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Style Guide: Baby Room for Small Spaces

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Style Guide: Small Baby Room

In today’s world of townhome and condo living, sometimes a full size crib just isn’t going to work in the limited space you have for the baby. There is a very simple solution: keep everything small, simple and minimal.

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Two-tone Espresso and White

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Two-tone Espresso and White

This convertible crib is a great addition. It changes into both a toddler bed and a youth day bed (guide rails may not be included—be sure to check manufacturer’s specifications). The underbed storage is perfect for extra diapers, blankets and onesies while your little one is still little. In the toddler years, switch it up for books, toys and swimming gear. During your child’s youth years, the underbed storage can be used for art supplies, sweater storage and more.

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Wood Changing Table w/ Tray in Espresso and White

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Wood Changing Table w/ Tray in Espresso and White

Keeping with the multi-use theme, this change table is perfect for a small space. When your little one outgrows the change table, simply remove the tray and your toddler now has a big-boy dresser.

Babyletto Nara Glider in Ecru with Mocha

Babyletto Nara Glider in Ecru with Mocha

Every experienced mom will tell a new mom to make sure the room is comfortable. The reason is because a lot of time will be spent in the baby room nodding off while your new one feeds. This chair is very modern, comfortable, and classy. The soft gliding motion will ease your littlest addition back into dreamland. Also part of a good baby room is a soft light for those late-night changes. This can be in the form of a small lamp, a wall light, a simple plug-in night light, or even a soft star light. Play mobiles can also be a viable option that provides music and motion. Some also have a soft light. Keep the volume at it’s lowest setting where it is easiest on a baby’s ears. Soft music is also a great addition—classical and jazz are the most relaxing and least stimulating, offering a nice, soothing transition from feeding to sleeping.

Style Guide: All Aboard! Sailor Bedroom

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Create the perfect little sailor’s room with a few simple pieces of child furniture. Keep it minimal to give your little one space to play on the floor and be imaginative.

This KidKraft boat bed can easily hold a mast—a great small project for the handyman in the house—complete with a simple tailored sail. Keep the mast in proportion to the size of the bed. Add two to three small buoys to the side complete with thick rope or find a good seamstress to sew an anchor pillow to toss overboard. Have fun with fabulous details on the walls around this theme.


KidKraft Boat Toddler Bed Cot

KidKraft Boat Toddler Bed Cot

Go with the wainscotting-style wall paint where the bottom third is dark blue while the top is white or even pale gray. If you have an artist in the family, add some cabin windows to the walls or a few ocean waves. You can even add a few seagulls or the spout of a whale breaking surface. Really have fun with it! Along the ceiling you can find some great rope netting and drape it above the bed along the ceiling, or even along a wall opposite the bed.


South Shore Libra Dresser in Pure White

South Shore Libra Dresser in Pure White

This white dresser from South Shore is clean and contemporary with a side cabinet for either hiding books or a couple small baskets of his favorite toys.


KidKraft Round Top Storage Chest Natural

KidKraft Round Top Storage Chest Natural


This simple, natural finish KidKraft storage chest is perfect to blend with the natural wood finish that is part of the bed. Leave it natural or paint it white with a horizontal stripe to match that of the bed. A natural finish chest has a great deal of potential when you get bored of the wood look.

 

 

Style Guide: Bedroom Ideas for a Little Princess

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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Most moms-to-be dream of having a little girl so they can enjoy being a princess again. A great place to start is with your newly transitioned little girl room.


KidKraft Tiffany Princess Toddler Bed

KidKraft Tiffany Princess Toddler Bed

KidKraft has designed a beautiful little toddler bed that isn’t too overly frilly, but is still very girly. The ribbon accent should be painted either pink or purple (or one of each) to tie in the pinks in the rest of the furniture for this theme. The walls can be left white, painted a pale pink or lime green, even a pale lavendar would look beautiful with the princess theme. Stripe one wall to match the vanity to add a little bit of interest – even if you only go half-way up the wall. If there is wainscotting in her room you can alternate the white with the pink, leaving the chair rail white.


Teamson Design Princess and Frog Girls Vanity Table and Stool Set


Teamson Design Princess and Frog Girls Vanity Table and Stool Set

This is a delicate little vanity, artfully designed by Teamson’s crew. Recreating the story of the frog and the princess is a great place to start if you are in need of ideas on a theme, or use that theme to add a small decorative mural to one of your daughter’s walls.


Guidecraft Dress-Up Carousel

Guidecraft Dress-Up Carousel

You can’t have a princess room without a place to store her princess costumes. This Guidecraft carousel is the perfect little addition to the princess theme room. The princess parties can start in her room with each choosing their favorite costume, then they can come down to the buffet fit for an up-and-coming queen.


