Themed kid’s rooms? Yay or nay? I would normally say nay. That was until today. Kansas based stylist Kate Dixon changed my mind with her amazing vintage circus room. No clichéd, tacky home-makeover-show nightmare. Kate and her team at Artistic Living Spaces create whimsical spaces that are also functional and so much fun! Look at that rug! And that bed! And the ferris wheel! And the chalkboard wall! And the height chart disguised as a game of strength. It’s all so clever, so stylish, so hip. I want to be a kid again. I’d be so cool in this room! You can follow the whole process on Kate’s blog.
Retro time! This week we’re taking it outside and way back to the 60s. From potting sheds to pavilions, trees in tables to houses in trees. I used to dream of having a fabulous hideaway just like the A-frame when I was a tike. Still do. Images this week are scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 13 OUT to PAR, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.
Over the holidays we received 2 emails from readers looking for help with bedrooms. The first is from Brehanna: “I’m having a little problem. So I’m a sophomore in college and a couple of my friends and I are going to rent a house for the upcoming school year. Each of us gets our own bedroom. I want to do a classic room with a pop of color somewhere. I love the 40’s and 50’s. You know the classic actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. I already collect black and white photos and plan on putting those up too. But after that I’m lost…HELP please.”
Now that doesn’t sound too complicated. But I’m tempted to say go Hollywood Regency, rather than classic. Classic can be a bit…boring dare I say (what is classic, really?). I found a few I’d consider classic (?), some with a bit of Hollywood regency thrown in, and some that display black and white photography to maybe inspire other ideas. I even threw in a couple photos with bold walls (teal, black and coral) that black and white photography would look incredible against – but if your landlord would flip over that you could just paint a rectangle over your bed and put some of the photography there. Whatever you decide Brehanna, you’re going to have a blast. It is college after all. (PARTY!!!)
|Atlanta Homes Mag||Angus McRitchie|
|David Netto||Rob Fiocca|
Then there was Trisha’s email: “I was wondering if you can help me out. I need to redecorate my room which i will be sharing with my baby (I’m due in May). Any ideas? It’s 3.42m x 3.70m.”
Now there wasn’t a whole lot to go on here, but in any case, I found some photos that might inspire this soon-to-be mom. I’m figuring since the room is small, keeping it white or pale colours would be a good idea so it’s calming and soothing. My stash of photos had basically none of bedrooms for both baby and mom so I mixed it up a little bit with some for both. Any of these schemes would work. I love the first 3 photos with the hanging bassinet but there could be feasibility issues with that. Cute nonetheless.
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Stephanie emailed us. “I moved into a new house about a year ago and found your blog. I Love, Love, Love referencing it for inspirational pictures and ideas!!
Now I have a new project that I would love your help with.
I just recently found out I am pregnant with my first baby and Im already thinking about decorating the nursery of course!
However, I don’t want to do typical pink or blue. And I don’t want the nursery to look too babyish.
I know that sounds crazy – but the rest of my house is stylish and I don’t want one room to ruin the look! Selfish I know!”
Not at all Stephanie. Here are a few ideas. There are even more on the Flickr group Modern Baby Nursery Designs and of course the fabulous AT:Nursery is a must visit. Don’t forget to click on the label children’s rooms below to go to other kid’s rooms we have featured. Good luck with the new baby and the new room!
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|It’s what I do…||Megan Morton|
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|New York Interior Design||Modern Nursery|