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Khristian A. Howell

Playing With Pattern – KIDS

Full disclosure. I am a new mom to the most wonderful little boy who is six months old this week. Am I becoming that designer who is now obsessed with all things kids design?? Maybe…a little. Even though I have a background in kidswear design, something changes when you have one of your own. The good news is that design for kids has reached new amazing heights as of late. There are some seriously lucky little people out there! Some of the spaces we see for kids today would be equally amazing for any grown up! This is what I love about the current landscape for kids – there is a new playful sophistication available if you have a more modern aesthetic. These fresh looks are more likely to be able to grow with the little ones and fit into the overall look of the home. Don’t be surprised if the big people in the house find themselves gravitating to these fun spots in the home too!

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Pattern drives the core of my design aesthetic (surprise) so let’s talk about all the amazing options available for creating a colorful, pattern filled, and super stylish space that any little person would love. Geometrics for kids are really leading the way. Simple patterns of circles and triangles in fresh colors are great because they are ageless. Executed in fresh colors they are flexible enough to read gender neutral which is a bonus for many families. Woodland and safari themes have turned up the chic factor when expressed in two color or more grown up palettes. There is something intriguing about the juxtaposition of juvenile themes colored in sophisticated palettes.

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Don’t be afraid to use a few dark features in a space for kids. High contrast patterns are great for them! This woodland wallpaper would look equally great in a nursery as in a big kid’s room. Depth and lots of highs and lows create big of visual interest!

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Layer, layer, and layer some more. As always vary the scale and ground colors of your pieces with pattern. Wall decals are a great low commitment way to add some unique pattern to your walls or spruce up old furniture.

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What a great way to add a splash of color and pattern to a simple piece. This is easy to do with contact or decorative paper.

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.16

Hello again! I hope the week has treated you all well–I know I’m ready for a nice, long relaxing weekend. Whether you’re going to spend it inside curled up on the couch or out and about, enjoy it! This week I came across a few amazing home photos that I wanted to share. Get ready for some major home envy.

 

Take a look at this living room makeover from Jones Design Company. I love the neutral color palette with the small splashes of color!

 

 

 

I love being outside, and this lovely fireplace I found on Cocoon Home brings together the best of both worlds. This house brings the outdoors in with these amazing paneled windows.

 

 

I am absolutely in love with this red leather couch. This living room from The Inspired Room is everything I’ve ever wanted in my home–dog included.

 

 

If you’re more interested in dark and mysterious, check out this boys’ room decor from The Hunted Interior. The window brings in enough natural light to brighten up the room, but the dark paint keeps it closed and cozy.

 

 

And I saved my favorite for last. I adore this nursery room on Live The Fancy Life. I think I might need to go find myself one of those whales.

 

 

Take care, friends! See you next week.

Erin


BHG Guest Blogger

A Colorful Nursery Accent Wall

 

 

Hi! I’m Erin. I’m a small-town girl with a sweet eight-month-old baby girl and a husband who spoils me by letting me be a stay-at-home mama. I’m an English teacher by trade and a blogger, aspiring photographer and eater of way too much ice cream by…whatever the opposite of “trade” is. Baby girl and I typically spend our days reenacting scenes from Enchanted and frolicking in grassy knolls like this:

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so there might sometimes be avocado down my shirt, and she might sometimes be eating cat fur, and we (or at least those among us that have hair) might not brush our hair. And we might not actually ever pretend to be from Enchanted, mainly because we can’t agree on who has to be Prince Edward.

 

Sometimes I have to brush my hair, though, like on those totally run-of-the-mill days when Better Homes & Gardens sends a camera crew and stylist to my house to take pictures of my daughter’s nursery.

