Kid's Room Design Trends for 2012!

In her latest article for SheKnows.com, Rosenberry Rooms’ owner, Susie Fougerousse comments on the trends in design for children’s spaces this year. One of Susie’s favorite things about designing kids’ rooms is that there are no rules or limitations when it comes to designing a space for a child, you can really just have fun. She also explains that although there are always hot colors and popular patterns, most children’s themes never really go out of style, they sometimes simply need a refresher!

With the help of some other creative minds like Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids, Naomi Alon and Gerri Panebianco of Little Crown Interiors and Katy Mimari of Caden Lane, you will find a few fresh takes on these classic motifs. Also, make sure to check out the full article (plus photo inspiration) over on SheKnows.com!

Circus Charm

“The darling of the Pinterest crowd birthday themes- Circus, will edge its way off the cake table and into the kiddies rooms. The big top combination of eclectic patterns, animal motifs, vintage typography and the classic stripe will charm the little ones. The market’s dazzling array of iron cribs and traditional wooden crib styles will lend nicely to this fun and dynamic theme. Honey toned yellows, teal blues, grayed greens and faded reds are the incoming colors of the circus fans. But don’t be surprised if you see circus themes in soft pastels and unexpected color ways. Sorry clowns, you’re still too scary to be chic again. Maybe next year.” – Aaron Christensen

Science Style

“We’ve seen old school items like maps and globes play heavily into children’s decor, now it’s time to broaden the mind through the other sciences. The addition of biology, ecology, entomology and zoology will compliment the geology trend and bring brains, as well as beauty, to kids room design. Plants, bugs, molecules, hexagons and all things scientific are garnering interest. Brilliant minded rooms will call out for all the colors of the rainbow, in muted tones.” – Aaron Christensen

Forest Flair

“Moms, Dads and designers alike will applaud the trending of Mother Nature’s graphic palette going beyond the tree silhouette and birds, birds and more birds (yes, that includes owls). Forest friends like the fox, bear and raccoon are traveling into the scene and they’re bringing all kinds of patterns with them. You’ll see more wood grain, colorful florals, botanicals and oversized retro variations of plaid mixing in with the funky geometrics we see now. Decor items with a simple, made at summer camp feeling to them will also capture our hearts.” – Aaron Christensen

Chevron Chic

Chevron has definitely made a name for itself in the design world this year. This retro zigzag design has been updated with current colors and is showing up everywhere in children’s rooms from the floors to the walls. “The mod print brings a bold statement on rugs, curtains and bedding and is an easy way to add a pop of color to any room design,” according to bedding designer Katy Mimari of Caden Lane.

Fun Fonts

The personalize-it craze is another trend in kids’ room design that is here to stay. Naomi Alon and Gerri Panebianco, the design team that makes up Little Crown Interiors, a full-service interior design firm, say that finding new and fresh ways to display a child’s name is one of the year’s biggest trends. Update this idea by trying new things like an oversized wall monogram as the focal point of the room or using the classic wooden wall letters but in fun, innovative fonts for a fresh take on a tried-and-true trend.

Looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store! Happy decorating!

DIY – Upcycled Menagerie!

For all you DIY-ers, we’ve got a really fun project for you and your little one to work on together provided by one of our Creative Contributors, Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids! Aaron shows us how to create charming animal sculptures for your child’s room using recyclables you already have at home. These are perfect for the little animal lover or safari themed kid’s room and offer a creative and crafty project for you and your son or daughter to do together! Check out the details from Aaron below and be sure to visit his blog, Embellishments Kids, for an awesome giveaway announcement!

Create fun fauna with everyday recyclables.

Take a long hard look in your recycling bin. It’s crawling with creatures great and small!  Hopefully, not real ones, but fun future faux ones.  Utilizing a few inexpensive supplies and some easy to follow instructions, you and your kiddies can imagine and create artistic fauna decor for their rooms.

