There is a BIG sale at Anthropologie & this amazing wallpaper is on sale. I always thought it would be darling on an accent wall in the nursery…possibly behind the crib? Anyone else planning on putting wallpaper in the nursery?
Our newest addition arrived yesterday, & I am not sure who is more excited!…me or Harper? We are redoing her room and have lots of new things coming. Eventually Perchance will sit on the window ledge or maybe even a pink leather pouf? For now she is sitting on our PUT THE LOVE IN THE COCONUT BEACH TOWEL.
Good Morning! I’m sitting in Starbucks this morning browsing old issues of Lonny Mag & saw this cool idea! What do you think about an oversized mirror behind the crib? Would you try it? Or way too dangerous?
I saw some HUGE mirrors at Homegoods the other day. One of them actually reminds me of this mirror. It was $179 but had a gold-ish frame. You could easily spray paint the frame to get this exact look.
Adriane Duckworth has created this fabulous collection of animals for the nursery. How cute would it be to have the entire collection framed on baby’s wall?
Or, if you could choose only one, which one would it be? I’d pick the bunny or the whale. (there are more animals on her website)…
NOTE: just found out that she also has an Etsy Store, YAY!
YES, YES, YES! What a perfect touch to your baby’s nursery. Place a sweet glittery animal on the wall shelf or at the end of his bookcase. So so cute! But be sure to place out of reach once baby starts moving around on his/her own.
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So Violet’s play room is slowly transforming to become her big girl room. No – I’m not pregnant, but we do want to have another baby eventually and I don’t want her to be making too many transitions at once. I’m hoping that as soon as she is ready to be out of her crib the room will be ready for her. (We’ll see how that goes when the time comes – could be a disaster, but in my mind it sounds like a good plan!)
I’ve slowly been making purchases for her room and my ideas have evolved a bit since we first started the project. Here’s the current plan:
So far I’ve purchased everything except for the curtains (which I may buy white curtains and DIY) and heart print (which unfortunately is no longer available, but I can always DIY it.) I am also creating my own larger version of a black botanical chart using an old map (wish me luck on that one!) and obviously have a slightly different dollhouse. I’m still looking for a mirror and the perfect vintage dresser on Craigslist. I’m thinking a coral color paint but it could end up natural wood as well – we’ll see!
If you remember my original plan you can see that this one involves a lot more black – I’m so in love with black lately! I feel like it just adds a touch of sophistication to an otherwise very girly space. Here are the sources:
Clockwise from top left: ribbon-edge drapes, terrarium prints, doily pillow, love pillow, rug, round flower pillow, botanical chart, bedding, bear doll, dollhouse, bear hook, squirrel lamp, heart print
So excited to pull it all together!
Wouldn’t this be such a fun room for a little guy? The to-die-for leather mobile was the inspiration for the board. If I had a little boy, triangles + arrows would be on my list for sure!
P.S. I’d really appreciate a comment (aka vote) on my ideabook for Houzz.com – thank so much!!!
If you’re having the fam over for a holiday meal this year, don’t forget about the little guys. Here are a six inspiring ideas for the kids’ table:
1. Craft paper + crayons
2. Chalkboard paint + chalk (minus the vino)
4. Clearly a fun activity
5. Paper cutouts
Do you love it too? Get the look:
clockwise from top left: paper owls, Behr limelight paint, mobile, number poster, abstract art, zigzag pillow, dresser, crib skirt fabric, blanket, crib, rocking horse, glider, marbled paper, porcelain letter
clockwise from top left: early bird pendant lamp, behr dew drop paint, window shade fabric, lion painting, fabric bin, wooden stool, mid-century lamp, flor carpet tiles, giraffe pull toy, modern bookshelf, pendleton blanket, giraffe wallpaper silhouette, sheepskin rug, striped chair
When we were creating Violet’s nursery, I really wanted to use wallpaper but was worried it would be too difficult with her sloped walls. Some days I wish I had a huge house full of rooms so that I could use all of the amazing wallpaper that is out there! But since I’m not winning the lottery any time soon (considering I don’t play – oops!) I suppose I’ll just have to live vicariously through others. Here are ten eleven children’s spaces that got it just right:
So I’ve decided to take a little break from doing custom idea boards and just do some for fun. I’m hoping to post one each week if life doesn’t get away from me. Right now two of my favorite things are neons and geometrics, wouldn’t that be such a fun combination for a nursery?!
