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Extending the Life of a Classic

Every mom knows the ubiquitous Jenny Lind cribs and beds. They’re a total classic in kids design.

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Amy posted this picture last year–the crib? Jenny Lind.

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But, why not give a classic an extended life? I saw this pic on Instagramer @sarahmdorseydesigns feed and thought it was such a great idea.


Have you ever tried to turn an old crib or bed into something else?

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5 Playroom Essentials from IKEA PS

As moms of three, Amy and I are big fans of decorating and organizing playrooms…they’re an essential part of our lives and our basement playrooms are the key to our sanity! And of course IKEA is one of our favorite sources for a playroom. Contemporary, colorful and affordable. AND, yes, surprisingly durable.

So drilling down into IKEA a little more, you have the PS Collection. As a former PR girl, I kind of laugh at the description of the collection on their website: This time we’ve taken inspiration from the way people live today, often in unconventional spaces and never in one place for long. Created by 20 designers, the IKEA PS 2014 products offer flexible solutions for young-in-mind urban people living “in the moment”.

Reading through the lines I see a brief that asked the designers and marketers to appeal to the post-college renter. As a mom and decorator, I think perfect, decently priced furniture that will fit into smaller spaces and will be cool enough to my kids as they get older.

Here are five pieces I’m loving from IKEA PS right now…


5 Playroom Essentials from IKEA PS Collection


1. Storage is a must in a playroom and this locker is great looking in white or red. Large enough for a decent sized TV as well so you could use it as a media console.

2. Perfect for sleepovers, this daybed from their 2012 collection offers under-bed storage as an added bonus. I’d recover the mattress and back cushions in something a little more fun…maybe a combo of sunbrella fabrics solid on the mattress and graphic pattern on the back cushions.

3. For a little homework area, this secretary desk is super cool looking.

4. A good table is obviously a must and these are two great options. A drop-leaf table can accommodate a couple of kids folded down, or a few more over for a playdate when folded up. Or, this narrow table has two drawers built in underneath perfect for paper and pencils. You could even cut this down to accommodate younger kids.

5. Finally, a place to hang all those dress up clothes! This hat and coat stand reminds me of expensive designer versions priced at four or five times this $30 version. The green is super fun and the design is practical.

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Itsy Bitsy

One of our favorite things to do with this blog is to share the resources that we look to for our clients (and ourselves!) for stylish, yet affordable options. Are you familiar with Home Decorators Collection?  They’re actually a Home Depot company that have a great line of furniture and  six retail stores nationwide, two of which are in Illinois. Tessa bought the rug for her son’s room there. They recently launched Isty Bitsy which is a children’s furnishings line and I was so impressed! Here are a few things that caught my eye…

Love this little garden side chair which also comes in blue and silver.

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Garden side chair

Where was this round foam ottoman when I was decorating William’s nursery???

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Round Foam Ottoman

 This Wren upholstered storage bench would be great in a family room–large enough to store all of those toys scattered throughout the room.  It’s only 18″ high so it could be used as an ottoman and comes in several fabric options.


Wren Upholstered Storage Bench

I have a crush on anything dark wood these days–at only 30″ high and 18″ deep this Deerfield student desk could be used as a console or as a desk/nightstand in a guest room.

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Deerfield Student Desk

If you’re looking for a headboard for your child or even for yourself…definitely check out their selection of custom headboards offered in many different shapes and fabrics–like this Barrett upholstered version


Barrett Upholstered Bed

 Love these sweet Georgia drapery panels for a girl’s room–the ruffles are so fun!

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Georgia Drapery

These storage bins with handle come in many different designs. Love this version for a boy’s room.

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Storage Bin with Handle

Forget the kids’ rooms, this Mystic area rug comes in an 8 x 11 size…bring some pattern into your family room! It comes in four other colors.

Mystic Wool Area Rug - 8'X11', Blue

Mystic Area Rug

It’s always great when I stumble across a new source for kid’s furnishings.  But love it even more when those items could be used in a grown up space, too!  Definitely check out Isty Bitsy—I was smitten with some of their furnishings! Oh, and because they’re part of Home Depot, there are always good promotions going on. Right now, I know they have $50 off $250–so even better, you don’t have to pay full price!

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