As a kid space designer, it is my goal is to have every child’s room be an expression of their personality, creativity and uniqueness.  Quite often, I’ll have the child work with me on a craft project or an art assignment that we will use as decor, in the room.  Kids love to have their art and handicraft on their own walls.  To inspire you, here’s a collection of animal sculptures I created using readily available recyclables.

Taking cues from the kid’s modern movement, your animals can be painted simply, monochromatic or decoupaged with colorful tissue or patterned fabric.  An artistic zoo of animal sculptures would make a great party craft idea, school auction project or make for a fun room decoration.

A wide array of animals can be created with a little ingenuity and an eye for utilizing or altering the shapes of containers.  For something different, cover them with old maps, dictionary pages, clip art or paint them with fun patterns.

Exploring a theme, for your menagerie, can enhance your existing room design or add an eclectic and artistic feel to the space.  Ideas inspired by the a jungle, farm, forest or the sea can offer unlimited animal possibilities. Or, for something different, you can consider making robots, friendly monsters or aliens.

Step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates for the wall mounts and a supply list are provided on my blog found here.

Get your hands dirty, get crafty!

Aaron Christensen is an artist, designer and father of two.  Through his company Embellishments Kids, he designs children’s rooms and spaces, products and creates art in his Portland, Oregon based studio.

Real Rosenberry Rooms Contest – Top 5!

Our Top 5 Real Rosenberry Rooms (round 3) have been selected and are awaiting your votes! Be sure to check out our Facebook album with the images of the rooms and vote for your favorite. The owner of the winning room will receive a bedding set of their choice from Caden Lane! Check out the amazing rooms below and let us know which is your favorite by liking that photo on our Facebook page. To see the full album, click here.

This girl’s nursery features an adorable birdie theme complete with the Love Bird Crib Bedding Set by Bananafish and coordinating mobile. The soft color palette of pinks and blues with a neutral wall make this a serene oasis for little Sophia.

This hot pink and black nursery for baby Brynlee is funky and stylish, perfect for a little diva. The focal point on the wall is the whimsical Butterfly Dreams Wall Decal by Alphabet Garden Designs! The small touches of Zebra print in the wall art and the chandelier are such a fun accent too!

This stunning girl’s nursery is complete with the Caden Lane Finley crib bedding and accessories. The accent wall is stunning and the tree wall decal behind the crib is such a fun focal point. Also in the room is the Pink Three Bead Medium Lamp Base and Scallop Hourglass Medium Lamp Shade in White both by Jubilee with a bow in the Rose Dot fabric from Caden Lane.

This precious girl’s nursery includes the Uma Clear Crystal Tall Lamp with the Cream Pink Floral Lamp Shade, both by Maura Daniel. The changing pad is covered in the Maddie Boo Fabric in Minky Dot Pink, which pulls together the soft colors found throughout the rest of the room.

Representing for the boys, this cute sports-themed nursery includes the Vintage Soccerball and Baseball Canvas Reproductions by Aaron Christensen above the crib. Above the changing table is the Football Star Canvas Reproduction also by Aaron Christensen in between two Star Whimsical Wall Pegs in white.

To vote for your favorite room, ‘like’ Rosenberry Rooms on Facebook and then ‘like’ your favorite photo!

Designing a Superhero Room that Moms Love Too!

I’m very excited to have been asked to be a regular guest contributor to Very Rosenberry.  My relationship with the amazing team at Rosenberry Rooms spans back close to 10 years, since I first started selling my children’s art in reproductions. Over time, as both of our kid based ventures have grown, we seem to cross paths more and more.  Now with the intimacy of the social media component and the blogosphere, you would never know we are thousands of miles apart. We are more like neighbors chatting back and forth over the hedge talking shop. While I can’t pop over in my pajamas to borrow sugar for my coffee, I can call upon them to help me and my clients at anytime.  And like any healthy relationship, we support each other. They offer me feedback and cutting edge insight to the trends related to my art and I help them fulfill their customers wish lists by providing them with the best products and designs I can. Sadly, we have yet to figure out how to carpool to the industry trade shows. Dropping by Portland, Oregon on the way from Raleigh, North Carolina is just not practical.

