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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!

7 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Set the Tone

I’m back from a lovely vacation and my head is (sort of) clear. I was in serious sleep deprivation mode before taking off and seem to have skipped over most of the 2nd floor. Woops. So here it goes.

Let’s (re)start with the master bedroom. For the time being, we’re actually going to stick with furniture that we’ve got – so I really don’t have too many decisions to make for this space. But that won’t stop me from looking.

Below: Photo from The Selby. I love the shape and colour of the bed frame. I think this shot if actually for a Cole Haan ad. Nice shoes as well!


Below: My preferred palette is in play in the rooms below – whites and greys care of photographer Peter Aaron, Elle Decor, and Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.


Below: I like the idea of adding texture to the walls. Check out some takes on this element care of Aedes Studio, Calvin Klein, and Nicolas Koening.