I’ve totally caved.
Over the past few months, our lives have changed again. Me getting comfy in my big city job, hubby moving offices so we sometimes even see each other in passing or on the way to the subway, and buddy boy strollering-then-scootering-then-walking his way off to preschool. Now it’s the summer and it’s time for another momentous shift in our lifestyle.
It’s big boy room. For reals this time. And we’re living the twin-sized life.
I’d never heard of Cymax before, but I found this South Shore Treehouse loft bed there for the best price – $540. Cool thing is that it’s got the trifecta of young kids’ options – higher sides to prevent roll-outs, drawers and hiding storage spaces for all the toys that somehow mysteriously end up in our house, and the best part… a space underneath for hiding, reading, and playing.
We put in one of those battery-operated slap lights, Fionn’s little Cosco booster, some storage stuff. But it just lacked something.
So Mommy gave in to the decal monsters. But here’s why I’m OK with it. It’s going UNDER the bed. And to Fionn, under the bed could very well be under the sea. (Whatever works, I say).
That’s my answer. (Found these at Zulily. They may appear again soon.)
But I think there are three basic ways of doing decals that don’t offend my (not very delicate, after nearly 4 years of parenthood) design sensibilities.
One: Keeping them in a confined, limited space. Framing a crib, OK. Filling a gap under the bed, fine. Adding some great outdoors to a non-great-outdoors-facing space, ingenious.
These Growing Flowers are adorable, and purposeful, in a modern, interesting way.
Two: Complementing and reflecting a design theme already chosen for the room. Skip*Hop has some really bold, kid-friendly decals that match the bedding designs but, even when put together, don’t go over the top into cutesy territory. (Criteria one probably applies here too. Think about placement to avoid ‘floating giraffe’ syndrome).
And, three: Finding a GORGEOUS piece that takes the place of a framed artwork.
I’ve never heard of Oopsy Daisy before, but this was truly a find. Branded “Disney’s It’s a Small World” collection, this line of ‘fine art’ decals are “inspired by Mary Blair’s iconic mid-century modern imagery and vibrant color blocking techniques.”
Whatever. All I know is that they’re amazing. Sadly, you’re going to pay for the amazingness – a small one (18×24, I believe) is about $100 and the 20×30 is about twice the cost – versus the $20 average you’ll probably spend.
If you’ve got a room where these work, I’d soooo go for it. They’d probably be the perfect size to fit under a loft bed.