Colorful rugs can add serious character to your nursery. One of my favorite places to browse for interesting rugs is eBay. Try searching for “vintage rugs,” “zapotec rugs”, “navajo rugs”, and my absolute favorite “turkish kilim rugs!”
Wall Decals are one of the easiest ways to add some fun decor to the nursery… or any room in your home. Today I wanted to share some of my FAVORITES from The Lovely Wall.
All of their wall decals are 100% removable and super easy to apply! Do you have a favorite design? I am currently obsessed with Folk Houses, Moving Mountains, and Scalloped Bunting. & for my own bedroom I LOVE how the Tiny Dots look!
The newest addition to our blanket line, our Eco Watermelon Baby Blanket is now for available for preorder at SpearmintLOVE.com.
& just in case you need some decorating inspiration… Find the sources below:
“Wendy” by Wee Little Monsters
Faux Flowers and Heart Flower Pot from Target
Pink Wood Wreath from Hobby Lobby
Heico Mushroom Lamp, GOLD
Mahalo White Ukelele
Je T’aime Cushion by Atsuyo Et Akiko
Watermelon Hair Clip, Bubba and Vi
Wovenplay Jess Brown Doll
Polka Dot Stool DIY
Faux Sheepskins from IKEA
Need ideas for your nursery? Over the years I’ve made a LOT of nursery mood boards. I’ve added over 60 of them to a Pinterest page titled: Mood Boards: Nurseries & Children’s Bedrooms. Super easy to scroll through. If you see something you like just click on it to find links to all of the sources!
We LOVE stuffed, plush toys around here and recently discovered Mermapillar Organics.
All of their cute & quirky organic pillows are made by hand in Minneapolis with materials from the USA. Their cute creatures are sure to add some fun to your playroom or nursery. Which one is your favorite? Check out a few pics of our cotton owl pillow below:
We just got these adorable new Monster Prints that I’ve framed with Washi Tape. Paige Christensen’s original watercolor illustrations are now available at Wee Little Monsters. So go check out all of the cuteness… perfect for the nursery!
p.s. follow along on IN: @weelittlemonsters
As the Fourth of July quickly approaches, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to gather up some items in a patriotic color combo fit for any nursery or kids room.
They’re great year round, really.
Happy Wednesday and hope you all have a happy 4th!
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Hi again, Irene here from designstiles. When I was decorating my son’s nursery, buying a crib mobile wasn’t part of the plan. But after he was born, we read articles and were advised by friends about how much babies love them. And because my husband is a worry-wart and was certain if we did not buy one our boy would somehow grow up with problems, we bought one as soon as we could.
Our baby loves his and sometimes when I lay him in his crib so I could have a few minutes to brush my teeth, I hear him blabbing to it. It’s adorable. I highly recommend one.
Here’s a round-up of some cute ones I’ve come across.
The Paris one is adorable for a little girl’s room.
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Irene here from designstiles.
I’m always happy to hear about new sites to shop art, especially art for kids. As much as I love Etsy, sometimes I just keep coming across the same image repeatedly. It’s great having extra sources.
Cue in Eclectica Kiddo, a collection of high quality art curated by Laura Liatis and Emily Mann, featuring contemporary pieces by artists from all over the world. Though all of their products are proudly made in the USA.
They offer custom framed prints on canvas and prints on birch artists panels, using only master printers and the best materials.
This is a duo is who highly excited about their product and I’m more than happy to spread the word.
Cute, cool and unique art. Below are just a few of my favorites but be sure to check out the rest here.
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Lamps are one of my favorite home accessories. They quite literally light up a room. I’ve always had an affinity for vintage ones but really I’m not one to discriminate towards any one with the right height, base or shade.
I’ve used non-kid ones in children’s rooms but when I came across this adorable whale one, I was quickly on the hunt for more animal base lamps. These are such a great way to add a touch of whimsy to a child’s room and extra cuteness.
Irene here from designstiles sharing fun and cute lamps ideal for any kid space.
Here you have a whale, squirrel, elephant, bunny rabbit and flamingo.
The holiday season is on it’s way… EEEK, it always kind of sneaks up on you! Where will you be doing your shopping this year? There are SOOOO many things that I would LOVE, & this is the one time of year that I buy things that I do not actually need. (most of the year I am pretty frugal!)
