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Where all things beautiful collide

Don’t laugh, but I think I can hear my biological clock ticking!  Being an uncle since the age of 5, I have always had a love for children.  Now that I’m nearing 30, I am feeling the desire more and more to start my own brood.  Until such a day happens, I will continue to dream of the spaces my children will grow up in.  As the follow-up to Make Room for Baby, this post is a little more extensive than I planned with a few different “themes” (I typically hate themed spaces) to share.  Hopefully you’ll think a little bit more out of the box by what you see here.  Happy parenting!

Sarah Jessica Parker with twins

In the upcoming issue of Vogue, Sarah Jessica Parker has been photographed in some lovely fall fashions with her children, James Wilkie, and twins Tabitha and Loretta (shown here with SJP).  She wears head-to-toe Marc Jacobs from fall 2011 in a perfectly disheveled kitchen.  The twins play with animals from Hansa;  I look forward very much to my kitchen looking somewhat like this!

miniature modern

I don’t like a lot of the cutesy children’s furniture out there.  I like simple, more modern pieces, some of which have been designed by greats like Alvar Aalto, and Eames.  Go to your local museum gallery shop for miniature masterworks.  Just keep it simple!

room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

Rooms must grow with your child.  I like the idea of a room being fairly grownup with the childlike qualities found in the art, toys, and belongings of the child.  The neutral palette here will last until they’re 18, and the chair is a classic.  The bunk bed is even ready for the transition with a removable twin bed on top of a larger bed.  A fun, yet still mature printed fabric is found in the windows.  Check out for some amazing prints.  Crate & Barrel also carries some Marimekko items.

table from Oly

Furniture pieces intended for other living spaces other than the kids’ rooms can make great additions to the little ones’ spaces. This low table from Oly could be a playful spot to play and draw.  Just add a round piece of glass to the top, and viola!  Selfishly you can then add it to the living room later on.

a sophisticated unisex room

The bedroom of one of Aerin Lauder’s children is grownup as far as the print on the walls, the window shade, and monogrammed bedding, but the pile of stuffed animals, framed Peter Pan poster, and surfboard say otherwise.  This room is very gender neutral as well.

sheep from Flora and Henri

A local Seattle shop just down the street from me called Flora and Henri carries the most adorable clothing and things like Hansa animals and Ted Muehling egg vases.  Very well-edited and everything is a must-have!

Shaker influences

The classic Shaker peg rail is an addition to a space that would stand the test of time.  It’s easily painted out to change with your child’s ever-changing favorite color.

simple details

I miss the former Martha Stewart Kids and Baby magazines.  Great ideas, of course!  They really were a “good thing.”

an over-sized dresser

This over-sized dresser in the Flora and Henri shop would be quite amazing brought home…if you can fit it through the door!

Parisian chic

A small bistro chair designed after the full-sized version would make a pretty seat in a bedroom or outdoors. It was chosen as one of the best kids’ chairs by Elle Decor;

dress from babyGap

All you parents out there should know by now that Gap Kids and Baby Gap are great places for adorable and not overly trendy clothes.  I used to buy onesies and hats with a Gap bear for all my newborn nieces and nephews.

bassinette linens

A great gift idea, other than the one I used to present to the new parents in my family, is a bassinette kit like this one from Flora and Henri.  If you want to add a personal touch, have the child’s name and/or birth date embroidered on the linen.

rocker by Hans Wegner

Eames rocker

These rocking chairs weren’t necessarily intended for the little tikes, but I much prefer these mid-century classics to some of the less-attractive rockers out there.  Pick up an old wooden one at a flea market and give it a high-gloss paint job for a price-friendly option.

furniture to grow with

For high-design on a budget, look for pieces that are multi-functional, or that grow with your child.  How cool is this bassinette/chair/swing?!

room by Miles Redd

Sometimes the idea of using a bold and youthful print all over a room sounds too hard to pass up.  Do this cautiously and with a back-up plan for changing it out.  The dresser, lamps and art are fun compliments, yet completely classic and reusable elsewhere.  I have to also point out the leather-covered and studded door…so chic!

dresser from Established & Sons

The Wrong Woods collection of furniture pieces by Sebastian Wrong and Richard Woods for Established & Sons wasn’t designed for kids really, but how great would this be?

plaster mushrooms

I’m really loving the idea of woodland accents in children’s rooms.  Maybe it’s my move to the Pacific Northwest?  These plaster mushrooms from Oly would be lovely on a shelf.

garden wagon from Janus et Cie

Now this is my version of the classic red Radio Flyer!  Plants, pets, and kids all aboard!! 

teepee in Stella Tennant's garden

When I have a yard (and kids), they are getting a teepee!  Model Stella Tennant added one to her Scottish garden, as did designer Stella McCartney to her English country home.  Maybe it’s a Stella thing!

urns from Oly

Also from Oly, these faux bois (or false wood) urns would be great planted with a maiden hair fern, left empty, or set on the floor to be filled with random toys…building blocks perhaps?  They’re heavy enough and tough enough to handle it.  Use them later on as an umbrella stand in the entry, or out in the garden.

room by Stephen Sills

This pretty living room by Stephen Sills is of course not for the kiddos, but take notice of the wooden mushrooms surrounding the cocktail table.  I love the unexpectedness of them here, but they’re even better as seating in a kid’s room.

mushroom stool

Use them as a table surface or small chair.  I would happily add this to my living room as a witty side table to a reading chair.

porch by Jeffrey Bilhuber

In the screened porch of a chic Pennsylvania home by Jeffrey Bilhuber, scale has been played with in the combination of canoe chairs and low table.  That light fixture would be amazing in a child’s room as well.

Saarinen table

Bilhuber has also combined those same canoe chairs with a classic white marble-topped low table by Eero Saarinen in a design project.

building blocks that teach architecture

Educational and cool, these building blocks of iconic New York sites are ones I wish I had growing up.  Look, there’s even a mini Guggenheim!

monkey pouf from Flora and Henri

These leather poufs from Flora and Henri make great and easily movable seats.  I like the monkey, but other animals and colors are available.

de Gournay walls

For a girl’s room I love the idea of using a classic paper from de Gournay, or the like.  I also love that it has been combined with mid-century furniture here.  A David Netto crib would be so perfect against this.

vases from Oly

Tiny vases from Oly would make sweet accessories for a nursery.  Without flowers they are completely charming, but I like the idea of bringing a bloom in from the garden every now and then, like a bright pink peony to catch their eye.  I can see these later on being scattered asymmetrically across a mantle.

bookshelf from iBride

I secretly want this polar bear bookshelf in my room!  Actually, that could be quite cool.  Books, stuffed animals, and the latest art project would be happy among these shelves.

room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

This reading room in between bedrooms (quite the luxury) has been covered in a lavender plaid by Kathryn M. Ireland.  An over-sized chaise has been given the same accent color in the form of fabric tape.  The faux shearling pillow makes this a spot you and the kids won’t want to leave.


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