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Bright and Happy Kids’ Room

Ever since that fateful semester the fall of 2005 when I was assigned to research and model a hotel lobby in the Scandinavian Modern style, I have been a huge fan.  While the more well-known furniture and design styles of Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen are always on the dream/wish list, I have been more interested lately in ‘everyday’ Scandinavian style.

If you look at images of Scandinavian homes, you will notice a lot of white walls.  To compensate for long, overcast winters, many residents of these northern European countries paint their walls and floors bright white to reflect as much light as possible.  With all that white, you might think that the interiors would look stark or cold, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  The majority of these homes look comfortable, extremely inviting and lived-in.

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Most images of Scandinavian kid’s rooms look playful, colorful and creative, with lots of bright art.  Since our kids share a room, and it is already painted white (although it might get a fresh coat this summer), it is the perfect space to incorporate a bit of fun style.

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Bold and Colorful Room

I thought it would be fun to put together an idea board to show the direction we are going.  Both of our kids are already very opinionated about their space and have been on-board with what we have done so far.  Our attempt at Scandinavian style has been a great solution to a room shared by a four year old girl and a two year old boy.  Their individual personalities and interests can shine without any arguing about whether we will have a fairy princess or Ninja Turtle themed room.

Kids' Bedroom Idea Board

  1. Ikea Bed
  2. Duvet
  3. Rug
  4. Toy Storage
  5. Green lamp
  6. Map
  7. Vintage Dresser (I found a similar one at a second hand shop in Old Town Pocatello)

Currently, the white walls provide a perfect backdrop for colorful bedding, a sky blue ceiling, a wood dresser, and a fun rug.  I will share a photo update of the room soon!

Finding Your Own Style

I love a guided project where I feel like I am somewhat accountable to finish assignments.  Sort of like school, but even more fun because it is something you have chosen to do.  One of my favorite websites, ApartmentTherapy, has an annual fall tradition called the Style Cure.  They give you around 22 assignments over a month’s time to guide you in finding your personal style and then making over a room in your home.  As long as you don’t tear down walls or anything that drastic, the assignments are pretty doable in evening or weekend timeframes.  Sign Me Up!

 

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As an interior designer, one of my favorite jobs is helping people discover their own style and then recreate it in their homes (hence the name, Uniquely You).  The Style Cure has you interview yourself for the first assignment.  Their questions are interesting and useful, so check out their site if you are inspired.  The first question I typically ask people is how they want their home to feel.  It may be your cozy sanctuary from a crazy work day, the neighborhood hangout or even a live/work type of environment where you crave a little distinction between the two.  Most people see (or would like to see) their homes as a place where they can restore and re-energize themselves after a stressful day.

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The next step in finding your personal style deals with putting images and colors to the feeling you want to create in your home.  For example, how you visualize a cozy sanctuary might be completely different from someone else’s vision.  One person might like warm dark earth-tones, while another might prefer cool and light beachy colors.  I have people gather images that they really enjoy and jot down a note or two about why they like the particular image.  You will soon notice some commonalities, whether it be references to nature, a particular color or possibly a style of furniture you prefer.  If you share your space with others, have them choose some images also, and then work toward emphasizing common interests.

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After gathering images and studying them for awhile you should have a much better idea about what you like and don’t like.  My husband and I both like a simple combo of midcentury and Scandinavian style with neutral bases and pops of color.

This is a good time to take a cue from the Style Cure interview and choose three words that describe your personal style.  You might feel like this is an unnecessary step, but putting your style into words will help you focus.  When you are out shopping for accessories and become overwhelmed with all the options, reminding yourself of your three words can help eliminate some of the decisions.

I have decided to work on our bedroom for the Style Cure.  I have done a lot of work in there this past year, but it really needs to be finished up.  My husband and I are aiming for a modern, restful and uncluttered space, and we have until Thanksgiving to get it there!