WIN A CUSTOM RUG {A GIVEAWAY WITH PACIFIC RUG GALLERY}!

Giveaway now closed - congratulations to @jillianaguitar for winning the rug!!!

Well friends…I have a very special giveaway for you today:)

Enter to win a custom rug from Pacific Rug Gallery made from your child’s artwork!!!

Melissa rug giveaway

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

To enter, head to my Instagram account, follow both @winterdaisykids and @pacific gallery, tag a friend and tell us what room you’d use your new rug in.

One winner (anywhere in North America!) will be chosen to win a free 3’ x 5’ rug made from your child’s artwork! If you have a treasured piece of art that your little one has made, this is the perfect opportunity to turn it into a rug that will last a lifetime.

These pictures show how a simple drawing was turned into a beautiful rug. What a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Custom rug made from child’s artwork
Custom rug made from child’s artwork

Giveaway open until April 20th, 2019 PST. Winner will be announced on this post and in Instagram stories. Good luck friends!

HOW TO STYLE YOUR KIDS' SHELVES IN 4 EASY STEPS!

If you’ve been blessed with becoming a parent, surely you are realizing that all of the toys, books, photos, stuffed animals (aka stuff) needs to be stored somewhere. It is likely that a bookshelf of some sort has made its’ way into your child’s room and if not, now is the perfect time to get one!

kids room shelves

Pretty (and functional!) shelves aren’t as simple as they look but with careful thought, everyone can turn a mediocre bookshelf into something you will proud to see and use everyday. We love this plain white bookshelf that goes from floor to ceiling.

kidsroom shelves

SHOP THE LOOK…

Styling kids shelves starts with the most obvious step of all, but one that so many people often overlook.

STEP 1: CLEAR YOUR SHELVES

If you want to tackle the job of styling your shelves properly, start by taking everything off and giving them a good dust / clean. By starting with a clean blank slate, you will already be on your way to successful shelf styling!

empty CB2 stairway shelves - this is step 1

STEP 2: ADD BOOKS

Now that your shelves are clear, take this chance to go through the books and donate any that your children have finished with. This may sound like a no-brainer, but trust me on this one! Kids interests change quickly and you will surely find at least a few that are no longer needed.

Once you have all the books that are going back on the shelf, break them up into sections, such as board books on one shelf or chapter book series grouped together. IF you are super particular with the way the shelves LOOK, you can also get as choosy as same size books or same colour spines together. You can also use special books, photos or actual art pieces and lean them against the back of the shelf or wall. By doing this, it adds an extra layer of depth making shelves appear deeper.

In the photo below, there are 57 books! If you have many more than this, fill up every second shelf leaving the bottom shelf empty for baskets or bins.

cb2 stairway bookshelf with books - this is step 2

STEP 3: ADD STORAGE BASKETS AND SMALL CONTAINERS

Start with your biggest storage baskets or bins on the bottom shelf. We use these metallic baskets for everyday items that get left on the floor. It keeps the floor tidy and the kids know where to find items that they have left around the house. As kids get older, I find the toys get smaller! This means that there are lots of little ‘treasures’ and it’s handy to have little boxes in their rooms for these items.

cb2 stairway white shelf with books and baskets - this is step 3

STEP 4: ADD ACCESSORIES (AKA THE FUN PARTY!)

This is where the true fun comes in! Keep in mind that empty or white space is just as important as the items you place on the shelves. Here’s your chance to add little vases, candles, wooden toys for younger kids, or in my twins’ case, the Maileg collection that has grown over the years. These are perfect for adding to the shelves along with their mini globe (similar), daily calendar, and letter bookends. If you aren’t sure where to place things, just try it and then stand back and see what you think. Try to add smaller items next to larger and mix it up between placing things right in the centre or 1/3 of the way in on either side.

girls room styled bookshelves
Sophie Mouse series with letter bookends
kids book collection
girls shelves

If you have any questions about how to style a functional and pretty shelves for your kids, ask away in the comments below and if you redo the shelves at home, I’d love to see!

