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Entries in Kids (15)


Kidding Around

Thanks to Irene, I spent the weekend cooped up at home catching up with my favorite TV shows,  — of course in the company of yummy comfort food. One of the shows I enjoyed the most was HGTV's Home by Novograts, where design gurus Cortney and Robert took up the not-to-easy challenge of decorating a rather small room for triplets. Not having many opportunities of designing kids spaces, I forget what a blast it is to work on these kind of projects. So looking at how much fun they had, I got inspired to find these great images by Swedish photographer Pierre Wester and styled by the talented Camila Julner. Decorating for kids is all about letting the imagination run wild to reflect the kid's personality. There are so many great options to choose from that they sky is the limit. You can even splurge and give your kids a taste of the classics made for their scale. Remember, it needs to be a space they can call their own.

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Newborn Style

Designing spaces for the little ones is a lot of fun, the only limit is your own imagination. It's all about creating a fantasy world to be enjoyed by everyone, not only the kids. So why not start with unpredictable pieces like this adorable cradle by Portuguese company Murmur, who are known for their beautiful and flawless craftsmanship. You're probably wondering if the crooked legs are stable enough for a cradle, but its design meets the safety standards in Portugal. Their Cabaninha line also comes with a changing table that you turn into a bookcase later on. Sweet!

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Weekend Fun

Pssst! I just got the perfect thing for you to make your weekend even more delicious. The Spring issue of Sweet Paul Webazine just came out and it's full of fun and yummy goodies. For the first time, Paul has dedicated the entire issue to kids. From delicious everyday food recipes for the whole family to white-and-gray crafty projects for Easter, your eyes will have a feast with its gorgeous photography. And if you happen to have kids, it's the perfect magazine to share with them as it's filled with witty ideas from cover to cover. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect. Enjoy the eye candy, and have a fantastic and relaxing weekend!

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The Kids' Zone

Designing rooms for kids is a fun challenge. We have to remember they also need a space they can call their own, feel stimulated in and let their imagination run wild. Of course, it needs to be fun and comfortable at the same time, while always keeping their safety in mind. Remember to use pieces of furniture designed for their age and with longevity so they can grow up with them. Storage, storage, storage is key so they can put away all those cherished toys they can't live without. Fortunately, color is no longer a limitation as there are plenty of options and materials out there that are kid-friendly. And guess what? White is not a scary color for a kid's rooms anymore. Space permitting, try to keep the playing and sleeping areas somewhat separated so their beds don't become part of their playroom. Ok, enough said. Now I'll give you time to enjoy these beautiful rooms and get inspired.

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A Kid's Castle

Back in my childhood, I guess my love for home and design was starting to become noticeable. I remember pretending to build a makeshift house by hanging sheets over the dining room table in order to create my own private refuge. It used to be my sanctuary where I would play with my favorite toys, and maybe, invite a couple of my closest friends. But how times have changed! After drooling over these incredible kiddie cottages, my make-do tent house is put to shame. These über cool and fun structures, by SmartPlayouse, are authentic designer pieces inspired by contemporary architecture. Don't I wish they had existed back then!

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A Toy-Box Story

I hope you had an amazing Christmas. Mine was great. I spent most of the day with family and friends, and had the most amazing afternoon stroll through the Born district in Barcelona. Although not many people were out, still felt festive with all the kids showing off their new possessions that Santa had left them under the tree. Now with all the new trinkets and gifts comes the worry of where to store these extra goodies. That's when you need very cool and smart storage to hide them in style. This Ogle Toy Box is a fun and practical piece of furniture that any child would love to have as part of their bedroom. Plus it's designed with a cut-outs on all four sides to prevent kids fingers from getting caught. Don't you love it too?

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Holiday Gift Guide: part 4

Growing up, my favorite part of the holidays was the anticipation of opening up all my presents. I remember sneaking up under the tree any chance I got to shake the gift boxes and try to guess what was in them. The best thing about it, is that I don't remember ever being disappointed with the things I got. The trend these days it to give kids anything and everything electronic. I think they're missing out on some of the joy that old fashion toys can also bring. When gathering the ideas for this list, I kept that in mind. I'm sure that any of these goodies will make kids very happy. Stay tuned for next week's list of environmentally friendly treats.

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