Baby Rooms
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Jasper’s Bold, Beachy Abode
Name: Jasper (7) Location: Sydney, Australia Room Size: 3m x 3.2m I always admire when a kid’s room is reflective of his interests, but still manages to be stylish. That’s one thing I’ve always struggled with reconciling — throwing Elsa and Anna all over the place and painting the room Barney purple just isn’t my idea of fun. Luckily I think my daughter and I have struck a good balance, and I bet the same can be said of Jasper and his mom, Simone.
Nov 25, 2014
4 Ways to Inspire Wonder in Your Kids
Wonderment. The state of awe. And the starting place for creativity and delight. Sounds…wonderful? Then how do we increase wonderment in our kids’ lives? By surrounding them with things that inspire wonder, that’s how. Most items that increase wonderment in a child’s life fall into one of the following four categories. Consider placing them in your child’s room as your four-step plan to designing a wonderful, creativity-inspiring space.
Nov 25, 2014
Noah’s Graphic, Modern Abode
Name: Noah (2) Location: Sydney, Australia Room Size: 3.8m x 2.6m With three sons ages 2-12, Simone of Honey & Fizz is an expert at putting together little boys’ rooms. All three of her boys’ rooms are full of graphic patterns, color, and most importantly, fun. Her youngest son, Noah, calls this fantastic space home. Although he has some of his brother’s hand-me-down pieces, one certainly can’t say that his space isn’t special or unique to him.
Nov 21, 2014
Before & After: Lifeless Spare Room to Winsome Tween Retreat
Project by: Aparna Chacko / AjjC Design Location: Fremont, California This room needed an injection of personality before its new 10-year-old occupant moved in. It also needed a design that could carry this tween straight through the teen years. From the designer: Design brief: To convert the spare room into a space that the home owner’s 10-year-old daughter will not outgrow in the next 6-8 yrs.
Nov 21, 2014
A Compendium of Clever, Creative Ways to Set Up a Shared Kids Room
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a shared kids’ bedroom, my mind immediately goes to two twin beds side by side, or maybe bunk beds. (Or if you’re as unlucky as my sister and I were, a shared full bed. We often daydreamed about building a wall right down the middle of the bed!) If you let yourself start to think outside of the box, there are so many creative solutions to a shared kids’ situation. Here are a few of my favorites from our archives: Short on space?
Nov 19, 2014
Before & After: A Tree House “Estate” In a Shared Boys Bedroom
Project by: Jenna Piccirillo of PICCISTUDIO Location: Fairfield, Connecticut This bedroom needed to house two growing pre-teen boys and provide space for them to sleep, study and hang out with friends. Jenna Piccirillo’s solution is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of and include a room-within-a-room treehouse.
Nov 18, 2014
Before & After: Dingy Closet Turned Happy Play Space
When Sarita and her husband bought an old home that needed a lot of work, they cooked up a plan to keep their two young daughters occupied and not underfoot while they spruced it up. Their mission: transform this unappealing closet into a happy play space. Sarita describes the project: This tiny closet is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. I work as a muralist for children’s spaces and love colour! I was anxious to play with bold and bright yellows.
Nov 6, 2014
Breakfast (& Lunch, & Dessert!) In Bed: Food-Printed Kids’ Bedding
“No food in bed!” I’m sure we’ve all said it at one point. And yet, here are some bedding options that let the impossible be possible: food on the bed, without the mess! 1. Designed by Joy Cho of Oh Joy, could this Sundae Best Crib Quilt be any cuter? From Land of Nod, who incidentally, also have other ice-cream themed goodies in stock. $129.00. 2.
Oct 31, 2014
Before & After: Plain Jane IKEA Bunk Bed To Indoor Kids Cabin
IKEA’s KURA loft bed usually steals the spotlight in terms of hacks and makeovers, but this transformation of the plain Jane MYDAL into a playhouse for an 8-year-old girl shows just how much potential this higher bunk has. With some plywood, 512 screws and some fabric, this bunk became a tented sleeping area (reached by TROFAST “stairs”), a reading nook with a hammock and a mini desk. Not to mention the adorable flower boxes and bucket on a pulley!