I am a visual thinker. When I design my wall art, I try to visualize what it looks like on the wall, in a room and in a home of a particular style. Until they develop a USB plugin or iPhone app, that allows me to show the slideshows in my head to my clients, I have to put ideas on paper. One of the more convenient ways of expressing a room design visually is a storyboard. Combining the inspiration behind my art and the product power of Rosenberry Rooms, I’ve created an inaugural piece to share with you.

One of my recent wall art introductions, is my Superhero series.  As a children’s room designer, I know that a superhero room is likely the number one request by boys and the most feared and disliked ideas by moms.  Most moms do no like the commercialized graphics, the “less than decorator” color palette and the idea of bringing one more incarnation of television and video life into their homes.  Many of my client moms feel like the arch enemy when their child is told no. In a deep announcer voice, the thoughts are spoken aloud; “Evil mom squashes superhero dream by putting her foot down! Will Johnny survive? Will his superhero dreams be dashed forever?”

Never fear an answer is here! Designed to be the un-commercial version of superhero, my collection explores the genre from a interior design approved angle.  I tried to provide colors, textures and content that express the theme without glaring colors and too much cartoon campy-ness. In matching it to more traditional bedding color options, relating it to popular wall paint colors and providing a combination of colorful and limited palette options, I hope it helps SAVE THE DAY!

In this storyboard, entitled Superhero Class-ified, I’ve combined my signature style of neo-vintage with three of the latest trends in children’s decor. One, being the color grey- while it’s not the new black, it’s a fresh and viable alternative to the taupes, creams and baby blues of the atypical boys room. Second, is rough hewn fabrics and natural materials-  burlap, coarse linen, cork and jute are terrific accents for boy’s rooms and are hot as design ingredients, right now. They are not pretentious, offer rich yet neutral colors and can be used for everything from decorative pillows to upholstery.  The third is text- whether it be words, numbers or quotes the graphic power and humble simplicity of text is a sought out replacement for the more traditional motifs found in kids rooms.

When I design bedrooms and nurseries, I always try to include vintage pieces. Quite often I’m refurbishing or repurposing something my client already owns or I’m shopping my favorite haunts for just the right piece. In this storyboard, I’ve include a vintage stool and a retired marquee letter. To find your own pieces, I might suggest searching your local antique and architectural salvage dealers, online sites like Ebay and Etsy and type “vintage industrial’ into your search engine. For wall art, I’ve narrowed down the selection from my nine pieces to just the ones that are of a limited color palette. These pieces are about as far away from the hues of superhero spandex as possible. If you are still apprehensive about the superhero motif, you can swap these out for a variety of images from my collections of a similar palette for sports or racing.

It is my hope that I’ve class-ified what was once a hard sell for moms and a winner with boys.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out, my email is Aaron@EmbellishmentsKids.com. I look foward to sharing more ideas, d.i.y projects and exploring the kid’s world that’s Very Rosenberry with you, in the months ahead.

The combination of Rosenberry Rooms products includes the notable pieces-

Relic’s Small Storage Bed System

Nostalgic Style Picture Frames by Obrien Schridde Designs

Twelve Timbers “TEXT” Pillows

Simple Steam Punk Pendants by Jamie Young

St Charles Table Lamp Base by Jamie Young with Cork Shade

Rocket Flip Desktop Clock

Dwell bedding separates in Dove

Red Soho Jute Rug by Surya

Superhero Wall Art by Aaron Christensen

Real Rosenberry Rooms Round 2!

Our Top 5 Real Rosenberry Rooms (round 2) have been selected and are awaiting your votes! Be sure to check out our Facebook album with the images of the rooms and vote for your favorite. The owner of the winning room will receive a custom set of wall letters in the design of their choice from our awesome wall letter designs found here! Check out the wow-worthy rooms below and let us know which is your favorite by liking that photo on our Facebook page. To see the full album, click here.

This fun and funky pink and black nursery features two Pink Shaggy Raggy Rugs by The Rug Market, the Amore Crib Bedding and the Bird and Bunny Topiary Canvas Reproductions in pink frames, all by Doodlefish! Not to mention the two Blabla dolls little Zoe is snuggled up to!

