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Drapery

While searching for images of bunk beds the other day, I came across several room shots with creatively used drapery and knew I had to share them here.  Some rooms use smartly installed fabric panels as partitioners to include privacy, while others use them purely for adding that touch of whimsey.  Whichever it is, drapery is a relatively easy way of changing up the feel of a place and/or adding extra “rooms” to a home without too much time or financial commitment.  I am loving how this idea can work with children’s spaces.

 

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^What a way to make a standard twin bed so grand!  Image source from Apartment Therapy.

 

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^A great example of mixing prints and giving each child their own little space even when sharing a room and bunk bed.  Image source here.

 

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^A cozy readying nook/den that can double as a guest room.  Image source here.

 

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^Recreate this look with curtain rods, some thick fabric panels, and one of Storkcraft’s Longhorn or Caribou bunk beds.  Image source here.

 

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^A fancier version, but easily doable DIY project using an extra fabric boarder panel along the top to hide the curtain rods/tracks.  Image source here.

 

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^Loving the colour and that iconic Marimekko printImage from Bestor Architecture.

 

Dawn

 

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***Contest below from MAY 2014 is now closed***

A Stork Craft bunk bed giveaway is happening over at IHeart-Motherhood (Check out how you can win your choice of a Stork Craft Longhorn or Caribou bunk bed here!).  We are inspired by the many ways that a bunk bed can be integrated into the home for a more efficient room layout and decor.

 

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^The biggest myth about bunk beds is that they make a room look juvenile or like having “gone to camp”.  But as you can see from the image above, with the right bedding and colour pallet, it doesn’t have to hinder more “grownup” decor ideas.  A bunk bed set can make for a sophisticated and space efficient guestroom.  Children’s rooms can also be decorated in a way that can allow the kids to grow into them for many years to come. (Image source)

 

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^White furniture keeps a tight space bright and airy, while the bedding gives the room the perfect pops of colour (Image source 1, source 2)   Check out Stork Craft’s Longhorn and Caribou twin over twin bunk beds in white to create a similar look.

 

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^Grey is the new neutral and these two rooms above are awesome examples of classic meets modern style!  Get your grey themed room with Stork Craft’s newly launched Caribou twin over twin bunk bed in grey.

 

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Dawn

 

Web Wednesdays

Fashion blogs used to be my vice, but since I have had the Little One, I am a big fan of blogs by women who are also moms.  These women show that you can be mommy and also realize talents as a designer, artist, career woman, visionary, dreamer…      Below are my top 3 that I am always checking up on.

 

1) Oh Joy!– Joy Cho’s blog is a visual delight.  I suppose you can’t expect otherwise from someone who currently has her own line of kids bedding at The Land of Nod and party accessories at Target.  From her latest edible indulgences to her design projects and pictures of her adorable little girl, Ruby, I can’t get enough of blog-stalking Oh Joy!

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2) Design Mom– Gabrielle best describes her own blog as “…where design and motherhood intersect”.  She makes motherhood (and to 6 kids!) look so good.

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3) Chloe Fleury–  This mom to 8 month old Lula is a paper artist.  She creates the most vibrant paper portraits, landscapes and miniatures, all the while documenting her daily life with her little girl.  Need we say more?

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Dawn

7 Tips for the Nursery

Crib? Check.  The perfect paint colour? Check. Bedding sets that you have absolutely fallen in love with?  Check.  So what’s left for that nursery before baby arrives?  Here are 7 nursery tips that often get missed but would make those sleepless nights and hectic days a whole lot smoother.

 

1) Light Dimmer-

It’s a relatively easy installation and/or feature to include in your lighting selection and it will allow you to navigate those late night feedings and clean up with a bit more ease.  A dimmer works wonders in giving you just enough lighting to get your job done, but will not startle or stimulate baby when you need your little one to go back to sleep.

 

2) Daybed-

If you have the space, any type of arrangement that can allow you to lie down in the same room as baby will be a godsend for those nights when the LO is not feeling well or needs close monitoring.  Your partner will also thank you for it as it will reduce disturbing his/her sleep as well.  By day, it also offers an extra surface for folding away those baby clothes, displaying those adorable stuffies, and eventually turning into the “big boy/girl” bed down the road.

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Image credit: Decorpad

 

3) Open Storage-

I loved having all the little clothes and accessories neatly stored away in the two dressers that we had set up in our nursery before baby arrived.  Little did I know, however, that there would come the day when I would find myself holding a struggling baby with a huge mess down her front in one hand, and trying to wrestle a drawer open with the other.  Save yourself the hassle and get some open storage to put items that are on high rotation in (nappies, blankies, a change of clothes, or diaper changing accessories).  Changing tables with generous shelf space underneath (See our Aspen and Tuscany options), or large baskets to place on the top of a dresser work well for easy access when nothing else seems easy.

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4) Easy to Clean Surfaces-

That designer silk pillow set and hand tuft rug may be hot pieces for the nursery, but make sure you do not mind the occasional spill (Milk) or splatter (Throw up.  Eeps!).  Mommyhood and daddyhood also comes with a whole lot of cleaning up, so unless you have yourself a 24hr maid service, make it easier on yourself by selecting easy to clean surfaces:

-Rugs and pillow covers that can be tossed into the wash

-Skip the changing pad cover in the warmer months as wiping the plastic surface of any mess is easier than scrubbing out fabric.

-Select upholstered furniture such as gliders/chairs with spot-cleanable fabrics and even removable cushions that can be replaced, in case there is a stubborn stain that cannot be removed.

 

5) Blackout Blinds-

Unless you are that one enviable parent that has a kid that attains the golden 2.5 hour naps regardless of surroundings, the rest of us need blackout blinds.  They do not solve the struggles against naps and night sleeps, but they will aid in giving your little one the sleep cues to start winding down.  I have noticed that they come in handy as the days get longer and there is still light outside at 8pm.

 

6) Comfortable Chair-

If space allows, get one.  Your legs and back will thank you during those times when your LO needs the extra cuddling.  It’s also great for story time, breastfeeding, and also those late nights when baby simply will not settle without you being near.  See our Tuscany and Hoop Glider & Ottoman sets.

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7) Decorating Safety-

Unless you do not mind reinstalling that ceiling mobile or wall hanging in 4-6 months when baby can sit up or even stand, make sure that accessories (canopies, netting, etc.) and decorations near and over the crib are well out of range of curious hands.  Too often I see decorative elements that are great features in a room but are simply hung too low.  Taking safety into account from the get-go will save you from unnecessary anxiety (or redecorating) down the road.

-Use decals.  Most are removable without damaging paint and they do not pose risk of falling into a crib.

-Hang up mobiles and items like bunting well out of reach.

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Image credit: Apartment Therapy

 

Dawn

Colour Love

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UPDATE May 28, 2014:

Please continue to check the Zutano website for updated dates on the Tivoli Collection’s arrival to your preferred retailer.

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Zutano’s Tivoli collection by Stork Craft is showing some major colour love, and we are excited to announce that it will be available in June 2014!  Bringing together form and function, the Tivoli collection pays tribute to the clean lines and simple shapes of modern design.  It will feature a convertible crib, a 2 drawer changer and a 3 drawer dresser.  The colours include the sunny/natural combination as shown above (which I have absolutely fallen in love with), as well as classic colours such as espresso/white and grey/white.

Need some inspiration on how to decorate your little one’s space?  Head over to American Baby where they feature the Tivoli convertible crib in their Hawaiian inspired nursery.

 

Dawn