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Children's Bedroom Design: Timeless Ideas To Consider

Designing a children’s bedroom can be as fun for you to do as it is for the kids to enjoy afterwards. Children’s rooms are a whole new ball game for colors, shapes, storage ideas, and furnishings. Coming up with creative ways to include the practical elements of a bedroom is a fun challenge. 

You might even see how excited the children are when it’s finished, making the project rewarding. Whether you are looking for inspiration or considering a redesign, here are the things that you should know for designing a room that has everything a kid could want. The more innovatively you can combine fun and function, the better!

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Make it a happy place

A child’s bedroom should make them feel content. Think unique color combinations, mixing fun patterns and incorporating some of their favorite animals or accessories in the room, which can easily be swapped out when they're no longer obsessed with aforementioned item.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by designstiles.

Ensure there is space for creativity

In this bedroom we redesigned, we incorporated a reading nook, a cozy little corner in this bedroom, as a place that little ones, or mom and dad could lounge in during story time. This encourages learning in a relaxed environment.

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Let Imagination Run Wild

Kids bedrooms are for more than just bedtime! Their rooms should be fun and inspire creativity as well. Turn the space itself into an exciting place to be, rather than just a room containing a few essentials. I’d like to discuss more high end ideas vs. the traditional "little kid" stuff. 

You could build an indoor tree house that they can climb a ladder to get into. Paint their desk with chalkboard paint so they can show off their art skills! Make a building station that encourages critical thinking! Giving kids a creative space allows them to be imaginative and think outside the box. Parents lives will also be much easierif their children really enjoy being in their own rooms!

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Make it cozy

Kids need to feel safe and secure, so fill your child’s room with items they can use to self-soothe, like a large soft blanket with enough weight to feel like a hug. Bedding, pillows, and rugs should be soft to the touch, so feel all materials before bringing them into the room.

Have fun with wallpaper! So many options are full of personality. In the coral bedroom shown above, we used wallpaper on the ceiling to draw the eyes up, and truthfully, mother wanted to avoid her daughter peeling the paper if it were on the walls. By installing it on the ceiling, it created an element of surprise.

So let your creativity go wild when it comes to designing your child's bedroom, they do after all deserve the most beautiful room in the house.

If you’d like to talk about decorating a child’s bedroom or you want to add a touch of luxury elsewhere in your home then contact designstiles now for a free consultation!


Off the List

At the end of the month I'm hosting my sister a baby shower. They'll be a whole lot of people who've never been to our house before, so I've been running around trying to finish up these tasks I've been putting off.

You know, like adding pulls to our laundry room cabinets.

Then this cute little bookcase arrived yesterday.

I quickly stiled it and still need to add some artwork above.

Hoping to check more stuff off over the weekend.

Happy Friday!


Baskets in the B Room

Baskets are a good friend of mine. I not only have some in the bathroom, but in just about every room in our house.

The one in our bathroom sits atop our toilet and holds the tp. You have to be careful with that though. If someone leaves the toilet seat up (not naming names), a half finished roll might decide to take a dive and the only person who can fish it out is a plumber. A costly lesson that might save you some money.

Happy Thursday!

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On the Cheap

Over the summer my sister asked me to pick out some accessories and a paint color for her guest bathroom, based on a picture she took on a trip to Mexico (top left). Well, it's pretty fair to say I lagged, so now I'm calling it an early Christmas present.

Merry Christmas, sistah!

All this stuff is a-ffordable, from IKEA, West Elm, Target, Anthropolgie and Urban Outfitters.

I would give y'all the links, but I'm starting a new game called, You Try to Find It.

If you want the cheat sheet, just email me.

Happy Weekend!

Stay Longer

The past few days have been hotter than all of june july and august combined. It's hotter than habaneros outside. I really enjoy my liketotally the valley nights though, so I'm not really complaining. I'm hoping this means summer is here to stay for at least a few more weeks 'cause fall makes me depresso.

I don't like layering, I don't like that the days get shorter and I don't like that this means another year went by way too fast.

Everyone seems to be talking about fall and I feel a little left out for still being on team summer.

Light and Bright is how I wanna keep it.

Not until temperatures force me to add extra clothes will I jump on board.

You hear me, Fall?

images via graham and green, gold & gray

Another Bathroom Update

Well ladies and gentlemen, our powder room is allllllmost finished. I'm still in search of a storage unit to hold the unnecessary toilet room knick knack paddy whack stuff I didn't throw out during demo and need to hide. To the right of the sink is a big empty space that requires this storage thing I speak of.

Last night we made some progress and hung up this towel ring thing. And by we I mean The Husband.

I played my part by bringing in this glass vase and stuck some greenery in it to fool you into thinking I always have fresh flowers.

Before we proceed, let's take a trip down memory lane with some befores

The Eh

The Vicious

The Now We're Getting There

I'll have you know that taking this picture here was tricky and proved to me I have a strong sense of balance.

You see, If I stood directly in front of the mirror you'd see exactly what I look like in the morning and I want to keep you thinking I wake up like one of those girls on tv, fresh faced and no pillow wrinkles. I also wake up with minty fresh breath. I'd be jealous of me.

So yeah, I had to balance the hell out of myself in order to get a decent shot shot shot shot.

The things I do for you.

Now in return, all I ask is that you tell me what a great job I did in selecting my wallpaper.

And anything else you feel like pointing out.

No pressure.

Happy Tuesday!



My Laundry Room Gets a Makeovah

So our kitchen floor is complete just like I mentioned we'd do in this post. And our powder room, mentioned in this post, is on it's way to being done. Currently it looks like this:

Notice my vintage pendant?

My wallpaper arrived on Friday, but wallpaperlady isn't available until March 7th, so it'll look like this until then.

