Susie’s Top 10 Picks for Fall

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It’s officially autumn! We are so excited for the change in the weather – the cool nights, the crisp leaves, and the beautiful colors outside. What better time to change things up inside with some pieces that are warm, cozy and functional? Don’t you just love this time of year?

Without further ado, Rosenberry Rooms’ owner Susie Fougerousse shares her top 10 picks for the new season. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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1. I love brown leather anything! This bag is gorgeous and versatile.

2. I’m obsessed with Surya’s new line of poufs.  I’m a huge scrabble fan and these poufs are the perfect place to perch while playing a family game, preferably in front of a cozy fire.

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3. Keep cozy with this super soft – and cool – fleece throw blanket by Deny Designs.

4. Not Neutral makes these fun, orange candle holders, which are great for a coffee table or mantle.

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5. Antique Brass has such a warm feel, and is my absolute favorite metal finish. This lamp has a great modern yet classic feel.

6. This copper mirror is HUGE and makes such as statement.  I love that it can be used in so many settings, from a dining room to a nursery.

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7. Prudence and Wink make such a cute pair, need I say more?

8. This navy striped rug is reminiscent of summer, but transitions well into fall.

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9. This playful and eco-friendly hedgehog wall clock is made of bamboo and finished with a natural oil.

10. Distressed brown leather and antique brass hardware make this a very cool diaper bag for any dad.

What do you think of Susie’s picks? Do you have any favorites of your own? Share in the comments below!

Susie Fougerousse Featured in Party Style Magazine!

Check out the May 2013 issue of Party Style Magazine for an exclusive interview with Rosenberry Rooms’ owner, Susie Fougerousse! The 10-page feature includes some of Susie’s favorite design projects, her tips for decorating children’s rooms, exciting announcements about the future of Rosenberry Rooms and more!

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“Children’s parties and interior design for children’s spaces are two of my favorite things! All of the same elements are at play – incorporating the child’s interest into the theme, using fun colors, being creative and making sure the focus is to have fun!”

To see more of Susie’s nursery style, visit RosenberryRooms.com and check out her nursery design boards!

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“Create a quiet corner – I like to incorporate a designated area for reading or relaxing. A comfy chair or beanbag is great, but throw pillows work well, too.”

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“I love the combination of turquoise, green and orange, which we just used as inspiration for our newest store vignette.”

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“Rosenberry Rooms is differentiated by our enthusiastic design staff, kind and sincere service and an unmatched product offering, featuring a great blend of top brands and unique, hard to find products from up and coming designers and artists. Rosenberry Rooms is brimming with fresh design inspiration.”

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To see the feature and read Susie’s full interview, click here!

Using Decor to Introduce Other Cultures to Kids!

Rosenberry Rooms owner Susie Fougerousse grew up in Toronto, Canada where most of her friends were from other countries, spoke multiple languages and often traveled with their families. This allowed her to quickly gain an appreciation for other cultures and languages and a love for travel. Her husband, who is from Europe, fully shares this sentiment which is why it’s so important for them to pass this on to their five children, ranging in age from 14 to 1.

When they have the time, they make sure to take advantage and travel as a family to different places where their kids can learn and appreciate other cultures, lifestyles and traditions. When they don’t have time to travel, Susie and her husband make an effort to find small but helpful opportunities to achieve this same approach. Whether it’s through the toys their children play with, the television shows they watch or even the decor in their rooms, this general philosophy is introduced to their children each day. Susie shares with us some of her favorite ideas below and you can find others in her article on SheKnows.com, Fun Ways to Introduce Other Cultures to Your Kids where you will discover that even if you don’t have time to travel, you too can introduce other cultures to your children, no matter their age.

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Something as simple as putting a map in your child’s room, whether it be through wall art, an interactive rug or a wall-sized mural, can invite your child to ask questions and spark conversations about the different parts of the world and the various animals, cuisines, people, countries, climates and landscapes. Above my son’s bed hangs a map, and we spend most nights before he falls asleep reminiscing about places we have travelled to and discussing the cool places he dreams of visiting. Decorating with geography-themed decor is a great way to inspire imaginations.

