Summer break has begun! Bike riding, swimming, lazing around… but after the initial excitement fades away and the “I’m bored” begins you will need to be ready with your arsenal of activities and crafts. Being a crafty person myself I was very excited to welcome a Michaels to Milton, Ontario and thought I would have a peek inside to see what kind of summer craft ideas I could find. What better way to give your kid’s rooms a face lift this summer than to involve them as well and make a summer project out of it!
I found these simple frames on clearance ranging from $2.00 – $5.00. What a steal! Pick up a variety of sizes and styles, paint them different bright colours, bejewel them and add some photos of friends. There you have it, a funky gallery wall.
These solar system kits are not only fun to put together but educational as well. Get some fishing wire while you are there and hang it as a mobile. I am definitely picking one up for my son, the little scientist!
Michaels carries a variety of model cars. A fantastic summer project that will dress up your little man’s shelves.
Grab some colourful baskets and synthetic flowers. Hot glue the flowers to the baskets to create decor and storage for a girl’s room.
Feel free to contact Nesting Story for more design ideas or have us help you refresh your kid’s rooms.
One of the best sources for nursery design inspiration is Project Nursery. I am constantly pinning nurseries from this website’s projects and thought I would share some of my favorites!
Jude’s Vintage Nursery
I am obsessing about this nursery because of the retro and eclectic vibe it has going on. There is such a warmth to it and it could truly work for a boy or girl. The fact that there are re-purposed pieces in this nursery inspires me to start checking out my local thrift shops. Plus, I am loving the unexpected colours in this mural. This nursery is by Ginny Phillips who is a very talented photographer and Etsy shop owner. Check out Ginny’s work: www.ginnyphillipsphotography.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/westeightythird
Ava’s Sweet Gray and Pink Nursery
This nursery really works for me because it is girly and formal, yet clean and sophisticated. I always appreciate it when I see a nursery design that isn’t themed and can grow up with a child without having to do much to the room. The white paneling on the walls give a great relief to the grey and there is just the right amount of pink to soften the room and make it fit for a princess! This nursery is by megandwade. Check out their blog http://wadeupdate.blogspot.ca/
Eclectic Wood-Paneled Nursery
I think this is such a fun nursery (despite my phobia of garden gnomes). Anytime I see reclaimed wood used in design I gravitate to it! I LOVE the wood-paneled wall. It adds texture and a natural element to the room that balances out all of the bold colours and large graphic prints. This room also has a fantastic sense of humor with it’s touches of whimsy including the mustache hardware on the dresser and the… eeek… orange garden gnome. This nursery is by and J Design Group. Check out more of their stunning projects on their website: http://www.jandjdesigngroup.com/index.html
I saw this idea in the February 2013 Canadian House and Home magazine issue and thought it was so clever! This is a fantastic way to beef up the baseboards in a nursery (or anywhere in your house) for very little cost. This DIY idea gives the illusion of much higher baseboards.
Simply build onto your existing baseboards by adding a bevelled base cap 1″ – 2″ above the baseboard. Then paint out the baseboard, wall gap and new trim piece all the same colour to give the appearance of tall baseboards.
I also loved the idea of painting out your baseboards a rich contrast colour, but instead of using an earthy hue shown in the photo, I would suggest going for a soothing sophisticated pastel for a nursery. Some of Pantone‘s 2013 Fashion Report’s colours would be perfect! My favorites are Greyed Jade and Linen.
I think one of my favourite stores is Home Sense. I get so excited as I walk through the doors just anticipating what treasures I might find! Home Sense is a great place to find designer products for a fraction of the price. You just need a keen eye and to go in often knowing that they get new shipments almost daily. Here are some of my latest finds:
A chaise instead of a glider? Maybe not, but place one near a window and you have a sweet little reading nook.
Your little guy can put his feet up in style in this modern chair with a graphic print and ottoman for only $99.99!
Here comes the circus! These fun animals can add texture and a pop of colour to your little one’s digs.
I love these natural wood letters which stand about 10″ high. They are a refreshing break from the traditional baby block letters adding a modern organic element that can grow with your baby!