These days many of us live far away from our extended families. It is definitely not like the old days when I was a child and visited my grandparents and cousins every week. Both sets of my children’s grandparents live pretty far away, let alone other extended family members. Sometimes I wonder how this will impact the way they see the world and if they will feel connected to their roots as they grow older. This seems to be a trend, more and more frequently people are transplanted all over the world and sometimes that can lead to a feeling of disconnection between family and friends. In comes the Good Night Lamp which is a KICKSTARTER project from The Good Night Lamp Team out of the UK. These lamps are connected via the internet. When you turn on the main lamp the other smaller lamps turn on too. What a great way to say good morning or good night to grandma and grandpa, who may be a continent away. Or maybe to just help keep and eye on grandma or grandpa, so that as they age you know that they are ok everyday even without the daily telephone call or text. Maybe it can help pull us just a little bit closer and demonstrate that we are thinking of each other, even when we don’t necessarily have the time or think to make that telephone call.
Posted by KarenShearer at 6 February, 2013
Ok, so Fanjo, out of Belarus, obviously does not just design children’s rooms, but to me these are rooms that stand out from the rest in the realm of children’s design. I’ve just picked a couple to showcase here, but I am amazed at the creativity of Fanjo. What impresses me is not only the overall design of the room itself, but also the detail paid to each enchanting piece within the room. For the youngest set, I think my favorite is Young Flat (pictured above). This room would easily transition from infant to child, allowing the design elements to endure longer then most others out there. Many aspects will even endure through the tween and teen years. This is fabulously functional kind of design I am looking for as a parent. From the whimsical light fixture to the creative shelving and storage and the not overly girly design, this one is a winner. If you look at the Young Flat design site, you will see that Fanjo really has significant talent for overall modern home design, so don’t miss it. Here I am just focusing on a couple of contemporary children’s rooms.
The MyMi room has a forest theme with so much storage and specialized areas for play, work and sleep. Again, this stunning design would be so easy to transition over the years as your child grows older without having to revamp the entire space. There really is a place for everything in this room and it is infused with the cheer and creativity that will boost the imagination of any young child. For those of us who reside in urban areas, this design is a particularly wonderful way to bring a bit of nature into your home. There are two wardrobes for storage, a bed, desk, screened dressing area and still room for play. All of these elements blend seamlessly together to create a harmonious and natural space.
So both of these designs are somewhat gender neutral, but certainly more on the feminine side. I have boys and I totally see where a slight change of color palette from the peach and pink to maybe some blues or yellows and a few other minor adjustments would make these wonderful rooms perfect for boys too. Not only would these rooms provide a creative and relaxing space for children, but also one that will last throughout childhood and beyond with a little tweaking here and there. The designs are modern and streamlined with a calming sense of joyfulness and exploration. What better way to surround your child? For more information about these room designs and products therein, please contact Fanjo at email@example.com or click the links provided above. Don’t forget to take a peak at the other great pictures of these rooms below!
Posted by KarenShearer at 1 February, 2013
We have collected hundreds and hundreds of images of interior design for home design inspiration since we started ChicTip.com. We have compiled it for you and sorted it Room by Room. Now we’d like to share them with you. Today we present to you 10 beautiful kids rooms. Enjoy!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 10 January, 2013
As a mother, I am all about built in storage that can contain my little ones “precious collections of objects” and Gautier certainly has a hit with its Dimix collection. They have combined utility with space saving details and a streamlined contemporary style that will meet the needs of your child for many years to come. They have just released a new addition to the Dimix collection of compact furniture for kids.
The concept behind the Dimix series is the plan to best utilize the space within a child’s room. It is the perfect sleep and work collection for kids, with built in storage. There are three different models available in the Dimix series, the Compact High Bed, Compact Low Bed, and the new Bunk Beds. The Compact High includes a desk on runners. The desk nestles underneath the bed and can also serve as secondary storage. The Compact Low comes with or without the option of a roll out desk on runners. Finally, the new Bunk Beds (which are new for 2013) have the option of a pull out drawer under the lower bunk to store everything away in a neat and tidy place.
