A BRIGHT, FRESH & MODERN BASEMENT PLAYROOM REVEAL

fresh + modern white and blue basement playroom

Starting 2019 with an exciting new project reveal…a bright, fresh and modern basement playroom and family living space!!! Can you even believe this is a basement? This room truly has EVERYTHING a family with kids could dream of; a place for the kids to play, storage for toys and a casual TV space where family and friends can relax together.

My clients have three little kids; a one year old, three year old and five year old, so wanted the space to have lots of storage for the kids’ toys and also a fun factor (have you seen the slide?)! The wall decals from Urban Walls (Riptide Watercolour in Indigo at half intensity) create SO much fun impact for a room that will transition as the children grow. The decals are perfect for now and can so easily be peeled off and changed when the time comes. They are also amazingly easy to put up!

 

“Adding in extra large covered storage is a lifesaver when it comes to quick clean up of unsightly toys. These baskets can be moved around and will easily store anything from cozy blankets to dump trucks.”

modern playroom with PLAY letters on wall

We looked for extra large scale letters on the market but after searching and falling short, decided to have these PLAY letters custom made for the wall. Since this part of the ceiling is low, the letters give the big impact we were going for. If you’ve followed along for a while, you will know that I LOVE storage baskets (such as in Rafa + Leo’s room), especially pretty ones with lids, and the capacity of these ones is incredible. You can honestly fit large plastic toys in there!

Good storage is key for a playroom and I like using easy-to-pull-out baskets for everyday play toys like blocks, Magnatiles, even puzzles. These storage cubes are at just the right height for toddlers to be able to pull out and put back the baskets themselves, which is always a win! I love that everything in this space is fully accessible for the sweet little kiddos who call this play space home.

playroom with storage and toys

STORAGE BASKET

“Easy to reach storage bins help little ones easily pull out and put away toys independently, which is a win in my books!”

kids playroom with white slide and PLAY letters

The other side of the space is an area where the family can snuggle, read books, watch movies and relax together. The built ins on the left hold more toys and also books and we had fun styling the shelves to look pretty as there wasn’t a need for added toy storage here. I love having the space to do this because we know all parents need a little pretty in their lives at the end of the day, am I right?! ;)

Family friendly basement living room
Shelves and windows
playroom shelves with pom pom storage baskets
coffee table wood stumps
family living room

Photography by Janis Nicolay.

GET THE LOOK FOR YOUR OWN HOME…

Playroom design board

01.// Cubebot; 02.// Pillow; 03.// Basket; 04.// Bowl; 05.// Play table; 06.// Bin; 07.// Stool; 08.// Slide; 09.// Play mat; 10.// Storage baskets.

XAVIER'S BIG BOY ROOM

This week marks a major transition for our family; all three kids have started full time school! Overnight, it feels like our youngest, Xavier, is all grown up. In reality, he’s only 5, but it seemed fitting that I share the progression of his baby nursery and how, with some subtle changes, it became his big boy room.

neutral boy room

When I chose the wallpaper (no longer available) for this space, I wanted something neutral and sweet enough for a nursery but that could grow with him until early childhood. He still LOVES this numbers paper and has somehow managed not to use it as a colouring sheet! In a few months, we’ll be leaving this home behind and Xavier asked if we’ll be able to take his ‘wrapping paper’ aka wallpaper with him. Sadly, we won’t.

While we won’t be able to take the wallpaper, we’ll be able to take the garland that was made for this room. I love how simple a garland is on the wall and that it transitions so easily from baby to big boy room. I love adding handmade elements to the spaces I design and you can find some of my favourite garlands on Etsy.

Xavier's boy room

These Cuddle and Kind dolls are one of my favourite additions. Not only adorable, this Canadian company donates 10 meals to children in need for every doll sold. I love the heart behind them and the quality is high too.

As you likely already know, I love including book walls in kids rooms. It’s a gorgeous way to display books and creates a unique piece of rotating art that kids adore. I’ve previously shared how to create a book wall in your own kids room using my favourite book ledges.

Xavier's big boy room

The cloud and house pillows are the same from Xavier’s nursery and the star garland works as his nightlight.

bookwall in boy room
numbers wallpaper and cuddle + kind dolls

GET THE LOOK (MILES ROOM)

space inspired monochrome baby nursery

When clients are kind enough to say 'yes' to sharing sources with all of you, it's a fun way to end the week. For all of those who ask questions on Instagram, please ask them here so that others can see the answers all in one place.

Here you are...twelve items to help you get the look of little Miles' baby nursery.

get the look miles' room

01.// Kalon crib; 02.// Nesting dolls; 03.// Moroccan rug; 04.// Grey lampshade; 05.// Knot cushion; 06.// Medium Cubebot; 07.// Super mouse; 08.// Moon print; 09.// Felt basket; 10.// Pull toy; 11.// Polar Bear; 12.// Knit blanket.

MILES' BOHO MONOCHROME NURSERY REVEAL

Our latest room reveal is here!!! I am SO excited to share our newest project, little client Miles' monochrome nursery!!!