Standard Furniture My Room 6 Drawer Dresser in Snow White

Standard Furniture My Room 6 Drawer Dresser in Snow White


Standard Furniture’s Snow White dresser will definitely suffice. The decorative rings on the top drawers with alternating pink and purple really fit in beautifully with the princess theme. The colors are also great for the decorative pieces to the bedding, not necessarily full pink bedding. Keep the bedding colors as the accent, especially if you are painting the walls a blend of pink and/or purple. Keep it simple for your little girl.

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Children

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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Girls, boys, youth—they all have different interests. This holiday season, check out a few of our suggestions to help get you started.


KidKraft Uptown Kitchen in Espresso  by  Kidkraft

KidKraft Uptown Kitchen in Espresso

Most little girls love to play dress-up and cook the family “dinner”. These two activities will help with imaginative play while teaching little girls the life skills behind entertaining guests. The zebra print KidKraft vanity is the perfect size for the small-space little girl room. The KidKraft kitchen is a great little addition to any play room. Or try setting it up along your own kitchen boundaries so she can imitate you while you cook.


KidKraft Fun and Funky Vanity with Stool

KidKraft Fun and Funky Vanity with Stool

Boys will be boys. They are rough, they love to wrestle, and they love to do boy things such as be the conductor of a train or the captain of their very own pirate ship. KidKraft has created a fantastic farm train set that will keep your child’s imagination rolling along for hours. Teamson’s pirate boat is perfect for the little family scallywag who loves to plan mutinies while searching for hidden treasure. Both of these sets are wonderful additions to any boy’s bedroom.


Teamson Kids Play Pirate Boat  by  Teamson Design

Teamson Design Kids Play Pirate Boat



KidKraft Farm Train 75 Piece Set  by  Kidkraft

KidKraft Farm Train 75 Piece Set

Let us not forget the young man in the family whose interests are a little more manly than playing in the backyard sandbox.Your youth’s inner pool shark will enjoy a new pool table by HomeStyles. The folding legs means you will get your rec room back when the monthly pool tournament has been completed. Your young gamer will show some serious appreciation for Atlantic’s TV gaming stand, which also acts as storage.


Atlantic Inc Spyder TV Gaming Stand In Black

Atlantic Inc Spyder TV Gaming Stand In Black


Home Styles The Real Shooter 6-Foot Pool Table

The Real Shooter 6-Foot Pool Table by Home Style

Games can help to express some musical creativity and has room for a couple of electric guitars.

Rock-a-bye Baby

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A baby cradle is the ultimate in infant room beauty. It brings us back to a simpler time, a more traditional era of furniture. The baby cradle is the perfect small-space solution for your littlest one, before he starts to figure out how to sit up and crawl around. These top three favorites will give you a wonderful place to start baby-dreaming.

 

Orbelle Ga Ga Cradle in Espresso

Orbelle Ga Ga Cradle in Espresso

Orbelle has designed the quintessential traditional style cradle. Their Ga Ga line says it all—the beautiful craftsmanship and heirloom quality will have your guests going “ga ga” over your designer selection for the infant’s room.

 

Orbelle Gabriella Cradle in French White

Orbelle Gabriella Cradle in French White

Once again, Orbelle has designed a beautiful more modern European take on the traditional crib with their Gabriella collection. The beautiful oval shape easily makes this cradle, and who’s in it, the center of attention.

 

DaVinci Futura Wood Baby Cradle in Ebony

DaVinci Futura Wood Baby Cradle in Ebony

Da Vinci’s Futura wood cradle is a more contemporary approach to the baby cradle. The gentle glide will lull your little one to sleep, which means you will get more time to rest.

Top Trundle Beds for Youth

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The trundle bed is a great space-saving solution for any room that needs extra sleeping space. The concept is simple: hide the bed when you don’t need it, pull it out when you do. It’s a marvelous design for the guest room, your child’s bedroom, or even ship one to your cottage. Our top four picks will get you started on your hunt for the perfect trundle:

 

Standard Furniture Reagan Loft Trundle in White

Standard Furniture Reagan Loft Trundle in White

This trundle by Standard Furniture is a great way to expand the space in a small townhome bedroom. The simple, clean lines of the design are a brilliant complement to contemporary, urban or European-style youth bedroom.

Lea Jessica McLintock Romance Kids Sleigh Bed in Antique White Finish

Lea Jessica McLintock Romance Kids Sleigh Bed in Antique White Finish

Lea’s partnership with Jessica McLintock brings elegant princess style to every little girl’s room. This trundle bed is no exception. It slides beneath the sleigh bed for the perfect solution for hosting a pajama party when needed, without taking away the princess feel of the room.

