9 Modern Nurseries Featuring the Ikea Expedit

Ikea’s Expedit bookcase is one of furniture store’s most popular item when it comes to inexpensive furniture.  At only $89.99 for the 4×2 unit, the shelving unit is a must-have for a chic and cheap modern nursery!

Click through to see some of our favorite examples of the IKEA Expedit in a nursery.Read More...

5 Cool Ideas for your Toddler’s Room or Playroom for Under $30

When you’re decorating on a budget, Ikea is the place to go! But the best finds from Ikea are those that can be used for a completely different purpose than originally intended by the manufacturer. Give your toddler’s room or playroom a stylish update with these 5 Ikea finds.

Keep those toy cars off the floor with this clever idea! Ikea’s Grundtal metallic knife rack ($9) or the Asker metallic knife rack ($15) will do the trick.

Don’t know what to do with your child’s masterpieces? We think this idea to use Ikea’s Dignet Curtain Rings and Clips ($5)  and Ikea’s Dignet Curtain Wire ($13) to display your kids’ art is genius!

Let your tot’s creative juices flow — on a surface other than your walls — with a chalkboard easel. Ikea’s Mala easel ($15) is perfect for your child’s art corner or playroom and you can easily paint the wooden frame to match your decor.

From princess bracelets and lip gloss, to toy cars and trading cards, keep your toddler’s smaller — but valuable – possessions organized in Ikea’s PS Clock ($30).

Create an art studio for your kiddo with a little chalkboard paint — and Ikea’s Asker containers ($6), hooks ($4) and rails ($8) for them to store their art supplies!

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DIY: Hanging Book Display {Fabric Book Sling}

Reading to your baby or toddler is an important bonding experience. And before you know it, you’ll have an even bigger selection of baby books than your local library!

Children’s books come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s difficult to find a storage container that can hold them all neatly.

This DIY is the solution to all of your book storage problems.

These fabric book slings make storage easy and can be made with coordinating fabric to match your decor.Read More...

Keeping Things Organized in a Small Space {Guest Post}

The littlest people in the world have the most stuff! And whether you live in a tiny apartment or a large mansion, having kids leads to serious space issues and storage problems. So how do we keep all of their stuff from taking over the nursery and our homes?

I sought out advice from someone who knows a thing or two about living in small spaces with children. And who better than Peggy from Paul & Paula? She lives with her husband and 2 small children in Amsterdam, a city notorious for it’s small spaces.

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Hello everyone!

This is Peggy from Paul & Paula and I am very excited to be here today.

I am a mother of a 1 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. Together with my husband we live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Nicole asked me if I could write something about storage and how to keep things tidy.

The first thing I can tell you is that it is nice to have storage boxes or baskets however, the more you have or the bigger they are, they will always be full.

How this happens I have no idea! But the moment you buy a new storage box – it will be full in a matter of seconds.

We live in Amsterdam, a city famous for small houses and even though we are lucky to live in a big apartment I am careful to not let the toys take over.

So how do I keep things organized? Here are my tips for keeping the clutter at bay.

  • Do not tidy up once a day but all the time. We finished with one game; we bring it back to its place. The train set goes back into its box when not being played with and when little brother pulls out all the books from the shelf I put them back as soon as I can.
  • Get the kids to help. Your kids have a “special request” like watching a DVD or having a cookie? Take the opportunity to ask them to tidy up first. Normally that works very well.
  • Go through the toys frequently. We have 2 kids who play with different toys and just recently I got rid of all the baby toys because nobody plays with them anymore. If anything is broken, it’s gone.
  • Limit soft toys. You might not agree with me but soft toys can take a very good amount of space and somehow you end up with tons of them as soon as you have your first child. We did not keep them all. No, we did not. They never get played with. We donate them.
  • Keep small toys in closed containers. I keep things like marbles and Playmobil pieces in extra containers and boxes so I’m sure they do not end up in baby’s mouth and we do not lose them.
  • Everything has it’s place. We do have assigned boxes for baby toys, dressing up gowns, blocks and the like… and the books always go back on the shelf, all craft supplies back into their box. It really helps to have things on hand when needed (especially when your child is demanding something particular at THAT moment) and things don’t break so quick as well.
  • Storage should be accessible to the kids. Make sure these boxes are easy to reach for the children so they can help you keep things organized. If you put them up high you will be the only one to tidy up.
  • Keep shoes in a box. We have a shoe box just for the kids. First thing when we come home, shoes off and in the box. Works really good and even the little one knows where to find his shoes. {we do this too and it REALLY helps}
  • Keep things off of the floor. Behind the kids’ room door we installed hooks to hang coats and backpacks. Everybody knows where to put and find their jacket.
  • Categorize clothing. Kids clothes are arranged by items. And for little things like socks and underwear I use boxes from kids shoes to keep everything in place.
  • Maximize storage. Of course, we have a unit under the bed used for extra bedding and blankets.