This house may look familiar to you; Miles' baby room is right next door to Ella's toddler room (his older sister) that I shared a couple of years ago. 

Monochrome boy room by Vancouver Interior Designer Melissa Barling

CEILING LIGHT

“I love ceiling lights like this one that still let plenty of light shine through. Install a dimmer switch so you can achieve just the right amount of light desired.”

Boy room with Kalon Studios crib

Miles' room is our take on a monochrome boys room. The entire space was based on black and off-white but we wanted to keep the overall feel light and airy with lots of natural wood touches. Stars always feel fitting for a kids room; and this room has nods to space in the 'I love you to the moon' print, the 'dream moon' artwork and the rocket nightlight too. Miles' space is set up to be a dreamy place to sleep but also a perfect place to play.

As Miles started to move, the fireplace became more and more of a point of interest and safety risk. The chalkboard cover (just a piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint) works perfectly to add such a special detail and covers the fireplace well, keeping little fingers out. I can't wait to hear how much fun he has with this feature when he actually finds out he can draw all over it!

Pillows are perfect for setting up cozy spaces for little ones to relax. I love this knot pillow so much as it not only looks amazing but is lots of fun for babies to grab as well. It functions both as an accessory and toy, which is ideal. Isn't the polar bear adorable too? He's so soft and such a sweet softie to grow up with.

Modern white dresser in boys room

The mirror over dresser is still one of my favourite set ups for kids. Kids LOVE mirrors and this one will last for so many years to come. I can absolutely see Miles liking this mirror as much as a teenager as his parents do now. Miles' mom didn't want to have a change station as by the stage we designed the nursery, he was wiggling around too much and diaper changes were being done on the floor.

The dresser was an existing IKEA Hemnes one; we simply opted to change the handles to add a special detail that I think adds so much. The leather drawer pulls were found on Etsy.  

I love you to the moon kids art print on fireplace mantel
Dream big

I love how small details like the light box and little nesting dolls add a playful touch when decorating kids rooms. The key is using items that are both educational and decorative so (at least) two functions are covered off in one item. 

Use decals as a more affordable way to create the look of wallpaper…perfect for kids rooms as you can easily just peel them off as kids grow!

Miles letters above crib

I don't know what side of this nursery is my favourite but the crib corner is sure up there! It's simple but dreamy and the star decals provide all the magic the wall behind the crib needs.

Right under the window is the best little bench for young ones who are just learning to stand. This bench was originally going to be a window seat but as soon as we put the bench there, Miles LOVED it just as it was!!! This is his favourite place to play, pull out toys on his own and look out the windows!

toddler toy bench

For those who like to see what the room looked like before, here is a photo of the space when I first arrived. It's always amazing to look back on where we started!

before of the room
star decals with star hooks

Just like in sister Ella's room, Miles' mama wanted a little shelf with hooks beneath it right by the door. It is such a functional set up for providing a landing place for sweaters, etc. when you walk in the room and helps to keep the space tidy.

reading corner in boys room

Miles sure is one lucky little babe! Rooms like this are such a dream to create and knowing that he will grow up with memories of his time here is the absolute best part. 

 

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INSPIRATION: SHARED KIDS' ROOMS SIDE-BY-SIDE BEDS

Whether you are tight on space or just think a sharing a room is a childhood right of passage, these shared kids' rooms are functional AND gorgeous! A couple of weeks ago, we published a post about kids' rooms with bunk beds and today we're showing you side-by-side beds in shared rooms.

I just love how fresh and welcoming this boho room feels. My 6-year-old twins would love this and I think any teen would too! The white twin beds add so much dimension with the detail on their rails and notice how the cream patterned rug pulls it all together.

Boho shared girls room

Design by Pure Salt Interiors

This small space where we designed Rafa and Leo's shared baby and toddler room shows you what can be done if you measure carefully and have a longer term vision in mind. As the crib is narrower than a full twin size kids bed, two twin beds would not allow much space between. The longer term vision is that once Leo is out of his crib and Rafa turns 6, they will be able to install a bunk bed that will go along the star feature wall and allow even more room for play!

Shared baby and toddler room in tiny space by Vancovuer designer Melissa Barling

Rafa & Leo's Shared Room

This spacious shared girls room is ideal as each child has plenty of personal space and there is room to play together in the middle. I love the soft pink of the roman shades and those sweet dolls!

Pretty and soft shared girls room 

Design by Coco & Jack

The natural light and that world map on the wall provide the perfect backdrop for a room to play and grow. How cute is that wooden chair as a nightstand?!

world map.jpg

One of the coolest nurseries out there! That astronomy wallpaper is just amazing and love the modern cribs with the space mobile. As a twin Mama myself, I just hope they are able to capture the adorable conversations the babes have together on the side where the cribs join...it will be the cutest!

Twin baby nursery with astronomy wallpaper and white cribs

Design by Matthew Cane Designs

In case you wondered if this ever happens with kids in a shared room...yes, yes it does!!! 

Kids having a pillow fight in shared bedroom