Category Archives: Design

Shades of Gray, And a Little Goop!

Apple and Moses' Boardwalk Bunk Bed from PoshTots
Boardwalk Bunk Bed
Gwyneth Paltrow is an A-list movie actor, mom extraordinaire and author of Goop, a lifestyle blog.  Annette Joseph is a designer from Atlanta who works as a designer and stylist for numerous TV shows and magazines.  Andrea Edmunds is founder and president of PoshTots.  Lauren Russell is the founder and creator of Russell & Mackenna, purveyor of fresh, beach-inspired, kid-approved furnishings.  So…what’s the connection here?

Well, Andrea got a call from Annette regarding a space she was designing for Gwyneth, who had hired Annette to create a contemporary, cozy space for her family while she was in Nashville filming her latest movie.  Annette wanted a purple bunk bed for Gwyneth and found exactly what she was looking for on PoshTots (“and we need it NOW”).  Andrea called Lauren (“we need a bed NOW”), Lauren called her team (“we need a bed NOW”), and two weeks later, Gwyneth’s children had a bed that Lauren delivered, Andrea had a new celebrity client, Annette had completed her mission, and Gwyneth had the retreat she craved.

And it all happened in less than two weeks.  Whew!

And here it is! Fabulous, no?

Follow the progress of the room here.

The Goods:  Russell & Mackenna Boardwalk Bunk Bed in Eggplant

More on Russell & Mackenna.

How do you feel about the gray?  We think it’s delicious, and the pop of the purple is just mouthwatering.  Thoughts???  Talk to us!

The Skinny On VOCs

With the green movement in full swing, we’ve been getting an earful about the (potentially harmful) chemicals that surround us on a daily basis.  Which begs the question…why NOT get back to nature?  And, more alarmingly, just what exactly have we been exposed to?

Even more disturbing, some of the chemicals ARE organic in nature — take VOCs, for instance.  The EPA defines VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as gasses emitted from components/ingredients of certain solids and liquids, including paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides and permanent markers.  The problem with VOCs is that concentrations of these gasses are consistently higher indoors than out (up to ten times higher).  ACK!  While research continues on the prolonged effects and overall health ramifications of these VOCs, the EPA suggests taking steps to reduce the levels in your home.  Adequate ventilation, limited exposure, following label instructions carefully, discarding partially full containers of old/unused chemicals, limiting exposure…these are among the steps recommended.

In addition, plenty of manufacturers are working to find ways to reduce the VOCs in their products, including, and most recognizably, paints.

Paint fumes are nasty, and care is recommended for women who are pregnant who might be exposed.  But it’s the fumes you don’t smell, even after the paint dries, that are just as worrisome.  Especially when you think about a child’s room.

Being the parents of young children, as well as a company catering to young children, PoshTots is committed to providing the best products available for your family.  Whether it’s prepping a nursery, an older child’s room redo or even time for a family room makeover, check out PoshTots’ mouthwatering palate of low VOC paints.

For more information on VOCs, please read An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.