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Bedrooms: 4 Ideas Your Kids Will Love!

Bedrooms, 4 ideas your kids will love
Bedrooms, 4 ideas your kids will love

Kids love their bedrooms.  They can escape from the world of grown-ups and hunker down with their "stuff."  Give them an awesome space that they'll love spending time in and won't grow out of quickly.  Here are 4 great bedroom ideas that your kids will love!

Great Bedroom Idea For Kids #1

Always my favorite: a chalk board wall - it can be the entire wall, a part of a wall or a flat, hollow core lauan door.   We put the chalk board on a small wall in this playroom and had the carpenter frame it out so it looked finished.

Tip - read the ingredients on the box of chalk.  Don't buy chalk that has wax in it (lots of the bright colors contain wax).  Wax sticks to the chalkboard--like forever.   Look for plain ol' chalk.

Great Bedroom Idea For Kids #2

 

 

Pick a great color for the walls--if they're old enough, let them choose.   9 times out of 10 they're going to choose colors that are brighter than you would choose.  Let kids be kids. Their bedrooms do not need to be younger versions of yours.  Paint the ceiling another color, in a pale hue.  Really.  Kids don't need white ceilings.

Tip - if your ceilings are smooth, use a satin or semi-gloss finish instead of the usual flat.  It gives a soft glow and looks great.

Great Bedroom Idea For Kids #3

A second bed.  Kids do not usually need big beds, but they do need to have plenty of sleepovers.  A bunk-bed,  trundle or 2 twin beds will do the trick and will make YOUR life easier when company comes.  If space is tight, push one of the twins against the wall and prop lots of pillows across the back--now you're all set for pillow fights too!  If you can fit a comfy chair in the room as well, please do.  Glider/rockers are my personal choice.  They're loved by everyone from sleepy babies to angry teenagers.

Tip - use fluffy pillows on both beds and replace them when they get flat or lumpy.  They don't need to be expensive.  And put the pillows inside zippered pillow covers and then in cotton pillow cases.  Let's keep those old school--and hygenic--touches alive.

Great Bedroom Idea For Kids #4

Curtains.  My experiences in all kinds of homes has been that kids love to have curtains.  I know, it's a little surprising.  If they can close them, the bonus is "atmosphere" (how better to see those glow sticks, stars on the ceiling or black light posters?) and it makes the room feel special.

Tip -  Hang them high and get them wide enough to shut over the window. You might need 2 panels on each side if you buy ready-made.  Buy decent rods that won't bend over time.

A big Thank You to my friend, designer Sara Veety of Clover Hill Interiors, for letting me use her photo of those super cute twin beds in a room of her design!

Do you want more ideas to decorate your angel's bedroom?  I can map it out for you in a 2 hour interior design consultation if you live in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area here in North Carolina.  Call me today!

Ciao,

Anne

 

Small Decor Changes Add Up

kitchen rug, rag rug, orange rug, kitchen decorating ideas, decor changes
kitchen rug, rag rug, orange rug, kitchen decorating ideas, decor changes

Every project doesn't need to be a big one.  Small decor changes can really add up, without any real time or budget impact.  It's easy to throw down a colorful accent rug in a spot that gets a lot of traffic.  But eventually the rug will start to get ratty and lose it's pizzazz.  Time for a new one.  You don't have to throw the old one out--clean it and pack it away for now.

This is an indoor/outdoor rug from Ballard Designs.  Comes in several colors, and I chose the black.  Looks great, right?  Small change.  Big impact!  Keep it simple baby.

Do you live in the Great Raleigh, NC area and want to hear about some changes in your current decor that might not take a lot of time and money but could have a big impact?  Call me to schedule your 2 hour interior design consultation.

Ciao,

Anne

The Mantel: A Timeless Tip To Decorate It!

I know many people struggle with decorating their mantel.  My advice?  Keep that mantel simple (except during the holidays, when you can do it UP).

This timeless tip requires 3 key items; single stems of seasonal flowers, bud vases and framed photos.  "Timeless" means you don't have to change it out often, which is a huge plus in my book.  Change the flowers when they fade and go on with your day!

Last week's flowers were tulips.  When I buy flowers, I always get a couple extra to use on the mantel. The short glass bowls had candles in them yesterday (Easter), so today I put polished river rocks in them, but they'll get put away soon.  The tulips and framed photos are enough.  Keep It Simple!

This week I stumbled upon these faux tulips.  Faux makes it even easier!

Would you like to hear how you could update other spaces in your house--easily and affordably?  Call DeCocco Design to schedule a 2 hour design consultation.  I'll give you ideas, make recommendations and tell you where to shop and who to call to get it all done.

Update - now it's March of 2018, two years after writing this post.  Guess what's on my mantel right now?  Take a look:

flowers-on-mantel

I'm certainly consistent!  The framed photographs haven't been put back up yet, but they will be soon enough.

Ciao,

Anne

Merging Differing Decor Styles Brilliantly!

My interior design clients are busy people.  They've got jobs, homes, pets, kids and interests other than shopping for furniture.  They know what they want and what they like, but finding the time to hunt it all down just isn't happening.  

Designers often have to select furnishings that incorporate different decor styles.  Client A likes one style and Client B likes another.  And they live together.  Not a problem.  In the case of this lovely chair, the first thing both partners loved was the accent pillow.  So we found a great chair that coordinated with the pillow!  The chair was discovered at a local store, the fabric at another and I arranged a happy merger.

I'll show you the finished room soon.  It's gorgeous!.

Ciao,

Anne