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On rainy days or cold nights, utilize this time inside by inviting your children to watch educational programs (that are fun, too). One of my favorites is the Families of the World video series which takes children through a day in the life of a typical family in a number of countries from around the world. It is a delight to see a child’s fascination and joy when watching these videos that allow them to take a peek through the window into another house in a far away place.

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Father, artist and renowned interior designer, Aaron Christensen says, “As parents, we love to think of all the places our children will go, but looking back at the places they’ve been can also be a source of room decor fun. Shelves and shadow boxes are a terrific way to display mementos from their personal travels. While traveling, encourage your child to take their own photographs. Using thumb tacks and string, your little traveler can easily and visually notate, on a map, their world travels or the distant locations of family and friends.”

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These are just a few of the fun and clever ways you can introduce your children to other cultures that allow them to participate and learn to appreciate their world. For more ideas, be sure to check out the full article on SheKnows.com.

Kid’s Room Design Trends for 2012!

In her latest article for SheKnows.com, Rosenberry Rooms’ owner, Susie Fougerousse comments on the trends in design for children’s spaces this year. One of Susie’s favorite things about designing kids’ rooms is that there are no rules or limitations when it comes to designing a space for a child, you can really just have fun. She also explains that although there are always hot colors and popular patterns, most children’s themes never really go out of style, they sometimes simply need a refresher!

With the help of some other creative minds like Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids, Naomi Alon and Gerri Panebianco of Little Crown Interiors and Katy Mimari of Caden Lane, you will find a few fresh takes on these classic motifs. Also, make sure to check out the full article (plus photo inspiration) over on SheKnows.com!

Circus Charm

“The darling of the Pinterest crowd birthday themes- Circus, will edge its way off the cake table and into the kiddies rooms. The big top combination of eclectic patterns, animal motifs, vintage typography and the classic stripe will charm the little ones. The market’s dazzling array of iron cribs and traditional wooden crib styles will lend nicely to this fun and dynamic theme. Honey toned yellows, teal blues, grayed greens and faded reds are the incoming colors of the circus fans. But don’t be surprised if you see circus themes in soft pastels and unexpected color ways. Sorry clowns, you’re still too scary to be chic again. Maybe next year.” – Aaron Christensen

Science Style

“We’ve seen old school items like maps and globes play heavily into children’s decor, now it’s time to broaden the mind through the other sciences. The addition of biology, ecology, entomology and zoology will compliment the geology trend and bring brains, as well as beauty, to kids room design. Plants, bugs, molecules, hexagons and all things scientific are garnering interest. Brilliant minded rooms will call out for all the colors of the rainbow, in muted tones.” – Aaron Christensen

Forest Flair

“Moms, Dads and designers alike will applaud the trending of Mother Nature’s graphic palette going beyond the tree silhouette and birds, birds and more birds (yes, that includes owls). Forest friends like the fox, bear and raccoon are traveling into the scene and they’re bringing all kinds of patterns with them. You’ll see more wood grain, colorful florals, botanicals and oversized retro variations of plaid mixing in with the funky geometrics we see now. Decor items with a simple, made at summer camp feeling to them will also capture our hearts.” – Aaron Christensen

Chevron Chic

Chevron has definitely made a name for itself in the design world this year. This retro zigzag design has been updated with current colors and is showing up everywhere in children’s rooms from the floors to the walls. ”The mod print brings a bold statement on rugs, curtains and bedding and is an easy way to add a pop of color to any room design,” according to bedding designer Katy Mimari of Caden Lane.

Fun Fonts

The personalize-it craze is another trend in kids’ room design that is here to stay. Naomi Alon and Gerri Panebianco, the design team that makes up Little Crown Interiors, a full-service interior design firm, say that finding new and fresh ways to display a child’s name is one of the year’s biggest trends. Update this idea by trying new things like an oversized wall monogram as the focal point of the room or using the classic wooden wall letters but in fun, innovative fonts for a fresh take on a tried-and-true trend.

Looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store! Happy decorating!

In My Diaper Bag with Susie Fougerousse

Rosenberry Rooms owner and mother of 5 kids ranging in age from 14 to 1, Susie Fougerousse knows all about how to stay prepared on the go. Today she is sharing the top 10 things she keeps in her diaper bag (including her favorite bag) that she can’t live without. The list includes essentials for both her and the kids that help keep them happy and her sane.