This holiday season, Pottery Barn Kids has so many new and beautiful things for babies & children. I’ve picked out just a few items that I would love in my home! Harper would go crazy over the Snow Leopard Faux Fur Sleeping Bag and I am obsessed with the Brass Bunny Lamp!
What are you loving from PBK?
Wooden Shopping Cart * Hanging Star Mobile * The Emily + Meritt Unicorn Wall Mount * The Emily + Meritt Brass Bunny Table Lamp * St. Jude Give Back Bears * Wooden Milk Container Set & Wooden Egg Set * Animal Plush Playmat * Fur Sleeping Bag – Snow Leopard * International Dolls Mika & Inna * Ivory Santa Bags * Sherpa Bear Rocker
Last week I attended the ABC Kids Exp in Las Vegas. I was able to preview some of the most fabulous new children’s products/mom gear that will be coming to stores this 2014 + meet some of the creative minds behind these products. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favorite booths + products from the show!
Flatout Frankie is one of the first booths that caught my eye the first day of the show. Their environmentally friendly cardboard toys fold and ship flat and make storage super easy. I love the fact that they turn cardboard into something so functional and beautiful. The packaging is like artwork! My faves were the unicorn & dinosaur heads which you can mount on the wall or attach to the top of a broom! & how cool is their new cardboard alphabet?
TO purchase or find a retailer of Flatout Frankie visit littlemodern.com
Team NEON or Team PASTEL?
Why not both?…
I fell in love with the inspiration image above. The colors just speak to me. Perhaps the perfect inspiration for those of you expecting a baby girl? Or anyone decorating a “big girl” space? The color combo is so beautiful..soft & feminine with a bit of punch! What do you think? Do you LOVE it? or not your style?
1. Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail – Acrylic/White/Grey
2. Letter Pillow
3. Blue Hare Screenprint
4. Hot Pink Triangle Garland
5. Blue Faux Children’s Ghost Chair
6. Arrow Muslin Swaddle Blanket
7. velvet orange 23″ floor pillow
8. Star Satchel Turquoise with White Stars
9. Owl Baby Rattle
10. gorilla Table Lamp
11. Krylon Fluorescent Spray Paint, Yellow Orange
12. HEMNES Dresser
Last night at the Project Nursery/Fisher Price Pin Party I was really inspired by this floral rug (currently ON SALE on UrbanOutfitters.com. I don’t usually pick so many soft/feminine accessories, but the rug somehow spoke to my soft/feminine side. (my hubby would swear that side does not exist!!)
Anyway, have a super fab weekend. We’ll be doing a LOT of working, watching football & hopefully catching up on some zzzzzs….
1. Graco Victoria Non-Drop Convertible Crib – White
2. Plum & Bow Pastel Floral Rug
3. French Tassel Curtains– Aqua
4. Feather Pixie Crown
5. Be True Print, Lindsay Letters
6. Woven Albaca Size Table
7. Admiral Hanging Mirror
8. carlymegan Organic Leggings
9. Organic Zig Zag Pillow
10. La Camille Plush Pillow
11. Owl Rattle
This is so out of the box for me. I typically steer so far from anything western feeling and especially cowboys, but I couldn’t help myself with Frederic Remington. His idealized American Western themes, so full of action and adventure, would be so fabulous in a little boys room!
My goal was to create a room perfect for a growing young boy that had a sense of the American West adventure with a little modern twist. By mixing geometric elements such as the bedding, pillows, and mobile with the action packed artwork and the organic cowhide rug, the western feel is able to be subtly accomplished. The world map helps to add to the sense of adventure while the bright colors and simple patterns add a sense of youthfulness.
What do you think? Something you could see in your favorite little boy’s bedroom?
Hi there, it’s Irene from designstiles.
After working on several kids rooms, I’ve discovered just how much extra storage they need just for toys. Storing their toys in cute baskets is a quick and easy solution for those times you just want to see them off the floor.
I think baskets are great in general but even more so when they also serve a decorative purpose.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite storage baskets for kids and their toys, some of which are actually hampers.
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One of those things that I think totally makes a nursery is the mobile. Every nursery typically has one… they’re so visually stimulating and perfect for little ones to look at and entertain themselves with. And there are basically a gazillion different kinds out there, how is a momma supposed to chose just one?? Do you go store bought or handmade? Or maybe you want to try your hand at making your own? Either way, mobiles are a definite must for the nursery, don’t you think?