Oct 27, 2014
George’s Magical Woodland Nursery
Name: George (1) Location: Los Angeles, California Room Size: 11′ x 12′ There’s really nothing more magical than childhood, so it seems quite fitting when I come across a child’s room that feels more like a wonderland than a simple spot to sleep. Maybe it’s the twinkle lights or perhaps it’s the unicorn, but there’s something about this sweet nursery that is just so dreamy. How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Oct 24, 2014
Better Together: The Power of Collections
When I was a kid, I had a huge keychain collection. Why on Earth I felt I needed so many keychains, or why I decided to start collecting them in the first place is absolutely beyond me, but nevertheless I loved that jingly ball of metal. I’m starting to find that my own daughter is beginning to gather collections of her own — shiny rocks, plastic princesses, and sticks, to name a few.
Oct 17, 2014
Before & After: Bookcase Lightens Up for a Kid’s Room
Soffia bought two of these tall, imposing pieces at an Icelandic Goodwill—I’ve dubbed them “bookdenzas”—and wanted to lighten them up and give them some personality to use in her son’s bedroom. Here’s what she came up with: Soffia tells us: The tall book case is an old piece of living room furniture that was very popular in Iceland in the 70s and 80s. I bought it for around $40 at a local Goodwill.
Oct 15, 2014
25 Creative Alphabet Wall Displays
An ABCs print or poster is a popular piece of nursery decor, but some parents really go all out when it comes to displaying those essential 26 letters. Here are 25 creative examples, from wood and cardboard letters to decals to string art and much more. Row One: 1. McKenzie’s Modern Traditional Mix 2. DIY Feature Wall Baby Nursery on Project Nursery 3. Jude’s Nautical Big Boy Room 4. Lincoln’s Easy As ABC Room 5. Baby G’s Elegant Gender Neutral Nursery Row Two: 6.
Oct 8, 2014
Before & After: A Pulled Together Kids’ Room
This is not an “OMG! You lost 100 lbs.!” kind of makeover. This is more like,”Hmmnn…did you change your hair? get new glasses?” But therein lies the beauty: small changes are sometimes all that’s needed to make a room feel pulled together. The bedroom above belongs to Noah and his little sister Everly and here it is after a few simple changes: So, what changed? The blue paint is gone, there’s a new bedside table, new artwork and a new, cozy rug.
Oct 8, 2014
Before & After: Wood Paneled Office Turned Bright, Fresh Nursery
Kelly and her husband bought their first home in Spanish Town, Baton Rouge and it had a lot of…character. They’ve been sprucing it up ever since and their recent project was to transform this office space into a room to welcome their new baby. Two big challenges: decorating for either a boy or a girl and making this dark, claustrophobic space into a happy, bright room for their child.
Sep 30, 2014
Trend Watch: Moroccan Poufs in the Baby’s Room
They’re everywhere! And why shouldn’t they be? Moroccan poufs add an incredible pop of color, are comfy to sit on, and handy for Mom to pop her feet up on while feeding. And unlike the crib, they’ll only get better (and more use) with age. Interested in investing in one of your own? Read on for the down-low on perfecting the pouf! If you’re planning to use the pouf as a footstool, think about what will complement your rocker.
Sep 22, 2014
Nina’s Little House Nursery
Name: Nina James Location: Johannesburg, South Africa When I first came across this South African nursery, I was dying to know who made the adorable little house bed. I was certainly very surprised to learn that the bed is actually going to become a crib and is a DIY project created by Nina James’ talented parents! It’s definitely the focal point of this unique, modern nursery, but the rest of the space is full of wonderful little surprises as well.
Sep 22, 2014
10 Cheap IKEA Rugs Meet Real Kids’ Rooms
I’m sure we’ve all been there: hanging around some bargain in a big-box store wondering “will this actually look good in the room, or will it look… you know…. cheap?” But there’s no reason why a reduction in cost should result in a reduction in style. Here are 10 IKEA rug bargains, priced from $2.99 – $129, all looking stylish in situ. 1. The TÅRNBY rug ($99) in Samantha Rose’s Daydream Nursery (top two pictures).
