Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekend Easter Activity

Need an activity to do with your kids this weekend?  How about making some Easter candy bags to give away to their class at school?  Easy enough and the kids will love stuffing the bags.

The cards on the top are free Easter fold-over printable templates from Love vs Design.  If you don't like letting your kids have candy put in some easter stickers and erasers instead.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bunk Room Friday - Japanese Style

Turns out bunk rooms are even popular in Japan!

Photography by Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners Inc.

This bunk room was designed by architect Takeshi Hosaka for a family with three children. The house was built to have a very communal feeling while allowing the family to feel close to nature with the glass walls and sliding doors.

Here is what really sets this bunk room apart...notice below how this bunk room is actually just off the kitchen?  Interesting in theory but not entirely practical for a family that wants some privacy.  I'm hoping that there are sliding doors which are hidden in the photo but span across the bedroom space.

To read more about this home, visit my source for these images, Remodelista

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Not Finding Out

Are you pregnant and not finding out the sex of your baby but don't want to get all yellow and green gifts for your shower?  Register at Not Finding Out to beat the system!  For more details visit my post on Project Nursery today!

Bedspread Lust

I'm feaning over this bedspread from Gramercy Home...with an oversized monogram in the pink or even periwinkle?  A perfect place to start for inspiration...

Monday, March 26, 2012

High vs Low - Parsons Desk

Well this is really more like a low vs even lower.  I love a good Parson's desk and even use one in my home office.  They are fabulous for children's rooms because the price is right and you can easily wipe off marker and pen marks with a little 409.  Anyways, West Elm's Parson's Desk is a personal favorite.  It comes in white and veneer wood finishes and is even available in a mini desk size which can easily double as a bedside table.

High  - West Elm Parsons Desk - $349

48"w x 24"d x 30"h

47.5"w x 24"d x 30" h

I mean these look almost identical.  The West Elm version does have two drawers and I can vouch for it that the quality is wonderful for the price.  I've never seen the Decorators Collection piece in person so if any of you have any comments about the quality please share, but $200 off for one less drawer seems pretty darn good. Plus it comes in an assortment of colors like the fabulous orange/yellow below (great for a splash of color in a boy's room or playroom.)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bunk Room Friday - Surf Camper

I personally dislike the Sponge Bob TV show and don't let my son watch it.  But this Surf Camper bunk bed is beyond cool for a little boy who loves forts and tents.  You can get the creative look of a custom built bed at a normal bunk bed price ($1800)! (You just need to cover up that little sponge guy!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Practicing for Easter

Nothing like practicing for an Easter egg hunt with an Easter egg lunch!  Seriously such a cute idea for a picnic lunch in the park!  Or you could make your kid's lunch at school the most envied of all and pop these eggs in their box instead of the usual containers.

idea and photography via Brandy's Crafts

Sneak Peek!

Here is a sneak peek for a new design reveal...

This is just a snapshot from the proofs but I had to share...

And little miss P can't wait to show you her room too!

Sorry too busy to post anything more substantial tonight!

images taken by Liz Lonkey from Life Iz Photography

Monday, March 19, 2012

Moving Rooms

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you how this boy's room:

Used to be a girl's room:

So where might you ask did the little girl go?  Well her room got moved down the hall and she actually upgraded into a larger room with a lot more play space. To keep things simple since she won't be in get crib for much longer, we kept the same colors and furniture,  and just added a few changes with artwork, a new rug and accessories.  

photography by Liz Lonkey of Life Iz Photography

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sophisticated Jungle-Inspired Toddler Room by Liz Carroll Interiors

A college friend of mine, Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors shared these images with me of a fabulous boy's room she recently finished for a couple in North Carolina.  I love the subtle yet sophisticated  jungle theme of the room. The blue and white combination with pops of green is so crisp and fresh. Liz combines decorative elements from Jonathan Adler (lamp), John Robshaw (pillow), Pottery Barn Kids (Artwork), West Elm (headboard) and Young America (dresser) to create this look. Well done!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Minted Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Claire for winning the Minted Easter Card Giveaway!  Her favorite design was also one of mine!  A special thank you to Minted for hosting this treat for our readers!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Speedy Room Makeover

I'm not sure if any of you have run into a situation where your doctor told you that you were having a girl but a few weeks later it turns out you need to return all those pink blankets for blue ones.  Well there is a great feature in California Home + Design Magazine this month on a little boy's modern nursery.  His parents thought he was a girl (they even named her Chloe and had her room complete) up until the 36th week ultrasound and surprise, Chloe was now going to be a Dylan.  I was very impressed with the quick transformation by Niche Interiors and just loved the story.  Definitely worth a read!

photos by R. Brad Knipstein Photography

Click here for a link to their inspiration board on how to get the look.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kids Rooms in Rue

The latest issue of Rue on-line magazine came out last week.  I finally got around to reading it tonight and was pleased to see so many great designs in this issue.  They even featured two children's rooms by Wendy Schwartz Design in Los Angeles. She mixed high and low elements in these room to create bright and playful spaces for this family in Los Angeles.

