More kids play with stripes!

Ok…I promise I’m almost done with stripes.  I just love their versatility and playfulness and with so much beautiful inspiration to comb over, I had to keep sharing.

Last week I focused on horizontal stripes in kids spaces…this week, it’s all about the vertical stripe. Once relegated to hallways and powder rooms, the vertical stripe is becoming just as de rigueur as the currently-ubiquitous bold, horizontal stripe.

This shared space is so calming – the mild vertical stripes on the wall really help to made the space seem larger.


The stripe applied below the chair rail in this shared nursery ups the sweetness factor tremendously.


The variation in stripe widths and tones in this nursery corner are a welcome surprise.


I’m so in love with the bold, in-your-face pinstripes in this bedroom that is perfect for a teenage girl to call her own.


In yet another shared space, wide candy red stripes on the wall paired with coordinating bedding create a playful, modern space for siblings.


Of course, as always, one need not rely on wall paper treatments and painting tricks to achieve a room-heightening stripe trick.  A paneled wall in bright white makes this shared space even cozier.


Even Land of Nod is jumping on the vertical stripe bandwagon.  Just check out their latest crib bedding offering.  The gray. The mustard. The cute little birds.  The contrasting stripes and polka-dots.  I die.


In any space, stripes bring an element of play so they apply so well to children’s spaces.  Have you used stripes in your children’s decor?

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Map my Way

I’m such a huge fan of the recent trend of map usage in children’s room design.  It lends such a fun, exploratory feel to any space and there is nothing as graphically recognizable as the globe.

I really fell in love with this beautiful application found over at Pink Friday.  The different patterned fabrics applied to the wall are spirited and festive.

And if you were looking for something on a smaller scale, it is hard to resist this amazing collage of the USofA that See Kate Sew did recently.  Click the link for a fantastic tutorial on how to make your own.

Friends of mine saw this amazing US map made of state license plates over at Uncommon Goods…but the price is a bit too hefty…

…so they’re planning on DIYing one like this one found over at C.R.A.F.T.

Of course, I can hardly resist this amazing chalkboard map that Blue Cricket Design made for her son based on one she saw at Pottery Barn…it combines my two favorite kids room trends…chalkboard paint and maps!!

Or if you aren’t into DIYing, there is this great option from shopdirtsa on Etsy:

Visual Vacation came up with this great application for a world map on her walls.  I love the gallery effect!

And who can resist the ubiquitous Ork City Posters, picture below via Kio Kreations.  The typography and the graphic details for each neighborhood are so thoughtful and bold.


Do you have any maps displayed in your home?  How have you decided to display them?

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Lofty adventures

As we contemplate growing our family and someday having kids share a room in our home, I have found myself gravitating towards bunk and loft beds.  I think they really lend a special quality to a kids room because kids love small, cozy, intimate spaces (ever seen any kid pass up playing with a huge cardboard box?).  And I'll admit, I think they're pretty cool as well.

Of course, the closest I ever got to having a cool bunk bed was the loft my grandfather made for me to use in college.  It was essentially a bed with legs with a small ledge you could hoist yourself up to the top with.  It was functional and sturdy…but it was NEVER as cool as these awesome loft and bunk bed styles.

The kid inside of me totally did back flips when I saw this awesome set up.  But the practical adult in me realizes that 1) our ceilings aren't high enough for this concept and 2) our kids would outgrow this well before we'd gotten all of our investment out of it.  Still…I think the concept is pretty fresh and innovative.


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