Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Child's Space



A child's space. Their place of rest, comfort, fun, and exploration.

Babies are exciting! Let me begin by saying that I just adore children, decorating for them, as well as dressing them. I have worked in a children's boutique for about six years (part time) and have learned quite a bit during that time...more recently, I have had a few email requests and comments, regarding decorating baby's/children's rooms, and thought I would share some favorites and details. The great thing about decorating for a little one, is that fun can and ought to be interjected!














One thing I strongly believe is that you should ignore the extensive list of equipment and paraphernalia that baby stores request you buy. You do not need it, especially when you have a brand new baby. You only need the essentials in this early stage. As a child grows up, they will naturally accumulate more toys, clothing, accessories, etc. It is important to focus on the basics: a sleeping area, changing area, a chair, and a place of play. This is the fun part! —selecting all of the furnishings and accessories that will create a unique look and feel for your child's space...

Because this is only a single post, I am unable to go into a great amount of detail about each, as well as the many little things parents ought to think about, but I do hope this post inspires you. There are so many decorating styles that you can choose from, such as: whimsical, pretty and light, bright and warm, clean, crisp and modern, ultra–glamorous, or charming and eclectic...the list goes on...You can purchase age–appropriate furnishings or furnishings with the future in mind. Keep in mind, the overall look and feel must sit well with your home, and suit the lifestyle your family leads.

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A Few Ideas to Ponder


* An open armoire/hanging area to appreciate all the sweet little outfits that they have
* Baskets or boxes for organizing. They are discreet, long–lasting, and multi–purpose.
* Display and celebrate handmade/personalized touches (use a bulletin board)
* A mirror–children love mirrors!
* Shelves and/or drawer units for books, toys, collectibles, etc.
* Step away from traditional changing tables. A great dresser or table will work well too.
* Canopies or sectioned curtains can create a cozy, comforting environment
* A table and chair set. Seek thrift stores for a chic vintage find, or purchase a quality, new set to pass down
* Add a few lamps for ambiance
* A hanging chalkboard, chalkboard wall, or closet doors for notes, drawing etc.
* Place at least one rug strategically in the room for comfort and play
* Don't be afraid to tack butterflies, bows, buttons, etc. on their walls in an interesting, playful way!

( "Children's Spaces, From Zero to Ten" photos: Debi Treloar / "Babies Rooms, From Zero to Three" photos: Winfred Heinze )

30 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah, I am so smitten with all these images and ideas! Those two boys reading are so sweet and I love the idea of labeling the drawers with whats in them- helpful for all parties, I'd imagine :)

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  2. lovely! - we must be on the same wave length - i have a post ready to go all about children's "spaces" .. haha .. GO us :o)

    *hugs*
    Erika
    http://tiptoebutterfly.blogspot.com/

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  3. How lovely and adorable are these rooms...I love love love baby clothes..just bought my newphews and niece some cute clothes..I can't get enough of kids things :)

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  4. This is so lovely Sarah! I am all for these kind of children's room, I really quite dislike all those winnie-the-pooh and disney themed rooms! lol... Something sweet and simple with a few interesting finds and fun things for your child is just perfect!

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  5. oh my these are all so adorable, I love the little closet!!
    xo

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  6. Erika -- that's hilarious! I cannot wait to see it :)

    Daniella -- I'm with you...I like the odd touch of Classic Pooh, but not a shocking, all-out theme.

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  7. I child's room should bare some resemblance to the rest of the home. All this examples have a softer approach, rather than the baby bubble, all of what the catalogs show. Keep it real Mamas.

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  8. Sarah,
    I'm sending you some linky love during my Pink and Green post tomorrow, and a funny little story about one of the images too! Mwah, enjoy, you will love my readers!

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  9. Teri Rees Wang -- that is SO true! Nicely put...

    Bumpkin on a Swing -- oooo! Sounds great! I cannot wait until tomorrow :)

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  10. What beautiful rooms! I love this kinda of take on a childs room. It's so refreshing. Wonderful post :)

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  11. What stunning rooms. I have boys, and that image of the two reading the book makes me melt!! x

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  12. oh what a blissful post. i love these goodies. :)

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  13. Beautiful rooms! Where where you 17 years ago? Any good photos and tips for teens?

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful post. I am convinced there is a decorating niche to be filled for boys' bedrooms, of all ages. There is so much emphasis and loads of choices for girls, but not for boys... had this problem in choosing an age appropriate duvet cover for a 6 year boy recently that was not cartoon-themed. Thank you so much for this inspiration... please do more!!

    Linda xoxo

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  15. What a precious post, Sarah. I just adore the rooms you feature. And you are so right about the children paraphernalia...so unnecessary, all these ugly plastic toys that overtake a house.

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  16. I love your advices dear Sarah and these rooms are lovely. How fun is that you worked in a childrens's boutique.

    I used to be a kindergarten teacher and worked with kids for many years. It was so much fun and kids are always make you smile with their original and funny way of thinking...Missing a little bit those times by the way.

    Much love: Evi

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  17. Oh this is just too adorable - you're going to make me all broody! Loved all the tips too ;)

    Hope you're having a lovely week!
    xo

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  18. What great spaces! And not too "kiddie."

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  19. Simply Seductive -- that is SO true! I will plan more posts on children's decor in the future for sure :)

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  20. Hi Sarah!! Stopping by to leave you some love via the lovely Miss Bumpkin! She is a gem and I loved her story about you and the photo!

    I look forward to keeping up with you on future posts, these childrens rooms were all absolutely darling, love the sweet attention to detail! xox

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  21. A GREAT post, Sarah -- and you're right, you don't need all the stuff folks try and get you to buy for a baby. I'm always amazed when I look at friends' baby registries. But I guess it reminds me of wedding registries, too....folks always end up registering for kitchen utensils and gadgets that perform single, discreet functions instead of just a few key items that will work for 95% of what you're doing anyway.

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  22. Such a sweet post Sarah! The first to images are my favorite. I love how they are so obviously for a child, but still sophisticated in their own way. Simply lovely!

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  23. Sarah with a beautiful post! I couldn't agree with you more regarding little ones not needing a room filled with store bought stuff. As a mother of 3 young ones I made sure, early on, that their rooms were personal and quaint with soothing colors and lots of good texture and just a few (non plastic)toys. Imaginative play has always been key here. They can play with a roll of tape and be perfectly content!

    The child who will get you as a mother, will be truly blessed.

    Happy weekend dear,

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  24. This is such a delightful post, wonderful!
    xxx

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  25. Nice to meet you, Trish! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

    Averill — you and I are on the exact same train of thought...I couldn't agree more!

    Mon — you make me blush every time :)

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  26. i love the labeled drawers, girly light fixtures, and monogrammed pillow :) i agree it's important for a child's space to be personal and not straight-from-the-store. lovely post :) have a great weekend, sarah!

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  27. They're all fabulous. Looking at these pictures, I really go wanna have a baby and decorate the nurseries!

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  28. love this post! since i'm looking for some ideas for the baby! xoxo, Julie

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