Many people are replacing their holiday lights with LEDs and for good reason - they use less energy and last considerably longer than their incandescent predecessor. As an added bonus, you no longer have to worry about one burned out bulb leaving a section of your tree dark! So, what to do with those tangled strands of old lights?
Color Inspiration: In the summer of 2005 we painted our guest room blue. And then we found out we were expecting our 2nd child. So I decided - no matter if it was a girl or boy - we were keeping the room blue. Instead, I chose to make an accent wall of colorful, gender-neutral, patterned & textured papers. I stapled decorative papers around pieces of foam core that were lined with quilt batting, and attached them to the wall with 3M Command Removable Fasteners. The wall looks like a giant block of quilt squares. And five years later... our daughter, Bea, still loves her colorful, cozy surroundings.
Color Inspiration: It was time to move my 4-year-old into a big girl bed, which was the perfect opportunity to re-design her room. My starting piece in the room was the red wooden sentence on the desk hutch that says, "for the fun of it." I painted the desk and hutch in Benjamin Moore's Poolside Blue. Next came the red, pink, and white ikat curtain fabric. The choice of the pink and red allowed me to keep the one holdover from the nursery, the Sherwin Williams Icing pink walls. I wanted my daughter to have a fun room without being too girly or juvenile. The basics of this re-design need to last for a few years.
Color Inspiration: The inspiration for this room was four words: soft,light,luminous and warm. I choose the soft blue color for the walls long before I was even pregnant. We had recently moved into our new home and were gradually repainting the entire house. This room was chosen to be our future baby's room, and painting it, I already had a good idea of the ambiance I wanted to create. When I received the long-awaited good news, I started working on the decor and decided on a forest theme with a modern twist. The treatment of the theme, and all of the accessories and details, were selected so they'd be in agreement with my original inspiration.
Color Inspiration: I started working on this room prior to finding out the gender of our baby and was having trouble deciding on a colour scheme. I found this great striped rug at Homesense and went from there! Almost everything else in the room we already had, including several of the letters on the wall.
Name: Princess (4) & Firecracker (3)
Location: New Jersey
Color Inspiration: My color inspiration was the lamp shade from IKEA. I started with that and went from there. I love how it pulls in multiple color arrangements as well as looks like paint splatter. Perfect fit for our little space.
Name: Madeleine (19 months)
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Color Inspiration: My first inspiration was the color grey. However, the more I thought of my childhood, I thought of my happy trips to Grandma's house. She raised six happy kids in close but colorful quarters! Each room was a bright pastel color like pink, blue, or purple. It may seem like too much to most people but I love it! It's comforting to be enveloped in. So I incorporated those cheery colors and vintage feel into Madeleine's room!
Color Inspiration: Australia is our very favorite place, so we wanted to create an Australian themed nursery for Sydney, drawing inspiration from our recent visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Blue, in a bright beach-y tone, was the natural choice for the walls, and it was only fitting that the color of her furniture is named "Sea Grass". We added other bright colors in linens, art, toys and decor -- including the nine prints of whimsical Australian animals created by an artist in Sydney and lovingly shipped to me from the other side of the world -- then finished the room with a crib in white and the glider, side table and lamp in neutral and metallic tones. These neutral pieces, along with the white trim and ceilings, keep the space "un-busy".
Name: Clio Irene (4 months)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Color Inspiration: I fell in love with the curtains long before we even knew what gender our baby was. I tried to convince my husband to let me use them in our bedroom but he was vehemently opposed to it. So when we found out we were having a girl they were the first thing I bought and the rest of the room kind of took shape around them.