Lately, we’ve been noticing how sophisticated kids’ interiors are becoming. And that many of our favorite brands are offering grown-up furnishings that seem decidedly young at heart. Ebullient artworks, playful pillows, and home accessories that are equally at ease in the office or nursery are popping up all over the place. This fall, we’re taking a childlike pleasure in these youthful designs!
Black stripe canvas teepee
Rachel Blumenthal, founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle—a one-stop shopping site for new and expecting parents—shares tips for making children’s rooms stylish and safe.
When it comes to decorating children’s rooms, what inspires you?
My style tends to be classic with a twist, unpredictable yetrelatable. As such, it’s important to me that my kids’ rooms aren’t run-of-the-mill, but are still kid appropriate. I love a bold wall (both of my kids’ rooms have Fornasetti wallpaper) and furniture that’s capable of transitioning to a big kid or a grown-up room.
What are your strategies for revamping a child’s room as he or she grows older?
When a baby becomes a toddler, the best way to update a nursery is to create spaces that your child has access to and that inspire creativity. A lowbookshelf, a lightweight bin of toys, a play kitchen, or a musical instrument area are always my favorites.
Do you have suggestions for designing a kid’s room on a budget?
It’s all about purchasing timeless furniture that can grow with your child (making this type of investment is worth it; the right pieces can last until your child leaves for college) and mixing and matching unexpected colors, textures, and accessories.
What’s your advice on babyproofing a home?
Every home has some limitations based upon the way its cabinets, doors, and drawers are constructed. I try to be very thoughtful about the things in my home (nothing with sharp edges, nothing that’s not secured to the wall or floor, and, sadly, no accessories on coffee tables and low shelves). And I make certain to put locks on the cabinets and doors that a small child can reach and is frequently in contact with.
A cozy cover-up.
Brahms Mount herringbone throw in plum by Serena & Lily $295
Florals that won’t need watering.
Tapered glass square with white peonies by NDI $629
Slumber in style.
Vanderbilt convertible crib $949
A comfy accessory for any crib.
Sheepskin throw by Serena & Lily $198
If they’re going to walk, let them walk with class! Flamingo moccasins $35
This puts the “hip” in
! Menagerie bookend, gray hippo, by Serena & Lily $65
Colorful classics. Puffin Classics
by Juniper Books $170/set of 10,