Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was lucky enough to have plenty of "down time" while my mom and sisters played with my little son. Much of that time was spent flipping through design books in my mother's office. The book New Classic Interiors by Alessandra Branca was among one of her newest acquisitions and I could not put it down. I read through the entire thing in one sitting and truly love Alessandra's work. Her designs are classic, timeless, chic, colorful, and comfortable. A small section of the book is designated to childrens rooms and I'd like the share her quote from the book below:
"I have a theory about childrens rooms. I think they should be able to grow up along with the child. That means that the fundamentals of the space - the bed, the chair, the desk, should not be juvenile. Invest in pieces that can adapt. You should be able to take the canopy off the bed when your daughter decides that she's too sophisticated for it. If the chair is comfortable and well made, it will be worth reupholstering when she declares that a sweet floral print is no longer acceptable. If your son wants to follow the latest trend, let him do it with accessories. Then, when it's over, you won't have a qualm about tossing them or passing them on. The room should be able to evolve as their tastes change."
I completely agree with Alessandra's statement. Invest in quality pieces which can grow with your child or later be used in a guest room - chairs, side tables, chandeliers, mirrors & beds. Get that childish and whimsical feeling with paint, wallpaper, artwork, bedding, curtains, and upholstery instead.
New Classic Interiors is available on Amazon and I highly recommend it as a holiday gift for your mother or mother-in-law.