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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Well-Traveled Nursery

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

Well-Traveled Nursery

Henley Vazquez

There’s nothing like pregnancy and the early baby days to keep you grounded. Literally. To help cure the wanderlust and instill the travel bug from day one, we asked Virginia-based designer and mom Kate Lynn Nemett to craft a travel-themed nursery with inspiration from her trips to Ghana, France, Italy and beyond. This is the globally sourced masterpiece she put together — all mama-musts that look great and give back. Follow the links to purchase, or contact Kate Lynn at Finely Feathered for more ideas.


Stokke Crib (Sweden)

Stokke Crib (Sweden)

What’s not to love about this modern Swedish crib? A perfect marriage of form and function, the Stokke crib is cleverly designed to adapt to your growing child’s needs from age 0 up until 10 (with an additional extension kit). The unusual oval shape gives any nursery a stylish edge, and the light wood finish soothes the colorful palette present in the other décor elements.


A bit of a splurge, the mission behind this company renders the price totally valid. In an effort to support tropical forest conservation, empower communities, and mitigate climate change, Tropical Salvage employs eight skillful men and women in north central Java and Borneo to transform old, reclaimed Indonesian hardwood into beautiful new furniture. This solid teak dresser has plentiful storage and would be perfect as a changing table (just secure a changing pad to the top). It’s richly patterned grain ties together the other wood elements in the room.

Tropical Salvage Teak Dresser and Changing Table (Indonesia)

Tropical Salvage Teak Dresser and Changing Table (Indonesia)


Rikshaw Design Bedding (India)

Block printing is a traditional textile craft of India, and this company, founded by an American designer while traveling abroad, brings block printing to the masses with their high-quality pieces. The hand-stamped fabric takes hours of painstaking work by an artist in Jaipur who applies richly colored dyes onto cotton voile with hand-carved wooden blocks to form repeating patterns. Naturally, imperfections are only signs of the true artistry. I love the variety of prints and their ability to be mixed and layered depending on your whims!


I fell for the combination of cheerful colors, artsy bohemian style, and graphic design of this Moroccan-inspired rug. The plush, tufted wool material is an extra bonus, as it will provide a cushiony play space underfoot. I also like how the sketched quality of the diamond-and-arrow motif is reminiscent of children’s perfectly imperfect drawings.

nuLoom Marbella Belini Rug (Moroccan-inspired)

nuLoom Marbella Belini Rug (Moroccan-inspired)


Nobility Rocking Chair (Peru)

Nobility Rocking Chair (Peru)

A rocking chair is a classic choice for a nursery,and this one is handsomely detailed. It’s crafted by the Rios family of Peru, whose leather-working skills have been passed down for generations. The frame is carved from cedar, with a hand-tooled leather back and seat and bronze nail head trim. All purchases made through Novica directly benefit the artist. Read more about the artist.


Pillow Case (Guatemala)

Pillow Case (Guatemala)

Cozy up that leather rocker with a happy pillow! Hand-made in Guatemala by women trained in traditional Mayan textile arts, it’s one of a kind. I love the almost modern geometric designs, and the textural interest from the embroidered wool. It picks up the colors and shapes in the rug perfectly. See how each purchase gives back.

 


This mobile has “Scandinavia” written all over it. Designed by Danish craftsman Christian Flensted, the beautiful piece of artwork features five Viking ships carved from teak, which are in constant motion. The white paper sails and smooth wood shapes provide visual balance and Scandinavian simplicity to the global scheme.

Viking Ship Mobile (Denmark)

Viking Ship Mobile (Denmark)


Batik Wall Hanging (Thailand)

Batik Wall Hanging (Thailand)

Hand-dyed by an artist in Thailand, this large wall hanging brings a lot of bang for the buck at 3.5’ square. I love the bright, stylized bird – perhaps a peacock?—among the other birds, plants, and decorative motifs. All purchases made through Novica directly benefit the artisan. Read more about the artist, Alaya Cholprasertsuk.


Wolof Weavers Hamper (Senegal)

Wolof Weavers Hamper (Senegal)

Every nursery needs plentiful storage, and these African baskets are attractive, lightweight, and fairly indestructible. The hamper is a rainbow mix of local sustainable millet and strips of recycled plastic, handwoven by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal (which brings together the women & girls of nine rural villages to make baskets as a source of extra income). The coil weaving style is very traditional to the country. Their sale helps impoverished farmers maintain a more sustainable source of income.


Complete the Indian bedding theme with this charming kantha quilt made from recycled cotton saris. It’s lightweight, reversible, and can be used in a variety of ways as your baby grows: to throw over your shoulders on cool mornings while nursing; to lay on the floor for some tummy time; and as a cozy layer once your kiddo is old enough for real blankets.

JaipurHandloom sari quilt (India)

JaipurHandloom sari quilt (India)


"Elephant Poo" Picture Frames (Sri Lanka)

"Elephant Poo" Picture Frames (Sri Lanka)

Made entirely from post-consumer recycled paper (60-70%) and clean and sanitized elephant dung fiber (30-40%) by local artisans, these frames not only raise awareness about the near extinction and preservation of the Sri Lankan elephant, but also boost the local economy by providing jobs under free trade working principles. Plus they are inexpensive, come in many fun colors—great for grouping multiples together—and are cute to boot. A win all around! I imagine putting photos of family members in them and displaying them on a shelf or dresser so you and your baby can see and “talk” to grandparents who live far away.


These curtains reference the artistry of the far East through the ancient tie-dying technique of Japanese shibori.  The indigo and white grid pattern is cool and calming to the eye, and is somehow both casual and sophisticated. The pencil pleats and lining on this pair are bonus points in the functionality department.

Shibori Curtains (Japan)

Shibori Curtains (Japan)