Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Children's Chic

Admittedly, one of my favorite spaces to design for a client is the nursery or their child's room.  There's something so special and fun about designing and preparing a room for a little one- plus, you can typically be a little more liberal with color and whimsical pattern.  Even though there's more design freedom in a child's room in terms of selections, it is one room that you have to consider how it will transition over time.  You want the room to be able to grow and change as the kids get older and grow and change themselves- not always an easy task.   Before I can ever present a nursery design to a client, I've had to think about how I see the room changing and transitioning over the next 3-5 years. Today I wanted to share a few elements I love incorporating in to children's rooms, and how they function over time.

1.) Twin Beds

Placing 2 twin beds in a room is ideal for families where 2 kids need to share a room but the space available is minimal.   I've built twin beds before with built-in storage drawers underneath (hidden by a bedskirt) that helps to store toys, games, and clothes.  I've also incorporated pull-out trundles underneath twin beds to accommodate slumber parties and overnight guests:

2.) Daybeds

Another great piece to incorporate in to a kid's room is a daybed because of it's versatility.  During the day, it works as a sofa and can be a great place for friends to hang out and lounge.  Then, at night, it works as a great twin bed.   We've made these for many clients over the years- it's especially handy to build in a pull-out trundle at the base of the bed for overnight guests!

3.) Spindle Furniture 

Another favorite nursery/kid's room element I love is a spindle wood crib or bed.  Jenny Lind makes an affordable crib option that comes in a variety of colors.  There's something so charming and whimsical to me about the spindle design to me.  While spindle furniture doesn't necessarily serve any "functional" purpose, it is timeless and definitely isn't ever going out of style- so it's a good buy in that regard!

Lastly, I had to share a few more adorable kid's rooms I can't get enough of:

Shop my favorite kid's room picks:

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