mmmmmmmmmm... where to put those little trinkets that were given at birth, christening's and for birthdays? Shelves are the perfect place. Especially shelves that are out of reach. Not only will shelving come in handy to keep precious gifts safe from little hands, but displaying, books, prints, and little treasures will also provide color and a much more exciting visuals than a blank wall. These shelving ideas are cool & inexpensive (the best kind) and will have your friends envious that they didn't think of doing it first. Ikea spice racks were used in the first image, and were painted, fun, bright colors. I love the idea of using the paint charts below, another inexpensive idea. In the second image, old wooden boxes were used, which you will be able to find at second hand markets, garage sales or on ebay. These boxes are also great to use as toy storage. In the last image, we have a second hand cupboard which is adorable, especially with the little windows. This is sure to be a talking point, and there are many sweet 1950's cupboards being thrown out with hard rubbish, so always be on the look out. Or visit Grandma and tell her you think her kitchen needs updating and you can help her find a home for old kitchen cupboards, she will think you are ever so thoughtful. It's a win, win.
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Young Ruby, my next client, is lucky enough not to have any brothers or sisters YET. Lucky because it means her mum is turning the spare room into Ruby's her very own Playroom.
I am very excited about designing this room and after our consultation, have decided Ruby needs a mini kitchen where she can make her dolls and teddies cupcakes and tea.
The concept of a playroom is to have a room especially designed for toys, reading and role playing. Whilst Ruby loves to read, we will keep her books and chair in her bedroom and this will become her quiet time room for reading and sleeping. There are many concepts you can have for a playroom depending on the age of your children. For toddlers, pretend kitchens, cafes, shops, are perfect, and for older children, a music room, art, theatre or games room would be lots of fun. And if don't have any spare room then there is always a converted caravan (and you never know it may come in handy one day for your mother in law or your own mum.)