When designing a fabulous kids room for a website, the reality is simply staging each design accent to show it’s best side. You only see a cropped, edited view of one image and it’s that image that pushes and pulls at your passions. As a Kids Room Designer, the website has been the easy part. There are many takes, or retakes. A professional photographer would know that I am shooting my own pictures. Yet the message of design is communicated.
Yesterday, I was working hard on the displays of my showroom. Moving wall units, rearranging and then sitting back in a cozy rocker and just staring at the displays. As I was sitting, rocking, swiveling in every direction I thought how some things never change. Technology sure makes things look sharp, but you never see beyond that one photo.
In a showroom, you see beyond one object to the next. Eyes, dancing from one design accent to another. It was that moment of being literally in kids room design. Literally is what it actually is. Intentional is that one item I want you to focus on. I am very intentional with each product placed on my website. I have yet to add 100′s more products to this site. Taking a small detour to open the local Portland boutique/shop. Sweeping out the warehouse, painting furniture, painting wall units and then the arranging of each kids room display, designing a story to be told.
Hung Out To Buy, myself (Elizabeth) and Elliot, really love to share the realities of our story. Your job, your work, your children, your realities are what define you. Realities like, waking up to the dog not having any dog food. I have been working long hours this entire week, and I am the only one who buys the dog food. Reality for our precious pup, Eddy is he had left over chicken breast for breaky. Reality, is it’s Saturday and I am going back into the grind of setting up this showroom. We bumped our opening to next weekend ( July 14th) So I have lost a week. Yet, what I love I am doing. I love when my husband pops his head in my home office, literally looks around the corner and says, “how are you doing? You love this don’t you?” I say, “yes I do! It’s working out the details when I may not be smiling, but I love it.” He then will ask if I need anything, and sometimes I make up something just so he knows he’s an important part.
Kids Room Design-Literally simply means I can’t take that photo and crop into the finest elements of the design. It’s all laid out and being carefully placed. Some may cringe at the images on this post, as I can be the first to say that lighting and quality are not the best. As I sat in that rocking chair, I could not help but pull out the camera. No thought on lighting, or angles, or staging. Kids Room Design-Literally!
Which one is your favorite?
I just landed a very old step stools which now allows some Stepping Up in Kids Room Design. In my NW Portland store I will be selling old things that I can paint new life into. I ordered some step stools about a month ago, brand new ones. I am excited to have these darling painted stools available and I know my customer’s will love them. However this girl loves the find of solid wood, heavy-duty, sturdy step stools from years past. Pieces that carry stories over 50 years old. It’s hard not to keep this one for my own children. A little girl is going to find a pink step stool in her life very soon. Take a look and see this basic step stool transform. I was told by the seller it was his when he was a little boy and that his dad made it for him. The seller was well into his 60′s. Imagine stories this step stool could tell. Simple and sweet.
Stayed tuned for my vlog update airing on Tuesday June 26th. I will be giving 5 different ways to use new and used frames. Two lucky viewers will be given one of the frames made up that day. Details to come. Happy Weekend,
Your Personal Kids Room Designer, Elizabeth
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Kids Room Furniture buying in the middle of the night, is it safe? I have a big picture window staring at me. Complete darkness outside. Reminding myself that sewing my curtains for my office should be a priority if I make middle of the night blogging & buying a habit. I made the mistake of going to bed early, which really felt like a long nap, so now wide awake while the rest of the house sleeps and I am buying kids room furniture.
I just reviewed my furniture order for the new store. I have written it over 5 times, trying to bring in my purchases “under” budget. My finance manager will be happy about that.
Here is the first collection called “Sabrina” I am ordering. Imagine this entire row in a soft butter cream yellow. The mirror will hang above the dresser, the nightstand next to the bed. All in that lovely soft hue of yellow. These will be pieces that can be ordered in many different colors, but for the showroom I love the yellow. You will also be able to order here, at this website too. How exciting is that. For now this is just a preview, but by all means if you want this now send me an email.
