Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived in extra large homes where we could turn one whole room in to a play room? Just imagine never having to see those toys strewn all over the living room. Maybe some of you are lucky enough to have a dedicated playroom for your kids but for most of us the reality is that we share spaces as a family. Living rooms and kitchens often double up as play spaces as well as homework spaces as well as entertaining spaces and so much more. And actually, I love that.
Have you discovered my steal the look series yet? In this series I share really cool, unusual and clever decor ideas that are easy to steal and re-create in your own home. The last one I shared was a useful and really clever Ikea hack. Today it’s about thinking outside the box with your lighting.
How cool are these pendant lights? A cluster of different light shades hanging from the ceiling with different coloured cords. How original is that? Cluster pendent lights are a big trend at the moment but usually you see 3 or 4 of exactly the same light. Not only does this idea use different (yet complementary) shades but they take it a step further with the colourful cords. Such a playful and fun idea for a kids room. Even if you played with just two colours, it would be very eye-catching.
As your kids move beyond the baby stage, life starts zooming by even quicker than before. I mean it feels like one minute they’re learning their ABC’s and the next they’re reading to you! That phrase – ‘they grow up too quick’ – that only parents understand, has never meant more to me than now. Knowing this, I’ve realised when decorating your kids room, you have to keep in mind that they grow so quickly. Keeping this reality at the back of your mind will save you money, angst and the headache of re-decorating every year or two. A while ago I shared some ideas on how to design a room your kids won’t outgrow and today I wanted to share this great shelving system that has so, so many possibilities. As far as changeable, practical and adjustable wall shelves go, I don’t think I’ve seen better.
Have you noticed the cool cactus home decor trend? I don’t mean just the actual cactus plants, although they are pretty amazing too and a great option, if like me, you aren’t green fingered. For now I mean the cool cactus prints popping up for all kinds of home decor stuff. The almost sculptural shape of cacti lends itself so well to all kinds of things for the home. When I finish decorating my home, I know I’m going to be adding a few cactus home decor touches and definitely some real cactus which make stylish indoor plants.
Did you catch my new series ‘steal the look’ last week? It’s all about sharing clever, stylish and useful decor ideas that are easy to replicate. Last week’s was a really cute idea that will delight any kid! For my second idea to steal, it’s this organised peg board which contains one of the best Ikea hacks. Have you spotted the Ikea hack yet?
This kids peg board and desk space is organised with Ikea bekvam spice racks. What a clever idea. They’ve painted the spice racks to match the rest of the look and used them to store bigger things that you wouldn’t be able to pin on to a peg board. And the racks are movable so they can be switched around as your child’s needs change. The result is a very organised desk space for a kid, that holds everything you need and will grow with your child too. Of course this idea isn’t just for kids. This ikea hack would work so well in your own home office or crafting space too.
In addition, I also spotted that the desk they’ve used is an Ikea trestle table – they’ve just painted the trestle legs to match the minty green look they’ve gone for. I’ve had my eye on this table for when I do up my own home office/study in the coming months. But the star of the show is those spice racks – just brilliant!
To see more details about this ikea hack visit Bondville where you’ll get the full details. You can also check out a few more ideas on ikea shelving hacks that I shared a while ago.
Today I’m starting a new series on some fun home decorating ideas to steal. As I find them, I’ll share one great decor tip or idea that will add style to your home while also being practical and usually easy to do. Most of all the ideas will all be simple, fun and clever. And always a little unexpected!
There are many ways of adding a little bit of magic to a child’s room. One of the best ways I’ve seen has to be this genius idea for a kids room. Simply make a smaller door within the larger door. Instantly, your child’s entire room will feel like their special secret hideout and which kid wouldn’t love that? This idea is truly an example of really thinking outside the box and coming up with something so fun. What do you think? Do you love it?
One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to add some wallpaper either as a feature wall or even wallpaper the entire room. It’s usually not expensive to do and can change the look of a room in a few hours. I’m a big fan of wallpaper for any room but especially for a kids room. I usually prefer to stay away from anything too bright, colourful or themed as you want the wallpaper to grow with your kids. One of the best ways to ensure this is to go for a playful yet subtle print in black and white or natural tones. These kinds of wallpapers will stand the test of time often from babyhood to much, much older.
When planning a kids room, I always recommend choosing stuff that will grow with your child. I’ve previously written some tips on how to design a room your kids won’t outgrow but today I wanted to share some of the cutest black and white wallpapers for a kids room that will stand the test of time. These wallpapers are all stylish, playful and fun and they can be combined with any colour decor. They’re all just as perfect for a nursery as they are for a 7 or 8 year olds room and everyone in between. Here they are:
I don’t think a home can ever have too many cushions. I’m a huge fan of cushions for bedrooms, living rooms and of course kids rooms. The more, the better. I went looking for some playful animal pillows/cushions that double up as cuddly toys too. So when they’re not decorating your home, they can be played with.
This collection of kids animal pillows are all so cute and stylish too, so while they’re ideal for a kids room, it would be fun to have one or two dotted around the living room to add a playful touch. I’m loving that quirky winking cat for my living room!
If your home is anything like mine, tidying up is always a battle. Anya is very good at getting everything out when she wants to play. If she’s playing dress up, she doesn’t get one outfit out but her entire dress up box contents get strewn all over the living room. Then she moves on to the next thing without putting away the dress up stuff of course. By the end of the day, every sofa, every table top and every bit of floor in my living room is covered with stuff. When it comes to putting all this stuff away, she’s suddenly too tired or too hungry or too something!
I’m not a fan of the vintage vibe for the whole home, but kids rooms with vintage touches can be so charming. The best part is that creating a vintage bedroom can be very inexpensive and you don’t need to update too often as vintage never goes out of style. Often, you can repurpose what you already have or else you can find fabulous bargains in junk shops and flea markets. Vintage kids rooms can be seriously stylish and very unique too as you’ll see from all the gorgeous vintage rooms below:
Ebabee Likes is a style guide for babies, young kids and their mamas. It’s all about inspiration, ideas and indulging yourself and your brood. It’s written by me ~ Nomita ~ a style loving girl from Mumbai who now live’s in London. Read More...