I've had some experience creating kid's hospitals, But this is amazing! This is why details matter. You can't help but feel better. Bravo to London Royal Children's Hospital. This is some royal treatment. Please read the details on the fabulous site, www.boredpanda.com. Oh, and now I think I'm developing a rash...and an odd scar on my forehead.
After nearly 20 years in the business of designing kid's spaces and decor, it is not often that something makes me gasp. But this, hand-made AT-AT rocker created by Jen at Epbot.com, has succeeded. Jen, I love you. Readers, please jump over to her site and give her some love.
Jen, may the force be with you.
If you have been wondering what Juvenile Hall Design has been up to for the past two weeks, here is your answer. This weekend we proudly launched a collection of Hand-made "Vintage Industrial" Holiday Ornaments. All are made from an unusual collection of materials: linen, paint, fur, buttons, ribbons, hardware, jewels, wire, ropes, feathers, canvas, glitter, paper, zippers, metal…you name it, it's probably in there.
The holidays are officially here. It’s time for "Elf on the Shelf," lists to Santa and 20lb. turkeys. Creative energy builds and the twinkling lights are shining. Last year at this time, I had the honor of teaching a very creative, spirited group of girls the process of finding your voice through art. With on location photo shoots, and sketching, fabrics, ribbons, collage, tubes and tubes of paint and just a bit of unorthodox trinkets, these four young creative ladies brought creative expression to new heights. As I learned many years ago, to find truly unfiltered, courageous, innovative inspiration, turn to the kids.
Please take some time to meet these inspiring young ladies, VIEW THEIR GALLERY and experience their enthusiasm and zest for life. Then SHARE IT with others, and carry it with you throughout the Holidays. It will keep everything in perspective.
…Miss you girls.
In your Halloween candy bowl today, which is there more of, candy or empty wrappers. If anyone has figured out a way to teach their kids how to dispose of the candy wrappers instead of just tossing them back in the bowl, please step forward and accept your award. Ha. I still haven’t figured out if kids do that because they’re trying to fool us about how much they’ve eaten, or is it to fool themselves into thinking there is still that much left!
But now that we have all of these colorful little bits of paper, what can we do with them? It seems a bit of a shame just to toss these colorful little morsels of sweet memories away. Well, after poking around on Pinterest, I found some excellent solutions from some other creative recyclers. The first being this awesome DIY candy turkey from Housing a Forest. Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
Bebelambs has made the art of the candy wrapper into her own brand. Visit her etsy shop. Give your size and candy favorites to order a beautiful gift for any little princess at the holidays. These are so adorable!
Here’s a little challenge. How about some tiny doll clothes for your little garden fairies. The details of this Mary Jane Dress from Andrea Mai Lekberg
OK. Hold on to your hat for the overachievers. I just love you guys! These are something to either strive for or just stand back and slowly take in.
The first is from “The Sweetest Temptations.” A prom dress designed by a young girl and her mom for that once in a lifetime memory. This is definitely a once in a lifetime dress. Beautifully done ladies.
And finally, for the craziest of hardcore recycled fashion designers, it takes two to Tango, and about 2000 wrappers if I had to guess. This is why I love the art. Gorgeous. Designed by Montalvo for the "Cease & Desist collection"
Do you have any great candy wrapper creations? Please send them along for other readers to view.
And PLEASE brush and floss!
With the new school year, there is a whole new selection of classes and activities for kids to consider. Sports, music, art, horse back riding, dance, cooking; the list goes on and on. My kids tend to go for more of the musical and dramatic side of activities. With just musical instruments alone, we have gone through the violin, the ukulele, two guitars and the piano. Since kids do tend to be a bit fickle, we have chosen to rent a few of them. But with a piano, that can be a little more difficult.
Having been so busy doing design concept work, I have laid off the blog for a few days. I’m awake half the night, take a few catnaps during the day…actually, I’ve barely showered all week! So it got me thinking, as I sit in my little funk, about some funky juvenile shower curtains. Now these weren’t specifically designed for kids. But they have a certain whimsy mixed with a bit of edge.
In all of the years I have designed rooms, designing a tree to cascade over a bed or crib is by far my most requested design. There is something really magical about the illusion of sleeping in the forest of a fairytale or magic garden. Breaking the boundaries of the interior by incorporating the walls and ceiling of a room is very powerful…especially when the child who sleeps under it is 3 feet tall.
Voting is now Open! Juvenile Hall Design is in the Running for Martha Stewarts American Made competition.
Juvenile Hall Design is Nominated for an "American Made" Award in the Area of Design and we need your Vote!
Voting begins on Monday August 26th and ends on September 22nd.
For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of “Martha Stewart Living” are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
The American Made Awards honor makers from across the country for innovation and excellence in their field. From reprising a lost art form and impacting a community to pioneering an industry, each maker is honored for their role in pushing the American Made movement forward.
Ten winners are chosen by the editors of “Martha Stewart Living,” while the audience votes on six category winners and one grand prize winner.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
Get out the vote! The six nominees with the most votes in each category (food, craft, design, style, gardening, or technology) will receive an American Made Gift Basket and be featured on our site and on Sirius radio. From this group of finalists, the audience will choose our Grand Prize Winner.
The 2013 Audience Choice Winner receives $10,000 to further their business, a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made Workshop, and a feature on marthastewart.com.
The race is on!
A new school year is upon us. I’m not sure where the summer went. It was just June about 10 minutes ago. But I assure you it is time to get the routine back in order. There are many blogs publishing ideas of how to label your kids new clothes, what to pack for lunch or which backpacks are the best for carrying those heavy textbooks. All great stuff. But Juvenile Hall Design is about inspirational décor for kid’s rooms. I published a previous post about inspiring your genius scientific introvert. But now I’m bringing it close to home. Now we are going to talk about the artist.