Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Treehouse Bunk Bed

Seriously a Treehouse bed?  What could be cooler than that? Too bad it ships from the UK.  I'd actually like to see this more in a playroom than a bedroom for an added touch of whimsy and an extra place to sleep for overflow of guests. Your house would be the talk of the sleep overs!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Crushing Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie has been a long-time favorite of mine.  At first thought it might seem a bit strange to use it in children's decor but because of the playful nature of the pattern it works perfectly. Here are a few examples of ways to bring it into your child's decor:

designed by Martensen-Jones Interiors

via House Beautiful

designed by Kristin Davis Designs

I think if you want an all over room look go for wallpaper in this motif. A white background is more subtle.

via Pinterest

And a colored is more bold.

image via House Beautiful, designed by Pat Healing

Or just bring it in as a fabric on a headboard or pillow.

designed by Massucco Warner Miller

image via House Beautiful

Via Pixie Dust Decor

For all thing chinoiserie and more inspiration, visit the blog Chinoiserie Chic

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bunk Room Friday

It is amazing how quickly Friday rolls around during a holiday week.  Well I apologize for the lack luster posts this week.  My client work is pulling me away from blogging.  But I had to at least get you a good bunk room to get you through the weekend.  

Atlanta Homes Magazine

Although these are not technically bunk beds, I consider any room with more than two beds in it a bunk room. These rustic platform beds should be relatively easy to replicate don't you think?  You just have to be very neat since you can't hide anything under the beds!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Those Serene Europeans

Why do European bedrooms always seem so serene?  

It must be the lack of color thatI find so hard to actually emulate in practice for children's rooms.  What is your preference bold color or monotone like this one above?

High vs Low - Iron Cribs, on Project Nursery

Do you like the look of a classic iron crib?  If so check out my High vs Low post last week on Project Nursery here to see how you can get the look for less.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chic Spaces for Little Faces

One of my blogger contemporaries, Bernadette from Chic Spaces for Little Faces had a very nice post on some of my design work last week.   Thank you for the props!

If you need more inspiration and ideas besides what you find here and on Project Nursery definitely check out her blog.  She has some lovely finds and inspirational ideas. She also recently finished her daughter's lovely turquoise and red nursery.

Click HERE for more detailed photos.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Montana Mountains Bunk Room

I'm skiing up in Montana this weekend and we went on a few house tours just for fun. Here is a bunk room in one of the places, two full beds and a twin over full bunk across the room. Nicely done and they look oh so comfy. Put this in your mountain house files.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Simplified Nursery by Annette Tatum

The simple order by the piece instead of by the set trend for nurseries is growing.  Serena & Lily and Dwell came up with the concept first. The New Arrivals and now Annette Tatum is hopping on board.

They have the largest selection of colors but don't expect anything bold.  Annette Tatum characteristically has soft color palettes so the colors are a little more demure.  I've always thought they had the best stripes though.  Here is a glimpse at the sheet offering below:

I love the simplicity and clean look of white but you all know I prefer a little pattern on my skirt...so I'd have to go custom on that piece of the set.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Balloon Animal Pillows

Does your child love balloon animals as much as mine does?  If so check out these adorable balloon animal pillows?  A fun throw pillow for a glider or bed in a modern room and only $46 each.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Perfect Love Seat

Isn't this just the perfect love seat for a girls room?  A new fabric Lotsa Dots from Maine Cottage. I like the Valentine's vibe too as well as the pink paired with the orange which is all the rage!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Artwork

In honor of Valentine's Day!

I've always been a fan of this framed LOVE poster used in this room designed by Diane Bergeron

If you are looking for a similar one for your own child's room, Design Public has a print by the same artist Alexander Girard on plywood available for $95.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Getting in the Valentine's Day Spirit

I'm sure many of you were helping your children work on their Valentines for Tuesday this weekend. Well here is a room designed by Jennifer Brouwer featured on Coco & Kelly last week which is truly the epitome of the Valentine's spirit.

photography by donna griffith
And yes those headboards are just painted onto the chalkboard wall!  Not particularly high on the comfort scale but it looks great and is inexpensive.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bunk Room Friday - Room for Mom & Dad

This is an interesting take on a bunk room.  The concept is actually great, especially for a guest house. Mom and dad can still keep an eye on the kids who are bunked up in the hallway space.  Hopefully those are sliding doors to offer a little more privacy if needed.

Here is a look at the front of the house.  Such a quaint Canadian cottage. For more photos of the home, visit Style Files.

via House & Home magazine

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Suzani for Kids

Can't get enough of the suzani trend in your house?  Bring it into the kids' rooms!  My post on Project Nursery last week summarizes some of my favorite images and products doing just that.

For more suzani inspired decor ideas for kids, visit my newest idea book on Houzz HERE.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

DIY Ikea Craft Corner

I'm working on quite a few playrooms right now for clients.  Most of them are in large basements, but if you are like me and don't have a basement yet this is a wonderful alternative featured on Modern Parents Messy Kids (a fabulous blog).

All the storage items are from Ikea so accessible for all of you.  Best thing is it costs less than $100 to replicate!  Fabulous right!?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Children's Rooms by Annsley Interiors in Boston

One of my daily reads Chic Coles, featured some works by the interior designer Annsley McAleer of Annsley Interiors in Boston today.  She had so many great children's rooms in the post I knew there had to be more in her portfolio and I was pleasantly surprised!  Notice how all of the rooms have pretty lighting and custom window treatments, it makes a difference people!

Visit Chic Coles for the rest of the ones that I'm not featuring below...

The other side of the room above, killer chairs!

Pretty use of some Phillip Jefferies Wallpaper

Gorgeous homework room, LOVE the ceiling.

Pretty pink & white simplicity.

This Kelly Wearstler print for Schumacher always looks fabulous on windows.

Fun photography angle

Feminine with some edge!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Children's Rooms in House of Fifty

nursery designed by Carley Slater

House of Fifty is wonderful on-line shelter publication which just released its Winter/Spring 2012 issue.  They have an article entitled Creating Magical Spaces for Children by Saudah Sadeem which is worth a look.  Not only are there some inspiring colorful photos but some great tips and resources as well. All of the rooms featured have at least one bold focal point which should inspire you when designing your children's rooms.

nursery designed by Natalie Clayman

room designed by Krista Salmon

nursery designed by Holly Marsh

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Parson's Play Table from West Elm

Thank you to Nursery Notations reader Heather for tipping me off to the new Parson's Play Table by West Elm.

I'm in love!  I have two parson's desks from them at my house already and even better this Parson's Play Table is available in tangerine!  Woo hoo!  30" square by 22" high.  I think two of these would make a great multi-functional play table/coffee table in a family room.

This is giving the Jennifer DeLonge Grace Square Set (which is still out of stock for over a year, pictured below) a run for their money!