Art for Kids' Rooms Gets Real

numsi wall art!

With all the rocket ship riding and magic spell casting happening in your house, you wonder if Captain Imagination appreciates the real world.

Show him what a colorful place it can be with Numsi nursery art. Made by a British installation artist living in Minnesota, the square wall panels depict everyday things (trucks, cars, animals) in stylized, eye-catching ways.

Each pic is digitally enhanced, juxtaposed against bold colors and patterns, and printed on canvas. The results: wall art that’s sophisticated enough for mom and dad, but cartoony enough for a kiddo. What we really appreciate, though, is the subtle combination of things girly and boyish (think an orange digger against a bright pink background).

A birch plywood frame holds each piece, so it can stand upright on a dresser or desk. Alternately, mount one (or several) on the wall to inspire dreams — for real.

Available online at numsi.com, $38-$118.

this week in seattle!

PaperCourt Press New Year’s Cards

What: Order custom greetings ($2) with pictures of your brood from the Seattle-based stationery company.
Why: Cheerier than your usual e-mail missives.
When: You’ve got mail.
Where: Online at papercourtpress.com.

All-Ages Games and Fun

What: Banish boredom with video games, crafts, and snacks.
Why: A simple solution to cabin fever.
When: Thurs., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. NE (206-684-7539). Participation is free.

Gingerbread Village

What: Marvel at candy-covered abodes dreamed up by local chefs and architects.
Why: Proceeds benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter.
When: Thru Jan. 3.
Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave. (206-621-9000). Admission is free. Donations accepted.

Photo: Courtesy of Numsi

Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch
6801 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101