FRIDAY INSPIRATION: CLIMBING WALLS IN KIDS ROOMS

Maybe it’s the weather and we’re all feeling a little house bound, but I am so inspired by climbing walls in kids spaces lately! I have yet to find a client who is game to actually go for this, but how cool are these amazing designs?!!

indoor rock climbing wall

Design by Mahno

kids climbing wall
rock climbing wall in kids room

Design by Notre Loft

If you love being inspired by kids room ideas, go follow me on Pinterest where I add new photos from the web each week.

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR ENTRY FOR CHRISTMAS

Outdoor front door christmas entry

If your kids are anything like mine, they have been begging to hang up the wreath and decorate the house for Christmas since the day after Halloween! While we’ve fought this a little bit over the last few years, their excitement won us over this year and we are decorating extra early. I love the holiday season, mainly more catch ups with friends and seeing the magic of it all on the faces of the kids. To create space to enjoy this special time with them, I try to get as many things done before December, such as decorating the front entry and ordering Christmas cards so they can be written and sent in the first week of December. Last year’s cards were so cute and I can’t wait for this year’s to arrive! Even though we are the first family on our street to have a wreath up, it feels great to be ready when guests arrive. It really is just three simple steps to make your entry extra special.

STEP 1: HANG A WREATH

christmas wreath and bells
faux cedar and eucalyptus wreath

WHY NOT ADD SOME BELLS TO MAKE YOUR WREATH FEEL EXTRA FESTIVE?!

gold bells for front door wreath

I chose a fresh wreath this year but if your climate doesn’t allow for that, this faux cedar and eucalyptus wreath is by far the prettiest I’ve found. Use a sturdy door hanger to hang it. I like to match the colour of the hanger to the door so that it is as inconspicuous as possible.

STEP 2: ADD A FESTIVE DOORMAT

Merry Christmas doormat and entry rug

Buy a fun and festive doormat wherever you can find one. Hardware stores often stock seasonal mats and this doormat is on its’ second year at our house. If you are ready to splurge on a gorgeous mat, this Merry + Bright doormat is modern and pretty much perfect. Where size permits, I love to add an extra rug as a base layer to an outdoor entry. Use a 3’ x 5’ rug suitable for the outdoors as a pretty underlay for the doormat and why not take this chance to add a pretty pattern or some colour. This indoor outdoor rug is THE BEST and we have owned it for over a year with three kids tromping over it daily and IT STILL LOOKS NEW!

STEP 3: ADD ACCESSORIES

Use this moment to have fun adding decorative features! Get the kids to help (cute buckets are a perfect place for them to add sticks or pinecones that they collect on walks). Display a small tree like this 3’ one in a wicker basket if your entry is under a covered area and add festive bins for added fun.

black outdoor ceiling light

CHOOSE A LIGHT THAT ALLOWS THE LIGHTBULB TO BE CHANGED EASILY - I LIKE OPEN BOTTOM PENDANT LIGHTS OUTDOORS FOR THIS REASON

USE A BASKET FOR A SMALL TREE, FIREWOOD OR EVEN PINECONES! THE TEXTURE ADDS A LAYER OF WARMTH + INTEREST

PIN the image below to save the full look of a jolly, festive and bright entry for the holiday season below.

outdoor entry decor for christmas and holiday
 

 

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: ROUND RUGS!

The weekend is here and I couldn't be more excited! Earlier in the week, I shared the prettiest crib wall with pressed flower art above the crib and also our lessons learned from gardening with the kids this summer.

This pin stopped me while scrolling partially because of that beautiful wallpaper but also because of that gorgeous rug!!! Sometimes there are spaces where a typical rectangular rug won't work but you still want something practical that adds a cozy factor to your child's room. Cue the round rug. Both pretty and practical, round rugs can suit lots of occasions and these gorgeous rooms will show you just how!

round jute rug in playroom

Design by Black & Milk

I love how this washable(!) rug adds warmth to this serene and neutral nursery!

lorena canals abc rug in nursery

Rug by Lorena Canals

The same rug in a different colourway adds texture and softness to this pretty corner.

lorena canals abc round rug in kids room

Design by Orlando Soria

Round rug under a canopy?? Yes! I love this layered look and how the rug's texture ties in with the basket.

soft kids room canopy and jute rug

Another jute rug in another dreamy kids room!

round jute rug in nursery

Design by Lee Talbot

In this all-white space, the round rug provides a lovely spot to stand and hold the baby after picking up from the crib. A soft reprieve for tired feet.

all white baby nursery

Design by Petite Amelie

The canopy over the crib is a dream and the round rag rug is small and impactful. This room is just so lovely!!!

Soft and pretty girls room

Follow along on Pinterest for lots and lots of inspiration!

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: HOUSE FRAME BEDS!

light children's house bed

Source: Bonnesoeurs

kids house bed frame in boys room

It's Friday and for my next project, my client has asked for a house bed for her son's room!!! With that request, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my inspiration for this fun bed idea.

I love the simple lines of the house bed and how such a simple concept adds so much impact. This bed draped with a sheer curtain provides a cozy canopy for any little one. 

house frame floor bed in girls room

Design: Oh Eight Oh Nine

Having a bed directly on the floor is the most common style but a house frame bed can also have legs so that there is air flow beneath the mattress too. I love this bed below for that!

crate and kids house bed

Source: Crate and Kids

There are so many variations and the little chimney is a cute addition, as seen here.

house bed frame in green boy room

If you are looking for a house bed for your own home, here are my top three favourites:

5 UNIQUE WAYS TO USE CHALKBOARD PAINT IN KIDS' SPACES!

While there is nothing new about using chalk on a wall for kids, there are SO many more ways you can use chalkboard paint or even decals. Today, I'm sharing some of my favourite ways to incorporate this paint; so simple but adds big impact and fun to each space! Summer is the perfect time to try this as paint dries quickly in this nice warm heat :)

1. FIREPLACE COVER

One of my favourite features in Miles' room is the chalkboard fireplace. While he's still too young to use it, it's already serving its' purpose of providing a safe (and cool!) cover for the fireplace that he was getting into. 

Chalkboard fireplace in Vancouver kids room

When he's a little bit older, the pillows will be moved and he'll have a new play feature he didn't know existed in his room!

fireplace in Miles room

Miles' Nursery

2. BEHIND DOOR

There is often wasted space behind where a door opens and the idea of hanging a framed chalkboard just makes sense. I love how simple it would be to customize this to the perfect size for your wall.

chalk board behind door in kids room

Sissy + Marley

3. CLOSET DOORS

When I created Rafa and Leo's room, our biggest challenge was space. This small room needed to house not one, but two growing boys and their toys, books and play space!!! The idea for these chalkboard closet doors came as we were brainstorming ideas on how to make the biggest playful impact in this space space. This family has sent me photos of how they've used this closet to write special messages on throughout the years which literally makes my heart so happy. I love knowing the spaces I create add to the memories the kids will hold forever!

chalkboard closet doors in shared boys room in vancouver, canada

Rafa + Leo's Shared Room

4. OUTDOORS

I keep meaning to do this in our own backyard because I think our kids would love it so much, but until then I'm sharing my favourite inspiration for an outdoor chalkboard that screams FUN!

outdoor chalkboard for kids

via Pinterest

5. DEFINE A SPACE

Use chalk paint to define a play area for kids! I love this idea as it keeps the chalk contained while providing a super cute backdrop for a toys area, like this one.

chalk paint defines corner play area

Emily Henderson Design

Happy Friday everyone!