Berg Furniture Twin Size Trundle

Berg Furniture Twin Size Trundle

 

Berg Furniture’s innovative bed designs are top-notch. This trundle bed will not only going to add sleeping space to the child’s room, but the modern design fits seamlessly with any blend of contemporary and urban decor. You don’t have to stay with white as there are a number of different finishes to suit your child’s needs.

 

Lea Deer Run Trundle Storage Unit in Cherry Finish

Lea Deer Run Trundle Storage Unit in Cherry Finish

 

Lea Furniture is another brand that doesn’t disappoint in design. It’s the ideal trundle for your boys’ bedroom. Save your child’s friend from sleeping on the floor. Another contemporary design, this trundles looks fantastic with a rustic Americana or sports-themed room.

Inspiration for Decorating Your Kid’s Bedrooms

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Your children are the center of your life and deserve a much-needed room make-over. They may not quite be out of the toddler phase, but with a few choice pieces of furniture, your children’s room will be one they can grow into and out of all at the same time.


Boy’s Room

Most boys are very rugged and wild in a fun sort of way. It only makes sense to choose bedroom furniture that they can enjoy while they are still young, yet stylish enough to use when they become pre-teens.


Sonax Willow Captain's Storage Bed in Ravenwood Black

Sonax Willow Captain’s Storage Bed in Ravenwood Black

This bed and headboard from Sonax is a great solution for those families living in tight quarters. Storage drawers under this captain’s bed mean that you won’t need a dresser. Low drawers are also great for smaller arms to reach into. As they grow older, transition the under bed storage into use for out of season clothes or extra school supplies.

 

Pair this bed up with a couple reading chairs such as these fabulous pirate chairs or classic auto chairs to create an ideal space for your toddler.

Guidecraft Retro Racers Extra Chairs (Set of 2)

Guidecraft Retro Racers Extra Chairs (Set of 2)

Guidecraft Pirate Extra Chairs (Set of 2)

Guidecraft Pirate Extra Chairs (Set of 2)

Now there’s always the problem of toy storage. There never seems to be enough. This treasure chest just might help motivate your little man to hide their treasures from the evil pirates (a.k.a. siblings).

Guidecraft Pirate Treasure Chest

Guidecraft Pirate Treasure Chest

KidKraft Limited Edition Toy Chest/Box in Black

KidKraft Limited Edition Toy Chest/Box in Black

If you choose the classic auto, then you can choose something a little more basic like this simple black chest. Find some great stencils at your local craft store and paint a classic auto on the front with a silver racing stripe. Paint a pair of checker flags on the seat portion of the storage bench. Then source out some nice bench cushions with silver and red tones to help soften the black.

Walls

 

Wall color is an important factor when planning your child’s room redesign. One popular trend is color blocking or the feature wall. Pick one wall in the space to paint a different color. This is an excellent place to get really bold with color. If you have a small room, you can still get creative by painting a chunky horizontal stripe along half of a wall or try vertical stripes in dark and light.

 

As your child grows, exchange the pirate style with wood sailboat models, or replace the classic cars with model cars.

 

Bedding

 

Take your color cues from your accent furniture. If you choose the pirate themed chairs, then go with the light blue of the sea. Choose red, silver, and black plaid or stripes to match classic auto chairs. You’ll want to keep that classic feel to the room, so keep your colors somewhat muted.

Create a sea creature theme such as sea turtles and then mix and match your accent colors accordingly. Go for a predominately blue-green ocean tones in your child’s bedding, and blend in some fun patterns. Make it a relaxing but fun place to hang out—especially if you want that extra hour of sleep in the morning.


Girl’s Room

 

She may act like a diva but your little girl might prefer just a touch of decorative frills in her room. Take some inspiration from these picks to start you on that redecorating journey.

Lea Elite Zoe Full / Double Storage Platform Bed in White

Lea Elite Zoe Full / Double Storage Platform Bed in White

This is a great little bed for the small-scale bedroom, especially if you purchase the trundle storage with the bed. This will eliminate the need for a dresser. The soft turned bun feet add a fairytale feel.

Storage for your daughter’s favorite toys will always be a challenge. These two wonderful storage chest search portray a different motif.

Guidecraft Sweetie Pie Toybox

Guidecraft Sweetie Pie Toybox

This one is very tomboy with ladybugs and dragon flies.

Teamson Kids Magic Garden Hand Painted Kids Toy Chest/Box

Teamson Kids Magic Garden Hand Painted Kids Toy Chest/Box

This very classic princess toy chest will also work, especially if you purchase a coordinating vanity. Daddy’s little girl will have a place to set up her own collection of hair ties and head bands.

