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Jun 26 2012

3 Tips on How to Modernize a Nursery without Losing Traditional Elements

Say “so long” to those frilly, ruffle crib sheets, gingham basket weave bassinets or those little geese who wear bonnets on your wallpaper border- today’s modern mother has a much wider range of decorating options available when determining her nursery’s style than her mother did.

What used to be either pink or blue has reached an entirely new level of sophistication where pale greens, neutral creams and even slate grays can make a child’s nursery into a space where your child can practically live and function- and you won’t feel like you stepped into Ronald McDonald’s play land.

However, bringing the miracle of new life into this world and “nesting” that nursery is a right of passage, and some of those old throw-backs such as vintage toys, hand-knit blankets and sentimental art is still in style and can actually add personal flair in a traditional way to any nursery. So, how do you blend the old and the new? Here are a few tips:

1. Stay Far Away From “Themed” Nurseries 

It is so tempting to create a princess room or an Winnie the Pooh motif, but if you are seriously concerned about the design and flow of your home, there is a way to bring in certain aspects of “themed” rooms to make your nursery less typecast and more open for interpretation. If you love one certain element, for example owls or the zoo motif- choose one bold accessory or art piece that will act as your inspiration piece.

From there, choose more neutral throw pillows, crib bedding and accents that fit in the same color palette but that are less demanding to the eye.

2. Subtle is Savvy

Cultivating a child’s imagination is what their room should be all about.  Bring in creative ways to modernize the nursery. Your son may love the lion exhibit at the zoo, but instead of focusing on primary colored paint or circus wallpaper consider buying a durable grass cloth wallpaper that can “stand in” for a tall grass jungle.

If you want to bring in a nautical theme, purchase some old navigational maps and frame them, or buy a lighted globe that represents the world which the ancient explorers discovered. These subtle ways of bringing in your overall scheme won’t be as overpowering but just as powerful.

3. Fall in Love With Your Baby’s Room 

Remember that the nursery is a place where the baby will live. In the traditional sense, it should be a reflection of the both of you and how you came to love each other and now this child. This is where you can bring in some traditional elements like the father’s baby booties, or the mother’s first handprints.

Adding a tip of the hat to the parents alongside the photos of your new family member makes a very traditional but unconventional addition to the room. No matter what style you choose- modern, vintage, shabby chic, or mid century- fall in love with the room that you decorate, because it is a reflection of this new and exciting time in your life!

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Apr 23 2011

Bring a Child’s Room to Life With Disney

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Do you have a playroom for your kids, and you are thinking about re-doing everything in the room?  Perhaps you have an empty room and you’re thinking about transforming it into a playroom.  Picking a theme for a playroom can be very hard, especially since there are so many great choices. You can never go wrong with a Disney theme!  Today there are several different categories within the Disney theme alone such as classic Disney and Princess Disney.

You can’t go wrong with Mickey Mouse

When decorating a playroom with a Disney theme, determine which character you would like to go with; allow your children to put some of their own thoughts into it as well.  For the classic theme, focus on the ultimate Disney icon.  Of course, every child loves Mickey Mouse!  A great way to incorporate this into the room is to use black carpet and white walls.  We all know Mickey is black, white, and red, so for the red accent paint the trim around the wall a true red.

A unique way to add even more of Mickey to the room is to have a big red table and black chairs with rounded backs to resemble Mickey’s head.  This will be the perfect area in which the kids can color, put puzzles together and work on crafts.  A large red wall shelf with Mickey painted on both sides adds further appeal to the room!

If the red, black and white tones seem to be a bit overwhelming on their own, think about adding a splash of yellow here and there to break up the monotony and add a touch of sunshine.

Have a “princess” daughter?

The royal Disney theme is perfect for those little girls who love castles, princess fairy tales and dragons.  For this idea, incorporate many of the items that would be found in a princess fantasy movie – consider painting the walls or ceiling in a sky or cloud motif and add a carpet the color of green grass.  To further enhance the room, add a wooden table for arts and crafts; place a glittery “crown” in the center to hold crayons.

