Posts filed under ‘lighting’


I am a huge lighting fanatic. When creating a comfortable and inviting room, so much of the onus is on lighting. In my opinion, it can make or break a room. When we bought our house, the contractor had placed cheap Home Depot lights in every room. You can bet the first thing I did was scour the earth for lighting that would ultimately give each room personality and warmth. So, I thought I would focus on a handful of suitable lights for a child’s room. Unfortunately, most of them are quite girly (sorry boys). Please let me know if you’ve got any fantastic lights that would be suitable for our little guys…

Jonathan Adler’s Giraffe Lamp is an absolute classic and one that I couldn’t ignore. He’s the master of creating beautiful and whimsical pottery pieces. I salivate over this lamp and dream of putting it in my daughter’s room someday but I shudder to think that an airborne object could knock it over. Ah heck, it’s worth it though! Don’t you think?
Giraffe light

Not new to the decor scene but a nice look nevertheless, West Elm’s Capiz circles pendant lamp comes in 2 sizes. It’s a subtle, classic design that quietly enhances a room. I actually have this light in one of my rooms and I love it’s simplicity. I must mention that one of it’s features, that took a little getting used to, was the soft chiming sound it makes when a breeze flows through. I’ve come to realize that the chime of capiz shells sure beats a CD of pre-recorded nature sounds…

capiz roomwest-elm-light2.jpg

Then there’s Anthropologie’s Hanging Garden Globe light that’s so delicate and girly. I don’t know about you but I would have felt like a princess if I’d had this light hanging above my head as a little girl. Can you imagine?

globe light

Chandeliers tend to be pretty consistent classics, so I set out to find a couple of worthwhile finds. The Five Arm Multi Leaf And Flower Chandelier is definitely on the punchier side whereas the Ivory Leaf and Flower chandelier is simple and pretty darn charming, I think.



I debated posting these Rose Lights because I’ve already gone overboard with girly, flowery lighting; however, because they’re string lights, I thought they were a nice twist on accent lighting. I’ll bet they make a lovely glow at night for the little girl that needs to keep a light on.



August 17, 2007 at 4:29 am Leave a comment

The Bean’s Room

What better way to officially kick off my Kids design blog than to feature my daughter’s bedroom. Bean’s room was a blank canvas when I started. I mulled over several ideas for months and months, yet as she got older, I realized she had already outgrown many of those ideas. I didn’t realize how quickly babies grow out of the baby stage and right into toddler stage and then onto little girl stage! I highly recommend thinking of a scaleable design — something that will grow with the child and can be flexible enough for change.

Art is one of my biggest weaknesses. My dad was a painter, so I got a taste of art as a child — our walls were filled with original paintings which I was aware of as a child but learned to appreciate as an adult. I want my children to appreciate the beauty of art and, who knows, they may even choose it as a career. So, I like to put whimsical pieces of original art in their room to inspire. I keep one wall open for their own pieces of original work that we rotate; although i need to do a better job at displaying it — using frames or art rails or…something other than what I’m currently doing (scotch tape).

I knew I wanted a wall that popped so i chose pink! Not too bubble gum, not too pastel…it’s salmony pink. It’s actually pretty comforting. who knew!? The framed pieces are original silk screened posters that I couldn’t resist. I never get tired of looking at them. We’ve also got the token fish…Sammy Rainbow.


These little clay figurines are about 2.5″ tall. They’re made by a local Seattle artist, Sean Beasley. Our dear friend, Rich, gave them to our girls as a Christmas gift. They’re so adorable, aren’t they? Bean loves her yellow guy. She occasionally asks me to take him down from his perch so she can play with him.

Art gallery

This is my girls’ art gallery wall. I painted the cherry blossom branch on a whim one afternoon while my husband was watching football. I never got around to embellishing with more blossoms which i illustrated in Adobe Illustrator and printed on sticky-back cloth paper. I simply printed, cut and stuck them to the wall. I need more flowers but haven’t found the spare time. Instead, I decorate the wall with my daughter’s art (cat mask shown). To the right of the picture is local Seattle artist, Amy Hevron’s, paintings. We’ve got several of her little works of art scattered about the house.

Fox by Amy Hevron

Close-up of “Fox” by Amy Hevron

art wall

This is a mini art wall above my daughter’s bed. The piece to the left is an etching my husband drew as a child. His mom miraculously kept it and I framed it because it’s so adorable! Next to that are 2 pieces by the talented Portland artist, Trish Grantham. The two teeny pieces (panda and bee) are hers as well. The framed piece above them is by an unknown artist that I received as a gift.

window seat

This is the window bench that I hired a crafty carpenter to build. The drawers are filled with toys that I can quickly stash when it’s time to clean up. The cushion is a simple slab of foam from a local source and I went to Seattle’s fabulous Great Jones Home store and purchased the striped fabric and stapled it over the foam. It was a mini DIY project that didn’t take long at all.

You’ll notice two black rectangles on my drawers. Those are pieces of fiber board that i had my dad cut to size because while drilling holes for the drawer handles, I completely mis-drilled and had to cover my mistake. I painted the fiber board pieces in chalkboard paint; however, my daughter never uses them to draw on. Someday I’ll get those drawers fixed! (at least I keep telling myself).

August 17, 2007 at 4:24 am Leave a comment