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Set forward into Fall on the right foot by freshening your home with a new piece of modern decor! Bring interest to a nursery corner with a twirling bamboo mobile, sweeten your little girl’s or boy’s bedroom with kid-friendly artwork from our library of unique prints on wood, and add instant color and style to the playroom with our repositionable, eco-friendly fabric wall decals. All wall decor* is 20% off now through August 30th – Happy Decorating!

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Looking for children’s room decorating ideas? See how families near + far have used Petit Collage in their nurseries and kids rooms on our #PetitCollage Pinterest Board

*excludes personalized prints

Petit Collage: New Fall Product Is Here

New playthings are beginning to fill our online shop and the shelves of your favorite toy stores. Here are five things to FALL for this season at Petit Collage:

1. a fresh harvest of fruits and veggies

2. GLITTER! (and fairy dust too)

3. cowboy hats and horse tails

4. a barnyard full of friendly farm animals

5. rainy day fun in a flash

More new product is just around the corner, too; play on!

petit collage DIY projects on marthastewart.com // petit collage blog

We’ve admired and appreciated Martha Stewart from the start here at Petit Collage; Lorena was a featured guest on The Martha Stewart Show years ago (have a peek at the video!), and we’re honored to have our prints on wood and fabric wall decals included in the Martha Stewart American Made Collection. This spring, Lorena was invited to join the Martha Stewart Contributor Network: this portable paper dollhouse, along with other signature Lorena craft projects, is now available for your crafting pleasure on marthastewart.com. Happy DIY-ing, friends (and thank you, Martha)!


 

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Coming soon: the first ever Petit Collage Rug Collection!  We are THRILLED to announce our first collection with Jaipur Rugs. 25 designs feature signature Petit Collage colors, patterns, and characters, and will be released mid-summer. We’re already starting our shopping list for the studio…


 

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Our friends at Mapamundi Kids have joined with Bright Lab Lights (the creation of the multi-talented Jordan of Oh Happy Day fame) for a Summer Pop-Up Shop. If you find yourself in San Francisco, stop by Mapamundi’s unique Bright Lab display, a wall of 40 colors of balls allowing you to build your very own light garland on the spot.


 

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Twirling mobiles, a sprinkling of confetti decals, wooden Puzzle + Play animals lined up nose to tail: your creativity in styling Petit Collage in your nurseries and kids rooms continues to delight and inspire us. Keep using #petitcollage to share those pictures, and get more styling inspiration from our friends’ homes around the world on our “Spotted: Petit Collage!” Pinterest board.

shop our summer sale, 25% off sitewide until June 26, 2015!

Kick off the summer with great on-the-go activities for your little ones. Cool down with 20% off sitewide until Friday, June 26th 2015! Use code “summerfun”. Excludes all books and sale items.

Petit Collage Craft Book: Bunny Clock DIY

Time flies when you’re having fun –  which explains how a year has already flown by since we published the Petit Collage Craft Book.  What a thrill to see how our book has inspired so many of you to brighten your home with a new piece of decor, add extra love to the playroom with a handmade toy, and, above all, say YES to playful creativity!

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Psst…we’re celebrating the Craft Book’s birthday with some de-light-ful giveaways, so make sure you’re following along on Instagram.

Photography and book trailer by Thayer Gowdy. 

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It’s that time: what we’ve loved this month in kids and design.

1: Putting the “art” in “heart”: illustrators and designers work magic on the walls of a children’s hospital.

2: Does your (child’s IKEA play) kitchen need a remodel? 10 ways to make it happen.

3: You design it. They sew it. This DIY-inspired kids’ clothing company lets you do the fun part.

4: Does your little one adore Eloise? go crazy for Goodnight Moon? literally live for Little House on the Prairie? 40 ways to throw a themed birthday party inspired by your child’s favorite book.

5: Start ’em young, snail mail fans: 5 ways to introduce your toddler to letter writing.

Need more distraction? Browse more monthly collages

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Children's Book Endpapers

There are so many things to love about children’s books, but here’s one we sometimes forget: endpapers! Just like the cover image, the chosen font, and the miniature graphic picked for the spine, endpapers add another layer of personality to books, and for children, they are another detail to be studied with delight.

We’ve gathered up a few examples of endpapers from vintage children’s books. French illustrator and author Alain Grée (above) used his endpapers to tie together the Achille et Bergamote series: each book in the series features the adventurous brother-sister duo, full of questions about the world and how things work, and each book also features the same colorful, engaging endpaper. We scanned the cover and endpaper of our edition of Les trains (1964).