Sep 22, 2014
Mika’s Minimalist Cool Nursery in the Netherlands
Name: Mika Dylan Jagger (2) Location: The Netherlands This is Mika’s space. Dutch design minimalist cool, I think. This is my son’s second room. His first is with his dad and which I created as well but with more time and resources. This time around it was created in a blank, new built, home, on a limited budget and resources, with old, repurposed pieces.
Sep 22, 2014
Get the Look at Home: Disney’s Frozen
Disney’s Frozen isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the animated juggernaut is headed to a town near you for the next Disney on Ice extravaganza, and the boat ride at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is getting a Frozen makeover with a projected 2016 launch. If an Anna and Elsa-obsessed girl in your life wants her room to evoke her favorite movie, skip the bed in a bag and licensed merchandise in favor of subtle icy accents and furniture.
Sep 18, 2014
Before & After: Beige Room Glammed Up for a Baby Nursery
Project by: Britt F. Gage/For You, By Me Location: Queens, New York City Britt Gage was hired to bring some glamour to this space in anticipation of Felicity Adele’s arrival in the world. Her parents wanted something with personality and pizazz. Hmmm…how about a glitter wall? From the designer: It’s an interesting experience creating a room for someone who you haven’t met, or rather, hasn’t even been born yet.
Sep 3, 2014
Vivian’s Vivacious Nursery
Name: Vivian (2) Location: San Francisco, CA Room Size: 12’x14’ I immediately fell in love with Vivian’s nursery when I first came across it — I loved that the space looked like something I’d want for myself, but still felt colorful, happy, and fun enough to be equally perfect for a little one.
Sep 2, 2014
Color Blocking: Two-Tone Walls in Kids’ Rooms
If you’re like me and you’re torn between the look of a bright, white room and a fun, colorful space for your little one, you might be a perfect candidate for the two-tone trend. It’s the best of both worlds, and the only thing you need to make it happen is a good roll of painter’s tape (and, of course, paint!). Here are ten of my favorite two-tone spaces to jump-start your imagination: 1. Petit Sweet Nursery 2. Timothy’s Nursery 3. Nursery 4.
Sep 2, 2014
Creative Gallery Walls in Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms
Creating a gallery wall is a great way to display a myriad collection of art, framed or otherwise, and more and more I’m seeing them popping up in nurseries and children’s rooms. Installing one can be a bit of an art as you balance different sizes and mediums, but they also allow a ton of creativity. The example above is a mega (awesome) gallery wall, but don’t be intimidated by it. Choose a smaller wall or partial wall to fill with the art you’ve been collecting.
Aug 26, 2014
Before & After: Pepto Pink to Serene Seaside Boy’s Bedroom
Danielle’s son Conor was distressed by the pink walls in his new bedroom. In fact, they made him cry. A fresh paint job and several DIY projects later, his new beachy boy’s room was making a splash. Danielle: The day after we moved into our home, Conor came down the stairs crying. Absolutely sobbing and we begged him to tell us what was wrong. Did he have a nightmare? Was he scared sleeping in a new house? No, it was none of that. He was upset that he woke up in a pink room….
Aug 22, 2014
An Updated Classic: Pegboard in Kids Rooms
Once hidden in garages and pantries, pegboard is ready for prime time. And it’s ready for your kids’ rooms, too. It’s inexpensive, highly customizable and adds both organization and a decorative element to a room.
Aug 20, 2014
Kura For Two? Using IKEA’s Low Loft As A Bunk Bed
Reversible and versatile, the IKEA Kura bed is shaping up to be a firm favorite of Scandi-style and budget-loving parents the world over. Its low profile means its perfect for small spaces and younger kids. But…is it possible you could make the Kura sleep two? Here are examples of some families who have done exactly that.
Aug 13, 2014
Real Rooms, Real Style: 20 Kids’ Workspaces
In our neighborhood, it seems you can hear both the collective groans and cheers as the children in each home receive their teacher assignments for the upcoming school year. Whether or not your children snagged the teachers of their dreams, you can make heading back-to-school a positive experience. One way to build excitement for the upcoming school year is to create a special workspace just for them.
