If you have a kid who digs up bugs, collects rocks or spends more time identifying plants than running on the soccer field, you may have a budding little scientific genius on your hands. There is a lot of emphasis in education today on “group projects.” Schools have swung towards assigning group projects as a way of teaching tolerance and cooperation. That is important, of course. But what if your kid prefers the route of the introvert?
Nightstands are incredibly useful, but they can also take up a lot of space in smaller rooms. For this reason, we took a simple and inexpensive IKEA table and fashioned it into a drop down nightstand.
Since I have been so busy the past few weeks flying to ALT summits, making flowers for Pinterest, or just dealing with my kids during summer vacation, I thought this week we would talk about some DIY projects. This is part of a room I completed for a client. It is one of my favorites. There are lots of little personal touches that make this room very unique. As a whole, it might seem a bit daunting. But if we take projects one at a time, I bet you could do some of these yourselves. THE TRICK…take your time and no deadlines. Getting the result is rewarding. But enjoying the process of getting there should be the main goal. There is still a lot of summer left. Take notes. Gather supplies. Ask questions. Include your kids & make this fun! I will make this as easy as possible.
Last week I started a summer series called Feisty Fridays. Since we are well into those lazy days of summer, I thought we would shake things up a bit in the world of kids room design. Today it’s…well, as you can see naming this post is a challenge. Taxidermy! Funny, bold, sophisticated, whimsical, and perfect for a personal touch in a kid’s room. Enjoy!
I am having a little emotional affair with Kantha quilts lately. Not only are they popping up everywhere, but also what craftspeople are making with them is extremely exciting in the design world for kid’s rooms.
Where do YOU turn for a fun, well-designed and affordable mural for your kid’s room? A great suggestion would be Pop & Lolli.
It's July in San Francisco, well, I guess it's July everywhere really. But as much as summer is supposed to be about hot days and cold lemonade, here it is chilly, windy and foggy. Still it's a bit lazy. So I thought I would start a new series of posts called "Feisty Fridays." Each Friday I will post something that really shakes things up...sort of gives you a little jolt in the world of kids room design. This week, it's wallpaper.
It's the little details that are vital. Little details make big things happen"
If you are just joining in, we are doing a bit of an experiment. How does our everyday life influence how we design? I suggest you go back and read before jumping ahead or you will miss some fun stuff.
With my palette photo in hand, I decided to start at the fabric store. I decided to choose some fabrics I might use for bedding, pillows or curtains. This is what I chose. One sample is for a girl’s room, the other for a boy.
I have had the job of designing a space where a brother and sister shared a room. That can be a challenge at times. I’m aware I’m making generalizations here. All of these are interchangeable of course. But I do find kids tend to follow a bit more traditional path. Whether it is instinctual or learned, I’m not sure. But this is about YOUR kid so you know what is best.
They vary in color, pattern and theme. But they all work together, most importantly because of their weight. To understand weight better, read "Spoil Me Rotten Jonathan Adler." It will make a bit more sense.
The next step I want you to do is look for accessories. Buy what you are attracted to. You may end up returning some of it, but you don’t want to edit now. Just keep an open mind. Tomorrow we will se what we find. Happy hunting! : )
Every single thing I see, hear and taste influences my design. I’ve been asked where I come up with some of my ideas. There is no one answer. It’s everything.