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
This is more than a post about one iconic chair and four looks that were inspired by it. It is a quick lesson about chic and fun ways for decorating the playroom in your home. Yes, these kids rooms share the bubble chair by Eero Aarnio as a decor feature. If you are a fan of the hanging bubble chair but that you are not ready to splurge for an original for a kids room, know that you can find replica. But they also are great example of white wall rooms with a punch of color. Continue Reading
Tiptoe Rugs is a brand new collection of children’s rugs and custom rug possibilities from Alyssa McMurter, the woman behind AliStar. McMurter created a line of awesome 100% Merino wool felt rugs for children.
I love her Circle Time mats, which comes as circle and square mats. The Circle Time mats are obviously perfect for day cares or large playrooms. Tiptoe Rugs will be one of the 8 Modern Kid exhibits at the Interior Design Show that will be presented from January 24th to January 27th, 2013 in Toronto.
+ photo credits: Tiptoe Rugs
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!
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
WallCandy added to their range an Ice Cream cone chalkboard and a cupcake chalkboard. Both come with a decorating kit that will be fun to assemble.
It will add a special and entertaining touch to a little girl birthday, a baby shower, or a school sale stand. But decorating these wall treats may wake up your sweet tooth. These are reusable stickers so you do not have to worry about your walls (at least, in theory). After the party, you could reuse them in the playroom, the kids bedrooms or the kitchen.
The giant ice cream cone lamp by WallCandy could complete the look.
+ Soft Ice Cream Cone Chalkboard Decal $56 USD
+ Cupcake Chalkboard Decal $56 USD
+ Giant Ice Cream Lamp $30 USD
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
After talking about baby basics, let’s continue with cute decor gifts.
Woodland Plate Set
These three woodland-inspired plates from Chik Design feature deer, squirrel and bunny cutouts in pastel shades. Plate displays are typically seen in traditional homes, so this adorable collection would make for unexpected nursery art.
Eames Molded Plastic Rocker
Every nursery needs a rocking chair. If the parents-to-be are fans of modern design, the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker is the ideal choice (it’s what Kim wants for her son’s nursery). It’s available in a variety of colours to suit any type of nursery decor and would fit in elsewhere in the home as the child grows. It’s pricey, but a nice option for a group gift.
Known for their gorgeous printed fabrics, DwellStudio has transformed nursery decor – and this whimsical mobile is no exception. Designed by Frazier + Wing, it would work a nursery now and in a little girl’s room later. Shopping for a baby boy? Check out the transportation mobile.
Mini Pillow and Blanket Set
Newborn babes are sure to have sweet dreams with this handmade and hand screen printed set from Tulip and I. Made of natural fibres, miniature size makes it ideal for a bassinet, car seat and stroller while the neutral shades would work with any decor.
One of the most enjoyable experiences of being pregnant is to design the nursery. I know that I already passed several hours on the computer looking for inspirations, furniture, decorative elements or simply to figure out the floor plan and a furniture plan. I want to make sure that my baby boy has an adorable and comfortable room.
Last weekend, my husband and I accomplished many things. We went shopping at several baby stores. I learned a lot. We ordered his crib and a 3-drawer changer with a removable top. Since baby furniture takes on average between 6 to 10 weeks to arrive, we were getting too close to not act now. I am due in less than 14 weeks. I also chose the bedding. I brought home a stroller blanket to always have the colors with me. This way, I will be sure that the drapes, the wall colors, the Eames molded plastic rocker and the rest of the decor will complement each other.
Here is what we bought so far. We ordered the espresso and white Modo collection available at Bébé Plus (a store in Montreal) for the furniture. It provides the modern feel that I like without the price tag of design pieces. At the end of the day, we opted to splurge instead on pieces that will get longer usage.
The crib converts to a toddler bed or a small daybed. We splurge on the crib mattress because we believe that an excellent mattress provides a more restful experience. We bought the Contours two-stage infant-toddler soybean/latex foam crib mattress with a bamboo cover. The high-density soy foam is tailored to the needs of an infant while on the other side, the latex foam is for when he will become a toddler.
The Crib Bedding
For the crib bedding, you will not be surprised that I went for Dwell Studio. The starting point of my son’s nursery will be the Owls Sky pattern. I like the versatility of the colors in this pattern.
The design of his nursery is more advanced but it is what I am willing to share for now. I want to keep some surprises.
+ Modo 3-in-1 convertible crib $429.99 CAD
+ Modo 3-drawer changer with a removable top $429.99
+ Dwell Owls Sky Crib Set $356.97 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
This simple yet strategic nursery addition from Aubrey and Lindsay of Little House Blog proves how a little creativity can improve a ho-hum space.
Not only does this DIY headboard help the room feel finished, it adds function too. By adding the headboard on the longer side of the mattress, it transforms a boring twin bed into stylish seating cozy enough for cuddling with baby. This project would work well in any room that does double duty, especially an office/guest room.
The best part? Aubrey and Lindsey provide clear, step-by-step instructions and materials sources so you can re-create this project on your own.
+ DIY Headboard Tutorial on Little House Blog
Founded in 2006, Kroom transforms recycled cardboard in adorable kid furniture and toy storage solutions. Cardboard can be durable and strong. You or the babysitter will be able to sit for playing with your kid since the stools of the table and stools set can hold 220 pounds.
I enjoy the illustrations printed on the furniture and the storage boxes. I feel that Krooom updated classic kid themes. Tris, in particular, is gender neutral.
Each series has several components. Items come absolutely flat in the package, they have a moisture resistance and are free of hazardous chemicals. Plus, no tools are necessary for assembly. I read on Inhabitots that they are laminated to protect against accidental spills and splashes.
Barnes & Noble and Target are listed on Krooom as the only US retailers who carry the line for now. Sorry but I do not know how much they cost. You may like to know that Kroom also makes home accessories that could appeal to students or to decorate your first apartment.
+ Krooom Kids Collection
+ Store Listing
+ via Inhabitots