Aug 12, 2014
10 Beautiful Book Displays to Catch Your Kid’s Eye
Less than a month until we all say, “So long!” to summer and, “Hello!” to school. You’re sure to get your little one ready with a backpack, notebook, and pencils galore, but don’t forget to ready their minds as well! Maybe your little guy or gal already loves to read, but for those who are a little more reluctant why not display their books front and center? All of those colorful, beautiful illustrations are sure to catch your kids’ interest.
Aug 8, 2014
Baby G’s Bright, Playful Space
Name: Baby G Location: Bologna, Italy Room Size: 4.5 x 3.5 meters I love coming across a nursery that incorporates all of my favorite elements—white and bright, yet colorful, a nice mix of both modern and vintage, and most importantly, something that is whimsical and playful enough for a child to enjoy. Alessandra of Almalu’s Place did just that when she created a nursery for her precious little bambino.
Aug 6, 2014
20 Clever (and Stylish!) Storage Solutions for Kids Rooms
Finding practical yet attractive storage solutions and organizational ideas for kids’ rooms can feel like an uphill battle. This is especially the case if you’re trying to avoid major installations and custom work. However, there are plenty of brilliant kids room storage ideas out there on social media — and from Apartment Therapy readers — that will help you streamline toys, clothes, shoes, books, and other clutter with ease and style.
Aug 6, 2014
Decor Detail: Vintage Board Games
I’m always on the lookout for ways to incorporate my flea market finds into my space, so when I came across these images of vintage board games on display I developed a bit of a crush. They’re the perfect blend of sweet childhood nostalgia and character to break up your box store decor. Here are a few ways to display them, along with where you can find them: Display: 1. Board games play up the fun in this kids room from Apartment Therapy. 2.
Aug 5, 2014
10 Sources for Scandi-Style Kids Bedding
Is there anything more enviable about a Scandinavian kids room than their amazing mix of bright and bold textiles? Of course there isn’t, just look at those quilts! Ready for some new bedding? Here are some Scandi-style sources to brighten up your little one’s room: 1. For Scandi-style on a budget, look no further than IKEA. Remember their cheaper pieces can always be paired with more expensive Scandinavian linens. This duvet cover and pillowcase is just $29.99. 2.
Aug 5, 2014
Oscar’s Bright, Bold Abode
Name: Oscar (5) Location: Den Bosch, the Netherlands Room Size: 3.5 x 3.5 meters I’m not sure if it was the bright yellow bed, the wall of beautiful books, or the fabulous wallpaper, but it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on Oscar’s room. I’ve always been drawn to spaces that combine both vintage and modern pieces, and I absolutely adore both bright white spaces and those filled with bold colors. This room is the perfect union of all of those elements.
Aug 1, 2014
8 Creative Ways to Decorate & Customize the Kura Low Bed
IKEA’s KURA bed is a budget staple in children’s rooms, but most parents configure it in a lofted position to free up more floor space. I’ve often wondered why anyone wouldn’t do that? One reason is if your child is too young, you can start them in this and then flip it into a loft. An even better answer, perhaps, is that the frame of the Kura lends itself so easily to creative interpretation and decorating.
Jul 31, 2014
Eliza’s Eclectic Glam Nursery
Name: Eliza Location: Charleston, South Carolina I was so excited when I found out I was having a little girl, but I have to admit the design junkie in me was equally as excited at the prospect of decorating her nursery. So we took to the task of cleaning out our 10’ x 10’ office-slash-junk room and making way for baby girl. My immediate thought was that I didn’t want a room that screams “kids room!” Something more whimsical than precious.
Jul 29, 2014
Buy or DIY: Noise & Light Blocking Window Treatments with Style
Whether you’re attempting to block the aggressive summer sun or seeking relief from the traffic noise on your busy city street, light- and noise-blocking curtains can help. Here are some stylish options to buy or DIY: DIY: 1 & 2. Custom Blackout Roman Shades and DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds from Little Green Notebook (instructions for adding blackout fabric are included in the detailed tutorial). 3. DIY Blackout Curtains by better than i could have imagined 4.