These next pieces of furniture are the Portland collection. It is going to be shown in the same red you see above. All red and all stunning. I know of a little boy who is going to be begging for some of these pieces. My six-year-old wants red furniture, and he just may get it. What do you think of red furniture in a boy’s room?
I can’t wait until that first truck comes rolling up to the dock to unload. That “finance manager” is going to be wearing a different hat that day. Helping with the unloading of these pieces of furniture. The collection has many more pieces to show which I will bring in more at a later date. I just thought it might be fun for everyone to see what I have been up too…in the middle of the night…the usual, just buying Kids Room Furniture. Doing my best to bring my customers the cutest, finest, and best pieces for your kids room.
What are some of your favorite pieces of furniture for a kid’s room?
An Empty Office that was painted with the help of my kids. (You can read the first post that started this here: “Painting My Office With Kids” ) Now what? Why post on an empty room? How often do we have a clean slate to start with?
What are some changes you might make in your next room make-over? I wanted a green room and ceiling. Literally. I also wanted to bring in blue. As you can see I got my green ceiling. It was sure fun convincing my husband that green on a ceiling will look amazing. Either you are rolling your eyes, or thinking “AMAZING”! Creating your room, that expresses who you are starts with the colors you choose. If you have a hard time deciding then it’s time to enlist a designer. A designer will help you understand what makes you who you are and then surround you with elements in design that define you. My office, my choice of colors, my passions for design and creating being inspired by the colors I love most green & blue.
Understanding color is often confused with designer geek-like science. Which blue? Which green? How do I choose? If you paint it, it will come to you. I admit that I am not my own client. I see colors and hues spot on. I have been choosing colors for so long, that I see it in my head, and then find it. I chose my paints without ever choosing my fabrics. I would never do that with a client. In this case my eyeballs are in my head and it came to me. I loved it. My passion for these two colors now a reality on my walls and guess what?
While my husband finished painting the walls I ran out to find some fabric that will pull the colors all in. I love color. The room is empty. I have to fit three large bookcase, my desk, a love seat (so if you are in my office you have a cozy place to sit) and my sewing table. Can it be done. This empty room is going to be filling up really fast.
I had to have this yellow love-seat. I have had it for three years. When I first got it, it sat in a room all its own. I would go and sit and read. I knew that someday it would go in my office. Many lovely friends have sat on this love-seat sharing their hearts with me. It’s part of the designer heart and now fashion for my office. Sewing the drapes, the pillows, and moving all the furniture will have to wait until this weekend. Excited to show you the finished room. My eyeballs and vision see it all done. Stay tuned for the Finale’. What once was the empty painted office will be the lovely office I now work from.
Do you have a cozy chair or a favorite spot in your home? What is it? Questioning what colors your next project should be? I am here to help you. If you want to email me some pictures of a room you are working on, I’d be happy to look in and add some ideas. Now to go and fill that empty painted office.
It is Sunday and I am taking a detour from the kids room…and moving into painting my office with kids. Having my 22-year-old move to Florida meant some room swapping, leaving me with the prize. Relocating my office from one room to another. I have had this plan for an office in my head. Being a designer, I can see the room completed. So my excitement in knowing I now have a clean slate spurred on the family to want to be part of painting my office.
This is the first time in over 23 years that I have personally painted my own project. I “claim” that I don’t paint rooms, and thus have enlisted some gifted painters in my home(s). I even called my painter two months ago to see if he might have an opening the 1st week of June. I then thought….opportunity….labor of love….for my readers. Why not log a room project of painting my office with the kids.
We gathered the kids and went to pick up the paints. I thought I would write this in 3 parts. Painting The Office-The Empty Room-The New Mommy Office. Kick back and follow our progress.
Green is my favorite color. There are so many hues of green to choose from. I chose this as it lends itself well to the fabrics chosen for drapes and pillows. Trust me this green is awesome. Look how well it goes with the fabrics below.
