When I was a kid, probably around 10 or 11, I had a favorite poster. It was not the Ricky Schroeder headshot from Dynamite magazine (although that came in a close second), or the “JAIME” personalized print featuring pink and orange letter-shaped monsters. It was Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hopper, purchased during a special trip to the Whitney Museum with my dad.
And no matter what changed around it – the move to a new town, a new color-scheme, a teenage-appropriate bedroom set – that poster stayed with me, literally and figuratively.
This is all a long way of saying that kids rooms are important. In fact, for a growing child, they’re probably the most important places on earth. Because for better or for worse, kids love THINGS. More than four-walled spaces, kids’ rooms become the homes, repositories, story-starters and fantasy worlds in which those things come to life.
So what does this all mean for you, as a parent? Two things.
Share everything you love in the world of art and design with your kids. And don’t worry that they’re too young to ‘get’ it (within reason, of course… Mapplethorpe can be saved at least until high school). If you love something, your passion will carry.
This website will help find those things your kids will remember, the stuff they’ll look back on when they’re big, the things they’ll tell stories – and write future blogs – about. We’ll cover the traditional room-decor elements like wallpaper, paint, rugs, curtains, and bed linens, as well as the vintage finds, collectables, artwork and gifts that lend rooms their character.
Storage and organization is essential – for both their enjoyment and your sanity. Think of shelves, bins and buckets as the skeleton of your space: they enable the room to take shape and come to life. At RFYO, we’ll help you maximize the space you have, whether your have shared rooms or large spaces to decorate. Of course, #2 should come before #1, but unless you’re a serial organizer, #1 is much more fun.
Your kids rooms are probably your greatest opportunity for creativity and fun with design – but it can certainly be a daunting task. At RFYO, you’ll find decorating and design tips that inspire both you and your kids. If you’re looking for something specific, check the ‘category’ bar at right and scroll down. And as always, if you have a specific design challenge or question, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to help you out.