In this sports-themed boys room, you see the Football, Basketball and Soccer canvas reproductions by Aaron Christensen as well as the super cool Football Field Pendant hanging from the ceiling to bring it all together!

This room for a six-year-old little girl features a fairies, butterflies and birds theme complete with the gorgeous Emma’s Treasures line of furniture by Lea. In it you see the Mirror Door and Chest, the Nightstand and the intricate Poster Bed all from the Emma’s Treasures collection. Also in this room are the stunning Pink Crystal Dangle Lamp and Pink and Green Five Arm Flower Garden Chandelier by Jubilee!

In this elegant and sophisticated girl’s nursery, you see the Anna Marie Silk Crib Linens with custom embroidery from Olena Boyko on the Casablanca Premiere Crib by Bratt Décor. On the walls are the gorgeous Limited Edition Barbie Art Prints by Art for Kids, the Clear Greta Lamp by Maura Daniel and the vintage Powder Puff Fairy Clock!

In this sophisticated girl’s room you see the Grand Fleur Peony Bedding from Annette Tatum, the Child’s Settee in Corsica Pistachio by Little Castle as well as the Julianne Chandelier! There are also two super cozy white shag rugs that help complete this big girl room!

To vote for your favorite room, ‘like’ Rosenberry Rooms on Facebook and then ‘like’ your favorite photo!

 

 

Meet Artist & Designer Aaron Christensen!

Today I am so thrilled to introduce to you Aaron Christensen, the amazing artist and designer behind some of my favorite pieces on RosenberryRooms.com! Inspired by vintage details, Aaron Christensen is especially known for his boys’ art that feature themes such as sports, racing and rock & roll. His style is also perfect for girls who want princess themed rooms with an antique twist! We are so lucky that Aaron has agreed to become one of our ‘Creative Contributors’ because his work is so innovative,  detailed and well, creative! Father of two, Aaron also owns his own design company known as Embellishments Kids, where he creates his unique art pieces which are also published by Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art for Kids! Check out some of his awesome work below as well as an inside look into the inspiration for his designs.

Enjoy!

What inspired you to be a designer of children’s spaces? 

My two and a half year old son who loved cowboys and my daughter whom was still in the oven at 6 months.  I was a blanket fort and theme park builder, as a kid and wanted them to use their imaginations just as I did.  I don’t remember my room being just a room, I always had some walk though attraction for my friends and siblings to experience.  Haunted houses were my favorite, with all the toilet paper ghosts hanging from fish line.  There were pirate ships made from chairs and blankets, trips to outer space with cardboard box rocket ships and plenty of superhero adventures whizzing around in capes and underwear to rescue friends.  As, I matured….not really, I found that the skills and training I gathered through the years being in department store design, specifically window display and prop building could be combined with my love of art to create rooms for my own children.  And this time, I wouldn’t be using blankets and toilet paper. I built a cowboy room for him and a cute little bird nursery for her.  Those two rooms caught the eye of a magazine publisher and the rest is history.  It’s been 14 years and I’m still playing like a kid.

What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

Most days, I start with drawings or rough ideas, whether they are of custom items I want to create in the studio shop or art I’m rendering.  Minute, by minute and hour by hour they turn from ideas into something real, you can touch, hang on the wall or experience.  While it’s not David Copperfield “poof” magic, it sometimes feels that way.  The feeling is just as thrilling and rewarding with every project.

What is your most memorable design project? 

There are so many great memories, but the one that sticks out in a humorous way is the time we created a truck bed for a client.  This was to be an entire truck sculpted in three dimensions to look like a shrunk down vintage truck, rust and all.   The client’s house was still in the rough framing stage.   We remembered the old adage and measured twice, referenced the blueprints and consulted the finish carpenters on the final door openings.  After all, we had to make sure the truck could fit through the door in parts to be assembled in room.  Well, despite our diligence the manufacturer had sent doors with a slightly different clearance.  There we were on installation day with a truck bed that wouldn’t fit in through the door.  Cutting the door frames was not an option.  Luckily, removing the second story window was.  So utilizing two extension ladders like a sloped track, tying rope onto the truck we drug and pushed it up the precarious system and into the room.  It was quite the sight, two guys pushing what seemed to be a truck up two ladders.  We were obviously preoccupied, so taking pictures was never on our mind, but I’d give anything to see the pictures passers by were snapping.  Luckily, everything went smooth from there.

