Wednesday, May 16, 2012

surf decor for a baby nursery or child's room: pottery barn kids

One of the things I love most about creating custom surfboard mobiles is getting a peak at the nursery decor expectant moms and dads are putting together.  Customers can either send me photographs of their baby room or links to their decor online.  Those who send me links often say, "They have such cute surf baby things, but NO MOBILE!"  That's where Out of the Box comes into the picture.  I like to think of my mobiles as the final element to the surf baby's room - the piece that pulls the entire room together.  Below are a few of the images (with links to Pottery Barn Kids) that customers have sent me for coordinating their custom surfboard baby mobile.  So many cute ideas for a beach or surf themed room.

I love this colorful wall art from Pottery Barn Kids.  A baby nursery or child's room should be bright, shouldn't it?  It's nice the way this wall is completely filled with hanging art.  But I imagine that even if a room had only a couple of these pieces of art, the rest of the wall could be painted (using stencils) to fill in the space with color.

Once you add a few pieces of decor (like the surfboard or the wooden fish wall art in this photo), the remaining elements of the room could afford to be simple.  I like the colorful stripes in this bedding.  It coordinates well with the beach theme without getting too fussy.

Chalkboard wall decals?!?  What an incredible idea for a child's room!!!  Again, the simple form of these wave shapes wouldn't compete with the rest of the room's decor.  And there's something very soothing and peaceful about the color blue and the shape of these waves.  This could easily be used in any room and the fact that it is a chalkboard is a bonus - it's very cool even without that feature!

Love the rustic nature of this nautical-themed mirror.  The colors in the mobile below were actually matched to coordinate with this mirror.  Shades of green and blue with a red accent.  Definitely beach and ocean colors.  Makes me think of a day at the beach!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

surfboard mobile in babytalk magazine: it's almost summertime!

Very exciting news: One of my surfboard mobiles (California Sun, in the OUToftheBOX Etsy Shop) is in the June/July 2012 issue of Babytalk Magazine!  It's so fun to see something I made right there on the glossy page.  And, as if the two have anything to do with each other, my mobile is on the same page as Matthew McConaughey!

See it there in the top right corner?  Here, let's zoom in, shall we?

So there you have it.  My very exciting news - the buzz of which will probably keep me happily humming along with making mobiles for at least the rest of the month.  I'm suspecting that there are plenty of Summer babies headed our way.  There have been a lot of surfboard mobile orders.  It's definitely getting me in the mood for Summer - for toes in the sand, the smell of bonfire in my hair and salty skin after a day of bobbing around in the waves.  For those who aren't ocean side, take a look at my surfboard mobiles for some beach-inspired whimsy: Surfboard Mobiles @ !