What other nursery idea boards would you like to see?
Recently, Kelly wrote to me about for an idea board for her daughter’s big girl room, and I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it with you:
We are getting ready to transition our daughter into a “big girl” room. She will be two in December and a big sister in February. We recently purchased a full size bed in white, and we have her bedding: Pottery Barn Kids, Lillian Quilted Bedding in pink. The wall color is currently a light blue or a bluish gray (Val spar paint: Happy Cloud). I have been considering painting the room a different color for her but I thought it might be okay to stay blue? Your thoughts? I am open to ideas!!
I have purchased letters to spell her name (Belle): Pottery Barn Teen, Wire Wall Letters. And you will see a bench in the photos that I got at a garage sale and would like to paint and recover, I thought it would look cute under the window or at the foot of her bed. My dilemma: curtains/window treatments, a fabric for the bench, accent pillows on her bed, dresser, night stand, book and toy storage ideas, rocking chair . . . I love interior design blogs, mommy blogs and ETSY and search and search for stuff but I have a hard time completing the look with fun decor pictures, fun fabrics etc. How do i get it all to come together? I love your eclectic style.
No. 2 (requested more art, bunting, pillow)
Hmmm…I may have to have another girl so that I can use this board for myself! Visit my blog, with two cats for sources.
I always love a good chevron print -a chevron print accessory adds a nice modern touch to the nursery. This grey & white chevron print crib skirt is beautiful…it really makes the room feel “crisp & fresh!” (I also love that Deer painting above the crib!)
See the rest of the nursery here.
Is anyone else participating in Emily Henderson’s I’m a Giant Dollhouse Challenge? I was planning to create a dollhouse for Violet anyway, so this was just a fun way to kick-start the project.
I purchased the Christy’s Cottage dollhouse from Melissa & Doug after a lot of research. It got great reviews on quality, and after receiving it in the mail I have to say I am very impressed so far. It also fit my budget of $100 after some searching online for the best price and discount codes. (You can read more about that here).
I also went a little crazy this week snatching up fabric samples and fat quarters, and even a tea towel for the dollhouse. Here are a few that made the cut (plus some seriously amazing lighting inspiration):
Vintage pieces add character and warmth to any space whether they are found in large doses or even a few well-placed pieces. Here are a few of my favorite vintage electic children’s rooms from across the internet:
I have to admit that I love color. When people ask my favorite? Well, I love them all! For the longest time I thought that neutral was just another word for boring. It wasn’t until I discovered the blog world that I began to appreciate just how beautiful neutrals could be when they are used in the right way. Here are a few of my favorite neutral nurseries that won’t make you yawn:
Texture is so important in a neutral space, and this nursery is full of it. The soft cowhide, textured wallpaper tree, wild pendant, and warm wood all pitch in to make this space a showstopper. And speaking of texture, I’ve always loved this beautiful textured bedding from Serena and Lily:
And the paper crane mobile installation? To die for. Another way to jazz up a room that doesn’t have much color is to make a statement with the lighting. The Viva Terra Lotus pendant in this space found over on Decor Pad does just that:
And the stunning pendant by David Trubridge as seen in this space designed by Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes (found via Ohdeedoh) is a showstopper as well:
Natural light plays another part in taking a neutral space to the next level. The light streaming through the large window in this quiet nursery designed by Emma Reddinghouse (via Design Sponge) almost gives the room an ethereal feel:
A pop of color goes a long way too. The art in this little girl’s room designed by Lulu De Kwiatkowski (via Lonny Magazine) takes it from boring and beige to cozy and playful in an instant:
Although the walls and floor in this space by Palmer Weiss (via Lonny Mag) are very neutral, color and whimsy is brought in through the accessories and art:
Traditional moldings juxtaposed with simple modern accessories make every detail shine in Lena Corwin’s nursery:
This space could have easily been a boring beige box but parents Aubrey and Lindsay went big (literally) with an oversized plush giraffe and a large piece of whimsical art to make this nursery a true delight:
Mom Nikki Perisi hit it out of the park with this amazing neutral nursery for her son, Holden. The wall decals make a statement, the elephants add the fun, and the textured cowhide rug pulls it all together:
I don’t think I’ll be doing a room in all neutrals any time soon, but these designers and parents have certainly taught me that beige isn’t always boring.
