And Then They Were Three!

Children bring much joy into our lives. They also change the way we look at decor. Can we get this sofa in that type of fabric? Will it stain? Where can we store the toddlers’ toys in the main area? What kind of window treatments are safe to have around with our new baby? Those are some of the questions I get regularly from my clients.

Being a mom myself, I know how important these questions are. Each culture is different and every family is different when it comes to children and furniture. Some of us are very comfortable having children climbing on the furniture. Some of us prefer to postpone buying nice things until the children are older. A lot of us try to find the middle ground: maybe investing in nice pieces but with sturdier finishes. Sunbrella fabrics work great and so do stain resistant fabrics. Leather is a nice option and vinyl covered designer fabric for dining room chairs works wonders!

If you’re like me, you actually don’t want to wait until you’re 50 to get that nice sofa! I have more of a French approach when it comes to decorating and children. In my home country, children are taught early to respect furniture. When my boys were very little, we just kindly but firmly explained that some furniture is not meant to climb on, and food just needs to stay in the dining area. This has worked very nicely for our family.

One of the ways to make decorating for children a positive experience,  is to create delicious little bedrooms for them : cozy, magical and colorful. Play areas are also so useful if you have the room. Creating rooms for children is a wonderful way to give them a space that is theirs to play, explore and dream; a space where they are allowed to climb, draw on walls and throw pillows. A place where furniture is their size and they can entertain their friends.

In this post I will explore a few rooms and ways to create these spaces for children.

In this first image, London based architect Alex Michaelis was able to build a dream house planned to include his children. A luxury for some, but if you are in the building process, you may want to consider this amazing slide/staircase:

Alex Michaelis: slide staircase.Via http://techcrunch.com

In this happy photograph by Melanie Acevedo, adding swings indoors completely transforms a space, creating whimsy and laughter for the lucky children:

Swings in rooms for childrenvia http://frenchbydesign.blogspot.com

In the image below, from my Pinterest images, a chalk wall was created using chalk paint. This is a very economical way of giving creative doodlers their own space, that is, if you can stand the grating sound of chalk against the wall!

How to create a play area or full room? Convert an unused bedroom or part of a finished basement or attic. Create an arts and craft area for little artists:

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Or something like this little corner:

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Children Art can be hung up in so many ways, consider string or wire and clothespins:

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In the above photograph, a little girls’ space is created with very little. A magnetic strip to hang art, a big basket to store items, a little person chair and a fabulous decorative trick: a very wide band of color to create interest on the wall.

Getting a foosball table for older girls and boys is always a huge success:

Lots and lots of pillows are paramount. Get as many storage baskets and bins as you can. Do not be afraid of color. Create little nooks here and there for activities: reading, art, make-believe.

Let’s look at bedrooms now. Small can be perfectly charming:

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In this boy’s bedroom, a trundle bed serves as a day bed. The sophisticated use of color and the built ins can be easily incorporated later when this child grows up:

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In this girl’s bedroom, a pale candy colored scheme creates a soft feel and the pillows make the space cozy. The chandelier adds that je-ne-sais-quoi which adds immediate personality:

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Keep books handy like this wonderful set up:

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Consider bunk beds, a child’s dream:

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Or as they grow older, more mature decoration themes:

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And don’t forget work spaces, which need to inspire young minds as they learn and grow:

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Or for a teenager:

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Voilà, les amis! Enjoy your little munchkins, they grow up very very fast. My eldest turns 15 this Saturday! Have a great week…until next time!