They look innocent enough. But they’re intent on destroying your carefully-designed, thoughtfully-appointed, simple but beautiful baby nursery.
Because guess what? That adorable DS or DD (or, bless you, combination of s’s and d’s) – whether you’re ready to admit it or not – has outgrown ‘baby’ mode and is now firmly putting his or her foot down into young kid territory. And with the changing table, so goes the crib, the pom poms, the bedding you spent hours agonizing over and coordinating with paint colors, and virtually anything else that’s too delicate to have lasted this long.
And as you may find, a daytime dalliance with Geo and Milly might just morph into a super-obsession. Then Grandma finds out. And a couple of days later, you find yourself with officially-licensed character sheets and a new bedspread straight from China to you. What to do? Console yourself with a super heaping of the basics.
As Miss Sarah Brown says, “follow the fold and stray no more.”
You know the room is going to be taken over by Super Shapes. You know Wubzy is yellow, and everything’s painted a lovely shade of pink. Here are some tips for making the new toddler room a sea of calm amidst all the stuff your modern-furniture-loving-self is starting to get twitchy around. Remember the power of simplicity and knowing what you can control. At the end of the day, everyone wants to be happy.
1. Shapes - make sure your new furniture is bold and graphic, but not too delicate or serif-y.
2. Colors – keep them neutral, save for a pop or two of brights.
3. Density – everything needs to be climb-tested. Twice.
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To put these rules to the test, I wanted to see what I could do with items from one retailer only. Curious to see what was going on at the re-styled JC Penney, I checked out the new website – which is full of offerings only available to online shoppers. And I was more than pleasantly surprised by what I found. For anyone who’s gone one round (or ten rounds, as it seemed) with the Ikea/WalMart/Target furniture the first time around, this stuff will seem a little more on the expensive side. But it should also last a LOT longer and feel a lot more sturdy.
1. Colors Kids dresser and mirror $400 + $150
So the room here starts with white and neutrals, and pops into red and turquoise for some flash. This dresser/mirror combo is the perfect shape and size for bedrooms of any size.
2. Hollie tufted headboard $300
It comes in a million colors. Jonathan Adler would be proud.
3. Colors Kids nightstand $200
The companion piece to the dresser, but in RED. How cool is that.
4. Cameron storage tower $190
I doubted whether to include this one; it doesn’t look like it would pass the #3 (density) test. But you get the idea.
5. Flush-mount ceiling lamp $50
Score. I love this piece. It lends a vintage-y feeling to the design without being old fashioned.
6. Champagne washable shag rug 5×8 $250
A washable shag area rug. What will they think of next?!
7. York circular frames $25
To finish off the theme and to remind the kid of the folks who really matter.
If you’ve found any great decor for your toddler lately, let me know- I’d love to see it and hear it.