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Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

Are you expecting? I’m not, but one look at this nursery and I stopped dead in my tracks. It’s the first nursery that I’ve seen in a really long time that actually spoke to me because it’s very simple but with great attention to detail and I adore how neutral it was kept. I know what “studies say” about kids and color but I honestly would have a subtle nursery just like this one in a second and simply bring color in through books, dolls, craft supplies and clothing… There are ways to still have color without painting the walls bright yellow – unless of course that is your thing and if so, go for it!

Nursery

The key to making a mostly neutral palette work is to vary the tints and tones and texture to add warmth and dimension. I love the striped ceiling!

Nursery

Nursery

Nursery

Nursery

Nursery

This room was designed by Sissy + Marley and they sent it in because they thought decor8 readers would really like it. So, do you? What do you think of this color scheme and overall design?

(images: sissy + marley)

 

Posted in kids on April 20, 2012

Charming Mint Green Boy’s Room

Well what do you know!? I’m posting children’s rooms on decor8! ha ha! It’s a big deal for me to do this and if you blink you’ll miss them but it’s fun to go off the beaten track now and then and show something new. We tend to post things on our blogs that we feel attached to in one way or another and while I love children I think not having any does make me less inclined to think about their room design. Perhaps that will change in the future!

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

After posting the sweet pink girl’s room, Australian interiors and lifestyle photographer Tara Pearce sent in some great photos of a little boy’s room in cool mint that she asked me to consider posting. A mint green boy’s room? Oh yes please! Lenny is two-years-old and loves his new IKEA bed and minty green walls. His room has many vintage and handmade pieces and his little creative zone made me smile so I have to share it… Plus I can’t show a girl’s room and skip the little guys!

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

Charming Mint Green Boy's Room

Visit Tara’s blog to see more of her stunning photos…

(images: Tara Pearce)

Posted in kids on February 08, 2012

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

I don’t normally blog about children’s rooms but this classy teen bedroom makes me smile today because it is just so cute, isn’t it? It was decorated by former Domino market editor Tori Mellott who designed it for contest JCPenney was running along with Teen Vogue magazine where three teens won a bedroom makeover. The first one is my favorite room below, I love the juicy pink and yellow – it’s very fresh and inspiring! A mostly pink room with a burst of yellow is so energizing. Tori did such a fab job on this sweet space. Bravo, Tori!

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

I loved reading that the fourteen-year-old who won this new room cried when she saw it! Pink is her favorite color, though Tori Mellott didn’t want to turn it into a Barbie dream room — so she avoided frilly pieces (ruffles, scalloped edges, etc.) and went with clean lines (desk, roman shades, etc.) along with a stylish more grown-up geometric rug that the teenager can definitely use for years to come.

Read more about all three of the rooma and see what Tori used to create the look here.

(images: teen vogue)

Posted in bedroom, kids on November 19, 2010

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

I promise! Just because I said that I want to start planning a family next year does not mean that every post on decor8 is going to turn ga-ga-goo-goo on you! But I can’t resist sharing these photos from a baby shower that Kathleen Kennelly Ullman from Twig & Thistle recently planned for her sister Allison because it’s just too cute. I especially love how the nesting dolls were customized to look like the family — the daddy nesting doll with the beard had me cracking up the moment I saw it!

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Nesting Dolls Baby Shower

Some design details that Kathleen has shared on her blog for you to walk away with…

1. She bought nesting dolls in the raw for $10 from Amazon and hand painted them to resemble her sister, husband and baby boy on the way and used them as a cake topper. 2. Each seat at the table had a crossword puzzle based on Allison and Ryan and words related to pregnancy and parenthood. The game helped guests to mingle and have fun. 3. To add a bit of whimsy to the table she found retro gray and white striped straws for the glassware. 4. For favors, she made fabric envelopes inspired by ones that Rebecca Thuss made shown here. Inside she put shortbread cookies and sealed them with a diaper pin. 5. She letterpressed the lovely invites herself!

Isn’t this the most adorable, yet simple, shower idea? I love it. Less is more!

(images: kathleen kennelly ullman)

Posted in events, kids on June 08, 2010

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