For the table and chairs, paint or stencil princess pictures on the backs to add color.  Add bedding, a comforter and throw pillows that incorporate a princess theme, and consider hanging sheer material embellished with sequins or glitter at the four corners of the bed for a canopy effect.

You can look through decorating magazines and online to get additional ideas for decorating with a Disney theme, but be sure to use a few original ideas of your own for a personal touch.

Whichever theme you choose a wooden toy chest decorated with painted characters helps keep the room tidy while adding additional color.  If your child has a television in their room, consider painting the stand a coordinating color.  Bright, playful colors are what you are looking for in a room that the children will love – and be sure to include them in the fun!  It’s a great opportunity for you to bond, and to create a room that is bright, cheery and playful.

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Apr 20 2011

Decorating the Nursery in a Jungle Theme – Colorful and Unique!

If you are expecting a baby soon and still have no idea how you will decorate the nursery, why not try a jungle theme?  It’s unique, colorful and will work whether your little bundle of joy is a boy or girl.  Another aspect that makes decorating in a jungle theme so much fun is that your entire family can join in with their ideas!  As you think of things, jot them down on a piece of paper so you can refer to them later.

Set the backdrop for your “jungle” nursery

What do you find in every jungle?  Lots of lush greenery!  Set large houseplants in the corners of the nursery; fill wall shelves and window sills with smaller plants.  Live plants make the air in the room healthier as they filter the air, so your baby will enjoy fresh air as well.  If you really want to go all out, buy a few silk or plastic vines at your local craft store and hang them across the ceiling!

Color

Most jungle animals are colored in shades of gold, brown, orange, yellow, red, white and black.  Think of parrots, lions, monkeys, tigers and zebras when you begin to create your jungle theme.  To these colors, you can easily add splashes of bright yellow, green or even blue to give the room additional appeal.  Babies love bright colors, which also help them develop their vision.

Consider painting each wall a different color to really give the nursery a unique look.  Paint one wall yellow, one green, one blue and one red if you like, or paint them white or cream and then add a mural consisting of jungle animals on a single wall.

Include plenty of stuffed animals!

Stuffed animals are the basis of the jungle themed nursery.  Hang a net diagonally across one corner of the ceiling, and fill it with monkeys, elephants, parrots, lions and more.  Be sure NOT to place your hanging animals above the crib; you want your baby to be safe in case the net should fall.

If you have a day bed in the room for an occasional nap you can place stuffed animals there as well.  Put them on shelves, on the dresser – anywhere they will sit.  Also consider a few throw pillows with tassels in a jungle-themed pattern for the daybed.

Use your imagination to think of affordable ways you can take the jungle theme even further.  Buy plain cheap lamp shades for the lamps, then hot glue additional fake leaves on them.  If you prefer, use only one or two jungle animals as a theme for the room, such as monkeys and parrots.  It’s your baby’s nursery, so decorate it however you like!  This is the perfect chance for you and your spouse, as well as any other children you may have, to bond and have a blast using your own creative ideas to design a jungle themed nursery that is bright, cheery and unlike any other you have seen before.

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Nov 17 2010

Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Whether you are a mother of four or have just one bundle of joy, sometimes you need help with original ideas with which to decorate a child’s bedroom.  From babies to teens, decorating any bedroom can present a challenge.  For those who don’t have that much of an imagination or simply need a little motivation, this article offers some great ideas that will help them create bedrooms every member of their family will love.

For baby’s room

Decorating an infant’s room can be very time consuming and costly; everyone wants their baby’s room to be perfect.  If you are decorating for a baby boy, then of course the first thing that comes to mind is blue, but you don’t always have to stick to that color.  There are several different colors that are appropriate for a boy as well; colors such as green, brown, and yellow.  Using these colors will allow you to expand your options, so that you don’t have to stick to blue themes.

