7 Tips on Decorating the Bedroom of Your Child’s Dreams

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As you know, we take great pleasure in creating, decorating, renovating & any other home decor-related “ing” around here!

It all started over three years ago when we finally bought Scarlet her big girl bed. We had converted her gorgeous crib into a day bed, and that was a beautiful arrangement for awhile. Then, baby Des outgrew his bassinet in spectacular growth spurt fashion, and we needed to convert the crib-turned-bed, back into a crib! If your children are in the same stage as mine I would highly recommend a mattress guide for kids by Kamil Spark. You may learn a few things especially if you are planning on purchasing a new bed. There were a few days/weeks of Scarlet sleeping on an air mattress on the floor, until we figured out our next move. She’s always been excellent at rolling with the punches.

Des has too!

It doesn’t have to be so complicated, though. We have had a much easier time figuring out our plans this time around – specifically this summer! You see, we’re renovating our master suite upstairs, and giving the kids their own rooms downstairs. As we know from previous experience, sometimes hopes, dreams, and desires can get lost in the shuffle. In our great excitement for the upstairs renovations (jacuzzi tub! walk-in closet!), I’ve been careful to spend time listening to both kids and making sure their concerns are heard. They deserve home decorating excitement too! Des will be moving into our previous guest room – called “The Story Room” – and we will use the extra bedroom space to give Scarlet her dream “secret library” and to build upon a theme of her choosing. Do you want to know the theme she chose? It’s “Magical Unicorn Ride.”

I can’t wait to choose a collection for Des, because Mouse + Magpie has grabbed our hearts.

Why do we love Mouse + Magpie so much? It was created specifically with children in mind – little people with BIG imaginations. We’ve always been a family of dreamers. You can see it in the way we imagine and envision. You can see it in the way we travel and make Halloween costumes. It’s in the way we draw out plans for chicken coops, bedroom renovations, and dream trips to Orlando. And, you can (finally) even see it in the way we execute these wildest dreams. I’m thankful for this chance to glimpse the way a child dreamer dreams, and to know I’m always here to help them along their journeys.

Mouse + Magpie is a child inspired, adult curated collection of delightfully designed products and furnishings created specifically for little people with big imaginations. They partner with international artists and illustrators from around the world to exclusively design one-of-a-kind products – with an emphasis on quality and creativity. They’re helping to design bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries that foster imagination. Soon, Mouse + Magpie will expand into bathrooms, and beyond.

We know we will be along for the ride. What I especially love is that this is one-of-a-kind decor. This is special. This helps us create magical kids’ rooms, because if you couldn’t already tell, that’s what we’re about! I love that Mouse + Magpie gives children a variety of canvases for expressing their creative visions. The collections are child-inspired, adult-curated, and feature framed art, lamps, throw pillows, Sherpa blankets, and clocks. The products are exclusively designed by artists and since that artist community is actively growing, you can always check back! The international artists and illustrators are intent on putting imagination into the hearts of children, and easy-to-implement designs into the hands of adults.

Are you looking to start a new room design, or select just the right piece(s) to breathe life into an existing space? Mouse + Magpie offers you a unique opportunity to choose a complete collection of artwork and products, or go by piece. Collections conveniently include 1 framed art, 1 lamp, 1 clock, 1 pillow, and 1 Sherpa blanket. Here’s our tips:

1 – Pick a theme and find special touches. With a collection, framed and canvas prints set the stage for imaginations to run wild with big, bold colors and textures that establish the room’s story and theme. Pillows provide comfort and support with loveable patterns and playful designs that help tie the whole room together. Mouse + Magpie lamps illuminate the spaces where stories come to life. Sherpa blankets can be worn as capes, or used as wells for secret forts. They’re also perfect for cuddling and warmth. Creatively crafted clocks will remind parents and kids that it’s the perfect time for storytelling.

2 – Play on your child’s interests and build around it. For us, it’s all about having a reading nook for Scarlet.

3 – Never underestimate the power of good and cozy lighting.

4 – Make the bed a place of comfort, safety and dreams.

5 – Give your child an appreciation for art through canvas and art prints, picked out with care.

6 – Pick items that promote learning life skills – like clocks!

7 – Have fun with color. Mouse + Magpie collections will see to it that you have consistency throughout your room.