The bold oversized relaxed romans are a nice dramatic touch in the girl's room.  But it looks like the boy needs a little storage control over his legos...ha ha!

Photography by Katie Shapiro

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Giveaway: Easter Cards from Minted

I have an exciting giveaway for you all this week!  Since most of you who are reading my blog are so design savvy and style conscious, you already probably know about the on-line personalized card and stationary store Minted.  Well they have a huge selection of Easter cards and Easter-related birth announcements which are adorable.  They are giving one lucky reader a set of free Easter Cards or Birth Announcements.  All you have to do is comment below with a link to your favorite design and leave your e-mail address so we can contact you. I'll be announcing the winner on Wednesday so you have two days to enter!

As an added bonus, starting today with any purchase of Easter Cards or Birth Announcements you will receive ten pieces of pretty oragami in pretty Easter shades as well as instructions on how to make cute little egg cup baskets for Easter treats.

Great after school activities with your kids in preparation for easter.  

Here are a few of my favorites below:

Springing Forward

I hope you all survived your first day of daylight savings.  I love that it signals summer is on its way and now I can play outside with my kids even longer in the afternoon.  But I tell you, missing that one hour of sleep (and lets be honest late night computer time) is a bummer.

via Pinterest

Doesn't this artwork by Yan Ucci just make you smile?  It should be in a Palm Springs inspired children's room.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nautical Bunk Room

Photographer Ted Yarwood // House & Home July 2010 issue

Everyone loved bunk rooms build into a wall like this.  It leaves plenty of floor space for play and creates individual "nooks" for each child to have their own private space.  The nautical flair in this one featured in House & Home is putting me in the beach mode for the weekend!

Lulu DK for Schumacher

I'm so excited I can barely contain myself!  In a few weeks I will get to lay my eyes on the new line of fabric for Schumacher designed by one of my design icons Lulu DK (Lulu deKwiatkowski)!  She has designed a fabric line for Schumacher in sophisticated child-specific designs.  Her signature style is  whimsical and full of color while being inspired by organic forms in nature.  Stay tuned for a deeper look in a few weeks!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gently Use Netto Collection Crib & Changer for Sale

Have I got a deal for you all this week.  My client in Manhattan Beach is offering to sell her 2 year old Netto Collection changer and crib for only $1100 for the set. Pictures and dimensions below.  

The changer/bookcase would look wonderful in any room, for a teenager or adult.  Both pieces originally retailed for $1400 each and she is selling them together for $1100.  They are in great condition. This Loft Collection from David Netto is no longer available so you could consider it a collector's item.  The finish is Cherry Stained Ash and White Lacquer. 

Dimensions: 36" H x 41" W x 20.5" D and it is located in Manhattan Beach, CA (we will not ship this)

Crib Dimensions: 42" H x 30" W x 56" L

Please contact me for more information.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bold Color In Bedding

Bold color blocking is making its way not just into fashion this Spring but also into bedding.  Check out some of the newest bedding collections by Maddie Boo Bedding in my post last week on Project Nursery.  Somebody isn't afraid to be bold!

Fuchsia and crisp white is always a successful combination!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pretty in Pink

It's a busy week here at Andrika King Design...installs, painting, murals, and my daughter's nursery is finally being photographed tomorrow!  I can't wait to share the photos with you soon.

The room above is a nursery that I'm working on for a client in Hermosa Beach.  She loved the Globetrotters wallpaper by Clarke & Clarke as much as I do and we used that as our starting inspirational point.  The rest of the furniture gets moved in tomorrow! Here is the original inspiration board below:

Of course we made some adjustments based on product availability as time was of the essence in this one, but you get the gist of the look of the room.  I'm really loving the way it is turning out.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Modern Boy's Nursery...More Shots

As promised here are a few more shots of the newly unveiled modern boy's nursery...

If this room looks familiar you have seen it before but as a girl's room.  Just a few decor changes with the rug, crib and accessories and viola!  A completely new room!

...her new room will be revealed next week.

All photography taken by Life Iz Photography