30 Sep 2010

Kids Rooms: Lighting

It feels way more liberating to decorate a space for kids. Why is that? Even choosing a table lamp seems like an opportunity to add a bit more character.

Below: Table lamp by Jielde. Choosing this piece is easy. Landing on one single colour is not.

PBTeen has actually made a knock-off of the Jielde lamp. I’m not sure if the quality is anything like the original and I don’t love the idea of knocking things off, but given the price difference, it’s certainly tempting.

Below: Link Task Lamp and Tube Top Lamp by Pablo Designs.

Below: Artemide Tolomeo Micro Lamp

Below: Different from the other pieces shown above, but still fun and fresh, how about the Beatrice Lamp by Jonathan Adler?

27 Sep 2010

Kids Rooms: Beds

I went back and forth when trying to decide what type of bed to get our daughter. We ended up opting for a double – which seemed seriously extravagant at the time, but I admit I’m so happy we did. I love getting to lie with her at night before she goes to bed. I still haven’t decided what type of headboard to make, but that will come. Whether you go this route or choose a toddler bed or even something built-in, there are so many options for kids rooms. Maybe too many!

Below: Bed featured in Rum Magazine. This piece would work just as well in my room as it would in my daughter’s. I love the nook for books.

Below: Ubabub’s Nifty bed is another option designed for kids, but suited for any room. The Australian company markets their products as being ultra-safe, durable, and eco-friendly. Their products aren’t yet available internationally, but it sounds like they might be soon.

Below: Italian company Nume makes beautiful and unique products for kids. I’ve featured their toddler bed before, but here it is again along with a seriously fun canopy.

Below: You really can’t go wrong with Ikea for a kids room. The Malm bed does the trick quite nicely – it’s modern, simple, and the price is definitely right.

While I would choose straight lines for a headboard for my room, I’m likely going to add some detail for my daughter’s room. Here are some bits of inspiration:
Above: Photos care of LivingEtc., New York Magazine, and Serena & Lily.

22 Sep 2010

Kids Rooms: Set the Tone

For those of you new to this site, we’re building a home. I’ve been running through design decisions and inspiration room by room. We’ve made our way through the main floor, most of the second floor, and now we’re onto the kids’ rooms.

Our nursery furniture has been passed down to the baby and our eldest daughter is ready for some new digs. How exciting. My goal is to design a room that is playful, but not too childish – if that makes sense. Fun and whimsical with some longevity as she grows.

Below: It was years ago that I saw this photo of Amanda Peet’s daughter’s room in Domino Magazine. Something about it stayed with me, though. The space is filled with character, but is still sophisticated. The Funny Girl poster is fabulous and I love the mix of patterns. Plus, what’s not to love about the rug?

Below: Milk Magazine is a total treat from start to finish. It was hard to whittle down which shots to share, but here are a few.
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Below: If you don’t already know, I’m a big fan of Emmas Blog. She always has inspiring finds and the kids rooms below are no exception.

Below: The room below was designed by J.Crew style maven, Jenna Lyons, as seen in LivingEtc. There was no shying away from colour for her son’s space. Black walls – I don’t think I’d have the guts to pull that one off, but she certainly did!

Below: Former Domino Magazine editor Deborah Needleman also gave a good does of colour to her kids’ rooms, not to mention a gorgeous Paul Smith rug!

16 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Nightstands

I tend to keep loads of books and magazines by my bedside. To keep things neat, I’m inclined to opt for nightstands with drawers. The truth is, I probably won’t even use those drawers and will continue to keep everything in plain view. But you can’t blame me for trying. So here are some picks:

Below: Molteni&C 3030 series nightstand and dresser

Below: I love the walnut used for these pieces by Formstelle.

Below: You can get the best of both worlds with the Clooney nightstand by Meridiani – it’s nice and open, but still has a single drawer

Below: Dado bedside table and drawers by B&B Italia. I like the little black and white unit in the photo below – it’s simple and I really like the contrast between the colours and materials.

Below: Crate and Barrel and Room&Board offer some solid options without breaking the bank. Because, really, it’s just a table by the side of the bed. Right? Linea table from C&B and Copenhagen table from R&B