Jul 24, 2014
Kids’ Room Inspiration: White Walls + Statement Curtains
If you’re looking to add color, pattern, or texture to a kids room in a rental, don’t despair! Even with requisite white (or bland beige) walls, statement curtains can come to the rescue: 1. Arden’s White & Black Wonderland achieves a sophisticated look (and good nap time dimming) with black curtains. 2. Bright, Colorful Abode owes its name, in large part, to its golden yellow curtains. 3.
Jul 22, 2014
An Unexpectedly Chic Super Mario Bros Tween Room
Name: “B” (12) Location: Orange County, California For our son B’s tween bedroom make-over we wanted to re-use as much of his existing furniture as possible and work with what we already had. We also wanted to feature his drawings, paintings and a couple of derby cars on a gallery wall. As for inspiration for the room, we used an embroidered Mario which B finished from a kit I put together for him one time as an advent calendar gift.
Jul 16, 2014
10 Sources For Temporary Wallpaper for Kids Rooms
Looking for wallpaper that is easily removable for your kiddo’s room? Here are ten sources that offer a multitude of well-designed options (along with a favorite pick from each). And if you can’t find one that tickles your fancy, there are services that will print your own design. 1. Kathryn Zaremba: Illustrator and textile designer, Kathryn designs whimsical prints, drawings, and wallpaper. Her wallpaper is printed on the east coast using FSC certified papers. 2. DesignYourWall.
Jul 15, 2014
Can’t Paint Your Child’s Room? Add Color with a Statement Rug
If you are thinking of ways to start decorating your child’s room and are daunted by the white walls, start with a large, colorful statement rug! The rug can be the starting point of adding color to a neutral palette. Check out some of these rooms that do this very thing and pay attention to the way each room builds layers of color and texture in order to create a pulled-together look. This rug in Isabella’s room packs a colorful, geometric punch.
Jul 15, 2014
Freia’s Cozy, Colorful Corner in the Master Bedroom
Name: Freia Location: Berkeley, California Room Size: Tiny! Her corner is probably 5′ x 5′ feet at most, but it is part of our main bedroom (that part is probably 6′ x 8′) When I first discovered little Freia’s nursery, I never would have guessed it was but a tiny corner of the master bedroom in mom Audrey’s two-bedroom rental.
Jul 14, 2014
Kids Room Cleanout: How To Have an Online Yard Sale
If your playroom is currently looking more like a play pile, and your kids’ bedroom more like a giant closet full of ill-fitting clothes, a thorough clean out is probably in order at your place. But wait! Before you throw it all out, have you considered having a yard sale for it…online? A lot of secondhand kids gear is suprisingly easy to sell online, if you know both what is saleable, and the right places to advertise.
Jul 7, 2014
5 Interactive Wallpapers for Kids
Wouldn’t you have loved to create little worlds on the walls with magnets, or draw tiny characters all over your bedroom when you were a kid? If you have a creative child that leaves you scrubbing walls with a bucket and sponge—let the creativity fly! These five interactive wallpapers for kids let parents breathe easier and get kids’ creative juices flowing. 1. My personal favorite: Sian Zeng Interactive Magnetic Wallpaper for kids from Just Kids Wallpaper, $540 AUD.
Jul 3, 2014
20 Ways to Hack, Tweak, Repurpose & Reimagine IKEA’s Trofast
Think you’re clever using IKEA’s Trofast to round up all your kids’ toys, do ya? Well, okay, it is perfect for that, but that’s so Trofast 1.0. You’ve got to expaaaaand your miiiiind. Think outside the biiiiiin. Like these folks, who show that mere toy storage is just the tip of the Trofast iceberg. Check out these 20 ways to use the use the Trofast. Some are true hacks and reimaginings, others minor tweaks and adjustments. Not familiar with Trofast?
