girls pink bedroom by designstiles los angeles

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!

girl pink bedroom by designstiles los angeles

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.

boys blue bedroom by designstiles los angeles

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!

cosy girls bedroom by designstiles los angeles

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!


Tube Top

A big thanks to for sending me one of their new Tube Top table lamps, designed by Peter Stathis.

Available in an array of transparent acrylic colors, it was tough for me to decide which color I wanted them to send.


I finally decided on the blue because I envisioned it fitting perfectly in TH's office.

The shape and color of the base is fun and mixed with a rectangular shade, the overall look feels cool and modern.


It was a neat surprise to find that it's also fully dimmable. And the white mesh fabric shade gives it a high quality feel.


Measuring only 14" h and 9" w, the lamp looks really cute and is totally lightweight. I think they would also work really well in kids rooms.

acryliclamp is such a great source for lamps of different varieties.

Check out these beauties.


A site you'll want to bookmark for sure.

Thanks so much, Now this is the kind of tube top I can get behind.

Happy Friday!

Bargain Bin: Light Fixtures

When we moved into our house, every room had either an outdated ceiling fan or a generic light fixture. Slowly but surely, one by one, they've been replaced by fixtures with more personality. Most of them are vintage, from either a favorite antique lighting shop or the rose bowl flea market. Way affordable.

Here's a round up of light fixtures that would easily add a little more oomph to your space.

one  //  two  //  three  //  four  //  five  //  six  //  seven // eight

Happy Thursday!

Table Lamps

I'd say table lamps are my favorite home accessory. They really turn me on. Hey-o. Geek joke.

In all seriousness though, you should have fun with table lamps. Ones with unique bases create more interest. And for those who are scared to go with color on their walls, can bring in some color via their lamps, base or shade. If you love the base but aren't crazy about the shade, don't forget those are swappable. The best thing about table lamps is, you can put them in any room. I've even seen people put them in their kitchen. No joke.

Below are a few I think are really cool. The owl one is only $47! Talk about personality.

clockwise from top left

lulu and georgia // furbish // shopten25 // anthropologie // zinc door // horchow // zinc door // jc penney

Swag It

Sometimes the pesky little junction box just isn't centered to where you'd ideally want to hang your light fixture.

Hey, it could be worse. Buy a pendant with some chain and swag that ish.

Problem solved.

Or maybe you want some swag for extra da-rama.

Check out the ones over this island. So 'n sync. Bye bye bye.

Or maybe you fall into my category where you're working on a project and there's no junction box in the ceiling and client already bought the light fixture and having a junction box installed is not the preferred option.

So you go to your electrician, have him add some chain and an online switch and you plug it in to a standard outlet and swag it over a dresser. Or actually, the dresser part has been undecided. But for 30 bucks, we now have a swagging pendant.

Ta-da. And for my next act.

Just kidding. I do no magic.

Happy Wednesday!

Floor Lamping

A few days ago I looked into our living room and decided I need/want a floor lamp. I want a floor lamp because our living room needs more lighting. Sometimes our needs justify our wants, so it makes it alright to go out and purchase.

Like, I really want Karen Walker sunglasses because I need to block my eyes from the sun. I don't want to buy $10 sunglasses because I don't need them to break after a week. I try to be fair in all of my decision making.

Back to the floor lamp. It's not even really me who needs it, it's the living room. Happy belated Christmas, living room.

white shade?

black shade?

They're all from Lamps Plus. Three and four are Jonathan Adler and they're my favorite. And of course they also happen to be the most expensive.

Which one do you like?

Happy Tuesday!

images via delight by design  modern 24/7


When I'm stuck on what to title my posts, I try to get clever and confuse you.

Ready for your spanglish lesson?

Con, in Spanish, means with. Withsole.

You think you're seeing consoles, but in designstiles land, you're seeing withsoles.

Just play along, okay.

A pair of lamps atop a withsole is a classic approach to styling for you symmetrical people.

Happy Wednesday.


images via Nuevo-Estilo, a perfect gray, escapade, pinterest, houzz,

Lonny Lonny Oxen Free

I've already looked through the latest Lonny twice and plan to look through it at least once more for further inspection. It's the little details that get me. I especially loved the New Orleans feature and love that the latest issue launched the same day I posted about my New Orleans trip. Working those psychic waves again.

And when coming across the Lonny offices and saw this image

I sorta wanted to kick myself for passing up similar yellow truffault lamps at Home Goods.

Seeing double.

I spotted this over the summer and it's no longer at any Home Goods near me, but if you spy one near you, my advice would be to snatch it.

It's about half the size of the real deal but it's also about a quarter of the price.

So what did we learn today, kids?

Buy inexpensive stuff you love even when you don't need it 'cause it might show up in Lonny one day and make you feel worthy.



Beautiful Skies

Gorgeous pendant

Take me away.

Happy Weekend!

images via apartment therapy and studded hearts

stILe finds: Lighting

Our bathroom renovation started on Monday and it now looks like this:

Who wants to call first dibs on the shower now? Be my guest.

The picture looks as old as the tile but believe me when I tell you it was taken this morning.

Here's what our bathroom used to look like:

Goodbye minty green tile. I'm sure you were way cool in your heyday.

If all goes according to plan, I should be able to share After pictures in about four weeks.  While we patiently wait for the hot mess to be completed, I'll share some pendant options I'm thinking about using in the space.  The bathroom isn't huge so I don't want to pick something that completely overpowers the room.  The tile going in is white and the paint color will be soothing, so I also want the light fixture to be the key piece that makes people go, "ooooh, ahhhhh."

I can already picture this one from here centered right dab in the middle of the bathroom.

Ooh, I can picture this one too. So dainty, antique looking and utterly refined. But best of all, inexpensive.

The simplicity of this West Elm one also draws in my attention.

Chandelier without all the drama. I like.

That's it, I think I'm going with this one.

Perfect for when I want people to say, "What The F*ck", and completely discredit any stile people may have thought I had.

This one from Urban Electro is waaaay more than I'm willing to spend, but in an ideal world I'd have it installed as soon as all the other rubbish was out the door.

Ugh, I can't afford this one either. Why am I torturing myself by searching for lighting I can't buy, you ask? I don't know, I kinda like it.

I can't decide. Help! What do you think? Which one would you pick? If your choice is the butterfly one, you need not comment and perhaps you shouldn't be reading this blog. : )

Until Tomorrow,

Irene Lovett