One thing I discovered when my children were first born is that it's really really easy to find decor for children's rooms in pastel colors and "classic" motifs like trains or teddy bears, but it's not so easy to find things that appeal to a grown-up sense of whimsy and style while still looking baby appropriate.
Enter AllModernBaby.com. This site carries everything from decorations to nursery furniture to strollers--basically every thing your baby could ever need. All the high end brands like Maclaren and Bugaboo are there, and if you spend some time looking through the hundreds of pages of baby goods they have on offer, you will find a whole world of wonderfully child-friendly products in styles that will suit the most current tastes.
As the name of the site suggests, the designs are modern -- in face, I'd call them modern with a retro feel. You'll find lots of chocolate brown mixed with fern green, or Wedgwood blue with cream and tan, or glossy red. Furniture and accessories have sleek lines, and there are pages and pages of classy pieces that you will use for years. There are even pages of things for yourself.
I am personally pining for a Stokke high chair, wishing I'd known such a thing existed back when my first child was an infant. If I'd gotten it then, it would have done duty already for five years as a fabulously convertible seat. Ingeniously, both seat and footrest adjust in height, and there are multiple padded seat/strap systems that vary according to the age of the child you have. In the end, the chair is suitable for infant feeding, toddler messes, and preschoolers who need to be raised up to the height of the table. Now, of course, it seems a little too late for me, although I am sure it would do much to restrain Daughter and help her work on her table manners if she had a chair like this one to put her at the proper height at dinner. This is precisely the sort of thing I think is worth spending more money on, since it will do duty for multiple chairs and last so much longer than anything that's not designed to be convertible.
I also love their washable, affordable polypropylene floor mats in bright colors. These would be great under a high chair to protect the floor from wayward bits of food from a just-learning-to-eat baby, or under an easel in the playroom, or anyplace else where there is risk of spillage. Honestly, I just might make an excuse to find a spot for one of them because they're so brightly cheerful without containing a single set of ABC's in their design.
Here's where this review gets exciting for you.
AllModernBaby offered me $75 worth of credit on the site to check out some of the products for myself, but since my kids are past the baby stage, I asked them if I could give away the gift certificate instead -- and AllModernBaby was happy to oblige.
All you have to do to enter to win $75 to spend on your own fabulous baby gear is go check out the site, and then leave me a comment below telling me what something you love there.
For an additional entry, tweet the contest with a link back to this page, and then come back here and leave another comment that includes a link to your tweet.
The fine print: Limit two contest entries per person. Giveaway open to those in the US and Canada. Contest will remain open for one week. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on Monday morning, July 27. Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.