Jul 2, 2014
A Modern, Beach-y Nursery
Project by: Susie Ho of Mend Location: Long Beach, California When I started this nursery project with parents James and Jaclyn Munzer (Founders of Tide & Pool), this space was a guest room that didn’t get very much light and lacked personality. This room still needed to function as a guest room when necessary, but it also needed to be a room that the baby could grow up with.
Jun 26, 2014
10 Awesome DIY IKEA Hacks for Kids’ Room Lighting
Even though most agree that IKEA designs are already pretty great (for the price especially), that doesn’t stop creative people from putting their own spin on the products. Lighting in particular is fun to tweak, and a good way to add extra personality to your child’s room. Here are ten really great projects to inspire you… TOP ROW 1. A Mr. Moon lamp hacked from a FADO, inspired by a print by Martin Krusche, from Mommo Designs. Nieves de TokyoMASKROS IKEA Hackers 4.
Jun 26, 2014
Sebastian’s Starscape
Name: Sebastian, 5 years old Designer: Sissy + Marley Location: Brooklyn, NY We were first introduced to young Sebastian’s nursery in 2011. Its minimalist and well-tailored aesthetic immediately transformed my preconceptions about children’s decor.
Jun 25, 2014
Celebrate the World Cup with Soccer Decor Finds For Little Peles
Have you got a little one in your house for whom this is their very first World Cup? A future soccer star? A football fiend? Want to deck out their room with soccer stuff, but wanting to avoid that ubiquitous soccer lamp? Here are five soccer-themed finds for your little Pele or budding Ronaldo. 1. This round up of Football wall hangers made by RS Barcelona was featured a while back on the blog Say Hi to Design.
Jun 23, 2014
A Rainbow Round-Up of Nightstands for Kids
What better way to add a great pop of color to a kid’s room than through a nightstand? Here are 15 fabulous options—some stools, some storage, some starting at just $13—that could be the new, bright burst of color your child’s room is waiting for. 1. Red Componibili Storage Module at Hive Modern: $140.00 2. Red Assembly Home Modern Table from Urban Outfitters: $49.99 (on sale) 3. Neon Pink City Slicker Table from CB2: $179.00 (on sale) 4.
Jun 23, 2014
How To Make an Ombre Heart Painting
Here’s a quick and fun art project that takes less than an hour to complete and came in at under $10! I was looking for a way to add some more color to my daughter’s room, without resorting to buying yet another thing, when this little heart canvas came about. These little pre-stretched canvases are so convenient, and the stretcher bars make for easy hanging. I’ve accrued quite a collection of 2 oz acrylic paints.
Jun 17, 2014
Room Finds for Budding Mineralogists
As a kid, I loved collecting rocks and minerals. Now, years later, my son does too. As much I love to encourage him, the last thing I want to do is set some great hunk of quartz in his (shared) room to clobber his sister over the head with. Here are a few more kid-friendly finds to spur on interest in the wonders that can be found hidden under the earth… 1. This incredible vintage-inspired science poster is from Vol25 on Etsy. $70.00. 2.
Jun 16, 2014
Maxwell’s Mix of Old & New
Name: Maxwell Location: Austin, Texas Room Size: 200 square feet My favorite nurseries include a mix of old and new, handmade pieces and family heirlooms. Baby Maxwell’s nursery is a perfect example. With a trendy triangle accent wall, a classic Jenny Lind crib, vintage dresser/changing table, and loads of DIY projects throughout the space, the space feels like it was put together over time rather than lifted from a showroom floor. How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Jun 11, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: Dark Nurseries & Kids’ Rooms
Colorful walls are cheerful, and light walls can be peaceful, but I think dark walls are soothing and cozy. Those two adjectives sound just right for a little one’s room. I’ve recently transitioned a guest bedroom with an almost-black accent wall to serve as a nursery. Although for a minute I thought the existing color might seem overwhelming or unhappy, I quickly realized it was a soothing and yet modern backdrop for baby. (Photos to come, once I finish the room!) TOP ROW 1.