 

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Children's Book EndpapersSparkle and Spin: A Book About Words (by iconic mid-century designers Ann and Paul Rand, 1957) takes a simpler but no less eye-catching approach to its endpapers, which glorify the book’s bright color palette.

 

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Children's Book Endpapers

In We Fly (Alfred Olschewski, 1967), a delightful vintage children’s book all about the history of flying, the endpapers are very informative for young readers: they feature a large-sized diagram of an old-fashioned airplane.

 

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Children's Book Endpapers

In this Golden Books My First Dictionary (1957), the endpapers are more decorative, and the design is incorporated into the name plate. We’d take a shirt made with that print!

 

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Children's Book Endpapers

 

And finally, in Rhymes for Kindly Children (1916), a beautiful book of Mother Goose rhymes, the endpapers continue the story that began on the front cover: children play on the same path that swooped across the front, leading the readers into the book.

 

Do you love vintage as much as us? Find more Vintage Picks here

 

Petit Collage Blog: New Board Book Release: You Are My Baby - Meadow

Look what’s hopping onto shelves this month – a brand new addition to Lorena’s You Are My Baby board book series!

The You Are My Baby books have been widely praised for their inventive format: a baby book (featuring a baby animal) nestles inside the larger book, encouraging youngsters to turn the pages to match the babies with their parents. Important early concepts are taught along the way!

Petit Collage Blog: New Board Book Release: You Are My Baby - Meadow

You Are My Baby: Meadow is a preschool-perfect celebration of spring. Pastel colors and Lorena’s signature collage work complement five spreads featuring springtime animals: a bunny, a bluebird, a sheep, and more. Just the thing to tuck into your favorite toddler’s Easter Basket!

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From Home, by Carson Ellis

March is National Reading Month, and we’ve rounded up five brand new 2015 children’s books that we can’t wait to squeeze onto our bookshelves. Fortunately for children’s book lovers like us, 2015 brings a big batch of superb additions to the world of contemporary picture books: imaginative text, clever illustrations, innovative design… Warning! You may find yourself giving in to those “just one more book” pleas!

 

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Rhymoceros, by Janik Coat

Released March 3, 2015

This eye-catching, design-minded board book is the follow-up to Coat’s Hippopposites. The unlikely star – an adaptable blue rhinoceros – obligingly wears many different hats (etc.) to demonstrate 16 sets of rhyming words. Featuring: gold leaf! embossing! humor!

 

Petit Collage Blog: 5 in March: 2015 Children's Books

Petit Collage Blog: 5 in March: 2015 Children's Books

This is Sadie, by Sara O’Leary with illustrations by Julie Morstad

Released May 12, 2015

Do you know any little children with big imaginations? They’ll be thrilled to meet Sadie, a small girl with a great, big, sparkling imagination. The whimsy of the text is matched perfectly with Morstad’s dreamy, gentle illustrations. The perfect book to read before drifting off to sweet dreams…

 

Petit Collage Blog: 5 in March - 2015 Children's Books

Home, by Carson Ellis

Released February 24, 2015

We have a bit of a crush on Ellis and her endlessly creative illustration work, and the release of her first solo picture book has us dancing with joy. In Home she answers the question of where different people live with an earth-hued color palette and so many details that Littles and Bigs alike will pour over each page again and again.

 

Petit Collage Blog: 5 in March - 2015 Children's Books

Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva

Released April 14, 2015

We loved Along a Long Road and A Long Way Away for the delightfully graphic design they brought to children’s books, and  contemporary author-illustrator Viva is at it again with his latest modern picture book. A little boy spends his birthday at Coney Island, and readers will spend story-time excitedly flipping pages as Viva uses die-cuts and ingenuity to transform words and pictures.

 

Petit Collage Blog: 5 in March - 2015 Children's Books

Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen with illustrations by Emmanuelle Walker

Released April 7, 2015

Airy poetry, jewel-toned illustrations, and an alphabet of winged friends flock together in Beautiful Birds. For a child fascinated with the natural world, this book will be a special treat, to be pulled out and studied on rainy afternoons or before bedtime.

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This month’s serving of “that’s so cool!” from around the internet.

1: Mini magic: 10 IKEA products transformed into dollhouses.

2: It’s winter. It’s dreary. You might need to DIY this Confetti Photobooth Backdrop, just ’cause.

3: What’s the next best thing to having a best friend with all the answers? Snagging a copy of Design Mom’s soon-to-be-released book How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide.

4: Once upon a time there was our family… Family portraits done storybook illustration-style.

5: China’s first design museum has opened, and we want to go: read more about the Kids Museum of Glass.

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