This is the fabric for the drapes, throw pillows and a lamp shade. Imagine what the walls will do to pop all this color. With a house full of boys I want to get more girly into my life, starting with my office. Can you tell I am a kids room designer? Based on my colors and the fun cheery look this room will have all kind of inspirations.
Blue is my second favorite color. I decided that I would have some fun in designing with paint and how this room would turn out. I have to spend a lot of time in this room, so using the two paints, accenting each other gives a whole new look.
David and I decided, at 10:00pm Saturday night, to get started. We planned on including the kids, but since this was a first for us as a couple, painting an office, we needed to find our groove painting. We were able to put the blue on the walls. Note that if ever using two colors, always start with your lightest color first. As you can see, David is very pleased, and we certainly found our groove. I paint the tight corners and he rolls out the big parts. All with 70′s music in the back round.
Painting with kids can be very frustrating and challenging. They want to jump in and help with energy and enthusiasm. They are not mindful of where the paints are, that a loaded brush drips, and you don’t rest your bare foot on a wet wall, or that you lean against the wall to sit. My husband and I made sure to give our boys the opportunity to do this job well. Giving them clear directions, spacing the boys across the room from each other, and explaining the beginning and the end to their specific jobs. Their jobs were to paint along the blue tape. We also removed stress of spills and splatters, by investing in the larger drop cloth, investing in small brushes that are easy for smaller hands, and in the back round fun 70′s music was a must. One thing my husband and I both noticed, is our own stress level was higher, and we were a bit distracted keeping the boys focused. There was a great sense of accomplishment when their specific jobs were completed. We explained that we, the grown ups would finish the bigger jobs, and off they went to play.
Notice that Eric is holding a small plastic container with very little paint. His job was to paint about an inch up from the blue tape at the base of the wall. Have a wet rag on hand, so there is no stress for small spills. Water based paints wipe up very easily.
Ethan is given a more delicate job. He is older and I love that he was so careful and took his job seriously. Notice again the small plastic container with paint. Small and easy for little hands to hold, as well as a smaller brush.
And then there is the ever so adorable creative one. Can you guess his name? He lasted long enough to write his name. He is only six years old and walls and paint were serious business as long as he could be creative. He was off to play after his own little masterpiece.
Now we know where that creativity comes from. Papa and his roller writing. I love that Eric is carefully working along the base as Papa rolls the ceiling green. Green, so excited to have a green ceiling. I have wanted a green ceiling for a very long time.
We were able to complete the major painting. I suggest, even if it’s quick drying paint to wait a day until removing the blue tape. This allows the paint to set, absorb and if any major touch ups need to be done, you are still set up. Next the blue tape will be removed and I will refine all the edges. Until then, this is a No Boy Zone.
I am so excited to be posting the next part of this project, “The Empty Room”. All painted and taking the camera to show and talk about accenting colors in a room. Painting the office with kids was a success today.
A Kids Room Interior Design blog about How You Wear Your Shoes? Have I gone mad? No, but the truth is that this in related to design, in a sideways kind of way. I am hoping that after reading this, you might be a little more informed in making shoe decisions, when traveling on business, around town or in your home. You may even being walking into your kids room in those fancy shoes. See I can relate this to kids room design.
A few years ago I had to make a quick trip to Las Vegas for the ABC Kids buying event. These events are where, we, the buyers go to find all the cool stuff for your kids. I had not planned on going. I am a busy mom with 5 kids and planning a “quick” trip is no easy task. Once it was decided to take this trip I made a few phone calls, booked the hotel and printed off my airline ticket. I ended up being asked into FIVE really important meetings. Companies that wanted to use my consulting services to help build their brand and products. A “quick” run through this show, was now going to involve some fancy dinners out, some wining and dining and guess what? I had the perfect outfit. The kind that I could stuff in my carry on and wear three different ways. Sadly I did not have the perfect pair of shoes. On my way to the airport I stopped at Nordstrom’s and bought lovely black pumps similar to this picture. Lovely as in stunning. As in similar to these lovely shoes:
As women, it’s no secret what we put our feet through for fashion. How many times have you gone to a convention, a long day of walking, meetings? Walking in the front door, after stopping at the grocery store on your way home from work and greeted with little people barely able to unlock your swollen feet from your shoes? At the end of the day, if you are lucky, all you want to do soak your feet into a bubble bath. I have even asked to change hotel rooms if there is not a full bath, just for my feet. (note I do not have large feet).