1. The Germinator Hand Sanitizer – This hand sanitizer is safe for little hands and doesn’t dry out your skin.

2. Hard Headband with Yellow Geranium – My three year old is obsessed with headbands, so I keep a spare on hand.

3. Griffin Survivor Extreme-Duty iPhone Case – I drop my phone at least once a day, and every so often it falls in a puddle, so this is a must.

4. Starbucks – I can’t start my day without iced coffee.  If I have the time in the morning, I make my own at home so I can skip the drive-thru.

5. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color…..for days when I’m feeling extra pale.  Bobbi Brown Blue Raspberry is the best.

6. Tambour Bird Rattle and Octavio Bird Rattle - Bird rattles from blabla – soft, sweet and portable.

7. Cosmopolitan Carry All in Key Lime Cream Cake – I love alliteration, and I really love this bag.  I think it speaks for itself!

8. Dreamer Swaddle Wrap 4-pack – I love these soft, lightweight blankets – I always keep one on hand.

9. In My Tree by Sara Gillingham – My 1 year old likes to play with this book – and I love the illustrations by Lorena Siminovich.

10. Purple Coach Sunglasses - I can’t live (or see) without these glasses.  Mine are prescription, and they sure are pretty.

What item or items are must haves in your diaper bag? Tell us in the comments below!

Decorating a Nautical Themed Room!

Needless to say, owner of Rosenberry Rooms and mother of 5, Susie Fougerousse, has had a lot of experience decorating children’s rooms. With an extensive knowledge of all the bedding, decor and furniture options available today, if you throw her a theme idea, she’s ready with all sorts of great advice about color scheme, decorating tips and product suggestions. In the spirit of Summer, today she is sharing some of her advice for designing a nautical or seaside inspired nursery or child’s room!

Set Sail with Stripes

Nothing says nautical like blue and white cabana stripes. A crisp duvet, ceiling pendant or rug with bold stripes is the perfect accent for your beachy room.  Feeling adventurous?  Rugby stripes also look fantastic on the ceiling when paired with solid walls, or on a dramatic focal wall.

Seaworthy Storage

Red, White & Blue hand painted buckets & caddies are the perfect place to store your shells, fishing gear or other treasures. These can be decked out with motifs such as anchors, boats and sea life, and personalized with names or fun phrases like “gone fishing” or “seashells”. Woven baskets, or hand painted crates give a rustic feel while also serving as stylish storage for bookshelves or under the bed.

Coastal Chic Decor

Understated accents are a great way to pull together a shipshape room. Use a thick rope tied in a knot as your curtain panel tie backs. Line recently collected starfish and shells on your bookshelf for display. Repurpose an oar into a rustic growth chart and keep a compass on your nightstand for good measure. A searchlight floor lamp or lantern side table lamp make great lighting choices.

Captain’s Color Palette

While navy, white and red are tried and true nautical friendly hues, infusing different shades will add a modern flair.  Orange, Aqua and Green are some of my favorite complementary colors that are sure freshen up this classic look.

For those of you looking hoping to decorate a nautical inspired room, RosenberryRooms.com carries all sorts of unique and fun nautical decor options which can be found here. Ready, set, decorate!

 

Designing a Shared Bedroom for Siblings

Decorating shared spaces for children can be challenging, especially when the children are far apart in age, and/or different genders. Here are a few tips to help make the process of creating a stylish and cohesive environment for two, a little less intimidating.

1) Keep It Coordinated:
 Creating a coordinated room is made easier if you choose a manufacturer that designs “crib through twin” bedding (Some great options are DwellStudioAnnette TatumDoodlefish Kids, and Whistle & Wink. In the case of boys and girls sharing, I suggest picking a gender–neutral pattern as your basic backdrop and adding masculine or feminine accents to each bed, like pink and blue throw pillows. This will add a pop of color and style without compromising the continuity. Keep in mind that everything doesn’t need to match, as long as the underlying look is cohesive. That could mean mixing and matching patterns within a color family, or being more adventurous with color, while keeping the patterns constant.

