It's been a part of most of our homes in some way for as long as I can remember and now, rattan is here to stay in children's rooms too! Whether as a feature chandelier, a basket or a key piece of furniture, rattan has a way of adding so much interest and style to every space it's a part of and I love it! Here are some of my favourite spaces that use this trend beautifully.

In this space, the rattan pendant pairs beautifully with the green of the palm wallpaper and that gorgeous table and chair set. This is just one room in an incredible new home in Australia.

palm wallpaper with rattan pendant in boys room

Design: Three Bird Renovations

Rattan can so easily be added in small doses, such as this rocking horse and the mirrors.

vintage rattan rocking horse

Styling: Live Loud Girl

There is nothing better than a rattan daybed, such as this one here.

rattan daybed in kids room

Styling: Live Loud Girl

The intricate detail on this stunning vintage bassinet proves why rattan will always have a place in a baby nursery.

vintage bassinet in baby nursery


And finally, what could be better than curling up in a rattan swing chair with a good book or two?

teen room with hanging rattan chair

Design: Murphy Design


under stair nook


It doesn’t take long for a mama to realize that kids—and mainly, all their stuff—take up WAY more space than you might expect. Between toys and books, highchairs and art supplies, finding calm in the logistical chaos is no easy feat.

But rather than contain a child’s space to a single room, I’m always so inspired by families who embrace creative solutions with playful nooks and crannies throughout their home. Think cozy built-in benches, innovative toy storage, closets-turned nursery spaces, and more. Not only are these clever crannies fun for kids, but they help maximize every square inch of your home.

So whether you’re a city family tight on space or just looking to infuse some whimsy in your current layout, design a few unexpected hideaways for the kiddos and you’ll have the coolest house on the block—guaranteed.

Built-in Bed
Work around slanted ceilings with an adorable bed build right into the wall. Space dilemmas, solved!

nook bed in kids room


Sneaky Toy Storage
Your home’s nooks and crannies make the perfect hiding spot for toys. I love how this space cleverly disguises storage underneath a window bench.

kids storage bins under a window bench


Nursery Hideaway
This master bedroom doubles as a nursery by converting the closet to a darling nook for baby. Add some wallpaper, shelving, a mini crib, and voila!  

closet nursery nook


Book Reading Bench
Imagine how much fun your little ones would have crawling into a bench just their size. Toss in a few comfy pillows and you’ve got the ultimate reading spot for their imaginations to run wild.

simple reading bench


Kid-Sized Seating
Don’t let dead space go to waste! Include a playful seating nook in your child’s bedroom where they can lounge, read, or dream up their next big idea.

paint defines kids nook


Any specific nooks or crannies pique your interest? I’d love to hear what clever hideaways you have tucked inside your home!


industrial art space

The idea for creating a home art space for kids came when our kitchen table started to be filled with paper, glue, pens and our kids wanted their art to stay for days. It was driving me crazy! I kept trying to clear it to one side when we ate dinner, and I finally realized that their art was more than a 15 minute activity to fill time; it was a treasure they had created as a way to express themselves and we needed more. More room, more time, more expression, more art. To be honest, it was a pretty simple solution: clean out and take over the back room of our basement which was filled with boxes and boxes of, ahem, junk.

I wasn't exactly sure of where to start so I started scrolling and scrolling through Pinterest, my favourite way to escape into design heaven and I began adding all of the spaces I loved to my Kids Art Studio board. 

Here are some of the ideas for art spaces that I found and loved.

Megan's home art studio has gone insanely viral and I can fully imagine having a playdate with her kids here. I love how friendly and inviting this space is and amazingly, she designs creative art spaces for kids through her site, The Art Pantry. Creating an art studio is an INSANE amount of work and I admire Megan for doing this for clients.

The Art Pantry kids art studio

The Art Pantry

I just love how the bookshelves take over the space below creating an atmosphere that I can imagine any little one whittling hours away in. I still love chalkboards, kid sized play tables and that whimsical air balloon mobile is dreamy too. 

modern kids art room

I saved this space because it appears to not have windows like the actual space we have in our basement. I liked the wall shelves but still fear an earthquake in Vancouver so knew that any art needed to be secured to the wall in our art room. I think I like how busy but clean this space is, the intentional lighting and the number of seats at the table. Again...hours and hours of art could happen here!

bright and light art room

Clipboards and jars! Simple tools that work...YES!!! I mean, look how much you can store (and see!) in those jars. Yup, I definitely needed jars.

art wall

The idea that I saw and KNEW I had to have was giant pegboard. Here is the inspo right here! This tutorial was helpful and the result (although a bit tricky) is so, SO amazing!

large pegboard

Vintage Revivals

As you know, I love simplicity. Ideas just don't have to be fancy (or pricey or hard!) to be so, so good. The below, a piece of rope and some wooden clothes pegs is just right for hanging kids art. I love this idea and knew we needed to use wall space a little like this to showcase special pieces.

kids art on walls

Mother Mag

I just can't wait to share our space this week. I love these spaces and love how versatile art rooms for kids are too. You can play there, read, paint, colour, draw, build anything you can dream up. Even a tiny little art nook is just so, so worth it.

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Are you expecting? There's so much to get ready for apart from the baby's nursery, take a cue from these gorgeous baby nurseries that are totally on trend for the new year.

We love the use of vintage bassinets for a first baby bed and still can't get enough of THIS CANOPY!

Nursery bassinet

Design by Johanna Bradford

Not sure where to start? Metallic side table, extra sized art, statement wallpaper...YES! 

big art in nursery

Design by Emily Henderson

Tight on space? A baby and a toddler can live harmoniously (most of the time!) and I still love how we made it work with THIS MODERN CRIB! A special mobile above the crib is a lovely touch too.

Vancouver shared baby and toddler room

From Rafa + Leo's Shared Room

Texture and natural materials will still be going strong through 2018 and this nursery absolutely nails both!

baby nursery

Design by Sharon Montrose


Maybe it's me, but it seems like everywhere I turn, kids rooms are being painted with a 'half wall' or 'colour blocked wall'. Although it's not entirely new, the trend seems to be growing with more and more amazing rooms created using this simple paint work. I love that it transforms a space so easily, something you could do in a weekend with such low cost.

Starting off with one of my all time favourite kids rooms that feels cozy and perfectly pulled together at the same time. How dreamy are the colours?

girl room

via Avenue Lifestyle

This fun and playful boys room has just the burst of colour it needs to make the wall decor, like these wall shelves pop.

fun and playful boys room 

via Live Loud Girl

If you have a small wall or little nook, this trend is perfect behind a desk to carve out a special work area. Just love that globe on the shelf too!

desk for kids

via Heju

The dusty rose, mix of plywood and subtle hints of copper are a colour combination I adore. That DIY desk is everything!!!

via vtwonen

Mixing rich wood tones and this dark blue creates a room that feels vintage and modern at the same time. As you probably know, I love kids pillows and these animal ones on the bed are so cute! 

blue and wood boy room

via Trendland

Love the blackboard bottom and the giant plywood letters, but that gymnastics pommel bench steals the show by bringing in such a warm and worn in vibe to the playroom that feels so unique and special. 


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If you love this look, you can find more of this trend over on Pinterest on my Half Wall board. To achieve this look in your own kids' room, I recommend painting the bottom colour 40" up from floor to top of feature colour.