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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Kids-play with Scale

So awkwardly enough, I’ve had ‘Scale’ in my to-write-about file for over a month now and as I indicated in this post earlier this week, one of my favorite ways to play with scale is to include a very large sized print in a small space.  Low and behold, this fantastic space has been all over the shelter blogs recently. The large scale animal wall paper is whimsical on its own, but taken to an even larger extreme, the wall paper becomes a statement.


While playing with scale sometimes means literally taking something and messing with its natural proportions, it can also refer to the symmetry of all of the items in a space together.  For instance, in the vignette below, every piece is generally on the same scale, and when paired with the wainscoting which serves to draw the eye downward, the scale of the pieces together as a whole create a more cozy nook.


But check it out again when we pan out to see the whole room…


Turns out that table isn’t a dresser, it’s a night stand!  And the chair is a kids chair!!  But because within the context of the original photo everything was the same scale, our eyes and minds fooled us into thinking they were larger pieces.

This space (and correct me if I’m wrong..but are those some FLOR tiles I spy?) is a beautiful example of how consistent scale in a room can truly create harmony.  Everything from the crib, to the leggy chair, stool and dresser combine to fill the space with symmetry in a cheery, cohesive way.


Of course, scale can literally be represented in designing spaces intentionally for children.  This reading nook uses two slender bookcases that offset the junior-sized chair beautifully.


Perhaps the most functional purpose of scale in children’s design can be credited to the Montessori method where there is a heavy suggestion of scaling everything a child will use to their size…from the bed to the bookcases to the desk and mirror.  This space from SewLiberated is the quintessential study in scale for children’s rooms.


Lastly, before we leave the subject of scale, I have these two examples of home organization areas.  Both are designed with kids in mind, one on a grand scale…


…the other on a smaller scale.


Both are functional.  Both are whimsical. Both make a statement.  Both are beautiful.  Which just goes to prove that you can do anything with scale so long as your form and function are balanced.


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My FLOR Story

I wasn’t sure if I had ever told the story to you all of how I became such a FLOR fan, so I thought I’d give you a brief history of my love affair with FLOR.  WHY, you ask??  Because the very last to-do for my son’s big-boy room is an area rug and of course I turned to FLOR immediately…but not just because I write for this here blog…

…my love affair with FLOR began back in 2008 when I was first pregnant with my son.  I was watching an episode of Martha Stewart and they were showcasing Martha’s line of carpet tiles at FLOR. I watched as Kevin Sharkey easily cut his tiles in half to create beautiful patterns of carpet on the floor. I was intrigued.

So I decided to order some for my son’s nursery and I commenced designing a crazy-pants carpet with tons of cuts and angles. My experience was NO. WHERE. NEAR. as easy as Kevin Sharkey’s and I was disappointed. But I knew that the reason my experience was more difficult was because I hadn’t used the proper tools. Namely, I was trying to cut carpet in a straight line with a chintzy X-acto knife and a wood ruler.

So, I cut my losses (pun not intended) and laid out my FLOR tiles in a not-as-complicated pattern and quickly realized just how great the tiles were. They were easy to put together. They adhered to themselves and NOT the floor itself, and they were super versatile save for the mini experiment I tried in cutting them.

Fast forward a year later and it was time for my husband and I to do something about our master bedroom. I once again, decided to use the FLOR tiles and once again, decided to do something custom. THIS time I got the right tools and the process was easy as pie…you can read more about it here.

Since then, we have also used FLOR tiles to make a mat in front of our kitchen sink. Here for your viewing pleasure are all three of those projects:

Now…as I mentioned, we’re in the market for another area rug and once again, I am going with FLOR tiles. THIS time, I used the super-cool FLOR builder tool on the FLOR website. Basically, it allows you to choose how many squares you need and how you want them laid out and then you can fill in each square with what color tile you want.


Bonus: once you have worked out your design, you can see how much your design will cost at the bottom of the screen and order it straight from there. (Please note: it LOOKS like I’m about to order a crazy-expensive area rug…but in reality, I plan to cut each tile into quarter squares so that there are 60 total squares which is what the image shows above…but since the online tool doesn’t adjust to allow for custom cutting [other than strips] I told the system I wanted 60 squares of FLOR tiles…which would be pretty-much enough carpet to cover the moon.  Ok.  I exaggerate a bit.)

So anyway, now you know why I love FLOR so much…tell me…what do you love about FLOR?

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Inspiring Design: From Living Room to Nursery

We had to share this recent customer story – we loved how they used FLOR to bridge the gap between grown-up style and kid-friendly decor.   We find the result stunning.  What do you think?

Hi - Just thought we'd share how we were with our purchase of your Girard tiles.

From our hall you can see both our son's nursery and our living room, so we needed a tile that was both fun and colorful yet adult enough for our livingroom.


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Framing Keepsakes for the Nursery

Before my son was born, I dreamed of framing the onsie he wore at the hospital and hanging it in his room like in these sweet pictures below.

I just absolutely love how delicate the tiny, white clothes look against the substantial, heavy frames in this room.  And I really appreciate the sentimental, personal quality this infuses in the nursery.  I also like how if you took away the crib and the changing table, the only thing that would really give a clue that this is a baby’s room is the sweet detail of the keepsake art on the wall.

I like the example below as well.  The painted white, ornate frame reminds me of the mirror in Snow White and the pop of color behind the onesie helps add to the whimsey of the room design.

Unfortunately, the outfit our son wore at the hospital is so large it would require a huge frame to display it (he was 10lbs 5oz at birth, hence the 12 month size on the hospital issued outfit) so instead I am keeping this idea in my back pocket for now.  But I might just look into using a small shadow box to display a newborn picture of him and the hospital bracelet I still have in a folder somewhere in my attic.

Did you frame any keepsakes in your child’s nursery?

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