Sherri Kuhn is a freelance writer who knows her stuff. A mom with teenage children, she has learned that one key to motherhood is not taking it all so seriously. Her blog, “Old Tweener…between changing diapers and wearing them” is chock full of humble lessons on the roller coaster ride of motherhood. In a recent freelance piece for SheKnows.com, Sherri took a look at the DIY design world and in doing so, kept it real for the people who might feel a little intimidated about giving it a go.
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.
For our town, the first day of school is tomorrow. As you've probably noticed, I have taken a few days off from posting just to get some last minute summer activities in. One of those was taking my kids to the store for all of their brand-spanking new supplies. Let's face it. It doesn't matter if you have lots of pencils and erasers left over from last year. There is something so special about getting a new pencil case, some clean pink erasers and a fresh pencil sharpener.
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.
Here we are again at Feisty Friday, and I’m going to introduce you to two little girls who give feisty a new meaning. This is Karsen (on the left) and Marin (on the right.) They are two 10-year-old girls who have been bitten by the interior design bug this summer. With some imagination and perseverance, they created something amazing and beautiful from something boring and common. I interviewed them to get the real story. Enjoy!
Heres a motivational project to get the kids to empty the old clothes out of the closets & drawers to make room for the new school shopping trips.
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.
One of my clients, a 13-year-old girl, wanted a roll top desk in her room. For kids, it’s like combining a desk with a toy. For parents, it’s a perfect way to hide all of those glitter pens, packed binders and messy notes in a flash. But the typical roll top desk can be, shall we say, old fashioned and dry. The solution, repaint it. This is not the “I need to kill an afternoon” type of DIY. It takes time, and patience. But the reward will give you something completely unique and fresh.
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.
Where do YOU turn for a fun, well-designed and affordable mural for your kid’s room? A great suggestion would be Pop & Lolli.