2) Make it Personal:
 To foster a sense of ownership and belonging in a shared space, try personalizing each child’s sleeping or reading area with a wall initial, name or monogram. Hand painted wall letters or wall decals are a cool cost effective option, while personalized canvas art is a great higher-end alternative. Sharing a room is a wonderful way for children to learn about compromise and mutual respect but this sort of personal touch maintains a sense of individuality.

3) Control Clutter with Smart Storage:
 Organization is even more crucial in shared or smaller children’s spaces, and there are several creative ways to stay clutter-free. A mixture of shared and personal storage works best. Providing each child with some basic proprietary storage in the form of fun labeled crates for under the bed, rollout trundles or toy chests at the foot of the bed is a great beginning. I am a big fan of floating a bookshelf or storage unit to divide the space a bit while still keeping the room open. Along with providing some separation, it also functions as stylish and practical shared storage, which can be accessed by both children.

4) Maximize Space:
 More likely than not, you will need to get creative to make the best use of the space. Ideally it is best to have some designated individual space and shared space. If the children are sharing a bed, try to carve out separate areas with beanbags, comfy chairs or throw pillows where they can enjoy some downtime. The alternative works well, too, and loft or bunk beds make great space savers. It works well to keep one bunk down on the floor and one lofted up, to provide some nice separation for sleep, and then utilizing the space under the loft for a joint hangout area.

Creative Storage Solutions for Kids’ Rooms

Rosenberry Rooms President, Susie Fougerousse, shares some of her tips for organizing children’s rooms with creative storage solutions. With 5 children of her own ranging from 11 months to 14 years, she has definitely become an expert on this subject! Check out some of these tips below and incorporate the ones that work best for you and your home.

Functional and stylish storage is one of the most essential elements to consider when decorating a child’s room. Great organization solutions are so important for every child at any age, whether in a nursery, playroom or teen’s room. While the items needing to be organized may change from diapers and dolls, to books and homework, the same basic solutions can be carried through each stage. I am a big believer in having a good mix of both permanent and portable storage solutions in a child’s room, that are transitional and versatile enough to grow with your child.

1) Every child’s room should be equipped with a sturdy book shelf for displaying treasures, books, pictures and more. Selecting a basic style in a neutral color will allow the parents maximum versatility for use over the long term. As the child grows, the uses and consequently the look of the shelf, will naturally adapt to the child’s changing needs.

2) If the room allows for it and your budget permits, built-in book cases with doors and drawers are a classy way to enhance the look of the room while providing valuable and timeless storage for odds and ends. Window seats are also a charming option, and serve as a great area for seating and storage!

3) Portable storage options, such as vintage painted wooden crates or personalized metal containers are a stylish option for children of all ages. With an endless array of colors, patterns, fonts and shapes to choose from, these storage containers are a cool and decorative addition to any room. Boxes and bins can be stored on bookshelves, under beds or simply on the floor for easy access. Children can even tote these around the house from room to room.

4) Unique, stand-out pieces are also important. Storage solutions can sometimes be uninviting so it’s important to utilize pieces that are both interesting and functional. This Tree Bookcase by Nurseryworks is an excellent example that would work great in a kid’s room for storing and displaying books, games, dolls and more!

In summary, room organization doesn’t have to be boring! Keeping toys and clutter off the ground and out of sight is now easier than ever with the creative and functional options available today. With a little imagination your child’s belongings can be tucked away neatly in storage that works and looks great, too.

Decorating Children’s Rooms

Susie_Headshot1The best thing about decorating children’s rooms is that there are no rules or limitations.  The sky is the limit and the key is simply to have fun.  Unlike decorating in the rest of the home, you don’t necessarily need to be too concerned about conventions or trends, and you can really let your imagination take over.  As parents, and grandparents, we are lucky to have so many wonderful parenting and design related magazines, blogs, and television shows that offer creative ideas and showcase a dizzying array of incredible products, enlightening us to seemingly endless possibilities.  That being said, there are a few key things to keep in mind when designing your child’s space that will hopefully make this sometimes daunting task a little bit easier.