Try decorating your baby’s room with a theme such as a football, soccer or even a Toy Story.  It’s extremely easy to find accents, wall paper and other accessories for these styles.  Pink, lavender, baby blue and other pastels are perfect for a baby girl’s room.  Consider a ballerina or cowgirl theme, or incorporate some well known characters such as Hello Kitty or Dora the Explorer.

As they grow

As children get older, decorating becomes more difficult and your kids may not want to cooperate with your ideas.  Completely redecorating the room can be very stressful, not to mention expensive.  One way to save money is simply to move the furniture around, which will give a completely different look to the room.

Consider changing the bedding as well for a fresh new look.  To give a room a whole new feel without spending a great deal of money, consider painting the walls or adding stenciled patterns.  Add a new lamp, and the room takes on an entirely different appearance.  Compromise with your children; let them have a say in decorating the room, as long as they stay within limits.

Go with what you already have

Completely redecorating a room can cost a small fortune, especially if it includes all new bedroom furniture, bedding, accents and window treatments.  Make changes that allow you to incorporate some of the existing decor in the room.  For example, if your daughter wants a princess themed bedroom and there is already a great deal of pink in the room, you can accomplish the look without spending as much money.  Make small changes here and there.  For example you may want to include a princess-theme mural painted on a single wall.

Children can be stubborn when it comes to decorating their bedroom.  Making a few simple changes can create an entirely new “vibe” in the room without breaking your budget!  Explain that you cannot afford to spend a great deal of money, and that there must be a compromise.  In the end, your child will have a bedroom they like, and you will save a bundle by making simple changes, and doing what you can by yourself.

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Nov 11 2010

Decorating a Unisex Nursery

Are you an expectant mother with no ideas about how you want to decorate the nursery?  Frequently, parents who are expecting don’t know where to start when it comes to planning their little one’s room.  Certain colors help to calm a baby, while others cause excitement and may not be suitable for use in a nursery.  Unless you are one of the lucky ones who knows exactly what you want to do, this article will help you accomplish the project, and even have fun doing it!

Boy or girl?

If you are expecting and do not want to find out the gender of your baby, there are several different themes you can use.  Some neutral colors that you may want to consider for the nursery are yellows, greens, whites, and even browns.  Jungle themes, zoo animals, and Disney characters work well no matter what the gender of your new baby.  Avoid using red in a nursery because that is the first color most babies recognize and it can create excitement or confusion when it is the only color they see, and it may interfere with sleeping.  While decorating a nursery, include accents or accessories you love and ask relatives (especially those with children) for their opinions or ideas.

Decorating a nursery on a budget

A great idea for decorating walls on a tight budget is to use pictures from old children’s books.  You can frame the pictures and include the words from the pages, which will help as your baby grows and begins to read.  Wallpaper, large wall graphics and stencils are other affordable ways to brighten up the walls.  You may want to consider a pattern or graphic that will be suitable as your child gets older, so that you don’t have to completely redecorate the room in 2 or 3 years.

You might also consider adding a daybed in the nursery, especially for those first few weeks when you are likely to spend many nights getting up and down with your new baby.  This will allow you to get a little sleep when your baby is sleeping, reducing your exhaustion during your initial adjustment to parenthood.

Storage

There are always lots of items needed by a new baby.  Lotions, powders, diapers, rattles, baby wipes and cotton balls are just a few of the things you will want to hide away so that the room doesn’t appear messy and cluttered.  Consider placing a plastic storage container with drawers next to the changing table or crib so you will have easy access when you need it.  You can also keep any extra stuffed animals, clothes and other items you received at baby showers in plastic or Tupperware containers underneath the daybed, so they are out of sight until desired.  Put these tips to use in your nursery, and whether you have a boy or a girl you will be all set.

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Mar 04 2010

Decorating a Baby Nursery on a Budget

It’s amazing how much money people end up spending decorating a nursery. Fortunately, you can have a stylish baby nursery without spending a fortune. You can create the baby room of your dreams within a limited budget with just a little creativity. Here are some suggestions regarding how to create a great nursery while saving some money in the process.