I have a serious love for mobiles. I’ve spent hours and hours looking at all the different kinds out there. I’ve even tried my hand at making a few, like this one that I just finished and am still trying to decide where to hang. If I were out looking to buy a mobile though these days… these would probably be on the top of my list…
I have a thing for different, unique, handmade mobiles that are going to make a statement. We already talked about how important the mobile is to the baby, but what about to the design of the room? When you are designing your nursery you have a chance to really make a statement and create an excellent statement piece with the mobile. It is one of the first things you see when you walk into the room and it hangs low from the ceiling so is often right at eye level. Since it is one of the most dominate pieces in the nursery, don’t you think we should give it that extra “umph” to really bring in some specialness to your sweet baby’s room?
What do you think? How do you feel about mobiles? Which one would you choose?
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Hi, it’s Irene from designstiles. I’ve been on the hunt for wall art for a few projects and there are some sources that never fail.
One thing I’ve picked up along the way, children’s art and animals are pretty synonymous.
Today I’m sharing some pieces I’ve been considering.
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June was such a busy month I didn’t even have the chance to sit down and blog!
Besides being 7 months pregnant and busy nesting, we were also busy planning our gender reveal party for close friends and family. It was such a huge success, I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas and inspiration with you. There were lots of great ideas out there from creative invites, fun girl/boy themes and lots of easy DIY projects. How do you decide without going over board?
First off Invites and a Theme.
I think the biggest decision was how do you present the gender reveal? A cake, a box of balloons or as we choose a piñata!
Of course you can’t skip the dessert table!
With the summer break practically here (already here for many of you) thoughts of… what in the world am I going to do with my kids all day are crossing many minds around these parts. Well, here is a fun, super easy, inexpensive DIY project perfect for any age, a dyed noodle garland complete with their name! It can be completed in less than a day, needs little supervision (depending on your child’s age), and is able to be hung by the child afterward giving it a wonderful function! What more could you ask for in a children’s project right??
I won’t lie, it was rather interesting helping my boy string the noodles since he is only two but he was able to get the hang of it. But seeing the excitement in his face and hearing him giggle when he crawled into bed and saw his garland hanging there in his room made all the work totally worth it!!
The garland was unbelievably easy to make… There are two different parts to the project but really if you keep at it you totally could do the entire thing in a day.
I used these instructions to dye the noodles. I used rigatoni noodles because they are large, columnar, and have a huge hole allowing my two year old to string them very easily. A few other tips you might want to remember… the longer you let the noodles sit in the food coloring the darker and more intense the colors get. I let mine sit for probably 30 minutes or so in the dye, flipping and shaking the bag every so often to make sure the color was evenly spread. PS… they dry quite quickly too since it is rubbing alcohol not water they’re soaking in.
Once you have you colored noodles, it is time to string your garland! Are you ready??
Dyed noodles (you could totally use really big beads honestly… the noodles are just fun because they’re super cheap! We’re talking like $2 for more than enough for a garland)
Letters to spell your desired word (I don’t have anything to cut the letters out for me so I simply printed them and cut them out by hand.)
Punch holes in each of your letters. You want each letter to have two holes so that they will hang straight and flat.
Cut your string so it is the length you would like the garland to be.
Begin stringing your letters onto the string. I would recommend stringing the letters from the front down and then back up through the second hole. This makes the string along the letter in the back not the front. Trust me… you’ll want it that way…
Center your letters so they spell your word on the center of your string.
String your noodles onto the garland on either side of the word keeping the number of noodles even on both sides.
Once you have strung your desired amount of noodles, hang it up!! Enjoy it!! Let your baby feel proud of his hard work!
And there you have it!! Super easy right?? So… is this super cute or just super tacky? I can’t decide… Christopher loves it though so I think it will stay up for awhile for him. There is something special in letting your child see his work and be proud of creating something I think.
For more super fun DIY projects to keep you and your kiddies busy this summer be sure to drop by and visit me over on Just Dawnelle!
Hi! Irene here again from designstiles.
I’m at the age now where everyone I know seems to be having babies. Friends, friends of friends, sister’s friends, mom’s friends. Okay maybe not mom’s friends, but you get the point. I have a few clients too who are having baby girls. And while I spend some time searching for their baby’s nurseries, I can’t help but save some items that draw my attention.
