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Are You Mad for Midcentury? Your Kids Can Be, Too

Chic furniture for kids and babies, plus more home and design news this week

Photos: Courtesy of Mint Mini

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Children’s boutique Mint Mini (4949 N. Damen Ave., minthomemini.com) recently debuted on the North Side. A midcentury furniture shop specializing in handcrafted cribs and toddler beds as well as refurbished dressers, the Ravenswood storefront is an offshoot of North Center destination Mint Home.

For owners Keisha Bandealy and Jessie Kuhny, Mint Mini is a natural progression. “We found that about 50 to 60 percent of our customers were parents,” Bandealy says of Mint Home, which she and Kuhny opened in 2009. Inspired by clients using vintage dressers in place of traditional changing tables, Bandealy and Kuhny—moms themselves—set out to create a children’s store.

In addition to vintage dressers refurbished by Bandealy and Kuhny, the 1,100-square-foot shop notably stocks American-made sustainable cribs and toddler beds by Kalon Studios, which the duo likes because “they make our cribs and toddler beds in this modern, simplistic design approach that’s very California,” Bandealy says.

“The process of hand-picking the vendors to go into Mini has been like [caring for] a baby,” says Kuhny, adding that the concept’s aesthetic is “a bit more boho” than Mint Home. “It’s a whole different artistic side for us to be picking pieces that are a little lighter, that will work with the vibe that’s happening in Mini.”

Interior Intel

A trifecta of good news: Interior Define (833 W. Armitage Ave., interiordefine.com) has expanded its fabric offering with three kid- and pet-friendly options: Monochromatic Plush, Static Weave, and Structured Cloth fabrics are durable for all of your tiny companions. Take a look.

Those in the market for avant-garde accessories should visit Jonathan Adler (676 N. Wabash Ave., jonathanadler.com). The River North boutique is stocking a variety of new acrylic pieces, from large pills ($248) to a giant Icarus head ($1,495).

Geography is getting the gourmet treatment at Tabula Tua (1015 W. Armitage Ave., tabulatua.com). The Lincoln Park destination is carrying a variety of cast-iron, oven-safe skillets ($130) depicting the U.S. map and our home state.

Lincoln Park’s Williams Sonoma (1550 N. Fremont St., williams-sonoma.com) is now stocking pieces from its Williams Sonoma Home line. Shop sofas, dining tables, beds, and desks, in addition to décor. View the latest collection.

Sales

Visit Home Carpet One (3071 N. Lincoln Ave., homecarpetone.com) through Saturday to save on in-stock hardwood, tile (including ceramic, porcelain, and stone), luxury vinyl, and more. Learn more about the Hard Surface Inventory Reduction Sale.

Save 20 percent off upholstered furniture at Jayson Home (1885 N. Clybourn Ave., jaysonhome.com) through April 3. Shop now.

Events

Artist Willie Kohler will be at Workroom Couture Home (1906 W. Belmont Ave., workroomcouturehome.com) Friday night, offering a preview sale of his paintings from 6 to 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to info@workroominc.com.

Macy’s (111 N. State St., 9th Floor, macys.com) welcomes the return of spring with the Macy’s Flower Show running March 26 through April 9. This year’s theme, “Carnival,” promises fair-inspired installations and gardens complete with more than 5,000 types of flowers and plants. Learn more about the Macy’s Flower Show.

Kasia Kay Art Projects and iD (375 W. Erie St., Ste. 101, idchicago.com) have partnered on a pop-up art event showcasing works by Rubem Robierb. From 6 to 8 p.m. on March 30, iD’s River North showroom will host an opening reception. Enjoy refreshments while perusing the exhibition, which features pieces available for sale. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to info@idchicago.com by March 27.

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