Design Dilemma: This dilemma is as common as kids favorite toys being Lego and Disney. I hear so often from parents wanting to create an attractive space for their kids, yet some how incorporates their favorite toy, game, storybook or movie character without it looking like the Disney Store threw up all over it!
Our approach is to find inspiration in those beloved toys, games or characters. What is it that we as adults like about them? The goal for inspirational room design, is to find a way to incorporate the essence of said object/image whether that is the color, shape, texture or emotional significance. Easier said then done. With so much easy access to licensed merchandise sold in stores and online, thinking outside of the highly marketed, toy box package it is especially challenging. We get that it is all right there at your finger tips, both literally and economically in reach. Not to mention the minimal amount of time and mental effort it takes to pull this type if decor out of the package and pop in a room. So, we are going to share some examples and decor ideas to get you started or at least started thinking.
Now, do you want to know what the heck I am talking about? Want to see what an inspired room versus a themed room looks like? Then feast your eyes on this, Tiffani Thiessen's nursery for her son Holt. We should mention she had a little help from designer Christiane Lemieux of Dwell Studio.
"...but I would hardly call this themed– it’s more inspired! It started with Darth Vader and turned into a gorgeous space. It’s cosmic, rich, and layered but truly sophisticated space."– Christiane Lemieux
For me the wallpaper in this space is the most fabulous thing ever. It is exactly the right element we discussed above regarding being the essence of a "theme". This hit the mark on both color and shape, but in the most subtle, sophisticated way. The wallpaper is by Eskayel, essentially it is a piece of art in itself. Abstract expressionism brought to life in desaturated colors. Eskayel produces hand-painted patterns and digital printing create works of functional art.
Changing tables are one of the top three essential pieces of furniture to any nursery, but what happens when your child no longer needs changing? What do you do with a changing table then? What if you don't have enough space for clothing storage and a changing table ? This is why traditional changing tables are seen less and less in nurseries. More often they are used for about two to three years before the child physically out grows them or is potty trained. So in reality they are not the best investments. A smarter alternative is to use another piece of furniture that provides a good surface area and long-term storage such as a dresser, buffet, sideboard or desk with a changing pad or changing table topper placed on top. This combo has the same functionality as a traditional changing table but also has the longevity to double as storage space and grow with your child.
Additional benefits for creating your own changing table is being able to customize the piece of furniture, putting your personal stamp, Not to mention the perfect opportunity for getting that spouse involved with the arrival of baby. As usual with remodel products my husband tackles all the dirty work like sawing and sanding in preparation for beautification. I am dubbed "The Finisher" because I get to jump in and make things good ;)
Below are some DIY changing table designs for inspiration! These once lack-luster or discarded pieces can be turned into eye-catchers with a little bit of TLC.
As we watch the interaction viewers have with the images promoting our current contest, Youthful Inspiration, most viewers are gravitating towards the richer and more sophisticated hues. Here you can see that these colors are not your traditional gender pink and blue, rather more chic versions (you can find them at Colorhouse Paints, along with many more beautiful options!).
When the house is quiet and my two year old little boy is not in my line of vision, I often find him in his room. Usually, sitting reading a book otherwise playing in the curtains. I noticed he finds such pleasure in the simple act of wrapping and unwrapping himself up in the panels, playing peek-a-boo with his stuffed animals or simply sitting under the the created enclosure playing with a to car. I thought about how he would probably enjoy a playspace of his own.
Then recently, I was curating a style board for a client who's MUST-HAVE was a teepee. Previously, I had come across the classic pyramid shapes and neutral colors. I also perceived them to be big and bulky, taking up to much precious storage or sleeping space in a bedroom. Instead, as I dug through retail site after retail site I found an entire cornucopia of coverage. All with different footprints, styles, prints and colors. Here are some of our favorites.
I'm always hunting for unique decor items with lots of built in character. And it's no secret that I love using books as art and decor. In fact, I spelled out my love of books as art in our a recent blog post Judging A Book By Its Cover. That's why it's no surprise that I found these repurposed, used book letters by Second Nature by Hand the perfect combination of book meets art.
Each piece is hand-carved into a one-of-a-kind book of any alphabet letter. Each letter is made from its own decorative edition and features a unique book title along the spine. Since these are made from a variety of recycled books, each letter will have its own pattern, color, print and of course charm.
I have only found these little guys for sale at Nordstrom.com. They come in two sizes, 4" H and 7 3/4" H.