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Featured Buyer: Jenn of Minor Details with Picks for the Family Friendly Home

Jul 23, 2008

by minordetails handmade and vintage goods

We have a special Featured Buyer this week: Jennifer Ward aka minordetails, the owner, blogger, Imagination Agent and Creative Director of Minor Details Design, a children’s interior consulting firm focusing on commercial, residential, and recreational spaces. Jennifer also writes a daily blog about design for children by the same name, is a contributor for the online children’s magazine LMNOP, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.

I attended Parson’s School of Design for Interior Architecture and then had a daughter. Getting tired of the freelance world, I set my sights on the Creative Agency called The Apartment. It was here where I learned a great deal about running a creative business and the moxie it would take. With my daughter Parker as my main source of inspiration, Minor Details was born in early 2007.

I have a very minimal and clean approach to my design, with a flare for vintage and bargains. My personal style is very comfortable. Most days you’ll find me in my Converse shoes, white t-shirt, jeans and hair pulled back. My true passion lies in creating space. For parents, I want to show them that you can set the footprint for your home to include your children and not sacrifice aesthetic or design.

I’m really influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. It’s an educational approach that can easily fall into your home, playground or any place a child thrives.  The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children, as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment, at the center of its philosophy.

I love this Bird on Elephant Sculpture! This would make for such a sweet baby shower or newborn gift to get the parents excited about little pieces of art in their child’s room.  By bunnywithatoolbelt, $45.

The Cretaceous Dinosaur Shadow Puppets are just what any kid needs to stimulate imagination and fantasy play. Get a flashlight and a tent in the living room and you’ve got instant creative play.  By orangemoontoys, $30.

One of my favorite Etsy shops is modmomfurniture, as all of her pieces are truly wonderful. The one that stands out the most to me is the Sammy Toy Box. But that’s just me….I’m a modern minimalist at heart!  By modmomfurniture, $375.

The By Order of the Management posters are just what any child’s wall needs.  By johnwgolden, $20.

The Waldorf Playstands are one of my absolute favorites. In fact, I just put one in a playspace for a little girl. I turned it into a fruit stand. These playstands can take on many uses!  By palumba, $309.99.

I think that these bird prints would complement any nursery wall very well!  By jaimers, $18.

This Wear Me dress is such a fun piece. It’s made with just the right mix-match fabric to remain delicate but fun at the same time. Beautiful!  By hautechocolategirl, $87.50

The Fancy Folding Furniture Set makes for a wonderful indoor or outdoor table for children. Easy to clean up and simple to put away.  By chalkydoodles, $115.

Zaragardner’s Pirate Punk set can turn any kid (or adult) into a pirate in seconds. I like that you get two colors for the price of one, as the patch and mustache are reversible.  By zaragardner, $12.

I really like the idea of customizing your items. Take for instance the Animal Pull Toys from hiccupdecor. These toys are just right for little hands and are a product of your choosing. By hiccupdecor, $20.

I’m a sucker for vintage toys.

Take for instance this red vintage cash register from bluebellbazaar.

I just missed this vintage child’s sand pail over at kelleystreetvintage!

I could also be happy with anything from whiteelephantvintage. Especially the globes!

Don’t go into child item overload. Keep a minimal approach. If you overwhelm a baby, toddler or child with too many things, they will lose focus and interest quickly. Leave the large kid items to their bedrooms, but share the rest of your home with them as well. Give them the bottom crisper drawer in the fridge, make desk space for them in your home office, make space on your lower bookcases for their books or toy bin and always keep the art supply bin well stocked. Also, getting items that serve multi-purposes is a nice way to maintain budget and creativity. For instance, get a low coffee table that the kids sit around and enjoy as well. Adaptability is key.

To find out more about Minor Details Design, go to or email Look for their website this fall.

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Bird on Elephant Sculpture by Bunny with a Toolbelt
Bird on Elephant Sculpture by Bunny with a Toolbelt
No Monsters Allowed Print 6 in x 10 in
No Monsters Allowed Print 6 in x 10 in
Waldorf Playstands - The Playroom Set
Waldorf Playstands - The Playroom Set
Hummingbird with Blue Circle Trees Print - 8x10
Hummingbird with Blue Circle Trees Print - 8x10
Pirate packs containing a matching mustache and eye patch to bring out the deviant in you
Pirate packs containing a matching mustache and eye patch to bring out the deviant in you


  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 9 years ago

    Really nice choices, beautiful!

  • MissTessaMelissa

    MissTessaMelissa said 9 years ago

    I love the No Monsters sign! My son would love it.

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 9 years ago

    super fun finds thanks for sharing

  • kittycrossbones

    kittycrossbones said 9 years ago

    Really fun! Great article!

  • MyKangaroo

    MyKangaroo said 9 years ago

    My father is an architect so I grew up with design all around me. I hope to pass this appreciation on to my two girls as well. Great article. Thanks for the wonderful links.

  • sweetbeets

    sweetbeets said 9 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your article and love your philosophy for children's spaces. Thanks for the link to information about Reggio Emilia - sounds interesting!

  • tinaseamonster

    tinaseamonster said 9 years ago

    so colorful!

  • Odannysgirl

    Odannysgirl said 9 years ago

    Great items showcased in this article!

  • UldeYrth

    UldeYrth said 9 years ago

    Neat playstand....I know our kiddos would enjoy that!

  • mamaziel

    mamaziel said 9 years ago

    fun folding table!

  • FineArtEmporium

    FineArtEmporium said 9 years ago

    I love your picks. This makes it easy to shop for the baby shower I have coming up. Thanks

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 9 years ago

    Yes! I love the attention you're drawing to the Reggio Emilia ideas for early childhood. Wouldn't it be lovely to see them thriving everywhere? Great picks here, Jennifer. I enjoyed your article.

  • sweetpepita

    sweetpepita said 9 years ago

    Wow! Perfect timing! We're planning on giving our daughter her own bedroom instead of the glorified hallway she's in now. I cannot wait to decorate it! So many beautiful pieces!!

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 9 years ago

    Great dinos!

  • dokedoputty

    dokedoputty said 9 years ago


  • jwstyle

    jwstyle said 8 years ago

    I love that No Monster sign!

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