That's okay though, 'cause it used to look like this:

Ouch, right?

And you know how I always talk about how much I like cute stuff?

Well our laundry room is almost complete (long story) and I think it is the cuteness.

Here's what it used to look like

That over there on the upper left hand corner was where the water heater busted on us.

Here's the during

This is the opposite end looking in from outside and into the powder room.

The sink that was once in the left corner got taken out to make room for a folding table.

And now I think it's look pretty cute.

I'll be honest, I was a little apprehensive about the color.

When I first walked in, I thought, Oh shit what did I just do?

But once it was finished, it was just what I wanted.

I still need to hang up these frames, but for now I just wanted to show you what I did with the Osborne and Little wallpaper sample I ordered.

I couldn't be happier with my 30 dollar flower pendant. It adds extra color and just enough whimsy.

Hope you're not having a case of the Mondays.

Bathroom Redo 2.0

Until yesterday, our powder room looked like this:

Now it's completely empty.

Empty I tell ya.

Vanity - gone. Mirrors - gone. Toilet - pissed peaced out.

But yes, it's empty 'cause yesterday I got the green light to demo that ish and remodel it.

I could not have been more excited than if a genie came home and granted me three wishes.

This story goes back to this post.

And then went over the plan here.

But what you may not know is that this powder room connects to the laundry room (the scene of the crime), which connects to the kitchen. I want the new flooring to continue into three said rooms. The issue with that is, or was, that I was planning on getting rid of the bathroom vanity down the road, not now. If the vanity stayed, the tiling would only go up to the vanity. Once I decided to remove the vanity, the tiling gets screwed up because it gets cut off where the vanity used to be. Did I lose you? The contractor suggested ripping it all out at once so I don't have to worry about messing up the pattern and everything stays even. We can't have a half functional bathroom and we wanted to redo it at some point anyway, so it makes sense to just go at it now.

And I am stoked.

I'm thinking bold.

In your face wallpaper.

Maybe something cheeky and unexpected.$PD$

I really want one of these, but unless they made a cheaper one yesterday, a pedestal sink it is.

cute, yes?

getting rid of the vanity and having a pedestal sink means I'll still need some storage. I'm envisioning an etagere in a high gloss black.

A similar mirror but in a different shape will go over the sink.

Some sort of vintage pendant.

My challenge now is to find these items, locally and reasonably priced.

On your mark, get set, go!

Contrast and Compare, Shall We?

Over the summer, we remodeled our bathroom. I discussed my ideas in this post. And now, today, I am going to share the 95% finished product.

Let's go back and remind ourselves what 1955 looked like:

Adios. We'll be friends another time, okay?

Here's the during:

The Mold Cave

Drum Roll Please....

I present to you an updated 1955

[Left Photo] Love my knobs from Anthropologie. House of Honey bowl was blogged about here. Jars are from Cost Plus. [Right Photo] My beloved artwork is from 1969 and I just bought it at the thrift store on Monday. It was originally 80 dollars but I serendipitously went on a 50 percent off day. For those who suck at math, that means it was only 40 bucks. The Husband helped me hang it up last night and now he thinks I'm a risk taker for hanging artwork over a tub we don't use. (We shower on the opposite end of the bathroom). He has a point and I'm hoping our vent keeps just enough moisture out to hold this piece intact. I'll keep you posted.

Look at what else I moved around:

Just some stuff in these shelves.

stILe finds: Bathroom Stuff

And the winner is......

The West Elm Globe Pendant!!!.....sorta

Thanks everyone for the lighting input. As of tomorrow we can shower like normal people. No more trekking to the gym for awkward showers. At least it got my a$$ to the gym, but then I came home and ate my weight in soda and chocolate so I think I was better off not going to the gym and eating healthier. Anyway, I really enjoyed your input and as much as I loved the Urban Electro Fixture, it was about $1,000 more than I intended to spend. I wanted to select a WOW factor pendant but changed my mind and decided a simpler fixture was the route to take. You are one stylish bunch because several of you chose that one too. After much pacing back and forth, weeks went by and I went with the West Elm one. BACKORDER! Wonderful. I knew this was a blessing in disguise, so I didn't get upset at myself for waiting so long to make the decision.  I visited my local lighting shop and ordered an (practically) identical one for about 40 bucks cheaper. Someone out there really loves me.

It'll be some time until I can share the finished product, but you wanna see what else I have on the agenda? I knew you would.

An Edison Bulb will go in the Pendant. So cool.

Subway tile. Clean, crisp and classic.

Our floor tile will look kinda like this honeycomb pattern.

Our walls will be painted in this Dunn-Edwards Sky Glass color. It looks a little more gray here, but in reality it has a hint of blue.

This is where I'm getting crazy with it. Ahhhh, look at me I'm crazy I'm having a frame custom-made to fit around our existing medicine cabinet and painting it in Dunn Edwards Often Orange. Our bedroom has splashes of orange so I'm trying to be consistent here. Continuity people! It'll be the one little pop of color in the room. Not that crazy, really.


Clear knobs for our vanity

And then we come to another lighting dilemma. We need a fixture for over the vanity. I like these because they're both clear. The one on the left is a bit more contemporary and the one on the right has traditional elements. I'm planning on buying a chandelier similar in stile to the one on the right for our dining room, so that would be consistent once again. But is it too much for the space? The overall feel of the room is simplistic sans the "crazy" colored frame for the medicine cabinet. Would the two compete for attention?!? Or would it be less of a brawl with the one on the left. Help again!$redesign-openLarger$

We managed to lock ourselves out of this mess of a bathroom on reno day one and with all our might, damaged the door frame and broke the door handle. But look what prettiness will replace it.

Oh yeah, and my doggies says rawff ruff warf ruff wufff. I think that means thanks for stopping by.

- Irene Lovett