catalog collector…yep, that’s me

photo from pottery barn kids

am i the only person left on earth who actually gets catalogs, and reads them? (wait, let me take that back….my mom wins this. hands-down, she is the catalog-recipient-of-the-year. the woman gets at least six a day…and i’m pretty sure she reads most of them.) am i the only gen-x/gen-y-er that still gets catalogs?

i mostly get catalogs centered around home design (makes perfect sense, right?) and i have to say, i do take ten minutes and go through them. (note: many times this happens two weeks after they have arrived in the mail…i’m infamous for putting them in my everyday mom/work/everything bag and catching up with them when i have some precious open minutes during lunch/waiting at an appointment/during swim lessons/need a two minute mental break during work.) i love to look to catalogs for inspiration…for color, for pattern blends, and let’s be honest, for finding things for the house that i feel i must have. (i very rarely act on the impulse to buy, but a girl can dream, right?)

this week’s catalog i’m obsessing over is the new pottery barn kids fall 2012 edition. i will totally admit…i have typically given this catalog a brief glance when it comes out. i’ve been super happy with the bedding we have for my little guy (and partially didn’t want to be tempted by something else), and i really wasn’t looking for any other little one’s home decor and furnishings. maybe it was the whole back-to-school theme that got me on the cover (even now, ten + years out of any type of schooling, i am a total sucker for this time of year…something about renewal.) so i dove in. and, o.m.g.

it was like they read my mind. the toddler boys’s stuff was cool, and kinda what you’d expect for a boy’s room. they still have my favorite madras print and there’s a lot of “star wars” stuff. and based on the time of year, they also have some styles for toddler + boys that are collegiate-y looking (another look i love…very ralph lauren/americana looking). there’s even an adorable new “where the wild things are” line that’s cute. classic looks which i tend towards for the little guy’s room.

but it was the nursery bedding that i melted at. (note: there is zero reason for me to be looking at nursery bedding, other than keeping track of trends for the sake of re-nest studio. just clearing that up now before i get a deluge of e-mails from friends wondering why i need to be looking at the pottery barn kids nursery bedding.)  i will say, pbk has been showing a trend towards the simplistic with nursery bedding. it’s mostly trended towards whites and khakis, which for anyone that has experienced life with a baby/toddler knows that white can be kinda hard to keep looking fresh and new. but this new catalog has simple, mix-and-match designs, in varying colors with simple patterns. including my fave of all patterns…the chevron. in grey and white. l-o-v-e. the combos of crib sheets, crib skirts, bumpers (which yes, i know we aren’t supposed to use, but they are cute), pillows (for older kiddos) are just fantastic. and i have to say, they have a bit of a modern feel to them too.

check it out. but a warning: if you’re anything like me, you might just get bitten by the “it’s-back-to-school-time-which-means-i-need-to-refresh-some-stuff” bug.



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