Decorate in a Style That Will Grow with Your Child
It’s amazing how fast babies grow, and you need to remember that soon the infantile décor of the room will no longer fit. So when decorating a nursery, it’s important to plan in advance. Keep the color scheme neutral to start with so that your child can grow with it. Unless you know that you’re going to be moving within the next year or two, you want to come up with a style that will last until your child is at least 7–10 years old. In the end, this will save you plenty of money, as you won’t have to redecorate every few years as your child grows.

Get Creative and Do It Yourself
A great way to save money on a nursery is to do things yourself. This probably means you’ll need to know how to paint, sew, or build things from wood. If you have a fabric store nearby, it will be much cheaper to make the drapes than to buy them from a store. In addition, this gives you much more creative freedom, as you’ll have a broader choice as to what patterns and colors you use in the room. You can create a fabulous nursery within the budget you have set by getting creative and learning some new skills.

Keep the Nursery Décor Simple and Functional
Another sure way to save money when decorating is to keep things simple. It’s important to keep in mind that your baby’s not going to care what the room looks like for several years. Just because you’ve been thumbing through all those gorgeous nurseries in the magazines and on the web doesn’t necessarily mean that this is what your nursery has to look like. You need to be worried more about the functionality of the room. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if you have the same crib set as your favorite celebrity.

Just because you’re keeping the room simple doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be dull. It’s possible to create an interesting look by choosing smaller and cheaper décor items. One inexpensive addition is wooden letters, which you can easily hand paint for very little. You can create an instant attention-getter that’s inexpensive as well by hanging them on the wall with decorative ribbon. You should also be able to find other nursery items that you can use to add a special touch to your baby’s nursery at garage sales, in flea markets, and on the clearance racks.

You shouldn’t worry about spending a fortune decorating the baby nursery, as having a new baby is expensive enough. Rather, by following these steps, you can create an awesome nursery that won’t break the bank. Then you can save the money for your little one’s college fund instead.

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Jan 21 2010

Tips for Decorating a Kid’s Room

Decorating your child’s room is not always the easiest job. It may be that your child is really too young to let you know what they want. Or perhaps they don’t really have an interest in what their room looks like. Or you may have the opposite problem and your child has so many ideas for the décor that you don’t even know where to start. Read on for some important tips to help get you started decorating your child’s room.

Instead of a Theme, Decorate Around a Child’s Interests
When deciding on a décor for your child’s bedroom, you don’t want to just randomly pick a theme. If your child is old enough to have some specific interests or collections of items, then decorate around those instead. This ensures that the room will mean more to the child, and this way, they may not grow tired of it so quickly. For instance, if your son loves the beach, then create a beach theme by incorporating some stripes and checks into the décor and then decorating around his seashell collection or pictures of the beach. On the other hand, if your daughter can’t get enough of her dolls, then you might pick out some fabrics that coordinate with those dolls and base the room off that.

Keep It Simple and Allow Your Child to Change the Room Often
Kids will often change their minds from one minute to the next. For instance, your daughter may love Hannah Montana one day and the next day she won’t be able to stand her and will move on to something else. It makes more sense to keep the basics of the room really simple and allow your child to decorate as they wish, thus avoiding having to completely redecorate the room every year. To start, paint the walls a neutral color or a favorite color that you know they won’t want to change for a while. Then simply let them hang up whatever pictures and posters they want and accessorize accordingly. One week they may have Jonas Brothers pictures up, and the next it may be Hannah Montana or Selena Gomez.

Be Sure to Add as Much Storage Space as Possible
Over the years, kids tend to collect an awful lot of stuff. Inevitably, this stuff will all have to be stored in their rooms. But if you provide them with lots of storage space, you won’t have to look at all that stuff since it will be stored away and out of sight. When adding storage areas, you can really get creative, such as placing bins under the bed. Pick wood dressers with plenty of drawers to organize items in. Unless you want to live with your child’s room overflowing with things, you need to provide them with as much storage and organizational space as possible.

