A star is born.
Kids rooms are my favorite rooms to decorate because they are full of possibility, promise, new beginnings...new life. They are a blank canvas for parents to create a nurturing cocoon for their little one to take seed and sprout within. It's the coming together of bloodlines, the launch of a new generation. It's the perfect place to showcase where you've come from and where you are going as a family. What hopes and dreams do you have for your child? What books and toys did you love playing with as a child. Through a child's eyes, a parent's sense of wonder is renewed.
Interior Design, Decorating
This family wanted to transition their daughter's bedroom from a little girl's room into a pre-teen room without doing a new paint job. We created a fresh color palette using bedroom and pop art to elevate the space.
This family needed to find order amongst disorder. We utilized IKEA shelving mixed with fun animal prints to inspire a creative playroom.
Selecting a theme
This family wanted a calm, soothing room that inspired creativity and adventure in their newborn. Balanced with practical concerns like having blackout curtains and soft furniture, I added a touch of whimsy with geometric wallpaper and a modern shag rug with zigzag and diamond patterning - representative of perfection and growth.
When designing a room, the first thing I do is get a sense of the room - doors, closets, windows, room height, lighting fixtures. Then, I layer in where the big pieces should go - like this crib and changing table. I played around with having the crib in the center of the room but after understanding the desires of the couple, went with this layout. Think about what needs to be closest to the door, what needs light from the window, what needs shade, what should be within eyesight upon entering.
Toys that teach
When possible, it is wonderful to give kids toys that teach them about their culture or other cultures. Don't just buy them dolls that look like them - buy them a rainbow of options and use it as a teaching opportunity to show them the world and it's beautiful array of cultures and traditions.
I'm a big fan of working with furniture that can grow with the child. In this case, the couple placed a changing pad on top of this dresser that spoke to their style but also the needs of the baby's room. It is classic and modern at the same time and the weathered look will hide any wear and tear that a toddler can wreak on furniture.