From Baby to Big Girl (or Boy)! Children’s Décor

I’m really excited about this post.  No, I do not have any children, but I do have nine nieces and nephews. Therefore, I have had access to many children’s catalogs for a while now, and I must admit that they are pretty fun to look through. I revert to my child-like self and start picking out things for my hypothetical room…sad, I know.  I’m so impressed with all the options that are out there today.  Gone are the days of dinosaurs and floral borders. You can go as wild as you want, and it’s totally acceptable.

One of my favorite children’s catalogs is Serena and Lily.  They have many stand-out pieces as well as timeless elements that can be gender and age neutral.

First off, it’s important to remember that children obsess over anything new, whether it’s a movie, TV show or character, so I would strongly suggest staying away from overly themed rooms.  When creating a design plan for a child’s room, you can go over the top fantastical or be a little more practical and create a space that grows with the child.  I personally like a bit of a combination.

Upholstered headboards are great!  They are the tiara of a bedroom, and I love a good classic headboard that can complement the room as it changes.  Purchase an upholstered headboard, have one made, or make your own.  And the best part is, it gives you the option to change the fabric as the child’s taste changes.

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The first headboard is from Serena and Lily.  This headboard is such a great investment because it can be used for years to come.  The second photo is my 6-year-old niece, Olivia’s, headboard.  My mom found this headboard on the side of the road.  It was nearly destroyed, but after a little elbow grease, it soon became the focal point of Miss Olivia’s room.  The last headboard is just breath-taking.  The aqua wall is the perfect contrast for the red and white print.

Accessories!  Accessories are your friends.  They’re not typically investment pieces, so this is your chance to do something fun and maybe a little wacky.  Sometimes the accessories in a child’s room reveal the age of the child…and that’s okay.

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I love these fun pillows.  The zodiac pillows are so playful and add bursts of color.  And what little boy wouldn’t want this “Buddy Pillow”?  The Skinny Laminx pillow is great because it has such range.  I can see this pillow in many types of bedrooms.  It would easily fall into place in a young boy’s room or perhaps even appeal to a hip teenage girl.

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I’m a sucker for lighting.  I love the masculinity of these nautical looking sconces that I found on Serena and Lily’s website.  If you want to go for that sparkly, magical feel, you may want to snatch up this chandelier that’s strewn with blue sea glass. This piece would make any little girl feel special! Perhaps this alabaster lamp could go in a nursery, or maybe I’ll just get it for myself!

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These storage baskets are so cool.  Not only do they serve a purpose but they contribute an earthy, tribal feel to a room.  Moroccan Pouf?…Yes please!  I love these poufs.  They come in seven colors and are so practical and attractive.  This handsome leather mirror is so rustic and charming.  It could fit into a variety of schemes.

Another perk to decorating a child’s room is that you can be fearless with fabric.  It’s not permanent, and it doesn’t have to be a huge investment.  Bold stripes and crazy patterns…this is your chance to choose all the things that you wouldn’t dare put in your formal living room.

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So, I say to you…listen to your inner Peter Pan and be daring and creative when decorating for your kids.  Give them a dream room that they will always remember.