Here’s a collection of baby girl items that I think are just kind of cool. Like this crib, with an acrylic front. Sleek and modern.
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Hi there, Irene again from designstiles. I stumbled upon this adorable pink dachshund figural from Target and quickly decided it would serve as inspiration for this week’s post. Turns out Target has a variety of cute animal decorative objects and today I’ve gathered my favorite. Perfect for nurseries or playrooms, here are a few art pieces, storage boxes, piggy banks and bookends.
These make great gifts too.
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I came across this girl’s room recently on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love and instantly fell in love with color combo. Maybe because when I was young my favorite colors were black and pink too. This room was created for an 11 year old girl and I thought, what a cool yet sophisticated room for that age. Most importantly she can grow into her teen years with the same design.
I think as parents you want to give your kids the opportunity to express themselves and create their own space at that age but yet you do not want to redo it every 2-3 years. In my design experience and assisting clients with their kids rooms, I try and be aware of that especially from a cost stand point. I created a little inspiration board and some suggested products on how to re-create the look. Enjoy!
I received a collection of prints from Lindsay Letters earlier in the week. (if you follow me on INSTAGRAM) you already got a sneak peak!) I was so inspired by this bold/NAVY Adventure print. I want to repeat this message OUT LOUD to Harper & Rex every day!
Anyone using NAVY in their nursery? NAVY is a fab color for boys, but would work really well for a gender neutral room as well. If I was using a lot of Navy I’d paint the walls crisp white for an amazing contrast. Here are a few of my current NAVY faves:
1. Be Brave Print
2. Navy & White Stripe Cylinder Light
3. Oliver B Crib Sheet, White/Navy
4. Navy Moon Pillow
5. Appaman Hockey Jersey – Galaxy
6. Navy Kånken Mini
7. Blue Dress w/ Neon Yellow Bow (not exactly NAVY, but this dress is on clearance at Target for $8 & I just LOVE it!)
8. Blue Wooden Bead Teether
9. Navy Greek Key Blanket
10. Navy Striped Tube Socks for Baby (i’m loving that tube socks are back in style!)
11. Polka Dot Bear
I wanted to share some cute kids’ room styling this morning by Dutch shop Coming Kids. If you like Scandinavian design/decor, this may be a great site to browse if you are getting ready to decorate your nursery.
I love this crib + the styling of all of the wall shelves!
Designing for my family is a passion of mine. I thrive on making a space special for each of them… To see their faces light up in a room that reflects their individuality, decoratively. Redesigning Soph and Charlotte’s room was no exception. It began with a brilliant Craig’s List find of two mint condition Jenny Lind beds and evolved into an eclectic mixture representing both of the girl’s personalities. By blending newer elements like an Ikea desk spray painted hot pink and older relics like the industrial sign letters above each bed, a naturally delicate balance was achieved. Without hesitation, both girls have settled into their new stomping grounds flawlessly, which in turn makes for a very happy mommy.
xo.j >> www.sophandlulu.com
*Design by J + Photography by D >> www.sophandlulu.com
Source List >>
Beds: Craig’s List / Paint color = Graceful Grey by BEHR, Bedding: Target, Pillows: Target, Urban Outfitters + Home Goods, Industrial Letter ‘S’ and ‘C': Etsy, Vintage Dresser: Ebay, Floral Rug: Target, Wall Lamps: Ikea, Chandelier: Ikea, Eifel Tower Vinyl Decal: Etsy, Curtains: Ikea, Armoire: Shabby Chic for Target, Yellow Rug: Home Goods, Desk and Chair: Ikea, Wall Color: African Violet by BEHR
In lieu of Easter weekend, I was inspired by all of the pastels and colorful Easter eggs. Why not find inspiration from a colorful egg? I remember dying eggs with my mom as a child and how much I loved to see what color combination it would take on as you pulled the egg from the colorful water. I still love all the blues, pinks, yellows, and teals so when you put all those wonderful colors together, you can create a pretty nursery palette of eggcellence! Happy Easter….
Where do you begin when decorating a new room? Do you choose a paint color that has completely inspired you? Or do you pick a favorite accessory for the room and decorate around that. Something as simple as throw pillow or crocheted blanket may be the perfect inspiration.
The mood board I’ve created this morning was inspired 1 particular accessory… the Triangle Felt Garland. It felt like the right place to begin. I just love the color combination: CHARCOAL, YELLOW, BLUE, & PINK!
