Like many people, I use magazines two ways; flipping through them here and there, and diving into them, after waiting patiently for the long train journey or stretched-out second nap. A feature in the recent (July/August) issue of House Beautiful caught my eye both times. The issue, subtitled “Is Small the New Big?” showcases a 1200 square foot California bungalow designed by Krista Ewart. Overall, it’s a bit too Lilly Pulitzer/Palm Springs for me (granted, it’s a beach house), but taken piece by piece, there’s some AMAZING design in this house. (You can see all the photos here).
The room at top has a gorgeous ‘whale print’ wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper, which I’d love to use in a child’s room somewhere. The second image, directly above, is the inspiration for this post. When I read that the side table (called the ‘Bubble Up’) is available for sale at PB Teen for $199, I put down the magazine and hopped online.
Unfortunately, the turquoise is no longer available, but as shown in situ, the hot pink side table adds a needed pop of color to a room furnished in turquoise and white. As Erin (from House of Turquoise) knows, pink and red are fantastic complements to the sea blue color.
One of her featured rooms, decorated beautifully by Tracey of the Procrastination Mama blog, is also one of the nicest shared rooms I’ve ever seen. With two kids (a toddler girl and an infant boy), she uses turquoise paint as the backdrop for one wall, then accessorizes with bright yellows, pinks and greens. Each kid’s space gets a few personal touches to add character and interest. And check out the little hot pink chair next to the girl’s bed!
Adding a high-gloss or brightly-colored side table to your child’s room is a great way to ‘decorate’ without redecorating… think of side tables as the throw pillows of the bedroom. So, in addition to the PB table above, here are some great options – the glossier and brighter the better.
2. Slick Cube table available at St. Louis LoftStyle for $125. It comes in black and white as well, but the colors are my favorite.
3. Jolly side table by Kartell at Unica Home for $166 each. As mentioned in my previous post on acrylic furniture, we have a pair of these in our bedroom in the clear (untinted) color, but as you can see above, they come in tons of shades and are just really adorable.
4. GORGEOUS and on sale at Serena & Lily, the Curvee shelf table in melon has been reduced from$369 to $258.30. This piece is definitely a keeper- I could see it transitioning from a toddler room to a young adult’s room with no problem.
See any more brightly-colored side tables? Snap some photos for me, and I’ll post them here.