What do you think of neutral children’s spaces? Do you think it’s a missed opportunity to have fun with color or a smart way to create a soothing space that will grow with your little one?
As a thank you to all of my readers here on Spearmint Baby, I’ve decided to giveaway a custom idea board. If you have a room that you need a little help with, are designing a nursery but aren’t sure where to start, or even planning a party, this one’s for you!
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I’m starting a new series over on my blog with two cats all about striking the right balance between sophistication and fun to create the perfect space for a child.
While I think it’s important to bring in adult decor into children’s spaces to prevent them from becoming too “cutesy”, I’ve also seen a lot of spaces lately that are going overboard and taking all of the whimsy, life, and fun out of a space that is supposed to be for little ones. (Example 1, Example 2)
After studying some of the best nurseries and kid’s rooms out there I’ve decided that there are three main elements that work together in each to create a great space:
- Color Palette
- Whimsical Touches
- Statement Piece
Each week on with two cats I’m going to share a few spaces that get it just right and talk about how they did it. I thought I’d share the first set here on Spearmint Baby as well. I’ll start with this colorful, yet sophisticated space of Ramya Giangola and Chiara over on THE GLOW:
Color Palette – is one of the biggest things that makes this room read ‘child’. Separately, any of the important items in this room could easily fit into an adult space – the chevron bedspread, the floral rug or the abstract art . Even the chairs are very grown-up looking. None of these pieces necessarily read ‘kid’ on their own, but together the bold color palette created by all of these items makes this space just right for a fun-loving little one.
Whimsical Touches – stuffed animals, toy dinosaurs, and a playful garland all add to the childlike feel of the room
Statement Piece – Without the bold large-scale abstract art, the space would still be playful, but a little too monochromatic. This colors of this piece in combination with the rest of the space really shout, “This room is playful!” And playful = perfect for a child.
Next up is a room created by Palmer Weiss that I found in Lonny Magazine:
Color Palette – The main pieces in this room are very formal – the valanced drapes, upholstered headboards, bolster pillows, and tailored bedding are all very sophisticated and adult. It’s the color palette that really makes this room come to life. Bold oranges and soft pinks rescue what could have quickly become a very stuffy child’s room.
Whimsical Touches - A couple of ruffled pillows, a fun modern pendant and a few childish knick knacks on the dresser/nightstand are all it takes to add a little childish whimsy to the space.
Statement Piece – The stand-out pieces in this room are definitely the two photographs hanging above the beds. In case the color story and childish touches didn’t win you over, these pieces let you know without a doubt that children live here. (And the sunglasses are a great and unexpected touch).
And last (for today), but certainly not least is this beautiful and sophisticated nursery from Samantha Farjo found over on Decor Pad:
Color Palette – This room is mostly neutral, however the pops of springy green in the space help to add life to what would otherwise be a dull color palette for a baby.
Whimsical Touches – The birdcage pendant, stuffed animals, elephant toy, and polka-dot pillow all add those important childish elements to this elegant room.
