

      When looking for a 100% wool rug that is sourced properly, make sure to look for the Woolmark logo. This symbol promises that the product has been rigorously tested for the highest quality, durability and performance.

       

      Look for 100% Organic and Harmful Chemical Free Cotton

      Natural cotton-fiber rugs are a good non-toxic choice, as well. Make sure you look for rugs that are made only from pesticide-free cotton. look for the OEKO- TEX Standard 100 or the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)  

       

       

      SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE/FAIR TRADE

       

      It's important to know where your little one's rug came from and whether it was ethically sourced also known as Fair traded. Organizations like Care & Fair are making sure that unfair child labor isn't creating your child's carpet. They have made an enormous stride in changing the poor conditions in the carpet-producing areas of India and Pakistan. In fact, C & S has increased parental awareness, allowing these children to go to school. They also provide support to the schools, as well as to clinics and educational programs. They are committed to abolishing illegal child labor, creating better living conditions and promoting socially acceptable production of carpets. Look for the Care & Fair logo when finding the right rug for your child's room.

       

       SUSTAINABILITY

      Renewable, biodegradable and 100% natural, a wool rug is one of the best choices you can make as a conscious consumer. It is the most reused and recyclable fibers on the planet. As it is 100% biodegradable, wool doesn't contribute to microplastic pollution (like synthetic materials that are made from plastics derived from crude oil) on our land and in our oceans.

       

       MANUFACTURING PROCESS

      When it comes to the durability, comfort, look and quality of a rug, the manufacturing process matters. Rugs are either handmade or machine produced, with the three main techniques described below:

      Hand-Knotted

      This process takes the longest to finish (typically one month for one rug) and uses natural fibers like wool and cotton. These rugs are more expensive, as they are high-quality and the design on the back will be the same as on the front. The method, dating back thousands of years, involves a special wooden frame known as a loom. Vertical threads (warp) are intertwined with horizontal threads (weft) and knotted together, creating patterns. An average weaver can tie about 10,000 knots a day.

      Hand-Tufted

      A tufting gun is used for this process. It's a hand-operated tool with a needle that is used to punch wool in and out of fabric (typically canvas) that is stretched on a frame. When the rug is finished, it is removed from the canvas and an adhesive is used on the backside to prevent the yarn from unraveling. This method is quicker than hand-knotting, with the design only apparent on one side. This process give usually a soft kids rug finish. 

       Machine-Made

      The least amount of skill is needed with machine-made rugs. A 'power loom' is run by electricity and synthetic fibers are used to create the rug. This is the quickest method and produces a less expensive product.

       

       THE PERFECT PLACE TO PURCHASE A RUG 

      At Nico and Yeye, we are committed to providing quality products for your favorite little humans, and that includes area rugs for them to crawl, walk, roll, relax and roughhouse on! We use only Woolmark-tested wool and work solely with companies who are Care & Fair certified. Our rugs are sustainable and manufactured responsibly. Not to mention, they're pretty darn cute!

      The Daisy Room

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      I love the simplicity and fresh style that a Daisy flower can make on a girl's room. I thought you might enjoy a little inspiration from these classic blossoms! 

       

      1. Flower Pendant 2. Domo Zen Twin Bed 3. Kabano Nightstand 4. Daisies Twin Quilt  5. Daisy Pillow 6. Wooden Toy Pram 7. Daisy Flower Kids Rug 8. Domo Doll Bed  9. Doll  10. Toy box 

      6 do's and dont's before remodeling your Kids Rooms

      6 do's and dont's before remodeling your Kids Rooms

       

      Being a mother of two young children, and a professional design background I have redesigned the house as well as kid’s rooms multiple times. While redesigning, my family’s safety was top priority, hence I researched simple ways to minimize the exposure to harmful chemicals. Here are simple tips that you could follow if you are planning to remodel.

       

      DO'S

      1. Select Durable Furniture: Select furniture durable in nature. This way, you will only buy once and could repurpose thereafter. Minimalist designs stand with test of time, when compared to trendy or extravagant designs. Buying furniture sourced from reclaimed woods or sustainable sources helps to protect environment.   

       

      1. Select chemical-free products: Air quality is an important factor when it comes to health. Sometimes, we choose products that emit harmful chemicals impacting our environment. The harmful chemicals as well as volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s) emitted impacts both our health and the environment in long run. Select products that are free from harsh chemicals such as Phthalates, these are chemicals used to soften plastics and impact health of children in long run. In order to ensure, you are selecting the right product, follow a simple guideline: Buy products, which are certified to be chemical free. Products carrying GREENGUARD Gold certificate by UL comes with minimum VOC’s and free from more than 360 harmful chemicals.       

