MY KIDS’ BATHROOM

A CORNER OF MY HOME I love how bright, airy, and calm our kids’ bathroom is. The double vanity and mirror were there when we moved in. The color palette is cool, with muted shades of green and grey (the quartz counter is white dusted with light grey. Since we are such huge fans of bath bombs and use them regularly, I store them in a large glass container on the counter for an added splash of color. BTW – these are my favorite organic bath bombs for everyday use for kids. They are also great as party favors! My own little escape includes these jasmine bath bombs and these gardenia bath bombs from Spa Pure Spa Girl. They smell divine. I have them stocked in a glass apothecary jar in my master bathroom. Designer/Mom Tip: If you have young kids and want to empower independence, you can set them up for success without compromising style.  When you have a double vanity, invest in a stylish step-stool, and designate one of the sinks as a kids’ sink. I love this 3-in-1 adjustable stepstool from Little Partners. It comes in a variety of colors to complement any bathroom. Pick a color that blends in rather than stands out for a calmer effect.  As kids grow older, and need less of a boost, you can also transition to the Wildkins two-step wooden stool (also available in some great colors.) For now, it makes me happy. What do you think? ’till next time – cheers! s

A Master Sitting Area

A CORNER OF MY HOME Moving in the midst of the pandemic translated to holding off on in-person furniture shopping for a bit longer (and opting to make do with the furniture we already owned). We chose to split up our beloved Linge Roset sectional that used to be in our old living room, and use one section in a cozy sitting area in our master bedroom. The rug in the room is a super soft chenille rug with an oriental rug-inspired pattern in denim blues, ivory, and shades of brown. Photo Credit: SFMOMA The inspiration for this corner is one of our favorite prints – Richard Diebenkorn’s CITYSCAPE #1. The colors from the rug pop out of the print. The neutral color of the couch, the colors of the pillows, and even the dark weave of the basket are also all present in the print. Personally, I don’t like “centering” furniture, but I do like to balance the room – using colors, and actual furniture as “weights”.  I think a space (a room, a wall, etc.), is much more pleasing to the eye when it is split in 3’s instead of half. In this case – the artwork “occupies” 1/3 of the wall and the couch balances off the other 2/3s. Since the ceiling is sloped, I wanted to highlight the height of the room, so I placed the picture off-center and closer to the tallest corner in the room.  The dark basket placed under the framed print pulls your eye down and creates a nice anchor on the floor. The bottom of the picture frame is about the same distance from the top of the back pillow as it is from the edge of the wall (creating a nice framed corner of the wall around the picture. Designer Tips: RUGS:I mentioned the rug in our bedroom is a chenille rug. I prefer placing chenille rugs in lower-traffic rooms (bedrooms and offices) because they are super soft and luxurious feeling- and looking. They have a bit of a sheen to them and are super soft to walk on. They could also work in kids’ rooms and living rooms. But be warned that not all chenille is made the same (different blends of materials) so some rugs might be more challenging to clean. PILLOWS: Invest in some great down 22″x22″ down pillow fillers. Then, have fun swapping the covers and playing with color and patterns. If you use 22×22 inserts in 20×20 pillows, you can achieve the popular “karate chop” and the designer pillow look with any cover. Personally, I love the IKEA Sanela coushin covers (20×20, or the floor pillows @ 26″x26″, with 28”x28” inserts). They are super soft, come in a lovely mix of colors, wash well in the washing machine (critical with kids!) and hold up nicely (we’ve had ours for 7 years). BASKETS: Great places to shop for less-expensive (and still good quality and good looking) baskets are Target and Home Goods. I’m not sure if this corner will stay this way, but for now, it makes me happy. I’d love to hear about the corner in your home that makes you happy. Is there a corner in your home that doesn’t feel great? Need help fixing it up? Drop me a line!  ’till next time – cheers!s.