Why I Started an Etsy Shop (MeredithLynnDesigns)

I decided to open my Etsy shop about two months ago, after getting plenty of encouragement from my family and friends.  I’ve been learning as I go, and having a lot of fun!

I’ve always loved painting and drawing; you can always find me creating something for our home or painting pictures just for fun for our friends.  Anytime I need an invitation for an event, I always end up creating my own because I can never seem to find exactly what I’m looking for – I even created our wedding invitations 3 years ago!

After I made Nathan’s first birthday party invitation, I really got into drawing new designs on my computer and decided to see if anyone would be interested in them.  I posted a couple examples of my designs in a group on one of my apps for moms.  The group was for moms who had babies in August 2017, so I knew they’d be looking for first birthday party invitations soon.  I offered free custom designs, and really was only expecting maybe 5-10 responses… I ended up getting over 50!  From that experience, I knew there was a place for my designs.  Hearing from these other moms also gave me an idea of what types of themes people were looking for.

 One of my more  popular designs !  It also comes in  Green/Blue , as well as  brighter shades of pink !

One of my more popular designs!  It also comes in Green/Blue, as well as brighter shades of pink!

 I LOVE this  dinosaur design !

I LOVE this dinosaur design!

What I really love about designing invitations is drawing my own art.  So it only seemed natural to start creating printable wall art.  Currently most of my designs are specifically for children’s rooms and nurseries, but I plan to start thinking of ideas for other rooms in the home.

I will only create and list something that I myself would hang in my home, and my drawings are heavily influenced by my personal interior décor style.  I definitely gravitate toward more simple designs, with a light & airy feel.  This style is hard to find in children’s wall art – which seems to be dominated by loud, primary colors.

 I drew this  lifeguard tower  as part of a custom set of prints for someone's beach inspired nursery!

I drew this lifeguard tower as part of a custom set of prints for someone's beach inspired nursery!

 I have this  Shark Print  in Nathan's playroom

I have this Shark Print in Nathan's playroom

I’m excited to see how my style and shop evolves and am always trying to think of new products to create for it!  Make sure to “favorite” my Etsy shop so you can stay up to date on new designs and sales!  If you're interested in an invitation or printable wall art, but don't see what you're looking for in my shop -- feel free to email me (meredithlynndesigns@gmail.com)  and I would love to create something custom for you!

And don't forget -- use the code "BLOG15" to receive 15% off your purchase!!

IKEA's 75th Anniversary Collection: GRATULERA

In honor of their 75th anniversary, IKEA has created a new collection that will feature their popular designs of the past!  The collection (GRATULERA) will be released in 3 separate launches: 1950s-1960s comes this month, 1970s-1980s will be released in October, and then 1990s-2000s will come in December.
So far, only the images of the first launch are online and it has an amazing mid-century modern vibe.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the 70s-80s collection!  Also: everything is limited edition so if you see something you like, be sure to scoop it up!  I'm trying to think of where I could put that rattan chair!!

 via  IKEA

via IKEA

Modern Baby Products to Add to Your Registry

Last October I wrote a post called Baby Products That Aren't Ugly, and it is still my most clicked on post!  That clearly means that there are a ton of other people out there searching for baby products that blend in a little better with their decor.  It makes sense too-- when your baby is an infant, they don't care what color any of their gear is!  In fact, I've read that infants actually prefer the high contrast of black and white!  So if your baby doesn't care, and you have to look at these products all day- then why shouldn't they be designed to suit your taste?  So I pulled together another list of modern baby gear that won't take away from the design of your home!


1. Baby Bloom Coco Lounger

I love the natural wood and clean lines of this baby bouncer/lounger.  There are more color options for both the seat and the base.  This is definitely a piece that would fit into any decor!

2. Wooden Activity Gym

This wooden play gym from Pottery Barn Kids is so cute! All you need to do is lay down a blanket and you're set!

3. Bloom Baby Nano High Chair 

This high chair folds completely flat for easy storage. It can also be used as a chair at the table when your child is a bit older!

4. Activity Seat

I think my son would have loved this activity seat from Crate & Barrel. Plus it's all cushioned, so there's no place for baby to hurt them self!

5. Modern Baby Blanket

LOVE this baby blanket from PB Kids/West Elm! It looks super soft for baby, but with a modern design that would look great draped over any sofa!

6. Cute Swaddles

I personally never used swaddles as actual swaddles. But I used them everyday to lay out for tummy time, or to protect the couch from spit up. Most of your pictures will probably have a swaddle in the background -- so make sure they're cute! ;)

7. Baby Bjorn Modern Bassinet

I know all babies are different, but I think it's pretty common for babies to sleep in a rock & play or bassinet for the first couple months. The modern look of this one instantly caught my eye!

8. Skip Hop Changing Pad

I know I had another wipe clean changing pad in my last post but that's because I really think they're genius! We ended up NEVER using the changing pad cover on ours, it was such a waste! Might as well skip that step and get one that's not meant to have a cover!

9. Stroller Gloves

This is not really a "modern baby gear" product, but more of a recommendation. These stroller gloves stay attached to the handle of your stroller so you can easily slide your hands in and out! These would be especially useful if you live in a city where you do a lot of walking.

So there are my top modern baby products that I would definitely have on my registry if I were to go back in time!  I do want to mention that for high chairs, make sure you look into one that has straps that can easily be removed.  You will definitely be washing those bad boys quite often once your baby starts eating solids!!