With Storkcraft setting up a permanent showroom at headquarters, it’s got me thinking about simple, DIY nursery decor. Paper accessories are an easy and creative way of infusing colour, texture and dimension in a kid’s room. Whether it’s for a boy, girl, or even a shared room, paper decor items can be customized to pretty much any colour under the rainbow. The fact that they are cost effective (Yay!) and lends itself easily to future decor changes (Double yay!), need we say more? Here are some of my favourites.
^This paper flower wall is swoon-worthy. To get the look, try this floral decor over Storkcraft’s Sheffield Crib in white.
Image Source: The Glitter Guide
^Paper tassels have been taking over Pinterest, from party garlands to nursery mobiles. It’s so easy to make, can be done in pretty much any colour that tissue paper would come in, and oh-so-sophisticated!
Image Source: Style Me Pretty
^Cluster some paper lanterns in a few choice colours for a look that is dynamic and yet put together. Create a similar look as the nursery above by searching your local craft store for the lanterns, and pair it with the Zutano Tivoli Crib & Dresser by Storkcraft.
Image Source: Unique Baby Gear Ideas
^Got a favourite wallpaper pattern that you just cannot quite get yourself to paste permanently all over those walls? Try putting them up in frames.
Image Source: Make By Girl
As with any other decorative items in a children’s room, always be reminded to make sure that they are secured properly. Hang them far up and away from cribs and play floor areas to keep away from curious little hands.
“…making compromises in the way you’d envisioned your life isn’t a sign of failure, it just means you’re now a parent and not always first in line…”
I recently came across this post from Design Mom where she interviews Ann McGraw- mother, career woman, and a transplant to Nashville. Ann’s thoughts on learning to not only accept, but embrace the changes and fluidity of life with children resounded with me. While this city-loving momma was describing the journey that she took to adjust to her life in suburbia, I felt that it could have applied to any of the transitions that anyone goes through when becoming a parent.
“I have struggled for so long with this new life of ours… I felt like I had a dress on that didn’t quite fit and wasn’t quite me… But I recently realized – belatedly – that this isn’t about me. That this is where our family belongs right now, and this is what works for us. I walk around our house and think every day that I couldn’t possibly love any house or the people who live in it more than I do. I’ve had to reframe what I pictured our life looking like, and being appreciative for how good we have it.”
So often I find myself with unsettling thoughts of dissatisfaction since becoming a mom: The sudden lack of living space, on working only part-time, on missing out on girls’ nights out because I have to be home to put the baby to sleep, on wondering when I can get back into my pre-baby wardrobe of fitted dresses and skinny jeans… But right when I find myself going down the list of “What if’s” I am reminded that just like Ann says, “…I recently realized – belatedly – this isn’t about me. That this is where our family belongs right now, and this is what works for us.“ In those moments when the husband is making our Little One giggle with uncontrollable laughter, when I peer down into the crib to see a peaceful sleeping baby, when I scroll back at the pictures on my phone and marvel at how quickly baby has grown, I know that I am blessed. This life may not have been exactly what I had envisioned for myself, but it is freeing to know that I have much to be grateful for, and where I am is where I currently need to be.
Image: Instagram @dawn.wm
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Summer break is just around the corner. With school being let out, got plans for how to keep the kids preoccupied yet? I recently came across plenty of DIY activities and it got me wanting to roll up my sleeves and get my craft on. Here are my top 5 favourite summer projects for both kids and adults alike.
Image from A Subtle Revelry
When I started seeing backyard tipis and reading nook tipis popping up on my Pinterest feed, I knew I would have to make one one day for my Little One. You will find that there are endless styles and methods for constructing a tipi/tent, but for the purpose of keeping things simple and portable, I like this one by A Subtle Revelry. Purchase a set of tabbed curtains from any discount store for a no sew version (or make your own), 4 rods, and some twine and you’re good to go. You can go with the whimsical sheer fabric that A Subtle Revelry has chosen, or select something thicker with a more canvas-like feel. Set it up in a family room for sleepovers or bring it to the beach for some shade to stretch out under.
