Design Reveal: Adrienne’s Room

Black and white never goes out of style and is such a great choice for a kid’s room!

This design is brought to us by Sissy+Marley, complete with their statement wallpaper and quirky accents. There is so much visual interest spread around this room! Take a look around (and find the sources below!).AD Room AD Room AD Room AD Room AD Room AD Room

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WallpaperBed / Dresser / Reading Chair / Book Shelves / Tent / Toy Basket

Images by Marco Ricca

How to Select Lighting for Any Room!

In my opinion, lighting is one of the most (if not the most) important aspects of designing a room. Proper lighting can perfectly accent all of the decor and details you thought long and hard about when decorating a space. Plus, there are some fabulous light fixtures that can add an unmistakable “wow” factor in a room! Here are some tips to consider when shopping for your next fixture.

Gabrielle-Dresser-wide1. Think about how the room will be used. Do your kids enjoy reading bedtime stories at night? Make sure to have a table lamp on the nightstand. Will your children be doing homework at his or her desk? Add a simple task lamp to the corner of the desk. Do you plan on checking in on the baby late at night? Place a little night light near the crib as to not disturb the little one with a harsh overhead light.

IMG_2187Gabrielle-corkboard2. Don’t forget about the number of bulbs and wattage needed to properly light the space! There are actual calculations professional interior designers use to come up with proper number of lumens needed in a room. If you are lighting your lovely master bedroom suite, a one-bulb overhead light probably isn’t going to cut it. Opt instead for a grand chandelier with six or so bulbs to add the perfect ambiance.Gabrielle-room-narrow-new3. Consider adding a dimmer to your light switches where appropriate. While traditionally used in dining rooms, a dimmer in a kid’s room is perfect for adjusting lighting during nap time or other activities. Being able to control the amount of light in a space can really come in handy.

Boy's RoomCar Theme4. Think of your light fixture as part of your decor! A pretty pink iron chandelier can really accent your little girl’s Parisian themed bedroom. And I can almost guarantee your little athlete would go crazy for a basketball-themed ceiling fan.

Susie Fougerousse_7Sebastien-1-newWhen you balance form and function, lighting will be the perfect finishing touch to your child’s nursery or bedroom. Do you have a favorite Rosenberry Rooms’ light fixture? We would love to see how you used lighting in your child’s room!

Design Inspiration: Nautical Boy's Room!

Is your little one ready to upgrade to his “big boy” room? The understated nautical theme in our 1000 Leagues Bedroom design board is the perfect inspiration for a boy’s room! With multiple shades of blue, pops of orange, and subtle nautical accents, you can create a room that your son (or sons for a shared space) will love and that will be sophisticated enough to coordinate with the rest of your home.

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Start with coastal-style furniture by Newport Cottages to get the perfect foundation for your room by the sea. This Panel Twin over Full Bunk Bed is a great choice with its deep blue finish and cool paneling detail.

Panel Bunk Bed in Deep Blue

What nautical-inspired bedroom would be complete without seersucker bedding? We love the Sausalito Seersucker collection by Annette Tatum. It’s made from light blue seersucker fabric and reverses to blue fabric with a salmon fabric flange. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable, too! It also comes in a darker blue and yellow combo which would work perfectly for this theme as well, you just may want to go with a white finish on the furniture.

Seersucker bedding

Now, on to the nautical accents! Drop in some playful elements to tie the theme together and that will inspire your child’s imagination. We chose the Whale Bookends by Jonathan Adler, a Steam Punk Lamp in Gun Metal by Jamie Young and Shark Wall Decals. The possibilities are really endless in this department. To see more ideas, shop our Nautical Theme page!

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To shop the complete 1000 Leagues Bedroom Design, click here. For more design inspiration for Boy’s Rooms, Girl’s Rooms and even Nurseries, visit RosenberryRooms.com!

Create A Designer Room (Without the Designer)!

It’s no secret that I love to decorate children’s rooms, and I am always in awe of the creative work by so many talented interior designers who specialize in designing children’s spaces.  What a treat it is to devote so much time and energy into such a fun and rewarding profession!

But, I am the first to admit that many moms and dads don’t have easy access to professional design services, and that they might not have the time to devote to endless hours researching innovative ideas and learning about the latest trends.

My goal today is to teach you 5 easy tips for getting the look of a professionally styled designer room with relative ease, and a manageable expense.

1. Create a focal wall.  

Did you ever notice that most fabulous rooms have a really cool focal wall?  This is where you can make a statement so that the room will stand out from the ordinary.  For your focal wall you can choose to simply paint it using an accent color, or you can have fun with stencils, wallpaper or decals for a bolder look.  Placing your crib or bed on this wall will give it the dramatic backdrop you are looking for, and make a lasting impression.