Think About the Future When Decorating
Do you plan on being in your home for several years? Then you need to take this into consideration when decorating your kid’s bedroom. Unless you want to change the room every few years, you need to think about the future when planning out the room’s décor. You need to remember that your child is not always going to be 5 and someday may not want the Superman wallpaper anymore. So when picking your decorating theme, consider how many years you want the décor to last before you have to change it.

Decorating a kid’s room can be quite fun. Not only that, but also provides a great opportunity to spend time with your child and learn more about them. But do keep these tips in mind. That way, you will get the best you can out of your kid’s bedroom décor.

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Nov 30 2009

5 Tips for Decorating a Baby Nursery for New Parents

Baby NurseryMany new parents quickly start thinking about how they are going to decorate the baby’s nursery. Decorating a baby nursery is certainly a lot of fun, but there are some essential things that new parents need to keep in mind concerning the decorating process.

1. Keep Safety in Mind at All Times
When decorating your baby’s nursery, it’s important that you keep the baby’s safety in mind at all times. What this means is that you may have to sacrifice any design elements that could potentially be unsafe for your baby. Important factors to consider include: no small pieces that could create choking hazards, no strangling hazards, no items containing toxic chemicals, and no uncovered electrical outlets.

2. Set a Budget and Stick to It
Your baby’s nursery is a decorating project where it is not at all difficult to go way over your budget. These days, there are plenty of cute baby items that are available and you can get lured in rather easily. Therefore, be sure that you create a reasonable budget for the room beforehand and then stick to it. If your budget is limited, you want to spend the bulk of the money you have on a quality crib and furniture rather than other décor items.

3. You Don’t Have to Choose a Theme
Many new parents insist on choosing a theme for their baby’s nursery. A nursery’s décor can look just as nice without a theme as it does with one. By keeping the room simple with some great furniture and nice paint colors, you can create a wonderful nursery for your child. Then later, as your baby gets older, it will be easier to change the room according to what he or she wants. Don’t let other’s convince you that a theme is necessary, as in truth it is only one of your decorating options.

4. Use Your Creativity and Talents
Some of the best baby nurseries have been create by parents who have channeled their creativity and talents into a completely unique nursery design. If you can draw or paint, for instance, you can design your own mural for the nursery wall. Sewers and knitters can also create items to complement the nursery’s décor. Many new parents find that they like the nursery so much better when they have contributed their own talents and designs to the décor of the room.

5. Make Sure the Nursery Is Functional and Practical
In terms of the functionality of a baby nursery, some new parents have to learn the hard way. Although you might want an aesthetically pleasing nursery, it needs to be practical above all else. The key to a functional and practical room is to find furniture and baby items that you will actually use. So if that rocking chair is not comfortable, even though it might look really cute in the corner, chances are that you’re probably not going to use it and you will have wasted your money.

One thing that most new parents look forward to is decorating the nursery. With a little help from these suggestions, you’ll be able to create the best possible baby nursery for your little one.

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Nov 13 2009

4 Tips for Creating a Child’s Bathroom

Kid's BathroomMost bathrooms are designed for adults. But if you have a kids’ bathroom in your home, you might have to adjust your focus when it comes to decorating. It’s not that difficult to create a bathroom perfect for a child, particularly if you remember who you are decorating for and address any problems your children may have with your ideas.

Accessibility Is Key
If you are creating a bathroom for your child, it’s important to make sure that your child will actually be able to use the bathroom by himself. There are many different ways by which you can make the room more accessible, especially for those younger children. Simple things like a kid-friendly faucet or cabinet pulls can instantly create a more accessible bathroom for your child. Place a stepstool in the bathroom if your child can’t reach the sink by himself, or consider lowering the height of the counter and sink.

Make the Bathroom Safe
A bathroom can actually be a pretty dangerous place for a child. If you want peace of mind when your child goes to do things by herself in her own bathroom, it’s a good idea to make the room as safe as possible.