1. Lighting is one of the most important elements in any room.  I love a great overhead light to keep things well lit for play time and homework.  You can go for a classic pendant, an elegant chandelier, or a fun light that completes your theme of choice, such as a biplane or teapot chandelier.  In addition to an overhead light it is very important to have a secondary light source, such as a table, floor, or reading lamp.  This softer light is a great way to create a quiet mood for reading, relaxing, nap time, or in preparation for bed time.  Depending on the age of the child, a sweet decorative nightlight might also be a must!

2. Wall art is not only one of the most essential parts of decorating for your child, but one of the most exciting as well.  The selection of art for kids today is simply amazing, and so are the varying styles and types available.  Hand painted wall murals are a wonderful way to truly customize the room, with a one of a kind design.  They tend to come with a higher price tag, but many parents feel that they are worth every penny!  Their size and scope can really transform a room.  Canvas reproductions are probably the most popular choice, and one of my favorites.  So many talented artists reproduce their artwork in this affordable way, and the nice thing is that it is very easy to switch out the look of the room without the commitment of a mural on the wall.  If you are working on a tighter budget, or if you are uncertain as to the length of time you will want to stick to a certain theme or look, you can opt for adorable peel and stick wall decals, which are removable and repositionable without any damage to your paint, and most importantly, very affordable!  Wall art livens up a room, can be educational, provides for endless conversational topics with your child and instills an appreciation of fine art in your child at an early age.

3. A great area rug is often the centerpiece of the room, and for good reason.  A rug is really a multipurpose tool, in that it can be used to accent the focal point, such as the crib, or can be used to tie the whole room together, in the case of a larger area rug.  We all want a beautiful, soft, and decorative rug that matches the look of the room, but another important point to consider is ease of cleaning.  One of my favorite rugs of all time is the shaggy raggy rug, which is an update on the traditional shag, and is made of soft jersey.  It looks great, is very soft to the touch, and the best part is, it can be thrown in the washing machine!

4. In order to maintain a semblance of order in a child’s room, great storage options are essential.  Traditional storage options are the toy box, or an under-bed storage unit, where you can stuff all of the odds and ends for a quick clean up.  A window seat with built in drawers is one of my favorite options if your room allows for it.  If you don’t want to opt for a larger case piece like a book case to store books and trinkets, there are some fantastic decorative storage bins available that can be personalized with either the child’s names or words that describe the contents, such as “stuff,” “toys,” or “books.”  Available in a multitude of colors and fonts, this option provides for a nice custom look, while serving a very practical purpose.

5. Personalize it!!  What appeared to be a trend is now certainly here for the long haul.  There is nothing that can’t be personalized, from clocks to growth charts, bedding and artwork, to furniture.  Children love to see their names in their room, because it reinforces that this is their space and makes them feel special.  When children are sharing a room, you can hang hand painted wooden letters spelling out their names above their beds to give them a sense of ownership and personal space.  If wall space is an issue, a monogram or a single initial is an alternative.

6. Create a quiet space.  Every room should have a special place where the child can go to relax, read, or play.  If you have the space, a tent or teepee is a great “hiding place” sure to provide endless hours of fun.  A chair in the corner, with a basket of books alongside is a great choice.  Another idea is to plop a cute floor pillow or tuffet on the floor, where your child can rest his head, play, or read.

7. Last, but certainly not least, is the huge decision on which theme to choose for your nursery or child’s room, and how far to go with it.  This topic can often be divisive between children and their parents, and many parents tend to disagree on how “thematic” a room should be.  Here is the thing: whether you (or your child) want to go all out with your chosen theme or if you prefer to have a very subtle theme or none at all, your child’s room can be phenomenal.  We can all relate to having a child with a love bordering on obsession with either fire trucks, footballs, or ballerinas, and how we cringed at the thought of filling their rooms with an overabundance of themed decor.  However, with so many tasteful room accents available today, you can now make the princess, sports, transportation, or dinosaur theme look fantastic!  There is nothing wrong with going overboard, and having 10 pieces of sports artwork on the wall, along with a quilt with sports balls on it.  On the flip side, if you are worried that your child’s tastes are likely to change in the near future, you can pull together the themed look with some carefully chosen and dispersed accents throughout the room, while keeping the primary elements such as bedding and furniture more versatile.  If you tend to shy away from the idea of centering the room design around a particular theme, you can use your color selection and/or design element, such as damask, stripes, or polka dots, and use those as your inspiration for a classic, lasting look, not lacking in impact.

