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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.

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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!

 


6 Home Design Trends In LA You Must See Before Redecorating

If you want to make the most of your space for a lifetime and beyond, we thought we’d share our finds of home design trends in LA for inspiration before you start redecorating your home.

These home design trends to consider will give a go for good reason along with some our helpful tips. So whether you’re furnishing a new home, updating your kitchen or just want some inspiration to refresh your home, here are six trends in tweaking your décor.

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Fashionable Twist

Upholstery textiles can instantly change the look of your furniture. There’s a lot more play with textures and bolder colors. Chairs and sofas were dressed in a plethora of fabrics that took cues from the fashion runways. These include the use of boucle, tweed, horsehair and animal prints on stylish seats spotted throughout the fair. 

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

A Retro Mood

A sense of nostalgia is in. Rounded forms, velvet upholstery and the use of jewel tones added to the retro feel of the collections. There is a lot of multi-functional furniture; such as tables that can be used for all different corners of the sofa.

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Seeing Red

The crimson hue took the interior world by storm this year. The most popular application of the color: the use of burgundy upholstery fabrics, which turned minimalist seats into statement pieces. 

A brighter, fiery tone was also applied onto accent pieces such as side tables and stools; an easy way to bring a touch of this trend into your home.

Outdoors In

With the blurring of boundaries between indoors and out, it seemed only natural that outdoor furnishings should complement the design scheme within. Sofas, armchairs and daybeds in a variety of shapes and sizes adds to its relaxed look.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Precious Things

Marble has long been the preferred choice for luxurious table tops, and quartz is in high demand. Incorporate a wide range of natural stone that draws influence from the glamorous shine of jewelry pieces. 

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Wood Works

In response to the human desire to reconnect with nature, designers have increasingly incorporated natural materials such as wood in interior furnishings. These inventive designs feature geometric detailing and slim profiles that also highlight the beauty of the unique grain pattern found on each piece.

With these fantastic home design trends to consider, it will definitely update your home with confidence and ease. It all ties into the idea of your home as a place that is personal and comfortable, without sacrificing style. 

Here at designstiles, we can help you create spaces that are both attractive and functional. We understand the current home design trends in the industry and can help you guide through the process. 

Beyond full-service design, we also offer individual design consultations in the Los Angeles area.

If you are interested in learning more, book a complimentary consultation at designstiles.me/consult.

 


Tio's

My family's in the restaurant business. If you guess Mexican food, you've been paying attention.

My uncle had the genius idea of opening in a developing city where there was essentially zero competition. Business boomed and customers practically demanded a second location. In came my dad, followed by my other uncle and two more locations. Now Tio's (means uncle in Spanish) is on to their fifth location and expanding no.4. And since we're keeping things in the family, I've been brought on to create a design concept and make materials/decor selections.

I want it to have color moments in thought out places. I don't want people to walk in an have it be arriba arriba all up in your face as most Mexican restaurants are known for. No cliche wall murals here.

Here's a look into what my brain is thinking.

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I want a neutral base with half painted walls in that rich green color to add depth and dimension. An easy way to bring in a bold hue without going overboard. Brighter colors and texture will be brought in through decorative items, art and selective zarape upholstery.

My first commercial space. Exciting times.


Throw Down

I love incorporating a throw into bedrooms and living/family rooms for a comfortable and styled look.

In photos, it gives the impression that real people live in these spaces.

And in real life, one easy grab and it allows you to bundle up shall you start to get chilly.

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Colorful and cozy options if you're on the hunt.

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Happy Tuesday!

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Sailboating

I saw the cutest little wood and brass sailboat at TJ Maxx a few months ago.

Even though it was no more than about 13 bucks, I walked away without making the purchase.

I still think about it.

At the time I justified not buying it because I didn't want it sitting in my 'one day' pile.

Silly me.

Now I've got sailboats on the brain.

They look good even in a house not near the water.

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Happy Tuesday!


Be My Guest: The Peak of Très Chic

Please welcome the super sweet Sam (say that ten times fast) for some interior inspiration.

