DESIGN YOUR HOME
32 Ideabooks by Rita Templeton
Guest Picks: A-Boating We Will Go
A seafaring theme is always popular with boys. This one is less pirate, more preppy; less beach bum, more yacht club. Crisp stripes and nautical colors evoke an energetic, summery feeling, and it’s a style that can be easily adapted to any age. —...
Guest Picks: Rainbow-rific!
Rainbows: They’re bright, cheery and full of magic. After all, who knows what’s really at the end of one? Plus, it would be hard to feel “blue” when you’re surrounded by so many other colors! Whether you drench the entire room in rainbows or...
Guest Picks: Superhero Stuff to the Rescue
Children’s room are their havens. But when they’re bright and lively and superhero themed, they’re also great places for letting imaginary adventures run wild! Inspired by the vivid illustrations and urban settings of comic books, these pieces are...
Guest Picks: Welcome to the Circus!
The circus has been a staple of American entertainment for generations. And while circus-themed bedroom goodies are plentiful, it’s harder to find vintage-looking items, the ones that hearken back to the earliest days. I prefer that style with its more...
Guest Picks: Surf, Sand & Sleep: Beachy Bedrooms
I grew up in the landlocked Midwest and am raising my four sons in the same area. Needless to say, going to the beach is a foreign concept. But even my corn-fed Iowa boys could feel like surfer dudes in a bedroom filled with casual, cool, beach-themed...
Guest Picks: Sweet Safari Style for Kids
I spy something that's adorable and friendly but has a wild side. Make that 20 things, all for a child's bedroom
Whether it’s a jungle jaunt or a trek across the savannah, kids love to pretend they’re having exotic adventures. I know my boys would love a room in which they could pretend that a lion was lurking around the corner. With these safari-themed pieces,...
Guest Picks: Great Gray, Meet Terrific Turquoise
Alone, gray can feel subdued, but when livened up with a pop of turquoise, the duo looks like a bright patch of sky breaking through on a rainy day. For a kids' room or nursery, the combo is calming yet cheery. Then combine the colors with a bold print...
Guest Picks: Ship-Shape
Ahoy! Would your wee buccaneer love to live in a swashbuckling ship-scape? Use these sea-worthy accents from stem to stern to create a pirate-themed room that's rad with a capital "Arrrrrrrrr." — Rita from Fighting...
Guest Picks: Urban Renewal
No matter what kinds of areas you're partial to, there's just something about cities that draws people in. They're big, bustling and always full of excitement. Revitalize a boring bedroom into your own urban oasis with these fun, fantastic touches that...
Guest Picks: We Want Candy
Candy, candy, candy! Whether you're crunching it, crushing it or craving it (darn diet), its deliciousness is something that can almost be universally agreed on. A candy-themed bedroom would be a fun, sweet treat for kids — without the stickiness, which...
Guest Picks: Gettin' Campy
My boys love the great outdoors. Personally, I'd rather not reek of mosquito repellent and campfire smoke, but even I could get behind "roughing it" in a rustic lodge-themed bedroom — no bug spray required. — Rita from Fighting...
Guest Picks: Mad About Mario
Not since my childhood, original Nintendo controller planted firmly in hand, has Super Mario been this much a part of my life. But having four sons, it's pretty much inevitable. If there's one thing any parent knows, it's that kids love Mario and Luigi...
Guest Picks: Fresh as a Flower
Oh, spring! There's just something about the freshness of this season that's good for the soul. After a too-long, too-cold winter, I'm always more than ready to cast off my coat and open my windows as wide as they'll go. If you're as giddy as I...
Guest Picks: Delightful Dinosaur Decor for Modern-Day Kids
Look to the Stone Age for artwork, bedding, storage and accessories that make a roaring design statement today
If you've got a little boy, chances are he has gone through — or will go through, or will never stop going through — a dinosaur obsession. With these charming additions for a dino theme, his bedroom will be prehistorically perfect. —...
Guest Picks: Take Off With a Travel-Themed Room
Get the whole world in your hands with travel-minded furniture and accessories for grown-ups and kids alike
Bon voyage! OK, so maybe you're not going anywhere, but it's always fun to pretend in a travel-themed room. For adults and kids alike, these worldly accents add an air of adventure. Bonus: With all those maps, you'll be great at geography! —...