2) Dyed Blanket
Image from Say Yes
This is a project that the kids would love to help out with and you get to boast a one-of-a-kind piece for those trips to the park and beach. The process is surprisingly easy and while this one is a sophisticated indigo, you can try it with whatever other colour that inspires you. I could see this easily in a canary yellow or vibrant fushia pink. These instructions from Say Yes talk about hemming the fabric too, but for easy-peasy no-sew, pick up a set of discounted white cotton sheets to use instead. While you already have the dye mixed and ready, have your little ones throw in a few little white T’s or onesies (like this) for a new set of tie dye outfits.
3) Dipped Shoes
Image from Frankie.com
If you can do picnic/beach blackets, why not shoes? Liven up those canvas shoes and let the kids personalize them with their own colour. I may need to make a pair in my size to usher in warm weather and bid a temporary goodbye to winter boots.
4) Braided Basket
Image from Corner Blog
Colourful and a great use of those old t-shirts that the kids and partner may have outgrown, this woven basket may help “clean up time” become a bit more pleasant. …Ok, Fine. It will probably not make any difference to how the kids accept putting away the toys. But at least they get an activity out of making the basket, and you get something pretty to have in your home.
Needing a little inspiration to get you through to the weekend? Take a look at these three blogs by amazing women who are mommies! Whenever I need the pick-me-up during what seems like a long week, I make a quick visit over to these inspirational blogs.
1) Say Yes-
While the world wide web is often full of creative and gorgeous things and ideas, they can often be pricey, time consuming or simply not inline with a busy mommy’s lifestyle. Enter Liz Stanley, lifestyle blogger and mommy of two, who has her own team that brings “a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life.”
2) A Cup of Jo-
Joanna Goddard, former magazine editor and Manhattan mommy, reminds us that the hectic life of parenthood can still mean time for good food, beautiful living spaces, and beauty. My favourite posts are the House Tours that showcase homes of on-the-go families, and Beauty Uniform, a feature that gives us a glimpse into the lives and beauty secrets of different mommies.
3) Lala Lovely-
Trina McNeilly’s aesthetic is clean and minimal, and her blog is the perfect place to wander and relax. Escaping into her world of “where lovely things land”, you would never guess that she manages quite the hectic life as mom of four.
What better way to welcome a new crib to the Storkcraft family than to introduce it in our current colour obsession, grey! Say hello to the Hilcrest 3 in 1 Crib. It’s modern and has those clean lines that will complement a variety of dresser/storage pieces. Yet it has all the subtle details like the rounded rail edges and lower arched side panels to make this crib a timeless piece. Should I also mention that it’s only $159.99 over at Amazon? Swoon.
With the recent summer weather, I have been itching to travel. Combine that with all things furniture related here at Storkcraft, and it had me dreaming about map themed nurseries and kids room.
Go big or go home, right? These three rooms dedicate a full wall to feature a world map, but each achieves a distinctive look with their map’s unique style, from calm and sophisticated to colourful and fun. Scrolling between all the images, I can’t determine which room I want to obsess the most over. Right when I have determined that I could totally be the fun, hipster mom that would go for the kitchy and colourful, the Martha Stuart in me wants the Hamptons-style retreat.
Not limited to only kids rooms; here are two different styles of nurseries that incorporate the art of travel. I think my little Jet Setter would appreciate sleeping in either of these nurseries! Image 1 & 2.
This is my first time spending Mother’s Day as a mom. During the one last year I celebrated with my own mother, who had flown in from out of town, and my husband’s family over a sushi dinner at our place. I was already in labour that early Sunday morning, and got through the Mother’s Day dinner by stepping away from the table every once in a while to weather the increasing contractions. It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year already and I now have a little girl of my own!
In honour of the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend and Throwback Thursdays, here’s a picture of me and my mom. Fast forward a few decades later and you have the second shot with my mom as grandma and holding my LO. Looking at these two images, I am reminded of the kind of selfless love that my own mother had for her children. Her patience, can-do attitude, and ability to listen and empathize have set the bar high for my own journey through motherhood.
^Yes, note that 80′s decor!
^Grandma and her first grand baby
Wishing all the women out there who have opened up their hearts and home to love and raise children, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Your role as your children’s mentor, caretaker, advocate, comforter and so much more is celebrated!
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.
^What a way to make a standard twin bed so grand! Image source from Apartment Therapy.
^A cozy readying nook/den that can double as a guest room. Image source here.
^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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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.
^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)
^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.
^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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