Client: Anna is ten and has the biggest heart with a special place for her little brother and animals. She has also been very patient with us while we renovate her little brothers room, our master bed & bath, kids bath, kitchen and have now moved outside this summer to completely remodel the exterior of our home.
Inspiration: HORSES. Anna lives in a horse community with many of the homes also having acreages complete with horse barns, riding arenas and miles of horse trails that wind through the backyards of all the homes. While she doesn't have her own horse she has ridden by our home on various occasions during riding lessons she takes from a neighbor.
Budget: $$, Space needs new closet doors, windows, paint, ceiling fan, trim, molding, bedding, work station and decor.
Timing: August - TBD (75 % finished)
Style: Equestrian, Cozy, Chic
Reading to our son at bedtime quickly became our favorite part of our the day. When it comes to picking out stories, boy do we have options. After he was born, my sister hosted a Sip-And-See, inviting all of our family and friends. The event's theme was "Story Time", and the invite requested that the attendees replace a card or gift with their favorite book. They were asked to include a little message on the inside and sign who it was from. He was hooked up with over 50 books and to our amazement, NOT one the same! Not even by Dr. Seuss.
If you haven't heard of this site and have kids you might want to click over there right now and start feeling the love. If access to all that advise and retail-therapy aren't motivation enough then maybe the opportunity to win our YouthfulNest Consultation + Room Registry (value of $225) will be the right incentive. Plus, their is a readers' perk just for being as curious and enthusiastic as we are about good design.
We are usually spreading news of our favorite designer products or DIY projects, but we wanted to give a shout out to the website that inspired me when I was designing my son's nursery. Project Nursery is the ultimate children's design resource for baby nursery ideas. For those who haven't heard of the site, I explain it as HOUZZ.com, but focused on baby and kids rooms. Genius right?!
Like myself with YouthfulNest, the initial idea for this company stemmed from the co-founders', Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio, efforts designing their own nurseries. Since then, they have expanded into a retail shop and given birth to a site Project Jr. dedicated to the "big kids" – toddlers through tweens. While Project Jr. offers similar information as it's older sister, Project Nursery, has it's own set of offerings like DIY CRAFTS, STYLE & COOL STUFF!
This site is super user friendly and choc-full of all the stuff you are looking for when putting together a nursery or child's room. From advise on all things kids & moms to inspirational imagery to boutique shopping.
When looking for inspirational imagery via the Photo Gallery you will notice as a Houzz user, that projects are searchable by various filters, but drop down menus include unique categories including "Celebration" (baby showers birthday parties) and "Activity" (cooking & Do-It-Yourself).
When it comes to nurseries and kids rooms we believe that it is not necessary to slather a room with primary colors nor create literal room themes. Instead we strive to create rooms that a child can grow into by selecting colors and decor that have a slight sophistication about them. Of course, keeping things youthful is the goal, so looking for opportunities to pull in some whimsy is key.
One perfect moment to be playful is with lighting. You've got your night lights, table lamps, sconces, task lamps and over head lights.
Here are a slew of our favorites. Once you starting looking you will find tons of designs that will set the tone for any room design, while keeping things light and fun!
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