How to plan a childs bedroom

Children’s bedrooms are full of fun and challenge, especially when you set out to provide a safe, functional and design that will last as your child grows.  I found an article on Pottery barn Kids that outlines how you should go about planning the space for your child to grow into. (this post is inspired by my sisters future arrival :))

Shared Kids Bedroom

When you’re planning your child’s bedroom, it’s important to balance function, safety and style.Think practically about how the room will be used. Will it also serve as a playroom or study? Is there a chance it may eventually become a room for two? Let the activities your child loves most be your guide as you choose furnishings and accessories. Will they need a chair to read in? Plenty of open floor space for blocks and games? Factor in how their interests may change and grow as they get older. Toddlers often need a play table for arts and crafts while school-age kids require desk. Make sure your plan allows for plenty of room to grow, change and evolve.

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Before you choose your furniture, draw a floor plan to determine exactly what you can fit and how to arrange it so the room flows easily. Don’t forget to consider how much space you need for drawers to open or for armoire doors to swing. When positioning furniture start with the bed – typically the room’s visual centerpiece.

If the room is adjacent to a living area where there may be noise after bedtime, place the bed opposite that wall. If sloping ceilings create overhangs in any area of the room, tucking the bed beneath them makes smart use of the low clearance and creates a cozy sleep space.

Beds are typically placed against a wall or in a corner, but if the room is large, situating the bed in the center of the room can create a dynamic feeling.

From there, choose placement for other furniture by working from largest to smallest – an armoire (if you’ll need one), dresser, play table, bookcases and toy storage. Remember not to situate dressers and bookcases so that they’ll block windows or wall display items such as bulletin boards, blackboards or mirrors, and keep in mind that you’ll need to use a tip resistant kit to keep tall items such as bookcases and other storage units safe and secure.


 If you can, position the dresser near the closet or even inside the closet. A couple of wall-mounted hooks nearby will be useful for hats, bags, favorite sweatshirts and more. Consider a shoe rack to keep the closet floor free of clutter, or a bin kids can just throw their sneakers into to keep them out of the way.

A desk will naturally become an “office,” where a corkboard and task lamp will come in handy. It can also double as their craft space, so make sure there’s room for craft supplies and for displaying new paintings and collages. Outfit some sturdy bookshelves with colorful buckets to help the “play zone” feel organized and fun.

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Planning adequate storage for each zone makes it easy for your child to find things – and put them all away. Shelves, bins and baskets should be easy to access. Choose a hamper with a lid and put it near the closet or armoire.

Make sure the desk has a place for all their papers, supplies and a good desk lamp. Add a designated bin for sports equipment. Labeling baskets and bins makes cleanup fun and easy.



The inspired room: Bathrooms

What do you need in a bathroom. First you need to figure out the purpose of the room and what its main uses are going to be: is it a place to wash up, a busy family bathroom, mainly a guest space, a space for one or a space for 2.

Powder Room:

The first bathroom to focus on would be the powder room. You need to keep in mind that the powder room is mainly used for company or daily, meaning you don’t have any need for storage or large cabinetry. Just a small functional space. The powder room is also a great opportunity to use more expensive finishing’s, bold patterns and little luxuries that can add that little touch of glamour. Just remember to keep the room light, durable and relates to the decor in the rest of the house.

powder room

This small space feels cozy and roomy with use of a small pedestal sink and paneling on the walls.

Pretty half bath; A Sarah Richardson design

A functional sink with storage and pretty details such as the tiled inlay that creates a built in mat. A welcoming space that feels large and glamorous.

Family bathrooms/Ensuite:

The family bathroom needs storage! Use your imagination to create functional storage and ensure that you have a plan for all the things you want to display as well as the things that need to be under wraps. By making a plan your bathroom will stay organized, clean and show-home ready!

double sink bench

This vanity is a perfect example of having display storage underneath the vanity as well as covered storage on each side that flank the sinks perfectly as well as serve as plenty of storage within reach

Sarah Richardson Bathroom

A Sarah Richardson Design that is both elegant and functional. A perfect mixture of open and closed storage along with the beautiful detail on the floors make this design fresh, clean and a space you won't want to leave!

Sarah Richardson Bathroom

Another one of Sarah Richardson's designs. This bathroom is an excellent example of how to use storage in a modern, clean lined application .


Find of the day: Nice and clean…a little nod to spring


Find of the day: Nice and clean...a little nod to spring

Pretty, clean and fun. An ode to to spring and a bit of lift from the winter(ish) blues

Find of the day: easy art…

Beautiful, ($5.00) cheap, simple and chic! Also a new way to re purpose that old dictionary laying around your house 🙂

If you love this and feel you can’t reproduce this yourself you can find it at the shop LoveThePicture on Etsy!


My First Email Post

Email posting to a blog…imagine the possibilities! Now I can take you and add my ideas from Anywhere!


Same furniture… Dining room

Here are a few photo’s of our dining room in our home. Although I liked aspects of the arrangements in each try of designing the room I eventually found continuity and a love for the space. Our problem with the space and designing it was that it was so open to the rest of the floor which joined the kitchen and living room…all of which were visible from the main entrance of the home. Through a lot of trial and error we finally found perfection…just in time to move.

The lesson here is if at first you fail, try again!

Try # 1: too busy

Try #2: maybe remove the curtains altogether, adding wall paper and a change of color? I like it much more but still…being open to the rest of the floor something still wasn’t right!

Try #5 ( I skipped showing all the other tries!): Getting exhausted now! But finally perfection! What we ended up doing was adding some architectural detail throughout the main floor as well as bead-board to the main wall, creating a welcoming and cozy space. We also put the original chairs with the table re-finished and re-upholstered in a beautiful organic design.

Vintage find…how to make it work in today’s rooms

While exploring a local reclaim store we ( actually my husband!) found this antiqued chandelier in the basement hung up in the rafters. I instantly fell in love with the look (and the price…just $56). The electrical has been inspected and after about another $50 worth of work and a mounting bracket that needs to be installed we will have the perfect lighting in a room…not sure where yet!


Upon exploring ideas to update and soften the chandelier I stumbled upon little shades that you can purchase from Pottery barn. At less then $40 for 3 I can have pretty much a brand new fixture for under $200 with character you just cannot buy new!