2. Use unexpected color combinations.  

One thing designers are really good at is using color to its fullest potential to create a look that is memorable and eye catching.  By pairing a safe color, like pink, with an unexpected color, like orange, or good old red with a punchy aqua, your room will take on a fresh and adventurous feel.  Experimenting with color is the perfect way to have fun with your room.  You can do this with paint and decorative accents like throw pillows, picture frames or rugs.  If your experiment doesn’t work, don’t get discouraged, because you can always swap out the paint or smaller accents without great expense.

3. Make it Personal.  

An exclusive and tailored design created by a designer often includes custom elements, like a monogrammed rug, headboard, or bedding.  One of my favorite ways to create a custom look is by adding a monogram to the wall using oversized wooden letters.  Painting a simple “frame” on the wall around your custom wall monogram creates a stunning effect.  For a less expensive alternative, with the same impact, you might opt for a monogram decal instead.

4. If you don’t have it, paint it.  

In an ideal world, we would all have gorgeous, custom molding on our walls, in every room in our house, right?  Well, if you don’t, I’m here to tell you that you can still get that “look” — with paint.  That’s right, with the assistance of some painters tape, a laser level and a gallon of paint you can create your own windowpane molding, bead board, chair rail, paneling and so on.  Choose a high gloss paint for your faux trim, and a contrasting color to the wall color, so that it will pop. This example from Project Nursery shows how painting the trim a contrasting color is both unexpected and dramatic.

5. Frame it x 10!  

Who doesn’t love a wall of frames?  Whenever I am flipping through the latest shelter magazines, or reading design blogs, I notice that a wall of frames is loved by designers and clients alike.  Nothing adds more of a one-of-a-kind look to a room like a wall of fun mismatched frames in varying shapes, sizes and even colors.  I love that it is impossible to mess this look up.  Just have fun with it and it will look fabulous.  Mix your picture frames with your favorite artwork for an eclectic look.  You may opt for higher end, hand finished frames, or you can also pick some up at your local flea market.  Fill them with your favorite family photos, and voila, your room is done.

Happy Decorating!

Designing A Child’s Room That Works

Rosenberry Rooms would like to share a few tips from a recent article on HGTV.com that offers sound suggestions for designing kids’ rooms. The article also stresses that creating a child’s space works best when it’s a joint project.

One practical suggestion is that parents shift toddlers directly from cribs to full or queen beds, bypassing toddler and twin beds. Kids grow so fast that smaller beds might be completely outgrown in a few years’ time. Kids’ rooms can eventually become guest rooms, so the furnishings work best when they have a general rather than specific appeal. Trendy furniture should be avoided. What’s hot this year might look sadly outdated next year.

Beds and furnishings from Young America By Stanley or Lea Children’s Furniture are designed to last for the lifetime of your child — and beyond! Classic bedroom suites for a girl’s room include the graceful Isabella Cameo and coastal Seaside Dreams Collections. They’re pretty and feminine, but not so far-flung as to be out of place in a guest room. With optional sleepover trundles, under-bed storage units, and your choice of finishes, they’ll look as elegant tomorrow as they do today.

Good lighting is also important. An overhead fixture that illuminates the entire room reduces hazards caused by dangling cords and falling lamps. Pendant lighting like the Double Decker Pendant in Spring Green by Olio or the Taley Double Drum Pendant from Charn & Co. are fresh, contemporary, and compatible with most any decor.

The designers recommend using accessories to feed an appetite for trends. Making a pile of pillows in a currently fashionable fabric is a low cost way to add loads of funky charm to a child’s room without breaking the bank.

Maddie Boo Fabric in Rodeo Denim sports a retro design that might appeal to a young cowpoke. Fabric pillows can be used to add a wild west spirit and, when he outgrows the design, the pillows can be recovered with something more grown up. Fabric By The Yard comes in literally hundreds of designs, colors, and textures. In addition to pillows, it can be used to cover headboards and upholstery or to create fashionable window and wall treatments.

Ample shelving and adequate desk space are something every child needs. The Large Two Door Bookcase from Newport Cottages has a solid, timeless design and plenty of room for stuff! In over 20 finishes, it’s easily customized. Young America’s Starlight Student Desk offers space galore with shelves, drawers, and a roomy desktop. It’s gender-neutral and will never go out of style. When your child leaves home for good, these furnishings will continue to serve stylishly in a den or home office.

The HGTV.com article advises consulting kids about what they need, and then reaching a compromise about what works best for everyone. Ask your child about colors and what matters most to them in a personal space. Take your child on a tour of Rosenberry Rooms’ website and shop for key pieces together. Let the room reflect the child, but create a space that lasts forever.

Gabriella

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