Decorating your child’s room is a special and memorable experience, so don’t forget to have fun in the process!

 

Diaper Bags that Don’t Disappoint

We’ve all heard the horror stories about how horrendous the selection of baby and children’s products were “back in the day.” Depending on the age ranges of your children, you may have even experienced this first hand; I know I have. There is a 13-year range between my oldest and youngest, and the innovation in design both from a functional and aesthetic standpoint during that time has been incredible. So, when my first child was born, it seemed like the only option was to buy products lined with teddy bears and tacky tropical fish. It was frustrating not only because these products didn’t enhance or even blend with my personal style, but because they seemed to be designed to make it look as if you were living in a Disney movie.

Wow, have we come a long way! In my opinion one of the most striking improvements has been in the diaper bag industry.  Instead of trying to hide your diaper bag at the bottom of the stroller, you can now tote your bag around town with pride, even when the baby is at home. Half of the time, you can’t even tell that a mom is carrying a diaper bag, because it is so stylish.  Aside from looking fabulous, here are the five most notable innovations and functional features that diaper bags now have to offer.

Antimicrobial Fabrics

Say good-bye to crumbs and germs! Did you ever imagine that a diaper bag could be designed with a waterproof lining and a special antimicrobial treatment to kill germs, mildew, fungus and bacteria?  Well, the fantastic designers over at Ju-Ju-Be have done just that. Not only do their diaper bags have the coolest prints around, but they also boast innovative ways to keep your diaper bag clean. As most moms know, a diaper bag can turn into a giant mess in no time with all of the snacks and drinks that get toted around on a daily basis. Another great feature found in most Ju-Ju-Be bags are “crumb drains”, which are tiny openings at the bottom of the bag making it easy to brush out unwanted crumbs without having to remove everything and vacuum it out.

Insulated Bottle Pockets

I love this feature. Instead of dealing with packing a separate cooler inside of your diaper back to keep milk and formula at the right temperature, many diaper bags now feature bottle pockets that are insulated, which are also perfect for sippy cups. StorkSak has done a wonderful job with this! They have designed zippered bottle pockets that are easily accessible on the outside edges of their bags, so you don’t have to dig though your whole diaper bag. I have used the Emily Diaper Bag countless times for long trips because of the ease of grabbing and stowing cups, and it doesn’t hurt that the exterior is wipe-able, either!

Stroller Attachments

When you are out on the town or walking in the park, being able to attach your diaper bag to your stroller is key to allowing you to keep your hands free to take care of the baby or push the stroller. Thankfully, this essential feature is becoming more and more common. Typically the diaper bag strap is either long enough to stretch over both handles of the stroller, or your diaper bag will come equipped with detachable stroller straps designed to attach to the stroller handles. This feature is an absolute must! A great example of this is the Marilyn Bag by Timi & Leslie, which actually has both!

Gender Neutral Designs with Dads in Mind

One of the most important developments in the diaper bag world has been a new focus on the needs of fathers. Your husband may not be a stay-at-home dad, but he will likely still want to have a baby bag that he feels comfortable carrying when travelling or running errands with the kids. There are many styles that are meant to transition easily between men and women, and others that are distinctly designed with men in mind.  Diaper Dude is a brand that has become a favorite of celebrity parents, because they make cool diaper bags to please both moms and dads. They also boast key organizational features like a cell phone pocket and pacifier and key clips.

Built In Changing Stations

Most moms would prefer to avoid changing diapers in public, but we also know that isn’t realistic. So, it’s important to find a diaper bag that will make this process as smooth as possible. I am a big fan of the built-in changing station feature. Petunia Pickle Bottom is often touted as the perfect combination of form, function and fashion. The Boxy Backpack is a great example of this because in addition to the roomy and easy to carry design, the built-in changing station with roll out & detachable changing pad is a feature that you can’t live without.

Stroll on over to RosenberryRooms.com to find the diaper bag design that is right for you!

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