       

      1. Avoid Buying Products with Flame Retardant Chemicals: It is always advisable to buy products free from polyurethane foam. Go for products made from 100% wool, polyester, cotton or down. You can easily find alternatives for kid’s furniture such as cotton, polyester fiberfill or wool filled products and wooden furniture. When picking furniture for kids’ room, always ensure you are avoiding flame retardant products. Read product details before you make the final purchase. It is wise to note that products marked with TB 117 label generally include retardant chemicals. While buying “bargain” furniture with steep discounts, be careful as manufacturers are allowed to sell products with retardants as they would no longer manufacture such products in future.    

       

      1. Test Paint for Lead Exposure: Is your home built before 1978? Then, unfortunately there is a chance the paint on walls as well as window frames contains lead. Thus, before you start renovating or redecorating your kid’s room, it is highly recommended to test your home and know whether you and your family are within the safety limit. The best step for this scenario is to prepare yourself properly and ensure safety for your family by making your home lead-free. You should note that chipped or eroding paint or dust accumulated during renovations is the main causes of lead exposure in your home. When lead paints are scrapped and rubbed, lead dust is released in air as well as the surrounding areas. When lead-infused dust is ingested by young children, the impact can result in serious conditions.

       

      DONT'S

      1. Opt for Wall to Wall Carpeting: In many homes, the entire floor is covered with carpet, resulting dust, mildew as well as mold accumulating continuously. This can cause asthma among children. Chemicals from household products as well as cleaning products, lead dust, pesticides, pet dander tends to sit on wall to wall carpeting. It is highly recommended that you wash your kid’s hands often, particularly before eating or after changing the vacuum cleaner bag, dryer lint or wet mop. HEPA graded vacuum cleaner usage is recommended for clean indoor air. If you have the opportunity to remove the wall carpeting, you can always use accent kids area rugs to soften up the area .

       

      1. Use Pest Control Services: We avail pest control service from time to time, but are you aware that pesticides have the potential to damage your child’s brain? The powerful chemicals used in pesticides are formulated to attack the nervous system of the insects and children might experience similar effects, when exposed. It is recommended to opt for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that recommends host of options to control pests.

       

      It is very easy to win your fight against the pests. Try keeping your doors closed combined with clean window screens. Here are some additional tips:

       

      • Clean food residues from plates and store leftovers in covered container after your meal.
      • Check for cracks and seal from outside your house to prevent insects from entering
      • Check and destroy the breeding grounds for insects such as stagnant water, puddles etc
      • Remove spider webs with brooms


      Kids Room Decorating Fun with Shiri Appleby

      Kids Room Decorating Fun with Shiri Appleby

      Shiri Appleby talks organization, creativity, and motherhood

      We joined forces with Shiri Appleby to design the perfect space for her two children to play and be creative in. Actress, director and full-time mom, Shiri and her husband Jon, who is a chef and restaurant owner, live in Los Angeles with their two beautiful children, Natalie (6) and Owen (3).
      This family of four leads a very busy lifestyle, but they still find the time to spend quality time together. We asked Shiri to divulge her favorite things about and biggest challenges with being a mom. “The best part about being a mom is watching these two lovely kids grow up and become their own little people. The kids love to bake so we usually do that on Saturday mornings. We love to swim and be outside. LA has wonderful weather, so just being free and creative outside is our main priority.”

      When working with Shiri (with input from celebrity Interior designer Estee Stanley) we knew her main goal was to create a functional yet child-friendly area. “I want the kid spaces to feel magical and still feel organized. Keeping the clutter away and the parts of the toys together is the biggest challenge. We do a toy clean-out before any birthdays or big holidays.”Watching as they learn something new and feel pride in themselves is my greatest happiness. 

      The biggest challenge, like most moms, is finding and making time for myself!” As Shiri decorates her home, her main priority is to create a space where the family can “let loose and have fun.” That includes her two children, as well. “We have a shuffle board, pinball machine and backgammon table all in our living room!! Our kids are in charge of their rooms, so as long as there aren’t stickers on the walls or doors, it’s their space to be creative with.”  kids playroom nicoandyeye blog shiri applebyIncorporating modern kids furniture pieces like the our Minimo Twin Bed, Minimo Modern Kids Nighstands,  Toy Box Chest on Casters, Minimo Modern Kids Bookcase, Craft Kids Table, and Lola Solid Wood kids Chairs, Shiri was able to transform her kids bedroom into something unique, magical, clean and organized. It is a kids playroom space that inspires creativity and fun. With a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces, it is a place that her children can grow into and make their own.

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