Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

From soft comforters to whimsical pillows to an array of hand-painted treasures for kids, here are three companies that will make kids want to go to their rooms.

Nautica is a trusted brand for a reason: high quality, style and durability are its trademarks, and the Nautica children’s bedding line reflects the tradition. Adorn your nursery with their adorable sheets and quilts, lampshades and diaper holders, or choose from an array of designs that girls, boys, and toddlers will love. Parents will appreciate the quality fabrics, and kids will revel in the softness. Order at http://www.nautica.com.

What could be more whimsical than an Original Sushi Pillow? Browse the variety of hand-made pillows shaped into sushi rolls, appetizers and nigiri at http://www.theoriginalsushipillow.com, and pick your favorites. Brought to you by Cindy Tomm and Mel Maghuyop, actors who toured with Miss Saigon in North America, they’re an ideal gift for tweens and teens – and aptly named, since they’re truly original and inspired. They’re so beautiful that you’ll want to eat them. Find them on their web site or at the Roger & Dave store in Chelsea, at 2248th Avenue.

Tatutina is the source for all fun, happy and functional décor for your home, including your child’s room. The name Tatutina is a personal term of endearment with its roots in Italy and a love story between the founder and her husband. Founder and fine arts painter Barbara Florena and her three talented daughters are familial lady entrepreneurs who have been making people smile with their whimsical high quality products for the whole family, since 1990. Among the dozens of unique home decorations and innovations that Tatutina offers, the wooden letters and bookends for children are the site’s most popular items. Kids adore all of the dinosaur, butterfly and flower-themed products, and parents treasure these distinctive, well-made products for years. Because of their quality craftsmanship and timeless design, Tatutina’s items are the type of keepsakes that parents eagerly store away for future generations. Visit http://www.tatutina.com and choose your favorite designs.

Create a welcoming place for your child in his or her room: a place where stories are told, games are played, and the imagination has free reign.

Originally published September 2007
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