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Oversized art in Kids’ rooms

Oversized art & Kids

James went on a business trip once and the person kindly offered to put him up for the night. I remember getting this distress call from him, late into the night, followed by a picture to share his nightmare. The pic showed a bed covered in approximately 10 000 soft toys, in all shapes and sizes, ready for him to dive in. Needless to say, you can’t really be at your best talking business the following day, knowing your host knows you shared the bed with a giant Hello Kitty. Business did not happen as planned, as you might have guessed – I think that saucy Hello Kitty was to blame. But I guess there is a lesson in this for all – like we should not speak to kids in silly baby language, so we should not ‘baby up’ any room to much. 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

                                                                                                                   Pablo Picasso

 

I can honestly say that I’ve got a real love/hate relationship with creating nurseries/kids spaces. First off, it can veer to the kitsch side oh-so-very-quickly. Don’t get me started on those Disney-themed rooms – which include the matchy matchy duvet and wall decals for good measure. In my mind, that is considered the ultimate nightmare and sure to cause a child not to sleep.

My approach is quite pragmatic. Your little cherub is not going to be a tiny infant forever, which means that those ghastly Disney decals will most likely overstay their welcome. Rather pick a few key baby pieces (read for small) which affirms that the occupant of the room is indeed a baby/child, but could easily be removed should the room need to do double duty as a guest room for a night or two.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Lets not go crazy with the wall murals, please…. We don’t have to plaster the walls in a scene out of Narnia, just a beautiful copy of the book is enough to show you are educated and well-read. This is my solution. Why not opt for a piece of really big grown-up art? Something that could grow with them – much nicer and way edgier! I’m busy trying to pull my 6 year old’s room together and am planning on going this route. Something impressive will take the edge of the blush walls, I’ve decided. 

Now if your heart is screaming yes! to big art, but your wallet is screaming No!, then I’ve also got some solutions for you. My go-to source for pic art is normally AllPosters – I’ve -used them for many installations. Affordable, great quality and an insane selection.  But what I love about it the most, the sizing options. If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive, then Anewall is another site I would recommend. Beautiful, but just a little out of my budget for the moment. Minted also stocks some great fine art options for kids rooms.

What you think of these over-sized beauties? I think Liz Taylor below, might just get dad to get in on the pajama drill!

Over sized art & Kids

Oversized art & kids

Oversized art & Kids

Oversized art & Kids

Oversized art & Kids

Oversized art & Kids

Over sized art & Kids

Over sized art & Kids

Oversized art & Kids

Oversized art & Kids

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Finding Beauty in a Hot Glue Mess…….

Craft, Hot Glue Mess

I’ve never been more up-to-date with the special days…… Easter, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. The school seems to make it their duty to remind me of them, along with a forced craft project-assignment. And seeing I’ve got two little birds, it normally means double trouble.

Why pay $7 when you can make it yourself with $92 of craft supplies

So, after a quick Pinterest trawl, we decided on making paper mache birdhouse post boxes, with cute heart-shaped roof tiles. It seemed totally do-able, but 2 hours later, spray glue on the floor, kids and dachshund, it turned into a proper hot-glue-mess. I regretted my over-enthusiastic plan and the extra work I’ve created for myself. Halfway through, the kids abandoned the craft session, leaving me to finish my mess. I could kick myself. The dog was ready to kick me – luckily he was stuck to the floor. So in short, I will not be posting our craft creations, but I will post hers! One thing for sure, I’m super glad that I don’t have to compete with this mom in the craft category. Can you even imagine what their Valentine’s post boxes would look like? I guess each to his own – she might be good with a pair of scissors, but I clean a mean floor. Happy weekend – thank God one event that does not require any glue or scissors, just a mandatory glass of wine. 

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Craft, Hot Glue Mess

Craft, Hot glue mess

Craft, Hot Glue Mess Craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

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