Kristine the wonderfully down-to-earth stylist also made me wear lipstick. I don’t even own lipstick. Magazine people these days, you know? Expecting you to, like, look like you aren’t the bride of Frankenstein and stuff. The nerve. ;)

I know you’re dying to hear more about my cosmetic unfitness for being in this publication, but let me distract you from my weirdness by instead telling you what inspired the raindrops that landed us an email from Kit Selzer at BHG. The short answer: my aging stash of Oracal adhesive vinyl was threatening an uprising of Katniss caliber if it had to sit and stare at my equally abandoned collection of scrapbook paper for ONE MORE SECOND. So after fiddling around a bit in Photoshop to see which colors I wanted to use and get an arrangement I liked, I enlisted my Cricut to cut out the raindrops…and the rest, as someone in history once said, was history: my daughter had 187 raindrops falling on her sweet little head later that day.

You wouldn’t think of raindrops as being cheery, but these are absolutely the exception. I see them and feel all warm and fuzzy. (Or maybe that feeling is just yesterday’s avocado creeping across my navel?)

Either way, I love how those colorful raindrops brighten up her wall and just make the whole space not take itself too seriously. Perfect for a little girl who makes faces like this.

A face that could only be loved by a mother who doesn’t brush her hair, am I right? :)

 

To read more about the nursery, the day of the photo shoot, and the antics of our everyday life (like the time a herd of gazelle ambushed our wall-to-wall carpet), I’d love for you to come visit us at my blog, His & Hers. You don’t even have to brush your hair or wear lipstick! Promise.


Joni Lay

get the look: primary colors in the nursery

Lately, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of using a classic primary palette to create a playful and fun child’s space. (Check this one out, for example!)  This color scheme makes for a great neutral space, and also has a bit of a nolstagic feel with the throwback colors.  Leave your walls white and bright to keep it from feeling overly juvenile, and you’ll have a happy room you’ll love spending time in.  Adding in a small collection of vintage toy cars and trucks would make for a really fun detail, as well.

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Sources, from top left: (1) Car Park Print; (2) Blue String Pendant; (3) Bus Tin Sign; (4) Balloons Print; (5) Cookie Loves Milk Print; (6) Lighting Strike Print; (7) Knit Cherry Pillows; (8) Birch Sparrow Crib; (9) Vintage Toy Truck; (10) Gold Banana Lamp; (11) Vintage Sunny Yellow Dresser; (12) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (13) Yellow Anchor Crib Sheet; (14) Littletown Print; (15) Red Plus Rug; (16) Finn Rocker

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


Joni Lay

get the look: pineapples

Have you notices pineapples popping up everywhere?  They seem to be a favorite this season, and with summer making its warm appearance, they are the perfect accent, and also pair perfectly with rattan.  Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality and are a natural fit in home decor.  Below are some ideas for incorporating this happy fruit into a baby nursery.

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Sources, from top left: (1) Macrame Pendant; (2) Fruit Prints; (3) Vintage Pineapple Sconce; (4) Vintage Hawaiian Print; (5) Pineapple Print; (6) Polaroid Beach Photo; (7) Vintage Pineapple Canister; (8) Twinfin Throw Pillows; (9) White Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) Basketweave Dresser; (12) Hanging Rattan Chair; (13) La Pina Print; (14) Fog Cotton Dhurrie; (15) White Pouf; (16) Gold Tray; (17) Tassel Curtain Panel; (18) Lime Dot Crib Sheet; (19) Parrot Pillow


Joni Lay

get the look: rattan chic

How do you feel about the rattan/wicker/macrame trend?  It’s a really fun way to add a bit of lightness and texture to a room – almost like bringing the outside in (loving it as a nightstand in my bedroom!).  Rattan is also a great accent in the nursery; it’s casual and feels friendly and when paired with a fluffy pillow or throw it becomes the perfect cozy retreat.  Here are a few favorite rattan accents that would make great additions to a nursery or child’s room (love that pendant light!! and a rattan campaign chest? so fun!):

Sources, from top: (1) Macrame Pendant Light; (2) Woven Wall Mirror; (3) Rattan Shelf Bracket; (4) Hanging Rattan Chair; (5) Aria Rattan Headboard; (6) Hennie Chair; (7) Vintage Bar Cart; (8) Vintage Basket-weave Dresser; (9) Black Elsa Stool; (10) Vintage Rattan Ottoman; (11) South Seas Side Cart; (12) Vintage Faux Bamboo Chest; (13) Vintage Rolling Cart