SHOP THIS POST…

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: UNIQUE PLAY NOOKS

It’s Friday and that means we can all breathe a little easier knowing that the weekend is just around the corner. While it means full on kid mode for most of us, it’s also a time that our little ones play in the environment that they usually feel most comfortable; home.

Sometimes, by creating special little nooks or finding a new area to play helps while away the hours a little more easily. These unique spots to add toys either come about for function (there is no other space in the house!) or just for magical fun…either way, here are some of my favourite unique kids nooks that create the dreamiest environments for children’s play.

A Secret Room:

Yes, really! This dreamy little play nook WITH A SKYLIGHT is located behind a bookcase and houses one of the cutest play kitchens of all time.

Source: Emily Henderson

Playspace Under the Stairs:

It’s really such a great use of space! Add a few of these ice cream decals, and you have a playroom for the littles.

Under stair children’s playhouse

Source: Pinterest

Secret kids playroom under stairs

Source: Von Fitz Design

Attic Playspace

Adding skylights to an attic opens the whole space up to so many possibilities. This play area is the perfect place to whittle away house while the sun shines in.

A light-filled attic children’s playroom

Source: Pinterest

WHAT GOES IN OUR EASTER BASKETS

It’s March and for us, that signals the start of ‘birthday season’, a time of year that launches Spring and always reminds me to get ready for Easter!

Last year, I shared a roundup of Easter gifts for kids and this year I thought it would be fun to share the EXACT items that are going into our Easter baskets!

While we do an egg hunt on the day, and are starting a tradition of drawing on a wooden egg each per year, I always like to leave a little basket of treats on their placemats at the breakfast table on Easter morning as a surprise and this is what is going in them this year.

Contents of an Easter basket for kids

01. // Easter basket; 02. // Bunny planter (for the twins’ room); 03. // Easter lego set; 04. // Mini Jellycat softie; 05. // The Country Bunny book; 06. // Mini eggs; 07. // Chocolate bunny; 08. // Bunny pjs; 09. // Striped pjs.







5 WAYS TO ADD TEXTURE TO A BABY OR CHILD'S ROOM

Texture is what gives a kids room that cozy factor and entices you to step deeper into the space. It’s the things that you can ‘feel’ and the things that add dimension and in my opinion, all baby and children’s spaces need a little (or a lot of) texture. Texture is what truly brings the space to life!

Pink, gold and cream girls room

girl’s room e-design project

There are lots of furniture items that can add texture to a room (hello grasscloth covered dresser!), but today I want to make it easy and share 5 ways you can add texture no matter what your furniture is. Sound good?

ONE. ADD A RUG

This is a simple way to add texture and nearly any rug will give an instant cozy lift to a space. Look for natural fibres; my favourites are wool or cotton. The boho shag rug below adds SO much texture with just one item!

boho monochrome boys room

TWO. LAYER A BLANKET

Adding a blanket to any part of a kids room instantly makes the room say, “hey…come on in and snuggle up”. Just think about a blanket draped over a crib, or a chair, or even draped out of a basket.

warm neutral reading corner in a children’s room

THREE. ADD LIGHTING!

You wouldn’t really think of it, but I believe adding a pendant light (especially this feather light), a wall light (even a nightlight!) and a task light (on dresser or desk) adds an extra layer to the whole place.

Ella's room.jpg

FOUR. PUT UP WALLPAPER OR WALL DECALS

While my true love affair will always be wallpaper (just order a sample to FEEL the texture and see the sheen), decals are a fabulous lower cost alternative that still give big impact, dimension and texture!

neutral basement playroom with decals

FIVE. INCLUDE SOFTIES!

Every baby and little one deserves a special stuffed toy and soft patterned pillows will provide a similar textural effect. There are so many adorable options on the market, it’s truly the EASIEST way to add a little texture.

monochrome reading corner in boys room

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