Thursday, February 6, 2014

Children's Spaces in our Places

Designing a space for your child to call their own can be a daunting task.  What seems so easy when they are babies can become harder as they develop their own personalities and ideas of what they want.  Children's Spaces From Zero to Ten by Judith Wilson is here to help.  This book is full of ideas to help you design the perfect space for your child from infant to pre-teen.

A brilliant book for design-conscious parents and kids alike, Children’s Spaces helps you to plan the practical aspects of children’s rooms and provides plenty of affordable ideas and inspiration when it comes to their design and decoration. Judith Wilson looks at rooms for children between birth and ten years old, with chapters on babies’ rooms, rooms for girls, rooms for boys, and shared bedrooms. There are also chapters on sensible storage and areas that children and adults share—bathrooms, play areas, eating areas and outside space. Children’s Spaces contains a wealth of inspiration drawn from the homes of real families, with real kids, which amply proves that children and great design can happily co-exist without compromising on style.• Whether you are expecting a first child or moving house to accommodate a growing family, this book will help you create a home that everyone will love.• Contains 300 specially commissioned photographs of real-life homes showing imaginative, stylish, and innovative ideas for kids’ spaces.

As much as we may all like to keep our children in baby land, their needs and styles change.  You certainly don't want to spend thousands changing the room every year, so you make decisions that can grow with your child.  We knew that as soon as we took down the crib we wanted to put our daughter in a twin bed rather than going from crib to toddler bed.  It was what worked best for us (plus, with no help from me, my daughter is exceptionally tall).

My daughter loves trinkets and pink, but she also has a tomboy side.  She loves Angelina Ballerina and fairies, so I found prints to frame (cheaply) and a damaged Angelina book to reuse as art.  For storage we bought a large dresser that began as a changing table top and now houses her (ridiculous amount of) stuffed animals.  Though her toys are scattered through our home, her room is her escape and is so purely her.  She also insists that the mobile that once hung over her crib remain hanging from the shelf her grandfather made her.   Her room will be easy to take from this child to pre-teen stage because we let her nature run free.  She can keep it clean with the storage we provide while hoarding her many trinkets.

 Children's Spaces From Zero to Ten is a great way to spark imagination and re-design and space that both parents and children can love.

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