The products are all left/right reversible as well, so they can be arranged in the direction that most suits your child’s space. The beds are available with either a grey and white finish or a chocolate and fabric finish. Gautier is also very dedicated to improving indoor air quality. The wood panels they use to construct the Dimix series contain two times less formaldehyde than the top European standards. All around fantastic design, with the health and safety of your children in mind.
Posted by KarenShearer at 3 January, 2013
The Ball Chair in the style of Eero Aarnio
It’s the perfect hiding place for youngsters. Plus it adds a dash of designer chic to their bedroom or playroom. Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair was designed for fun, designed with imagination and the results were so visually different from any other seating on sale in the 1960’s that his design was an instant hit with the masses.
Aarnio created his famous “room within a room” Ball Chair in 1966 after taking a large ball and simply cutting the seat shape out of it. Sometimes referred to as the Glove Chair, this playful seat brings a cosy and calm atmosphere with it where your child can relax and enter their fantasy dream world free from noise or distraction.
The chair has also featured in Hollywood blockbuster adverts worldwide, including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black 2; Aarnio’s ball chair is a classic in its own right.
The playful Ball Chairs are inspired by Eero Aarnio’s original designs and are admired by adults and children on a global scale.
The Elephant Chair in the style of Charles Eames
Bring the zoo into your own home with these adorable elephant chairs in the style of Charles Eames original design from Vita Interiors.
Charles and Ray Eames first created this design in 1945 for adults, but secretly styled this imaginative elephant chair with children in mind. The high quality plastic is strong enough to be used both as a seat and as a toy by children up to the age of 8; ideal for a playroom or the children’s bedroom.
It is available in a variety of colours (white, blue, green, pink, red and black) and arrives no assembly needed.
Charles Eames classic designs are known around the world as he is arguably one of the most important furniture designers of the 1900s. After marrying fellow designer Ray Kaiser in 1941, the pair went on to experiment with new materials and pioneered the use of plastics reinforced with fibreglass in interior design.
The exquisite elephant chairs are inspired by Charles Eames’ early furniture designs and look stunning in every home.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 3 January, 2013
Monte Design Group is certainly a leader in the design of contemporary nursery furniture and I love the minimalist look and multifunctional use of the ninna – nanna bassinet. The inspiration behind this stylish and streamlined version is that bassinets do not have to look like poufy wedding dresses from the 1980′s. Along with its good looks, this bassinet is also extremely versatile. The basket is easily removable from its solid birch rocker frame and makes a perfect portable bed for trips away from home. The familiar sense of surrounding and comfort can help your little one cope better with new environments and stimuli. The bassinet includes not only a machine-washable suede microfiber cover to soften its protective sides, but also a waterproof mattress and 2 fitted 100% cotton sheets. The all-inclusive nature of this package is very convenient. When your little one outgrows the bassinet, you can easily reuse it for storage of stuffed animals, toys or other necessities.
The Monte Design Group is committed to creating the safest possible products for our environment as well. They use foam that is not developed from petroleum based products and is low VOC to assist in keeping indoor air quality safe and clean. The wood used in product construction is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and adhesives are water-based and biodegradable. The Toronto based, Monte Design Group, is forward thinking with its stylish, versatile designs and production.
Posted by KarenShearer at 28 December, 2012
I admit I am a little behind the holiday season with this great product I just stumbled upon, but I am so enchanted with this concept for children’s play and storage structures I could not help myself. Tsuchinoco‘s products certainly go beyond the holiday season and are so lovely, they are sure to spark the imagination and creativity in every child. This line of children’s products has been created by Masahiro Minami Design in Japan. Although the concept of reinforced corrugated fibreboard is not new in and of itself, this is a very functional design. They have taken the concept to the extent of developing outdoor playground equipment. The cardboard used for the products is not your normal corragated cardboard and it does not contain petroleum products or result in deforestation. It can also be easily recycled at the end of its life unlike many other plastic toys. Currently items can be purchased via the internet from here, but hopefully these and other similar environmentally sensitive items will become increasingly available at a store near you. We determine demand in the market by where we choose to put our dollars and this kind of inspirational design stands to benefit our children and future generations in many different ways.
Posted by KarenShearer at 27 December, 2012