Jun 10, 2014
10 Blackout Curtains To Help Babies & Kids Sleep Longer
Summer is lovely, except… why-oh-why are our kids waking up at 6am? Oh, that’s right, they have this horrible innate sense to get up the instant the sun gets up. Well, if you, like me, would rather trick your tots into sleeping a little longer, rather than waking up daily before 7am, then here are some curtains for you! It’s black-out time! 1. Ruffle Blackout Panels from Pottery Barn Kids. From $89 per panel. 2. Chevron Blackout Panels from Pottery Barn Kids.
Jun 10, 2014
Small Space Ally: Stokke Sleepi Crib in 10 Real Rooms
The crib is often one of the first purchases a family makes in preparation for welcoming a child home. Some people don’t sweat it and pick something quickly and without fuss. Others hem and haw…and then hem and haw some more. Personally, I love seeing products in real homes before I buy them. A few months ago we showed you the affordable Sniglar crib in ten real homes and now we’re back with the Stokke Sleepi. The Stokke Sleepi is decidedly not a budget crib.
Jun 5, 2014
Kid’s Room Style Board: Dreams of Marfa
Summer is nearly upon us and I’m dreaming of the days we can head out to West Texas. Camping under the Marfa Lights, stargazing at the McDonald Observatory, soaking up Native and Mexican influences, and participating in its hip arts culture? I can’t wait. Can’t make the trip? Bring Marfa home with this inspiration board. 1. Astrological Chart Framed Print, Pottery Barn 18″ x 18″ for $99 2. Hillary Bird Twilight Fox Art Print, Urban Outfitters, $24 3.
Jun 4, 2014
Johnny and Freddie’s Cozy Collected Shared Room
Name: Johnny (3.5) and Freddie (7) Location: Mt Eliza, Victoria, Australia Room Size: 12′ x 10′ I tend to think of myself as an “eclectic” person when it comes to decor – mainly meaning that I can’t settle on a particular style. I love the clean lines and fresh colors of modern spaces but at the same time am drawn to the warmth and coziness of a more rustic design.
May 29, 2014
30 DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Kid’s Room on a Budget
Sometimes I come across an adorable kid’s room on Pinterest and get the urge to spruce up my girls’ rooms a bit. Unfortunately money is tight these days and spending money on a new lamp or cute print is just not in the budget. That’s when I usually start getting creative and try to come up with projects that I can complete on the cheap.
May 29, 2014
The Look For Less: Maeve Rosalind’s Nursery On A Budget
Little Maeve Rosalind might only be three months old, but she is living it up in style. Her Tutti Frutti art and animal rug are kid-friendly but sophisticated, and you can’t beat the black wall/pink pom-poms combo. Here’s how to get the look for your baby — or yourself — for less. Grey-brown Sundvik Crib, IKEA, $119.
May 26, 2014
Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers
Name: Jonas (7), Gibson (4), Beckham (1.5) & Baby Boy #4 Location: North of Dallas, Texas We had been mulling over whether or not we should move into a 3-bedroom place when we first found out we were pregnant with #4. But it just never felt right. We finally made the decision to stay in our 2-bedroom, which left us with 1 room for the 3 boys and the new one on the way.
May 26, 2014
20 Ways to Customize the IKEA KURA Loft Bed & Make It Your Own
The KURA loft bed has earned its cred and its staying power. It’s cheap, ideal for small homes and, as you’ll see in these twenty examples, offers endless opportunities for customization. Paint, wood, fabric: choose your medium and make your KURA your own with a simple color upgrade or a full-on hack. 1. Wood slats cover this KURA to totally transform the look and lend it a tree house feel. (IKEAHackers) 2.
May 20, 2014
Worthy Splurge, Baby Edition: Five Infant Products Worth Every Penny
Earlier this month Taryn filled you in on five things that are never worth skimping on in the home, a great list! But what about when it comes to baby time! Everyone tells you “you must get this” “you can’t live without a decent that“. What really is worth the big bucks, when it comes to baby goods? 1. A new crib mattress. Cribs, as long as they are not drop side cribs, can be found easily second-hand.
