A Little Lesson on Knowing When To Splurge on Kids Decor

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Six months ago now, during the Style Cure, I lamented whether or not it was worth spending a good chunk of money (an $80+ chunk) on a single decor item - this lamp, for my kids' room. Would they really care? What would they know if I never bought it, or if I bought some other, cheaper lamp, and spent the money on something more…"practical"?

Then, just two weeks ago, this happened:

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That's my son Ralph (4), with his lamp. Knowing his little sister was about to take a nap, he dragged both his bedside step-stool and lamp out to do a little "homework" (writing in a notebook), right there beside his lamp. Yep, it cost me way too much money, but you know what, he loves it.

Here's the key question, I think, with expensive kids decor: Will your kid love it? Will it be a treasured possession that they think back fondly upon, or perhaps even carry with them into adult life? I could tell with this lamp, and Ralph, since he loves rabbits so much. I knew he would love looking at that lil' guy as he went to sleep, and love it as a feature of his room.

What does your kid love more than any other? Trucks? Elephants? The night sky? If you really think about it, you know. You hear about these things all day long. And then, when you run into something that might be a little too expensive "practically speaking", but is just the thing - the exact, perfect expression of all they love for their little room, I say, why not? Next time, go for it!

I did, and I don't regret it one little bit.

(Image credits: Carousel-Carousel; Alison Gerber)

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