What are the standout colors in your nursery or child’s bedroom?
half moon blanket in grey/yellow
senegalese storage basket – pink, small
triangle felt garland
fat cat watercolor print
grey & pink knit owl plush
iceberg natural stacking toy
yellow ruffle throw pillow
I’m at home with my little pumpkins today- another cold & R A I N Y day! I’m not one to claim boredom, but seriously wishing we could get outside. My kids do so much better after an hour of fresh air!
On another note, have you noticed the cute rain and cloud trend in children’s decor/accessories? Raindrop decals & plush cloud pillows somehow make rainy days a bit more cheerful, NO?
1. raindrop house mobile
2. Rain & Cloud Tote Bag
3. rain drops rubber stamp
4. rain cloud wall art – 7 inch embroidery hoop
5. wooden cloud + 3 wooden rain drops
6. colorful raindrops 8″x10″ print
7. cat in the rain blanket
8. charcoal & white clouds fitted crib sheet
9. raindrop pants
Does anyone else have a pinterest board for rainy days? Here is MINE.
Happy Friday & happy 1st day of MARCH! I don’t know about you, but after this brutal winter I am hopeful for an early spring. To get in the spring mood I’ve picked out some pretty things in one of my favorite colors, MINT!
What is your favorite spring color?
1. mint painted hearts
2. mint crochet baby sandals
3. mint & coral tutu dress
4. mint chevron blanket
5. muslin baby sleeping bag, mint/grey stars
6. mint/gold cloud mobile
7. mint/coral/pink baby headband
8. mint faux deer head
9. mint/aqua crib sheet
10. mint/gold ballet flats
11. summer snow mint/coral/yellow throw pillow
12. polka dot chambray skirt
13. mr. small plush robot
P.S. I have the same faux deer head in my entry. I’m thinking of painting it MINT & adding some glitter to the antlers like the one above. My deer was only $25 plus paint. See the BEFORE HERE
P.P.S Polka dot MINTY tape strips in the collage created with Mint Green Digital Paper Pack
Black & White seems to be the hottest trend in Scandinavian children’s bedrooms. What do you think of this trend? Will you be adding any black/white to your nursery or toddler’s bedroom? Here are just a few of my current favorite accessories. & some decorating inspiration…
1. black & white stripe diaper cover
2. black stripe baby wrap
3. screen printed pillow case with black firs on white base
4. unfold pendant lamp
5. black & white clouds blanket
6. egmont black rabbit lamp
7. black star garland
8. black eames style rocker
9. little ozzie rabbit
10. black & white chevron receiving blanket
11. white/black polka dot fabric storage bin
I don’t remember when I found Joy‘s blog, but I have been following her for a while. Her creativity and DIY skills always amaze me. She made many things for her baby’s nursery, including the elephant lamp and and hot air balloon mobile. She generously shares tutorials on her blog
Click here to see more.
Photos from How Joyful
Have you noticed the kitty cat trend? I have to admit, I’ve always been a dog person but all of a sudden I have this OBSESSION with cats! (I even added a coool cat background on my Twitter page!)
I’ve been seeing quirky cat faces everywhere and wanted to share some of my favorite kitty cat dolls, pillows, artwork, etc. Do you have any cat inspired decor/accessories in your home/child’s room? Harper has this pink kitten print in her room.
1. kitty cat mask & tail
2. cat sweater, bobo choses
3. pretty kitty
4. cat ears headband
5. cat cushion
6. cat art
7. party cat greeting card (frame it!)
8. coco the cat
9. wood painted striped tailed cat
10. puffy sleeve kitty cat tee
11. kitty cat baby hat & booties set
12. cat hats
13. neon pink kitty baseball tee
14. mog cushion, donna wilson
15. grey hand made cat with embroidered face
16. kitten cloth bag
P.S. check out my new KITTY CAT pinterest board
Super fun idea! Imagine a collection of these cute faces decorating your child’s nursery/bedroom…
Decorate ceramic tableware using cure-on decorative film. The film is easy to use, so even the youngest family members can cut out decorations. Cut the film into the desired shapes, let them soak in water for a while and then remove the backing paper. Let the plate dry for 24 hours. Harden by curing in the oven in 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Please note that the decorated tableware must be hand-washed.
Susanna Vento / photo Kristiina Kurronen / via scandinaviandeko.com
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