Mia's kids scribbled on her microfiber sofa with an extra-strong, "rub a dub" Sharpie which is marketed as, "stays permanent through washing and dry cleaning." But instead of getting mad (well, she was probably a little mad), she found an easy way to hide the marks, while including a clever nod to the makeover's inspiration.
This is my son, age 5, practicing cello by Lake Michigan, a few blocks from our home. What I love about this picture is not that it looks like he’s got some mad skills (full disclosure: he’s playing "Hot Cross Buns", not Bach, and he’s not about to fall into the lake, though it kind of looks that way). This picture reminds me how invigorating this experience was for him, and to keep thinking outside the box when it comes to engaging in learning and practicing.
Homeowners Torey and Jeff longed for a nursery that was anything but typical for the adoptive baby soon to join their family. In our first meeting they didn’t show us magazine clippings of rooms adorned with teddy bears, no fabric swatches with bumble bees, no choo choo trains, no princesses and no Disney characters. Not even blue or pink. Instead Torey slid a beautiful Mid-Century Modern globe across the table and said, “We thought this could be the inspiration for the nursery.”
The idea of a kids table for Thanksgiving is attractive for a lot of families - there are many people present and it becomes easier to separate the adults from the children. Since some kids might not be too happy about not being amongst the grownups, it's nice to give them a specially decorated table.
Headboards often go nearly unnoticed - until you see a really great one. They can be the star of the room or add that extra level of detail to complement the room's decor. Here are fifteen in children's rooms from our archives that made me look twice.
We really wanted our first born daughter's room to be bright and sunny and not overly pink and girly (we all know she'll probably go through that "princess" stage anyhow at some point). So being a graphic designer, I was heavily inspired by bright bold patterns and fun typography.
I have always been a Christmas person. Even as a child, it wasn't just the presents that made this my favorite holiday. It was the weeks-long build-up and all the traditions along the way. In early December my mom would get out all of the decorations from the attic and we would help her decorate the house, something in nearly every room. The grand finale, of course, was trimming the tree and it was so pleasurable to open the boxes of ornaments - "remember this one? who made that one? oh, my favorite!" Fastforward to adulthood and I've never had a Christmas tree in my own apartment.
What's better than a bunk bed in your room? A bunk bed with a pirate mast, of course! This clever DIY is simple to complete and turns your child's bunk bed into a pirate ship and fort, all rolled up into one.