Don’t forget to head to Mouse + Magpie to view their artist collections! Each one is the stuff of childhood (& adult) dreams. I have many favorites! And catch up with Mouse + Magpie on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

Which collection is your favorite?

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  1. I won’t ever be decorating a child’s bedroom, but you’ve done a nice job! I would’ve loved a princess bedroom when I was growing up! I’m a bit old for that now, so I’ll have to settle for a Danish mid-century modern theme 🙂

  2. When our kids were younger, we asked them how they wanted their rooms decorated. It was a little difficult for the boys, because of their age and their preferences; but, we compromised and made it work. I think having them involved in the picking out and the decorating is a great way for them to have a sense of belonging. A sense of self! You did a great job with Scarlet’s room!

  3. Oh this is so cute! What a pretty theme and design. Going to have to keep Moose & Magpie in mind for a nice gift idea for a baby shower!

  4. great tips for sure. I loved when it was time for our kids to update their baby room decorations to a room they love! My son decided on blue with robots and my daughter decided on Pink and Grey with flowers! I love them both and so do the kids.

  5. Your daughter’s room is absolutely adorable! I think it is always a good idea to get them involved in the planning of their room that way if they take an interest in, hopefully they will learn the importance of helping to keep it cleaned. You have some great ideas for creating a dream room and I definitely need to check out Moose & Magpie.

  6. What a nice job on the room decor. I miss the days of themed rooms with my kids. They are now 23.17 and 14 so it is all teenager stuff. My daughter does have a Marilyn Monroe theme but she’s the only one.

  7. You have your Grandma Jane to thank for your wonderful creative genes. When your Mom was a little girl, she had the most amazing frosted-silver ballerina wallpaper in her bedroom. It featured a just-about-life-sized young girl ballerina who looked a LOT like your Mom. Your Mom also had the best sparkly socks and adorable shoes. Grandma Jane did not have all the creative options that we have today, but she know how to create the kind of whimsical, dreamlike beauty that made a young girl’s life enchanting.

  8. Ooh, love the decorations! We’ll be doing some redecorating in Eve’s room, which she will share with her baby sister some time in 2018. We’re going to turn her toddler bed back into a crib and get her a “big girl” bed this fall, but the room is fairly small and it will be a challenge to fit both a bed + crib + bureau, so it will take some careful redecorating. We have this funny little closet that’s high up but deep that we think would be fun to transform into a reading nook for Eve.

  9. We are currently working on my son’s room. We are decluttering toys then hoping to make it a learning environment. Number six is my favorite of these tips but I see how I can use each and every one of them.

  10. I love building a room around a particular theme. It seems to make the decorating easier when you have a unifying point to focus on. Awesome room!

  11. I am terrible at decorating, so this is helpful. I’ll be re-doing my daughter’s room soon. She’s getting older so she wants some “tween” things. I don’t really know what that means.

  12. I love everything about your daughter’s room! When mine was little, I gave her a budget to do some decorating every year and also told her I’d change the paint color if she would like. In fact, I kept all of her bedspreads for her over the years. Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland .. all in pinks and purple shades like your daughter chose. Fun to remember. x

  13. Your daughter’s room came out great! It’s so girly and fun. When I was little my parents always let me pick out what I wanted for my bedroom, which is likely where my love for interior design came to play! These are great tips, decorating when involving your kids can really be such a blast for both you and them!

  14. I remember when you first made a big bed for Scarlet! How time flies! This is such an inspiration because I’m currently thinking of ideas on how to go about Reiko’s bedroom. Coming up with a theme is definitely helpful and we’ll just build around that. Btw, I love the new decors and the S & B letters on the wall. 🙂

  15. These are great tips. We are in the process of redecorating right now and just painted my daughter’s room a beautiful tone of lilac to start. I can tell you that she would want every single unicorn-related thing for herself!

  16. This is awesome!! I decorated my kids bedroom when we bought the house years ago but I still think it’s cool. I don’t doubt my eldest will grow out of it soon!

  17. First, I love that bed!! It would be perfect for kiddos like my boys who want to set up a space to work in that open area. I have one boy who does art and his twin brother does stop motion videos. This bed would be perfect for either of them. And you’re right, the room becomes theirs when you play off of their interests. I love that you gave your sweet girl a reading nook!!

    Until today I had not heard of Mouse and Magpie. Looks like they have a great selection of bedding from nursery age to teenage. Going to bookmark this!!

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