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It’s Cool to Be Kind

AN INVITING ART SPACE THAT KIDS LOVE TO USE AND KEEP TIDY!
 

THE KIDDOS

5 and 3
 
FEATURES WE LOVE

Arts & crafts hub

Artwork display

Reading nook

Music nook

Open & closed storage

 
THE TRICKY SPACE
My client has a beautiful sunny nook on their main floor. But it’s just been sitting empty since they’ve moved in 3 years ago. They just couldn’t figure out what to do with it.
Big sister was becoming quite the artist, and little brother loves reading and dancing. Without an intentional plan in place, these activities were taking up the entire main floor, with paper and art supplies everywhere!
This 100 sq ft nook is the first thing you see walking into the home. Not only did it need to integrate seamlessly with the rest of the main floor, it also needed some expert space planning to really maximize the flow and function of the space for two kids!
 
THE TRANSFORMATION
We wanted something fun and inviting, but not too kiddish!
We went with warm neutrals with pops of bold jewel tones. The kid-sized chairs even match the ones my clients have in their dining room! The retro cool vibe felt fun and so authentically them!
Nailing down the layout for a shared space is key. As I planned this room, I pictured how it would be used by two kids and established a clear walkway around the art table. There was plenty of room to move around, whether it’s getting up for more paper, or setting down their art caddy ready to work.
To make the most of the space, I added a cozy READING & MUSIC NOOK on one side of the room’s wall and tucked an ARTS & CRAFTS HUB into a recessed spot on the other.
In Montessori, we’re all about helping kids to help themselves. Having paper, markers, and scissors within easy reach empowers our kids to take charge of their own creativity.
DISPLAYING KIDS’ ARTWORK is a must. Kids take immense pride in their artwork when they see it displayed. I came up with a simple display that lets those 2D and 3D masterpieces shine.
 

This playroom is designed by Sophie Shay of CHEZ SHAY DESIGNS.
Instagram: @chezshaydesigns

Boho Spring Baby Girl’s Room

Spring is here and our little one was transitioning into toddlerhood. We wanted to give her a fresh new space she could enjoy and grow into. Spring is absolutely the best time to update an interior space because we wanted to set a new outlook for the coming year. The best way we could think of to give the room a completely new look – is wallpaper! Our vision was soft shapes, light colors, natural wood furniture, and floral wallpaper. The wallpaper used for this project was Livette’s Wallpaper Fern design in the custom colour Clay.
When planning this project we wanted a fresh but boho, vintage vibe. The light wood baby crib and beautiful rust coloured star map ties in together with the boho lamp and decor pieces creating this warm and relaxed look. Adding some greenery livened up the room and created a special touch. The color scheme was neutrals with some pop of colors.  It’s so important to create a safe space for our baby because she will spend most of the time in this room as she grows. We made sure the overall feel was inviting, cozy, playful yet sophisticated.
 

Abstract Nature Nursery

We are big DIYers and over the last few years, have DIYed a lot of the renovation on our 1960s house. When we found out we were expecting our first child, I knew I wanted to do something fun and special with her nursery. Before we got to the fun stuff like decorating however, the husband did a bunch of research on some bones-work on areas he wanted to improve on the room (things like removing the popcorn ceiling, adding sound-dampening measures to the room etc) and he got to work!
We were gifted a dresser from some friends that had used it with both their kids, so we knew it would be a great project to refresh for our own nursery!
Then, after all that work, it was finally my turn to have fun with designing and painting the nursery (at 33 weeks pregnant too!!)
While I love “themed” rooms and have done my fair share of them in the past, I wanted to design something that would be easy to buy accessories/items for, and not box ourselves into a corner with a too-specific theme. I also wanted to try to design something that in 3-5 years from now, she might still enjoy having as her room.
We are big gardening/nature people, and we also love the feel of mid-century-modern decor, so I took those areas of interest and loosely designed the room around them. I did a combination of MCM and plant shapes for the mural, picked a warm color scheme (most of our house is a combination of warm yellow/green/brown colors as well) and carried that theme throughout the room, by designing and painting some art and unfinished wood decor items to tie the room together!
We’re thrilled with the end result, and it’s been so easy to add items to the nursery, as the colors I used for the mural are very common to find in crib sheets, changing pad covers, baby clothes, stuffed animals etc.
Here’s all the DIY work we did before decorating the nursery
Here’s what we did to turn an old dresser into a modern-looking changing table
Here’s some behind-the-scenes pics on the nursery mural I designed and painted