Storage solutions we use in our house:

1. INBYN from Ikea. Nice looking storage box that fits perfectly in our living room.

2. LIDAN  from Ikea. Normally designed for bathroom storage but I like the light colour, soft and flexible texture and that you can wash it.

3.Giant LEGO Brick Storage Boxes {Made by LEGO exclusively for STORE}. They’re fun and really encourage the kids to help me pick up. Read more about them here.

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Thank you so much for reading and having me over. I hope you liked my little “tidy with kids” moment.

Happy day everyone!

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DIY: How to Make Lined Canvas Bins

This is genius!

Upcycle your diaper boxes to create these custom canvas lined bins.

It’s affordable and great for the environment!

Visit Positively Splendid to see how it’s done.

(Image: Positively Splendid)

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Revealed: The Hottest Design Trend for 2011

We’re wrapping up this week’s trends series today! WOO HOO!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, Michelle Adams (editor of LonnyMag) predicted what the 5 hottest design trends of the year would be. I took that info and shared it with you (along with a few sweet finds from the web that will help you take those design trends to your nursery)!

And now…

I give to you THE hottest design trend for 2011…

Rust.

The popularity of the color rust is on the rise and it’s becoming increasingly trendy in the Fashion industry. And on The Nate Show, LonnyMag‘s Michelle Adams reminded the audience of how decor trends tend to follow Fashion.You’ll be seeing this color pop up everywhere this year from decorative accents to apparel.

One item in orange, red or the like can really make an impact in your design. Do you dare?

1.- Rust Ruffles Pillow from Pier1 Imports, $31.

2.- Clothes Tree from Giggle, $80.

3.- Spot on Square Animal Series Wall Art, Ray The Cat, $55.

4.- Fruiteria Lamp from Anthropologie, $298.

5.- KUSINER box from Ikea, $4.99.

***  Check out the complete trends series! Mirrored accents (trend #5), Typography (trend #4), Storage art (trend #3) and Mid-Century Modern Lighting (trend #2).***

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Storage Art: Top 5 Design Trends for 2011

This week, I’m taking Michelle Adams’ top 5 design trends for 2011 and sharing with you five ‘trendy’ items that you can incorporate into your nursery design.

We’ve already covered design trends #5 and #4, mirrored accents and typography, respectively.

Today we’re tackling top trend #3… Storage Art!

LonnyMag editor Michelle Adams anticipates that storage art will be one of the hottest design trends for 2011. She recommends using Lucite storage to show off accessories instead of hiding them away. “Vintage desks can be used as vanities to store shoes, clear stands can be used to show off necklaces, and scarf holders, like the one displayed from Ikea, can be hung from the wall to show off colorful accessories.”

1.- BÄSTIS Hooks from Ikea, $1.99 each. A colorful way to display those adorable baby outfits.

2.- KOMPLEMENT Multi-use hanger from Ikea, $7.99. I would use this scarf hanger to display swaddle blankets.

3.- Boon Stash by Boon, $24.99. Use it to organize feeding utensils, as shown, or use it as in your changing area to organize diapers and creams.

4.- Hand Painted Mirrored Shelf from UrbanOutfitters.com, $58. This item’s got you covered for design trend #3 AND #5.

5.- Refracted Ambiance Jar ($18) and The Chemist’s Jar from Anthropologie. Perfect place to store things like cotton balls and Q-tips.

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