Statement Piece – The bold botanical wallpaper would look right at home in an adult space, but the spring green colorway and climbing vines pattern add interest and movement to the quiet solids of the rest of the room.
What do you think of the first three rooms? Do you think that they work well as children’s space? What do you think makes them work (or not)?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
P.S. If you’d like to follow along with the entire series, be sure to check out my blog with two cats next week!
by Christine Hart
As soon as I found out I was having a boy, I realized pretty quickly that most of the sweetest nursery themes were all for baby girls. Cherry blossoms, vintage sparrows, butterflies – you get the idea.
Since I wasn’t keen on ultra-modern, minimalist, or boring old blue, I started thinking about the cool toys I wanted to share with my son. From that point on, the theme was easy – robots!
The Crib, Crib Bedding and Wall Décor
I started with a few lively paintings from Cici Art Factory, a robot blanket from Mamasan Maternity, and an adorable robot rug. To decorate his bookshelves, I added a few Transformer toys. But to have something he would be able to actually play with sooner than later, I also purchased a block-style robot puzzle from Guidecraft.
Regardless of theme, I wanted my nursery purchases to be practical. Knowing we might want to change the linen and pictures, maybe even several times, I decided my crib had to be the anchor. So I started browsing convertible cribs at Baby Crib Station. I looked for designs with angular lines to complement the robot imagery.
Paired with so many bright colors, black convertible cribs were the best fit with my robot theme, but espresso baby cribs could also work with this color scheme. I may be one of the few moms who didn’t paint my nursery walls, but crisp white worked so nicely with the vivid robots and black baby furniture. I couldn’t have been happier!
I’m currently off working on artwork for the opening of my Etsy shop and have some fabulous guest bloggers filling in for me over on my blog, with two cats, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite past children’s posts with you this week:
Children’s Party Ideas:
I am so ridiculously excited for the day when Violet starts to create some artwork of her own. I absolutely love children’s art and think it is important to display it in a beautiful way your home. Not only does it show your children that their creations are valuable to you, it is also very beautiful and can really add life to any space. (Case in point):
Here are a few of my favorite ways in which to display your little one’s masterpieces:
2. Metal clips:
3. Cable system:
4.Using larger, permanent frames, but clipping or taping in the art allows you to rotate it more easily:
5. Grid collage:
There are a few different ways to do this. The first is to have someone else do it for you, but this can be very pricey.
If you have a little computer-savvy and a bit of time, you can create the same effect yourself for less:
And if you don’t get along with computers, here is a more hands-on technique:
And if that looks intimidating, a smaller, more friendly version:
6. Magnets! You can use trays like this project, or most anything made of metal:
8. Make it into a book. Again, this is something that you could pay someone else to do, or DIY:
9. Clothespins. Go crazy with some chicken wire, or keep it simple with a bit of string:
10. Wall decals. Another, more whimsical way to have the look of a permanent frame wall but with the ability to rotate the art:
Do you have any creative ways for displaying children’s art? I’d love to hear about them!
I was browsing through the blogs of a few of my readers the other day, and I came across this beautiful shared space that Lillie, author of Lillie’s Blog, created for her girls – Sophia and Mila. Although Lillie claims that the space isn’t quite finished (what space ever is!?) I think it looks just perfect.
I absolutely love the color combination of pink and green, and am considering something similar for Violet’s future big girl room. Can you believe that the gorgeous lamp was actually spraypainted?!
I love the sweet pillows that were made from a tablecloth that Lillie found at Cost Plus:
She was also lucky enough to score a couple of the coveted metallic poufs by Calypso for Target:
The gorgeous striped curtains were also handmade by a friend of Lillie’s – Lord, I wish I had friends who could sew. Or even better, that I could sew! She plans to have a mirror cut for the frame pictured below:
The frame wall is one of the most breathtaking parts of the room, featuring Lillie’s original photos (did I mention that she is a photographer?) and a lovely little painting by her grandmother.
