Kid­ding around

Domino - - SCOUTING -

Forget the pale pinks and tepid blues of typ­i­cal chil­dren’s fur­nish­ings. Go wild with whim­si­cal, time­less, and mul­ti­func­tional pieces that can tran­si­tion from the nurs­ery to big kids’ rooms.

RACHEL BLU­MEN­THAL, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CRICKET’S CIR­CLE—A ONE-STOP SHOP­PING SITE FOR NEW AND EX­PECT­ING PAR­ENTS—SHARES TIPS FOR MAKING CHIL­DREN’S ROOMS STYLISH AND SAFE. When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing chil­dren’s rooms, what in­spires you? My style tends to be clas­sic with a twist, un­pre­dictable yet re­lat­able. As such, it’s im­por­tant to me that my kids’ rooms aren’t run-of-the-mill, but are still kid ap­pro­pri­ate. I love a bold wall (both of my kids’ rooms have For­nasetti wall­pa­per) and fur­ni­ture that’s ca­pa­ble of tran­si­tion­ing to a big kid or a grown-up room. What are your strate­gies for re­vamp­ing a child’s room as he or she grows older? When a baby be­comes a tod­dler, the best way to up­date a nurs­ery is to cre­ate spa­ces that your child has ac­cess to and that in­spire cre­ativ­ity. A low book­shelf, a light­weight bin of toys, a play kitchen, or a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment area are al­ways my fa­vorites. Do you have sug­ges­tions for de­sign­ing a kid’s room on a bud­get? It’s all about pur­chas­ing time­less fur­ni­ture that can grow with your child (making this type of in­vest­ment is worth it; the right pieces can last un­til your child leaves for col­lege) and mix­ing and match­ing un­ex­pected colors, tex­tures, and ac­ces­sories. What’s your ad­vice on babyproofing a home? Ev­ery home has some lim­i­ta­tions based upon the way its cab­i­nets, doors, and draw­ers are con­structed. I try to be very thought­ful about the things in my home (noth­ing with sharp edges, noth­ing that’s not se­cured to the wall or floor, and, sadly, no ac­ces­sories on cof­fee ta­bles and low shelves). And I make cer­tain to put locks on the cab­i­nets and doors that a small child can reach and is fre­quently in con­tact with.

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