A Quirky Kids Bathroom

I stumbled on this adorable kids bathroom a few days ago and haven’t been able to shake the image since. Those perfectly-hued green faucet fixtures? That neon cloud light? It all begs to be played in, and I can almost hear the happy splashes and giggles during an impromptu evening bath hour.

I didn’t manage to find the designer of that perfect lighting, but I did spot this Nimbus cloud pendant that would make for an outstanding alternative.

Tell me, would you ever go to such great lengths to decorate your child’s bathroom? Or would you settle for a cute bathmat and call it a day?

Image Credit: Interior Design magazine via Shelterness

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Bright Idea: Treetop Bunk Beds

One of my favorite memories of my childhood bedroom was the bunk bed I shared briefly with my older sister (my parents quickly learned that no sleep would be had if the arrangement continued!). Yet our normal wooden bunk bed pales in comparison to this masterpiece found in a Slovenian apartment…

Can you imagine the good dreams you’d have while pretending to sleep amidst the highest of treetops? I love how creative the aesthetic is, but the function is still maintained in its entirety – perfect for sibling sleeping arrangements, or even a separate reading nook for a lucky little kid.

And wouldn’t this piece fit right into the barn-inspired kids suite Miriam posted? Proof that fun design elements don’t have to be reserved for grown-up spaces only!

Image Credit: Design East

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An Organized Kid’s Space

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Playrooms are notorious for brightly colored clutter and messy floors. Yet with a bit of ingenuity, a lot of space planning and a handy woodworker, you can transform an average toy room into a play house fit for those adorable tiny toes that run your life.

The white paint keeps the look streamlined and clean, while asymmetrical and seemingly sporadic cubes provide both open storage (for those beautiful handmade toys you love to display!) and closed (for the less-than-pretty items). Coupled with ample artwork and multi-colored accents, this room begs for creative kids to run rampant.

What do you think? Too much wall clutter, or just enough storage space? And how sweet is that wooden baby carriage?

Image Credit: Cirkus (originally appeared in Rum for Rum)

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Oh, to be a kid again

Boston has a wonderful children's museum.  At least that is what I had heard.  I had never been…because I never had a kid to go with.  So once I had my son a year ago, I jumped at the opportunity to join a friend and her 18 month old on a trip to the Children's Museum. 

The very first thing you see when you walk through the door is a three story climbing structure in the glass atrium at the entrance to the museum.  It was Columbus Day, so the place was T-E-E-M-I-N-G and you could barely see through the climbing structure there were so many kids inside of it.  It was awesome!  And I found it so surprising how beautiful it was. 

Designed by Tom Luckey, a Yale trained architect, who works with his son, Spencer, the sculptures are made of curved plywood and steel cable mesh.  Kids skilled enough to climb to the top of the structure in Boston are rewarded with a gorgeous view of the entire city skyline.  But each piece works for little kids, too.  Since you can only climb as high as your skill level allows, it truly is a piece for kids of all sizes.

I especially love this design at the Children's Museum in Houston.  The contrast of the sleek white orbs with the complexity of the structure is inspiring:

 

This climbing structure at the Memphis Children's Museum is one of the only ones to use flat plywood pieces.  The design relies on the graceful linear curves or the platforms to create a beautiful experience:

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You have a what?!

We have a white couch.

Yup.

We have a white couch that we knowingly and purposefully purchased AFTER having a kid.

Ok…confession #1…our ‘kid’ is only a year old, so he really hasn’t fully harnessed his ability to ruin anything yet; bibs, burp cloths and newborn clothes notwithstanding.

And confession #2…our white couch is actually a white slip covered couch. 

I am an avid lover of all things coastal and as any coastal gal worth their sea-salt will tell you, when you live near the water, you want to keep your doors open to the breeze, your floors easily sand-sweep-able and your furniture wash-and-wear.

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