Hi designstILers.... it's Sam here from The Peak of Très Chic.  I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Irene while she is off on vacay (super jealous!). 
I am currently in the midst of working on my entryway in my own home, so I thought I'd share a bit about the process and a few entryways pinned on my inspiration board.
To me, your entryway is one of the most important parts of your home.  It is the first thing guests see when they arrive, and it often sets the tone for the rest of your house.  In my dream home, I'll have brick herringbone flooring in my entryway, just like in this picture above.  I also think it's fun to have meaningful items in an entryway- family photos, antiques, and other tchotchkes that represent you well.

 

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I also think a little greenery is nice to add.  Whether it be an orchid, a boxwood, fresh flowers or some other type of succulent, I love seeing blooms in an entryway.

 

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I kind of have a weird obsession with vintage busts, like the one below.  I really want one for my entryway.  How cool would it be to see one when you entered a house?
What are your favorite elements to see in an entryway?
Thanks for letting me share a bit of what's inspiring me lately, Irene!  I hope you all will stop by sometime and say "hi" at The Peak of Très Chic.
XOXO, Sam

Make sure to visit her blog for a daily dose of pretty.

Happy Tuesday!


Beach House

It's Summer and I don't have a beach house. Wahhhh.

So I did what any normal person would do and created my own via Pinterest. Der. According to Pinterest I also live in a house with 17 kitchens and 38 bedrooms. Not bad. I have some killer shoes and am always fabulously dressed. I should probably rename my Outfits I'd Wear board to Outfits I WORE. Look at me, yeah I wore this.

I love my pinterest life.

Back to the Beach House <------ capitalized because owning a Beach House is serious business.

What are you doing? Come visit. It gets lonely having the beach all to myself.

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Isn't it so nice and bright?

I've done good, ey.

Happy Wednesday!

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Check It

 

After looking at this picture, I decided I want a checkered floor.

Preferably of the gray and white variety.

For all I know this is actually black and white and the lighting is making it look gray.

This looks gray too.

I want it.

Gray looking again.

Photography can play some mind trickery sometimes. Like when a great photo can make a Big Mac look awesome and delicious. Even if we know they're usually shitty and delicious. But still we get it because the photo lied to us.

It works 'cause now I feel I need some gray and white checkered floors.

Happy Wednesday!


I Like Your stILe: Betsy Burnham

Look through my boards on Pinterest and you'll spot several of Betsy Burnham's work.

To this day, her office is still one of my favorites, and even in yesterday's blog post, that first image came from her.

Her "unapologetic mix, that layers pattern, texture and periods" has made me a fan for years.

When her latest project was featured in this month's House Beautiful, I was super excited to be treated with such eye candy.

Heeeere it is.

Welcome home.

I'd call this serious curb appeal.

Foyer.

This image was grabbed from her website. Photo styling is a bit different in the magazine.

Lantern was meant to echo the original 1930s banister on staircase.

California cool in a 1930s Beverly Hills Tudor.

Sophisticated without being stuffy.

Um, hellow pink chinoiserie toile sofas, will you be my friend?

She mixed them with a faux-rattlesnake vinyl ottoman and corduroy chairs.

A zen feeling master bath.

My favorite space in the house is this teenager's bedroom. Yeah, teenager. I mean, ground me all you want if this is what my room as a teenager looks like.

The detailing on the bottom of that nightstand is beautiful.

I love all of this so much.

Great color combining.

I leave you with a quote I cut out from the interview.

Though guilty of a red wall (years ago), I couldn't agree more with her. And 110% agree about adding a little black.

Betsy Burnham, let's hang out.

Happy Thursday!


Cheetah

A little cheetah goes a long way, if done right. Otherwise it can go from chic to tackysville real quick.

I like adding a little cheetah in the form of an accent pillow. Instant pizzaz and some rawr.

It can give a traditional space some personality and make it more exciting.

I almost see it as a neutral.

Funsville up in here.

Happy Wednesday!