If you could design a room for anyone in the world, who would it be? 

I can honestly say, I’ve never thought about it that way.  I’m so grateful to design for any child.  They are young for such a brief moment, it’s rewarding to have my work or art be part of their childhood memories and nurture their imagination.  Although, if Katy Perry and Russell Brand are ever expecting, I’d love to be on the short list for a tricked out nursery.

What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?

With most projects I get to meet a new child.  My goal is to design for that child and the moment they realize I’m there to facilitate their ideas and not just those of their parents is the event that inspires me.  It’s tangible and moving.  They love to be heard and appreciate it when their daydreams, of how they want their room to be, are included in the grander picture.   Artistically, I was recently inspired by our family summer vacation.  We visited Southern California, my old stomping ground.  Seeing familiar sights from my childhood brought fond memories to the forefront of my mind.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a SoCal sun, sea, sand and surf influence appears in my forthcoming art.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?

While I love big cities and the urban art and design culture, my heart and creative soul longs for the beach.  My wife, Angela and I fell in love with a little spot in Cerritos on the outskirts of Mazatlan Mexico.  It’s rustic and simple with only a neighboring coffee shop, a few restaurants and miles of beach.  It’s the quality of our down time that makes it so appealing.

Where in the world are you dying to go next?  

I have yet to visit Europe.  Antiquing in Paris, junking in London, the history, the sites, the people, I’d be in heaven.

What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product? 

Right now, Russell & Mackenna‘s furniture has my full attention.  Their pieces are a handsome blend of vintage styling and modern aesthetic.  Also, Jamie Young’s Steam Punk lighting has me inspired.  I’ve always loved the Steam Punk culture.  The pieces would shine in a boy’s room with antique maps, repurposed industrial accents and of course vintage styled art.  As far as bedding goes, New Arrivals’ Stella Gray crib set is gorgeous.  It would be a great foundation for a chic urban nursery.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects? 

I’ve teamed up with several manufacturers and retailers in my continued effort to reach out beyond wall art and am launching a collection of accessories and decor.  While some of the products are not specific to the children’s market they follow my neo-vintage style and could be used in kid’s spaces.  They will be debuting with a national craft store and with retailers in late fall and into 2012.   I’ve also partnered up with one of the top Mom children’s room designers, in the industry, to work on branching out into new media, collaborating on projects and some top secret stuff that is oh so exciting.

Here are just a few more of Aaron’s amazing designs and art pieces. To see his entire collection, visit RosenberryRooms.com or click here!

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food-

Anything spicy, five star hot!  As of recent, I’m hooked on roasted hot peppers bedded on a smear of cream cheese and rolled in a spinach tortilla.

Favorite TV Show-

While I’m an intrigued haphazard watcher of Design Star, I am a faithful fan of American Pickers and Modern Family.

Favorite Movie-

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  As a child Roald Dahl’s books nourished my imagination.  The movie versions, while they interpret the book differently, both speak to my inner child.  It’s all about being the good kid, being true to one’s values and family and maybe someday you’ll get your share of the chocolate!

Favorite Weekend Activity-

I have a true love of gardening and plant collecting.  I live in complete zonal denial landscaping our yard with tropical plants that I have to baby through Portland, Oregon’s winter wet and cold.  What good is it to have a hammock without two palm trees to hang it from? Ha, Ha.

Favorite Musician/Band-

When I’m painting in the studio, I enjoy creating playlists that inspire and correspond to the art I’m working on.  Right now, my itunes play count would say my favorite is the swedish band Movits!  Which is funny, because I’m certainly not working on swedish swing art.

 

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