May 19, 2014
Wyatt’s Bright & Bold Abode
Name: Wyatt (6 Months) Location: Tustin, California Room Size: 10×12 ft While I’m not usually a fan of primary-colored nurseries, I was absolutely smitten from the moment I stumbled across this happy space that Whitney Johnson created for her baby boy, Wyatt. By starting with a black and white base and adding small pops of primary colors throughout the space, she kept the room feeling colorful and happy without making it feel too saturated or busy.
May 16, 2014
Before & After: Budget IKEA Sniglar Crib Goes Pretty in Pink
The Sniglar crib mostly owes its popularity to its $69.99 price tag, but it works for so many families because the plain and simple design is versatile enough for any style of room. If you think the Sniglar is perhaps too plain and simple, check out how the folks at bedding company Little Auggie customized one with paint… Painting the spindles of the crib completely ups the style factor and gives the crib a fresh, modern feel.
May 15, 2014
4 Ways To Expand Even the Tiniest Budget for a New Nursery
So many parents-to-be dream of a brand new nursery for their brand new bub. But what if money is tight? What if there’s a measly $50 sitting in the new nursery fund? Never fear, there are ways to expand even the teensiest of decorating budgets, that are simple and bound to provide results. 1. Sell old furnishings. If the room you plan to have the nursery in is currently a guest room or study – have you considered selling your old pieces of furniture online?
May 12, 2014
Bunk Up On A Budget: A Room for 2 Kids For Less than $900
Do you have two kids sharing a room? With twice the fun, you have half the budget (I’m right there with you). Today I’ve dreamt up a shared room with a tropical twist. It’s a scenario that works for boys or girls, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Want this look? Though not pictured twice, the idea is to create a harmonious look by getting two of the same yellow duvet and red throw, but change up the sheets and pillows. Sources: 1. Techno BILD Poster, IKEA, $12 2.
May 9, 2014
Ruby’s Gorgeously Glam Nursery
Name: Ruby Location: Valley Village, CA Room Size: 12′ x 12′ Ruby’s nursery had me at hello. From the glamorous chandelier to the pattern play throughout the space, it isn’t your typical baby room by any stretch of the imagination. Even though the space looks very high-end, I love that Ruby’s mom Rachelle was able to save some money by searching sites like Craigslist and Etsy for budget-friendly versions of the pricier pieces that she loved.
May 7, 2014
Trendy Kids Decor on a Budget: Black-on-White Wall Decals
They’re everywhere! From playrooms to nurseries, we keep seeing black wall decals appearing on kids rooms all over. They are affordable, renter-friendly, versatile and chic. Interested in following suit? Click through for a few tips on how these Moms and Dads used black wall decals with style. 1. First up, go geometric. Not just any black wall decal will do. Stick to a simple geometric shape for a modern look. 2. Use black and white elsewhere in the room.
May 6, 2014
A Small, Smart Space for Judah & Layla
Name: Judah (4) & Layla (3) Location: Senoia, Georgia Room Size: 110 sq ft Judah and Layla’s shared space is about the same size as my daughter’s small nursery (albeit a bit taller), so I was amazed with how their mother Keight was able to make the space serve so many different functions. It’s a bedroom, a playroom, an arts and crafts space, and a general hangout.
May 3, 2014
Real Life Shared Rooms for 3 Kids
Three or more kids in one room is no easy feat, but these parents rose to the task with panache. If you, too, have space constraints, or just desire a little extra bonding time for your children, get inspired by these real life rooms for three. Have you tried having more than two children share a room? How did it work, and would you recommend it? TOP ROW: 1. The Figgle Family’s Cozy First Home 2. Something for Everyone in Parker, Monty, and Elliott’s Room 3.
May 2, 2014
Tell Us: Do Your Kids Have Twin or Double Beds?
I’ve been noticing a surprising trend with a lot of my friends with children: their little kids have double beds! Perhaps this is a strange situation to me because I had a twin bed until I left for college. However, when questioned about the size of the beds, my friends all had great reasons for choosing double: it doubles as a guest bed, or it’s easier to comfort a child who has a nightmare. So, what do you readers think?
May 1, 2014