Now that my son is a toddler who expresses his like and taste, I started to decorate his room around him. They are already three drawings on the walls that I used for teaching the primary colors to my son. He enjoys this little moment which it why I’m thinking to add more wall decor to stimulate him.
Since my son says Beep Beep! so often, I am leaning towards a city life theme with cars and buildings. French Bull makes a wonderful wall decal set with colorful cars, buildings, streets, and outdoor elements. Besides the work load, the advantage of using wall decals, instead of a wallpaper, is that you let your imagination and the wall space dictate what it looks like at the end. Continue Reading
One Sunday morning, my husband suggested that we went shopping for a Fatboy for our son. At the time, Zack was 1 and a half years old. I initially wanted to get him a Fatboy Junior but when we arrived at the store, I saw that I could get a free Point (the footrest/stool) with any purchase of the Original. That promotion sold me since I was dreaming of a footrest every time I need to comfort him late at night. Continue Reading
photography by Johan Holmquist
These toys caught my eye the moment I spotted them at MoCo Loco. I love the shapes and how you can assemble the various elements of this industrial platform. The colours even matched my son’s bedroom. I wish that I could buy these superbly modern wooden toys for my little boy.
I also wish that they were more toys like these on the market. Young kids need to be surrounded with beautifully designed, eye-pleasing products. I strongly believe that good design should be a part of their education.
They are the contribution that Norwegian design studio Permafrost for the New Nordic – Architecture and Identity exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Danemark. The exhibition explores if they is still a Nordic identity today. Learn more about this fabulous project on Permafrost blog.
My son will be 16 months old next week. I can’t believe how time flies. He becomes a little boy more and more every day. He started to show signs of independence. We went to dinner twice last week at Bistro Japonais Furusato, our favorite friendly neighbourhood Japanese restaurant. Zack savoured everything we gave him. I guess that it pays off that we ate there once or twice a week while I was pregnant.
The reason why I mentioned the growth of my son is that, soon, I will need to update the decor from a nursery to a toddler bedroom.
My Design Plan, So Far
I won’t start from scratch since I will reuse his crib bedding. We bought a convertible crib with a toddler rail for that reason. Therefore, I look for accessories that will go with his Owl crib set by Dwell Studio and his fir stand green walls (P5036-41 by Para Paints). His space monster wall decals will go away; my son already removed several characters anyway.
I wanted a theme than would grow with his interests. Zack currently likes trucks. I came up with city life. It provides me with many options and chances for reinterpretation. There will be elements of nature, buildings and transportation. The theme came to me when I started looking for a growth chart. I felt in love with Petit Collage fabric City Growth Chart. I already hung it on the wall. I like the subtle tension between the modern drawings of his conforter and the vintage vibe of the ABC poster transportation by Petit Collage.
I also want to add orange touches. He likes that color. I bought him this adorable Fox plush by a small Montreal brand called Velvet Moustache. Just by the way he hugged it, I know that I am on the right track. It is also important to not confine my choices to kids stuff. I might add the VILMIE RUTA Cushion because I like the mod African pattern.
I estimate that my boy will be ready to move to a toddler by this fall. This is when I will put everything together. I will continue to keep you posted on the development. I still need to find him drapes, small furniture and more accessories. In the meantime, you can revisit old posts about kid bedrooms.
Disclaimer: When I told them that I was working on a story for my son bedroom, Petit Collage nicely agreed to send me for free the fabric City Growth Chart and a framed ABC Transportation poster. I was not able to find the growth chart at a Canadian store. Thanks again, Petit Collage!
Young children usually ask for a themed bedroom decor. With the right dosage, you can give them what they want without looking like a kit. The key is to mix and match.
When I design a bedroom, I usually start by finding the main fabric. The duvet cover should be the star of any kids bedroom. The sheets play a supporting role. Go for a duvet cover pattern with several colours since it is easier to accessorize. I mix accessories from other brands or collections to create a unique look.
I discover Hiccups last week on a shopping trip to Simons in Montreal. The duvet covers by this Australian bedding makes it easy to decorate a bedroom because they are quite versatile. Their patterns feature the right dose of themed elements. I love what they do.
For a Little Boy’s Room
I’m Super Bedding $95 CAD at Simons
It was love at first sight when I saw the “I am Super” twin duvet cover. Every little boy dreams to have a super power or to be friend with a super hero. I like that the super hero characters move across a modern cityscape. There are so many colours in the fabric that you can put your twist on it.
For a Little Girl’s Room
Although Hiccups showcases these duvet covers with pink sheets, you are not limited to pink. Even if most little girls do, not every little girl dreams of a pink bedroom. These two patterns gives you options.
Little Red Riding Hood bedding currently on sale at $69.95 CAD at Simons
For toddlers, I like the Little Red Riding Hood theme. Look for forest theme accessories to finish the look. You can go very natural if you prefer more subtle tones.
From Kas Kids, another Australian bedding company, I love the Abbey Quilt Cover set. You can either go Indian style to enhance the magical elephants or highlight the modern geometric shapes.This means that you could keep the same duvet cover and simply update the accessories to get another look.