I had a meeting within 45 minutes of my plane landing, so I wore my new shoes onto the flight. I thought I could break these shoes in for the few hours in flight. Truth be told, I had to take these lovelies off within five minutes of my flight. My plane landed, feet back into shoes, walking the airport and into the cab, shoes off. Shoes on, out of the cab, check into hotel, short walk to meeting, oh Lordy burning feet? Thinking I will kick shoes off under the table at first meeting. Shake hands and then informed “we are going to walk the show floor to get some insights and inspirations on this project.” Smiling, gritting teeth and completely distracted by aching feet. Sound familiar? Four hours later, finally sitting, shoes off and realizing that the blisters on my heals are beyond repair. Crippled. How on earth am I going to walk another foot in these shoes, let alone two more days. Meeting over, shoes painfully back on, painfully fake smiling and now moving onto dinner meeting. Shoes off under the table.
These really are very comfortable shoes, and it’s not often that my feet don’t have those sneaky breaks under a table. Come on, we ALL do that. I know I am not the only one. I am not a shoe horse. I am not really very fashionable. Ask my family and friends, I take all the hints and pointers I can. I actually had a friend take me to Beverly Hills in the 90′s just to teach me how to dress for business. I think I need her again, as I am certain my wardrobe is still mid-nineties. I shop at Nordstroms, when I can, because they do take notice of my fashion flaws a gracefully direct me. I was informed by the sweet gal who sold me the shoes that “you want to spend a little time to break in your shoes.” Apparently in flight was a fail to breaking in my shoes.
I HAD to get replacements fast. I still had two days left in these shoes. Some may be asking why I did not bring back ups. This was to be a quick trip. I did not expect it to turn into meetings. I just wanted to fade into the show, walk in tennis shoes and jeans and gather information needed to assist a client in buying decisions. I was doing homework.
Did you know that hotels always have a boutique of fine fashions? I had only one choice. An open back shoe, a slip on. Something that would not hinder my walking due to large quarter size blisters on my heals. There was only one pair of shoes. Prada was the answer. This is not the exact shoe, but similar to the one I had found.
Only one pair of slip-ons could be found for just over $800.00. I called my executive director (my husband) and asked if I could write off a pair of shoes? He laughed. In the entertainment business it’s acceptable. After my act of fake smiles, and jovial conversations I felt like I should get an award and the entertainment value in just that. I asked if we could open a file for a new client named “Prada” and she was already costing the company, big time. Again he laughed. I had no choice. I bought the shoes. I still have them and with working from my home office rarely wear them. Until one day I was out with my daughter and looked at her feet. Wearing my client “Prada” and then just smiling. Some one is getting some good wear in those shoes.
Moral of the story? Yes, there is one, or two, or three.
1. Do not buy shoes on your way to the airport, if they are going to be your only pair of shoes to wear for long periods of time. Bring back ups, unless you want to fork out some serious cash, or open a new client named “Prada”
2. If your feet are in trouble, grin and bear it. You don’t want to report that you lost a client over poor shoe choices.
3. Leaving your shoes out will result in your children playing dress up, and then you must go digging in their room to find that one shoe. Once in that kids room, you notice how dull and boring your kids room is and think, wow I should decorate this kids room, to which you now have a source. That Interior Designer who blogged about shoes.
I knew I could bring it all back to kids room design. Take care How You Wear Your Shoes.
Dare I say you have your own way in How You Wear Your Shoes…..