Kids’ Rooms That Delight

March 2, 2012

How is everyone doing? My life has been full of a lot of ups and down lately. Last weekend my wonderful boyfriend and I spent an evening at a fancy downtown hotel, complete with complimentary robes and room service. It was remarkably relaxing. The following few days were quite the opposite. It’s a long story. Just know that I have possibly the most incompetent and unprofessional “professor” ever.

I’m doing my darndest to put that all behind me, but it’s a little difficult when the semester’s only half over and there’s likely more frustration to come. Thank goodness next week is Spring Break.

My views on how plausible a successful career in interior decorating might be have been swaying to and fro, tipped drastically back and forth by the slightest discouragement or otherwise. And I know that to make it work I would need to have a lot more confidence and a lot more certainty that it’s really what I want. I’m not quite there yet. But I’m still excited about the possibilities.

Not to get all mushy on you, but there is one life goal that I have found solace in simply because it has remained constant for quite some time: I want to be a mother. No, not any time very soon. I don’t have much experience with children, and who knows if I’ll actually be any good at it. But it’s an adventure I’m excited to embark upon eventually. Witness my enthrallment at meeting my new baby cousin-once-removed, sweet Jade.

That, if I do say so myself, was one of my cleaner transitions into the design material for the day: kids’ rooms!

This makes me positively grin. Wall decals too often look like a haphazard after-thought, but the way these tie into the bedding plus the fact that they’re so freaking adorable elevates this room to super awesomeness. From the French company Mimi’lou, via oh joy.

While pink is definitely no longer relegated to little girls’ rooms, it’s certainly at home there! This is an excellent way to use a lot of a color without actually making any huge commitments. Especially helpful if you don’t want to paint the walls in your child’s latest favorite color since it will likely change in two months. See the rest of this room designed by Sissy + Marley over at decor8.

Most folks love an exposed brick wall, even for Junior it will add so much texture and depth to a room. Southwestern inspired prints and colors like those in this rug and bedspread are very hip. I especially love that bedspread. Also… there’s a rocking camel. Every child needs a rocking camel. The home of architectural designer Tiffany Schrader-Brown, via Design*Sponge.

Such a cool room! Yes, it’s a little crazy town and there’s a lot going on, but clearly this young girl loves it and that’s what matters. Have a look at that bed! Elle Decor via Switcheroom.

Color doesn’t need to be everywhere to be powerful. Marks & Spencer via Bright.Bazaar.

Fun and functional. Note the crayon storage in the table legs! From Lonny Mag Nov/Dec 2011, designed by Celerie Kembel.

This room is totally doable and uncomplicated. Via desire to inspire.

And finally, the coolest nursery I think I have ever seen. Most people would hesitate to use so much black or any other dark color in a nursery. I suppose it has too many connotations with things we don’t associate babies with like shadow and gloom. If you can get past that I think it totally works, as long as you balance it with lighter, more child-like elements. There’s just as much white as black, soft surfaces, and delightful punches of playful color. That ceiling! Via izziella.

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  • Reply lizmedendorptranslations March 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The bed in that “crazy town” room: WANT. Reminds me of the Big Comfy Couch.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Haha, I’m glad you like it! It is very cool. It was custom made for the room, I’ve never seen anything like it. Somebody should totally start selling those ready made!

  • Reply Brian March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hang in there with the lousy professor. Just think of it as part of your education. Once you build your successful design firm, you will undoubtedly confront unreasonable clients and vendors. Learning how to get around other people’s idiosyncrasies is a great life skill.
    Speaking of skills, nice selection of images for today.
    And about that whole mom thing, you will make agreat one!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Bahaha, “successful design firm”. Possible…

      I really don’t like unreasonable people. I don’t know why I feel like I shouldn’t have to deal with them because obviously that’s unrealistic. I think there’s something to be said for not allowing people to walk all over you, but there’s a fine line between that scenario and one where the best thing to do is simply work through the differences.

      I think I need to not only master working with other people’s idiosyncrasies, but also how to stand up for myself in a professional and gracious way. And perhaps most importantly: determining which approach is appropriate for any given situation.

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