Monthly Archives: August 2014

Back to School Bedroom Prep

September is just around the corner and organization is key to getting the school year off on the right foot.  Whether it’s for your Little One or your college bound child, keep your child’s room in tip-top shape with a Canwood loft or bunk bed.  Great for making use of vertical space, these beds will not only add storage, but also minimize furniture footprint to maximize bedroom space.

 

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^This Skyway loft bed keeps everything compact.  It has built in open shelving and 5 drawers of storage space.  Pull up a chair to make use of the computer desk right below.

 

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^Both parents and kids love the Mountaineer for its stairs feature.  Not only do they offer easy and safe access up and down the bed, it also has built in drawers in each one of the steps.

 

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^The Overland (Top) and Ridgeline (bottom) twin-over-full merge the best of storage with bunk beds.  They’re perfect for siblings or simply for keeping extra sleeping space in your guest room.

 

Products are available in espresso or white finish at Amazon.com or Walmart.com.

 

 

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Rooms Gone on Wild

Animals are great themes for nurseries and kid’s rooms.  It can be gender neutral without ever being “boring”, and at the end of the day, what child doesn’t at one point go through the whole “animal craze”?  My one year old is currently obsessed with farm animals and cuddling the neighbour’s dog and cat every chance that she gets.

The best thing about the updated, modern wildlife themed rooms is that they are playful, yet still maintain an overall sophisticated look.  No cheesy caricatures here.  Take a look below at a few of our favourite rooms from around the web that seamlessly incorporate wildlife motifs.

 

The Prints- It may be cute as seen on Project Nursery, but not up for painting a giant juggle mural up on that wall?  We love the idea of grouping a set of prints together, or even having one blown up and framed for maximum impact.

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^Apartment Therapy

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^A Cup of Jo

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^Project Nursery

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^Decoist

 

-The Fur Babies–  Most parents will tell you that they cannot, and will not fit, another stuffed animal into their home, but a few, well placed plushies can make for wonderful children’s room decor.

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^Style Me Pretty

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 ^Project Nursery-  That hippo in the corner, and the zebra rug?  <3

 

-Taxidermy-  Not everyone appreciates hunting as a hobbie.  But when it comes to what we think of the faux taxidermy in nursery trend, you’ll find no resistance here!

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^Design Sponge-  Those two taxidermy heads and elephant woven basket are just the right touches to incorporate that safari theme without going overboard.

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^Kidsomania

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^Chloe Fluery

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^Vogue France-  That’s right.  Even Vogue, the iconic magazine, approves of the animal head accessory in a kid’s bedroom.

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^The Boo and the Boy-  We love that this room incorporates wild animals with all things girly, like the princess dress and doll house.

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^Donmino- Safari animal heads, oversized bear, tassel garland and that colourful rug?  An unexpected combination that makes for an eclectic and adorable room!

 

 

 

Dawn

Give it a Swirl

Our new swirl patterned cushions on the Tuscany glider sets are now up on Amazon.com!  These three cushion styles (Taupe, Blush Pink and Slate Gray) add just the right amount of playful, yet subtle pattern to the nursery. Pair it with your choice of wooden base!

Take a closer look at the fabric options by clicking on the individual images below.

 

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Storage Galore

Whether it’s short of space or simply not having the right system to organize, lack of functional storage is one of those dilemmas that everyone seems to have.   When you already have all the dressers and case pieces but still need additional places to get everything in order, here are some storage ideas for reorganizing that nursery or the up-coming back-to-school cleanup.

 

Cornered- Make use of those corners, no matter how small.  They can hold all those picture frames, small collections, and knick knacks that you may want displayed but do not want to take up precious dresser-top space with.

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^Image: Project Nursery

 

Tiered- You’ve probably re-purposed that vintage cake stand into your jewelry console, so why not a Farmer’s Market Epergne/fruit stand into your baby’s accessories caddy?

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^Image: Project Nursery

 

Under Bed Storage-  There’s no room for bed-time monsters here!  Make use of that space under the crib with a flat storage box.  Use a crib skirt to hide anything unsightly, or find some bins that you do not mind displaying.  Just make sure that the items inside are either sealed shut or are baby-proofed around any crawling Little Ones.

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^Images: A Lovely Lark

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^Image: The Bump

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DIY Library-  There are so many configurations and ways to style a bookshelf wall that there is definitely a variation that will work for just about any space.  It’s a must-have for any child’s room as they display all those beautifuly illustrated book covers, and do not take up any floor space that regular bookcases do.  Score!

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^Image: Mini Style Blog

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^Image: The Book and the Boy

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^Image: Popsugar

 

How to Stack Those Stuffies?– This is probably the age old question that parents have been asking themselves since mass-produced stuffed animals came into existence (I have a one year old and we are already swarmed with fur babies everywhere, thanks to grandma and grandpa, aunties and uncles, and friends).  I have been (and am still) on the hunt for effective, but also aesthetically agreeable ways of corralling these little beings.

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^A vintage style wooden crate with wheels.  Image: Cozy Cottage Cute

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^The basket seems to be the majority’s answer for all general toy clutter.  If it’s going to all have to get piled somewhere, it may as well be in a style that can double as some interior design eye-candy.  Image: The Glitter Guide

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^Re-purposed garden wire baskets are an unexpected but cute way to display those dollies and animals.  Image 1: Modern Kiddo, Image 2: Babble

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^Make those animals double up as wall art with this DIY branch swing.  Just make sure to keep the ropes high enough away from little hands.  Image: Garden Therapy

 

 

Dawn

Inspiration | Application: It’s Shades of Gray

Green and yellow tend to be the default colour choices for “gender neutral” nurseries and baby accessories.  But in terms of giving incredible flexibility for mix and match or change down the road, my current favourite combination is gray and white.  These shades placed together are calm and soothing, and is perfect for making the addition of colourful accessories pop against a neutral background.

 

Our Inspiration:

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^Bright and airy, this gray and white themed nursery keeps things interesting with textures and accessories.  (Image from Lay Baby Lay)

 

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^Mixing up playful patterns with textiles (Image credit here).

 

Our Application:

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^The Hillcrest 3 in 1 Crib in gray.  Classic and contemporary, this crib would be fit for a little boy or girl.

 

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^The Tivoli collection is a collaboration between Zutano and Storkcraft.  Modern and functional, the Convertable Crib and Three Drawer Dresser come in a dreamy Cloud/White finish.

 

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^The wonderful worlds of chevron and gray come together in the form of the Hoop Glider & Ottoman set.

 

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^Click here for a closer look at the subtle play of pattern on the cushions on this Tuscany Glider & Ottoman set.  We’re loving the swirl dots.

 

 

Dawn