  • If there’s a shower, be sure to install non-slip adhesive decals or a mat for your child.
  • Place a cover over the faucet and bathtub spout that will control the temperature of the water and prevent scalding.
  • Don’t place items up high that your child will have to climb to reach.
  • Don’t place toothbrushes and other items above the toilet or sink; put them down lower in a cabinet.

Add Plenty of Storage
A child can accumulate a lot of items in one bathroom. The key to getting your child to keep the bathroom neat is to have plenty of organized storage in the room. As with anywhere, if children have a specific place to put something away, then they will be more likely to do so. Use plastic baskets and bins for larger items and then drawer organizers and bins for smaller ones. A separate bucket for tub toys is also a great idea, so they’re not all over the bathtub.

Sharing Is Possible in a Child’s Bathroom
Don’t worry if more than one child will need to share the bathroom. You can avoid a lot of problems by keeping things organized and labeled. For instance, give each child his or her own basket or bin on its own shelf, which will prevent confusion over whose item is whose. If you have a larger bathroom, you might want to even consider installing a double sink in the room, which will prevent fights when everybody is getting ready. Ask each child for design ideas. This way everyone will feel like they’ve had a say in the bathroom’s décor.

You’ll be surprised how fun it is to design a child’s bathroom, particularly when you get your child involved in the process. This is a great project that you and your child can plan and create together, resulting in a special bathroom specifically designed for your child.

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Oct 26 2009

Decorating Ideas for Playrooms

playroomA child’s playroom provides a room in the house where a child can have fun and enjoy having his or her own space. Not only that, but it allows you to get your child’s toys out of sight and into one room. However, this doesn’t mean that the playroom should not have functional decorating. By following these great ideas, you can create a playroom that’s both perfect for your children and functional for you.

Have Plenty of Storage Options
In order to keep the playroom as neat as possible, you need to provide plenty of storage options. This way, when it comes time to clean up, everything in the room will have its proper place. You want to make sure you have plenty of organization and storage so that your child’s playroom doesn’t end up looking like a tornado blew through it on a daily basis.

Furniture pieces such as wood chests can provide storage, as well as plastic bins and shelving units on the wall.

Be sure that any small items, such as puzzles, art supplies, and other toys, are stored in individual baskets or bins.

Make the Playroom Room Durable
Don’t put your favorite piece of furniture in your child’s playroom unless you plan on it getting broken. Even little girls tend to be rough on furniture and other decorating items. The easiest way to keep the room durable is to keep any décor items simple and kid-friendly.

Plastic bins and baskets can double up as storage and decorations for the room. Install rugs that are easy-to-clean in darker colors and patterns that will hide stains.

Keep Play Areas Safe for Your Kids
Bolt any dressers, bookshelves, or wood desks to the wall to prevent them from falling on a climbing child. It’s not a bad idea to use only children’s size furniture, as furniture that’s too tall can be unsafe for younger children. Store any small toys and art supplies up high where younger children won’t be able to reach them. For any homes with babies or toddlers, it’s important to baby-proof the room by placing covers on all the outlets and keeping any hanging blind cords from the windows out of reach.

Let Your Child Have a Say in the Playroom
If your children have a say in how to decorate the playroom, they will enjoy that room so much more. It’s easy to ask your children’s opinion on such things as the color of the walls or what color carpet they want. Even a themed playroom isn’t that difficult with simple things like stencils and stick-ons added to the walls.

In the end, if your child doesn’t like his or her playroom or is mad because it’s not what he or she wanted, that child is going to be less likely to want to play in that room and keep it clean. Allowing your child to have some say in the décor and items in the room to a certain degree will make things far easier for everyone.

A playroom is meant to be a child’s favorite place in the house. Not only does it give them a chance to be independent, but it also gives them their own space in which to be creative and have fun. If you follow these decorating ideas, you’ll find that decorating a playroom can be both simple and inexpensive.

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