If you are looking for a bargain, this Bicycle in the City theme duvet set is on sale at $29.95 CAD at Simons.
The unique design of this revolving bookcase provides a lot of storage for teen girls to display their favorite things. It is also a space saver. It only comes in white. You can find it at Pottery Barn Teen.
+ Revolving Bookcase $699 USD
Since I am a mom of a baby boy, I am always on the lookout for fun and original boy design ideas. ChickadeeVinyl on Etsy.com provides several options. I share my top 3 picks. First, the Custom Subway Art is a wall decal alternative to the custom baby birth information prints. It allows you to say more.
From the Nursery to the Toddler Bedroom
The Construction Truck Alphabet Blocks provide another option than the typical animal alphabet. I only wish that the series would expand to tools and construction concept so that they could have a block for each letter of the alphabet. Right now, they only have 6 letters. Nonetheless, the design is fun. You can buy a pack of 4 or 6 blocks in the color of your choice. If you still prefer the jungle alphabet, they are available in a 4 or 6 block series, or as A to Z circles.
Boy or Girl Time Out Wall Decals
As parents, you know the value of a time out when your kid doesn’t properly behave. These cute boy or girl silhouettes help designate your time out spot. I wonder if seeing the wall decal will send a stronger message when you tell your young children that if they don’t stop, a time out will happen. If you put it on your living room or an open living space, I suggest that you don’t install the “Time Out” text to achieve a more stylish look. People will probably compliment you on the nice silhouette decal.
+ Custom Baby Boy Subway Art Font 1 $50 USD at ChickadeeVinyl on Etsy.com
+ Construction Truck Alphabet Blocks $24.99 USD for 4 blocks, $39.99 USD for 6 letter blocks
+ Time Out Wall Decal $30 USD
I am currently looking for a series of art prints to hang on the short hallway that leads to my son’s nursery. I am leaning towards 3 medium size art prints that would fit into the 20-inch RIBBBA shadow box frames or a 20-inch tall RIBBA frame. But whatever I do, I need at least one frame of this size.
Another solution would be to showcase 2 medium prints and a series of three 5×7 prints. I got this idea after I saw the kids prints realized by San Francisco Bay area designer and illustrator Hillary Bird. If I was going with this plan, I would be together the the Expedition, the Crystal Lake, and the Teatime. I also like the warmth of the Rescue. Then, the question becomes what to put next to those. One reason that I hesitate to commit at this time is that I would prefer that the main character was a boy with the bear.
+ Hillary Bird’s Prints $15 USD for 5×7 on Etsy
Just because they’re little people, doesn’t mean they don’t come with a lot of stuff. That’s why this two-kid room – formerly just a closet in a one-bedroom apartment – is particularly amazing. Moses and Roman’s mom, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, paired down their room to a stylish, colourful space that any kid would love to be in.
She used the smartest small-space design trick in the book by using vertical space to create bunk beds that work for both children.
Bright linens and well-chosen toys and decor elements make what would be an otherwise cramped space cozy and inviting. The It’s Beautiful Here Coat Rack says it all.
See more of the closet’s evolution on Oh Happy Day.
+ Photos via Oh Happy Day
I finally started to buy the decorative accessories for my son-to-be nursery. Today, I bought an adorable monster/alien theme wall decal kit by Nouvelles Images. I did not want to stick to one theme: the owl. Like you do with fabric patterns, I coordinate illustrations that share similarities in their forms and colors.
Look at how cute are the Raplapla dolls that I bought for him. They go well next to the Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights that we received at our baby shower.
Another challenge is to find items that will contrast with the green wall. The next thing on my list is an airy mobile that I can hang from the ceiling. I look for a mobile that shares the aesthetics of the mobiles by Ole Flensted. If you know a modern style mobile that could fit within my design, do not be shy to share it.
+ Monsieur Tsé Tsé $42 CAD at Raplapla
+ Spoque $46 CAD at Raplapla – currently sold out
+ Home Stickers Cute Monsters Decorative Wall Stickers $22.94 USD at Amazon.com
+ Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights $40.80 at Amazon.com
+ Cute Monsters Wall Decals for Kids $34.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
+ Oxo Tooli 2 Lamp Set $59.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
Girly without being too sweet, the vibrant yet sophisticated palette of this nursery makes me wish I could go back in time to re-live my toddler years.
One wouldn’t always consider icy grey paint as the backdrop for a nursery, but here it’s warmed up with hits of chartreuse green and bold, honeysuckle pink in the fabrics and room accessories creating a fresh and energetic vibe.
The parents-to-be added plenty of personalized touches with custom bedding and curtains (via Etsy shop Rocky Top Design) and DIY projects. I love their twist on a standard Ikea Expedit bookshelf. By flipping it on it’s side and adding drawers and doors, they’ve created a functional furniture piece that would work just as well in an office or as a sideboard.
A pretty gallery wall is comprised of bold fabrics in ornate, thrifted frames sprayed white.
You can check out more details and find sources used to create this lovely nursery at Cape 27 blog.
+ Nursery Makeover and Sources at Cape 27 Blog