Although we are often blessed with a little one snuggling up with us at some point of the night or wee hours of the morning (a sweet delight of attachment parenting!), we also desire for our children to have an inspiring place of “their own” for creative play and rest.
One aspect of living simply means, they don’t have their own rooms (and have no idea that they “should,” either!); they love sharing it. (Enoch’s little bed is still in ours at this point, but is gradually transitioning to sharing a room with Gen.)
About a year ago, I started brainstorming some decorating ideas for our children’s room. After our move this past winter, I finally finished some of the projects (and finally getting around to sharing them with you!).
I have kept a “gender-neutral” color theme of red and white for the room. (Although, Gen has added some “girly” coordinating vintage Strawberry Shortcake items to her bed’s corner space.)
I loved the look of bunting “flags,” and sewed up a large batch of these delightful triangles in an assortment of fabrics to string around the ceiling of the room. I used an olive green bias tape, picked up at a clearance sale last year for the “string.”
I loved this Bunting Tutorial at Joyful Abode, since she actually uses a “turned & stitched” method (instead of an often-used method of cutting triangles with pinking shears- which I don’t have). I mixed & matched fabrics for a fun look; the two sides of each triangle are different fabrics, like what she has shown in the tutorial.
(By the way, I had so much fun sewing them, I got a bit carried away. I have enough for a whole other room. If you’d like to purchase a ready-made bunting set identical to ours, let me know.)
Then, I added a couple rows of clipboards (purchased with a gift card) to the wall. (I had held out for about a year, stalking the office supply sections in thrift stores, hoping to find clipboards. I never did- and found this odd. Maybe you’ll have better luck?)
This is an ever-changing display of doodles, drawings, and craft projects that have fallen off the refrigerator. I have decoupaged (“altered”) clipboards in the past as gifts for friends, but I left these plain (since they’re constantly covered up anyway). There is some more clipboard inspiration in these Flickr Finds.
Gen loves having her artwork on display, and seeing her work seems to further inspire her pretend play and made-up songs. (Plus, it fills in a big blank space on the wall inexpensively!)
This room always seems to be a work in progress, as little ones grow, and new needs/interests arise. How do YOU keep your little ones’ room inspiring?