Thank you, Lillie, for sharing your daughters’ beautiful space with us! If this is what it looks like ‘unfinished’, I can’t wait to see it in it’s completed state.
What is your design style? …traditional, contemporary, shabby chic, tuscan, scandinavian, or none of the above?? Has your style changed now that you have children? Whenever I look at interior design magazines & blogs I “oooh” & “ahhh” at the perfectly decorated homes. But then I remind myself that it is not possible to have stacked decorating books, glass bowls, & pretty pottery on end/coffee tables when you have babies & toddlers!
I have also realized by having children that I do enjoy more playful decor. Soft colors and mixing accessories make decorating children’s rooms so much more fun, so why not incorporate this playfulness in the rest of your home?
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Do you have favorite accessory trends right now? I couldn’t decide whether to post this on Spearmint Decor or Spearmint Baby, but I wanted to talk about “mature” accessories in children’s rooms. What do you think? Should children’s rooms be full of stuffed animals, owl lamps, and animal printed bedding? Or do you prefer a style that is more versatile? Right now I am loving leather poufs and stripe-y rugs. These 2 rooms by Jute Interior Design use these trends beautifully, don’t you think?
Did you know that you can purchase leather poufs on Etsy? & shipping is FREE!
more striped floorunners
…& a beach home with colorful, stripe-y rugs
Blue has really been enjoying a burst of popularity these days. Although it doesn’t work well with my home, I do love it very much. Here are a couple of my favorite picks for moms and babies:
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Ikea has a LOT of fun pillows and cushions to accessorize with…& they are CHEAP! My favorites are the pastel patterns for girls. I am picturing a window seat overflowing with gingham, striped, and polkadot pillows.
Does anyone elso love watercolor artwork as much as me? Laura Trevey sells these beautiful dress prints of her original watercolor paintings. Perfect for your little princess, don’t you think?
Here they are displayed as a group on the wall:
photo credit brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com
…I also have my eye on this Peppermint Watercolor Print. Isn’t it fun? Perfectly playful for the playroom:
Alright all of you lovers of traditional spaces – here’s one just for you! You’ve seen both a modern space and vintage-inspired space based on this group of prints from COSAS MINIMAS by Blanca Gomez on Etsy:
Here is the final space – it’s got a traditional vibe with stripes, plaids, and wood tones. The orangey-red pouf is back as well to round out the series:
Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Pouf – cb2
Mobile – Bits of String n Things on Etsy
Rug – Dash & Albert
Lamp – Crate & Barrel
Crib Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids
Hedgehog Plushie – Sara Carr on Etsy
Letter - Anthropologie
So that wraps up this series! Anyone have an idea for a theme for the next one? I’m open to ideas!
For the second space in the series I went for a more vintage vibe. The orangey-red pouf has made a second appearance, but warmer, earthier tones are replacing the graphic black and whites of the previous room.
Curtain Fabric – Hawthorne Threads
Blocks – Oeuf
Vintage Chalkboard and Game Case – i love you more on Etsy
Crib Sheets – Jon Robshaw
Crib – Cymax Stores
Airplane Mobile – J. AUSTIN Ryan on Etsy
Rug – West Elm
Lamp – cb2
Pouf – cb2
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Let’s hear it for the boys! After my first One Print, Three Rooms series (which was decidedly girly) I promised to create a series for the little guys. We’ll kick it off today with a modern space inspired by this adorable group of prints from COSAS MINIMAS by Blanca Gomez on Etsy:
The colorful nature and graphic shapes in this print made me instantly lean in the direction of a modern children’s space, but I’ll mix it up in a few days and go with a more traditional and maybe a more vintage-inspired space as well.
Rug – West Elm
Bumper Fabric – Kiitos Marimekko
Skirt Fabric – Kiitos Marimekko
Yellow Pillow – cb2
Knitted Pouf – cb2
Triangles Pillow – little studio
Crib – KALON
Light – IKEA
Mobile – Lil’ Sprout Creations on Etsy
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