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Guest Picks: An Artful Kid's Room
I love a kid's room that fosters creativity and allows its occupants to dream big. Here is some inspiration for creating a cozy, whimsical space for a budding young Matisse or O'Keefe. — Joslyn from Simple Lovely
This photograph of my daughter taking in art at our local museum is what originally prompted the space. She always leaves brimming with ideas she wants to execute at home. My ideal "artful kid's room" would be a space that inspires her as much as an afternoon at a museum does.
Artecnica Themis Mobile - $27
I love this beautiful mobile. It's a miniature work of art that would be just as appropriate for a nursery as it would be for a "tween" room.
Parker Child Chair by Jennifer Delonge - $399
A cozy spot to curl up and read books or draw is a must for an inspiring kid's room. I love the idea of a traditional, grown-up chair re-sized just for the kiddos.
Boucherouite #18 Rug - $550
This vintage Moroccan area rug would add a huge dose of color into the space. Plus, it's something you'd have forever. I'd layer it over a sisal rug in the center of the room.
Handmade Moroccan Leather Pouf - $120
This little silver pouf/ottoman is good for propping up your feet and can serve as extra seating in a pinch. It also adds a little pop of glam to the space — it's a definite "happy-maker."
A key element of an artful room is a gallery wall filled with a variety of works. I like to select a few special pieces from Etsy and intersperse with homemade pieces and kid's artwork. I love Victoria's (of SF Girl by Bay) awesome gallery wall!
Smile Wall Art Print by Carol Padberg - $99
West Elm is turning out amazing limited edition prints lately. I love this one for the gallery wall.
Girl in the Yellow Suit Print by Kiki & Polly - $38
Another piece for the gallery wall. It's dreamy and lovely — perfect for a kid's room!
Zebra Sky Papier-Mâché Head - $76
I love DwellStudio's playful take on taxidermy. This is a fun conversation piece for a kid's room. It injects just the right amount of whimsy!
Khadi Blockprint Window Panel - $44
I'm a big fan of sheer panels in a bedroom. If the space gets a lot of light, I'd layer these over wood slat blinds for better coverage.
Gypsy Chandelier - $159
The second big color element in the room (and a nice complement to that rug) is this playful chandelier from Urban Outfitters. Plus, it would be a worthy companion to that dreamy bed below.
Italian Campaign Canopy Bed - $1,698
This is a beautiful "forever" bed — for sure the star of the room! Since the footboard and the headboard are the same height, you could position it horizontally against a wall like a large daybed to allow for ample floor space for creating.
Crinkle Puff Quilt & Sham - $29
This bedding feels youthful and fun, but it's versatile enough to stand-up to room evolution; it's just as good for a seven year-old as it is for a seventeen year-old!
Ross Menuez Pico Rabbit Pillow - $28
My girlies would go nuts for these adorable animal pillows. I think you can get a little bit crazy with the throw pillows in a kid's room. (They're a chicer alternative to a bed full of stuffed animals.)
Symphony City by Amy Martin - $17.95
A bookshelf filled with artful reads is a must. In the case of Symphony City, the story is just as lovely as the cover and the illustrations inside.
An Awesome Book! - $12
This is another must-have for every kid's bookshelf. It's a beautiful, thoughtful book about dreaming big dreams!
Let's Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars - $19.95
This is one of the best "hands-on" art books out there. It's full of fun, real-life art projects for kids. I'd definitely put this one on the bookshelf.
Lion Nightlight - $48
I love Jonathan Adler's sweet nightlight. It's perfect for keeping the kids mellow at bedtime, but it doesn't put out so much light that it disturbs their sleep.
Chalkboard Wall Decal - $24
These are a fun take on the ubiquitous chalkboard. I like that you can group several on a wall to make a larger chalkboard, or you can cut them into shapes!
Hot Pink Pig Bank - $125
Confession: I've wanted this pig bank in gold forever. It's just so fun and chic. I figure I can live vicariously through my kids by getting the hot pink one for their space. It will make them giggle and get them saving their pennies at the same time — a double bonus!
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