Lea Elite Hannah Chair-KD in White

Lea Elite Hannah Chair-KD in White

Add in a chair that is the perfect place for curling up to read. The delicate curves in the Lea Elite Hannah chair will accentuate the rest of the space.

Walls

Use the colors in your accent furniture as a starting point. For example, if you choose the bug chest, then a light green room with different shades of pink polka-dots will be a super fun design. You can choose a deep shade of pink to color block one wall, and paint the rest a muted lime green. You can even choose to paint the room a light pink, but add to the long wall a set of vertical near-red stripes. Accent the walls with metal dragonflies or ladybugs, and find a nice mirror with white trim to help bring everything together.

Bedding

For a room that your young diva can grow into, have some fun with the bedding. Solid colors are fine for accent pillows, but make it a fun combination of colors that will match your daughter’s new toy chest.

If you choose the frog prince toy chest, try a palette of muted greens and pinks grounded by a touch of espresso brown. The bug chest mixes well with a bold mix of reds, pinks and greens. Go for a coordinating bedding set for the ultimate matching look.

KidKraft Storage Bin Review from Happenings of the Harper Household

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Finding the right storage for children’s toys is a tricky task for many parents. Fortunately many kids furniture companies like Kidkraft have solved the dilemma by creating hardworking storage pieces that are also kid friendly. Recently the blog Happenings of the Harper Household did a review of the Kidkraft Wall Storage Unit.

 

Check out the full review on their blog and shop the storage unit below.

 

KidKraft Wall Storage Unit with Bins in Espresso

KidKraft Wall Storage Unit with Bins in Espresso

The Glamorous Nursery (inspired by Kim & Kanye!)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Take a page out of Kim and Kanye’s design note book and go for a glamorous nursery. It has been widely reported that these new parents put their new bundle of joy (reportedly named Kaidence) to sleep in a Vetro Crib from Nurseryworks. The unique clear acyrlic crib offers an unusual look for a nursery but it also clocks in at a whopping $3950 retail. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a reality TV star to create a similar look in your home. Here are ten cribs that look great but also fit your budget:


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Get the Look:

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Grey with White

1. Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Grey with White

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Stationary Convertible Wood Crib in Ebony

2. DaVinci Stationary Convertible Wood Crib in Ebony

Stork Craft Monza II 2-in 1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib in Espresso

3. Stork Craft Monza II 2-in 1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib in Espresso

Orbelle Tian Two Level Portable Crib in Black

4. Orbelle Tian Two Level Portable Crib in Black

Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib in Two-tone White and Espresso

5. Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib in Two-tone White and Espresso

South Shore Crib in Pure White Finish

6.  South Shore Crib in Pure White Finish

Stork Craft Bradford 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib in Cherry

7. Stork Craft Bradford 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib in Cherry

Sorelle Cape Cod 4-in-1 Convertible Crib & Changer Combo in French White

8. Sorelle Cape Cod 4-in-1 Convertible Crib & Changer Combo in French White

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib in Two-Tone Espresso & White

9. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib in Two-Tone Espresso & White

DaVinci Jayden 4-in-1 Convertible Wood Baby Crib w/ Toddler Rail in Ebony

10. DaVinci Jayden 4-in-1 Convertible Wood Baby Crib w/ Toddler Rail in Ebony

KidKraft Patio Furniture for Kids

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

KidKraft Table and Stacking Chairs Patio Set with Striped Umbrella

KidKraft Table and Stacking Chairs Patio Set with Striped Umbrella

When one thinks of patio furniture, images of lounging poolside and near a backyard BBQ are likely the first images that pop into your mind. Why not include your children and their friends in the patio furniture plan? A happy quiet kid sipping smoothies will help make your outdoor time a little less stressful. During your next backyard BBQ, your neighbors’ children will love having their own table with an umbrella, just like the adults. Childhood is all about doing what the big people and a child-size patio set will help.

KidKraft Table and Stacking Chairs Patio Set with Striped Umbrella

KidKraft specializes in creating attractive and durable children’s furniture. The company was founded by engineers which means that their outdoor furniture is constructed with high integrity. That translates into weathered durability, even for a house full of little boys.



KidKraft Table and Stacking Chairs Patio Set with Striped Umbrella

With this child-sized patio set, the chairs are easily stackable for the quiet times when they are visiting Granny. Fold the UV-coated umbrella down and store it in the garage rafters during the winter, and bring the table indoors for the big family feasts. Kids love to have a place of their own where they can enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade underneath the shade of a brightly patterned patio umbrella.