My childhood bedroom was straight out of a movie, complete with pink bedding, a frilly canopy and curio cabinets full of not-to-be touched dolls and figurines. It was lovely but not the playful, whimsical space I longed for. Oh, to be a kid now. You wouldn’t be able to extract me from that uber-cute play area with drum set. And Brian Patrick Flynn’s photo wall mural project is awesome!
Fast Fix Kids’ Rooms features 12 fabulous, fun projects perfect for toddler to teen spaces that you can knock out in a weekend…easy. (I’m going to do a twist on the dresser for my bedroom.)
Here are my favorites:
Kayla’s Inner Child Likes…
A few of you have asked what we plan to do with our spare bedrooms, and since I shared a master bedroom sneak peek last week, I thought it time to do the same with our guest bedroom, too.
Truth be told, the bedrooms needed little work, other than ripping out a few walls and transforming a closet into a guest bath. Yet in one particular bedroom, a botched wallpaper removal job meant we had to work on some serious wall treatments. Rather than installing drywall over our mistakes, we decided to cover the patches with wood paneling — perfect for our Scandinavian aesthetic.
Want to see the look and a quickie how-to? This couldn’t have been easier:
There you have it! Of course, we will be painting everything white, as we so often do, and I’m envisioning transforming this space into a sweet nursery when the time comes (that’s not an invitation, storks!).
See you next week with a sneak peek on our dining room table plans, just in time for a hearty Thanksgiving meal!
You know how Letterman, Leno and Ellen sometimes surprise their celebrity guests by rolling in D-List footage from their pasts from local commercials to tiny parts in disastrous TV pilots? Most of the time the big shots laugh it off, jump in their limos, then chuckle all the way home as drivers deliver them to the front doors of their $25 million mansions. Why should they care, right?
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How does this blast-from-the-past situation work in regards to professional decorators and designers? Perhaps earlier, unpolished, shot-with-a-point-and-click images evoke a nostalgic, look-how-far-I’ve-come feeling. Or, on the flipside, maybe they cheapen the refined, respected brand that took years of hard work to create and tens of thousands of dollars to have professionally photographed.
I decided to put myself to the test by sorting through dozens of totally out-of-focus, um-that-angle-is-like-totally-wrong photos. From my first 323 sq ft city apartment to the first paid job, all the way to the first published project, here’s a visual evolution from strapped-for-cash assistant to freelance kids’ room decorator to outdoor living space dude. Are these representative of my work today? Not necessarily. Do I look back and thank my lucky stars I’m not still slurping up ramen noodles and sleeping on a scratchy, second-hand polyester sleeper sofa? Hell yes.
Last year when I was pregnant with my second child Marlo and agonizing over the tiniest details of her nursery, I remember conducting random word searches on Flickr for inspiration and stumbling across this incredible arrangement of plates on a wall:
CC image courtesy of shareski on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/shareski/2098598077/
That sounds a little menacing, doesn’t it? PLATES ON A WALL. Like you show up late to a meeting, your skirt accidentally tucked into your pantyhose, and you’re all SORRY! PLATES ON A WALL AGAIN!
I’ve been thinking a lot about decorating bedrooms lately, this time for my son.
When we were buying bedding for the crib, we settled on Dwell Baby. We got the motif crib set and have been very pleased with its kid- and adult-friendly colors and patterns:
For a more traditional but still-stylish approach (think toile and sweet ginghams) I like Whistle and Wink, which I found through the excellent baby style blog Droolicious.
Now that our crib is in order, I’m coveting blankets for the winter from Huckleberry Friends.
I think this one has my son’s name on it:
Got any tips for decorating nurseries? Share them below or post your baby-room pictures at Rate My Space.