I wish all the dads a wonderful Happy Father’s Day! The time you spend playing with, talking to and caring for your kids has a tremendous effect on building their self-esteem and making them happy. Your presence counts and puts smiles on their face. We love you for everything you do for your family!
living with kids
photo: Tongue & Groove via Houzz
I have a thing for clever use of space. And since space will only continue to be at premium, I feel that the future of the entire interior design industry passes by making better use of smaller spaces.
It is more common to show a double-duty room inside a home which is why I please to have found an example done in a backyard. It feels right to use sand instead of a stone floor around the fire pit at this property next to water. Young kids can play near their parents during the day, while the parents are comfortably relaxing in the Adirondack chairs.
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.
Multicoloured Striped Polo Shirt $19.90 CAD at Zara | Denim Bermudas $17.90 CAD at Zara | Sandal Paco Boy $55 USD at Geox | Linen t-shirt with print $29.99 CAD at Zara | Rose Leaf 1969 raw-edge denim shorts $49.95 USD at Gap | Fuchsia Vidalez mocassin $26.24 on sale at Aldo
I continue my “mom and a toddler fashion” column with a trip to the park. My son reached an age where he always want to play at the park. I want to look good when I go there but naturally, I need to look casual. Last week, I bought this printed linen t-shirt at Zara. The fabric and its A-line shape (sorry, that you can’t see the shape from the picture) help cool down my body under the sun. I am sure about that since I wore it when the thermometer reached 30 degrees Celsius (86 F). I wore my linen t-shirt with a pair of khaki shorts that I bought last year at Banana Republic.
Whatever is your style, look for clothes that are machine wash. Since we started to go at the park, my son wears two outfits a day. That reason alone justified my purchase of a new HE top load washer and dryer.
I was delighted when the talented team at Canadian House & Home and Maison & Demeure asked me if I would like to create a photo gallery about my favorite spaces. This top-notch home decorating magazine is always on my must-read list.
When they asked me what would be my angle, I immediately thought about decorating with kids in mind. Ever since I became a mom, I experienced the challenges of maintaining a stylish home with a young child. I featured inspiring family-friendly spaces and shared kid-friendly decorating tips that are fun and cool.
In fact, I have two photo galleries: one gallery for Canadian House & Home and another one for Maison & Demeure, the French edition of Canadian House & Home. Each site has their own editorial staff. They handpicked the photos that spoke more to their audience. I love the look of both galleries.
Do not miss them and have a look right now.