Inspiration

IF I WAS SIX YEARS OLD

A while ago, I ordered a baby shower gift from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Ever since, I’ve been on their mailing list. Since we don’t have kids, and aren’t planning to anytime soon, I normally just thumb through it then toss it. However, the most recent edition caught my eye and I found myself wishing I was six years old again so I could have a playroom like one of the spaces in the magazine. Specifically this one…

girl play room

What little girl wouldn’t want to have a tea party in this room? I mean, seriously. Even though this room would cost you well over $6,000 (the bookshelves are $1,149 each), you could still learn a thing or two from the rooms featured in the catalog. For example, the groupings of the silhouette art pack a big punch and the industrial bookshelves and mix matched play chairs give the room a great eclectic storybook vibe.

Even if you don’t have kids, or a bazillion dollars to spend, these rooms have some great decorating trends to take note of. Here are a few of my favorites…

boys playroom

The first thing I noticed about this room was the miniature, estate-looking, leather sofa. I have to admit, even though it’s $1,700 and I would constantly be worried about my kids scratching it, I love it. It’s one of those “statement pieces” you could build an entire room around. The oversized wall art above the sofa, the metal pendant light and the vintage cafeteria table are other definite show-stoppers in this room. So cute!

I think I could get some homework done in this room, couldn’t you? Again, I love the oversized wall art and the vintage schoolhouse chairs remind me of my kindergarten class and Mrs. Mondee.

The miniature wingback chairs are simply adorable. I also like the framed synonym flash cards and the numbered coffee table (both which would be really great DIY projects to get the look for less).

The catalog also has some pretty awesome nurseries too! The floor to ceiling mirrors behind the cribs along with the chandeliers make a big statement. Though I’m sure once the babies were old enough, they would love getting fingerprints all over the mirrors! And yet again, I’m loving the framed vintage nursery rhymes. Genius.

First of all, that’s some chandelier, right?! This nursery looks like it came straight out of a storybook. The decorating tips I noticed from this room is how they made the crib the focal point of the room with layering the chandelier, crib and a huge mirror. They also brought more attention to the crib by flanking it with matching dressers.

Now this is one snazzy looking safari-themed nursery! It all works… the huge art, the netting, the trunk for the side tables, light curtains, the giant pendant light. I also noticed two decorating choices made here I wouldn’t ordinarily think about doing: the art lighting is only on the top pieces and they put a rug on a rug.

boy's bedroom

This room uses the same furniture as the nursery above but instead of a safari theme, they’ve transformed it into a little more grown up varsity theme. The two hanging pendants over the desk are a great alternative to an ordinary desk lamp. I also like the vintage flags in the shadowbox over the bed.

The layers of bedding makes you want to hop right in. Again with the wall art… they framed pages from a French storybook. I’ve seen book pages framed before but I particularly liked how they hung them so close together. It gives the illusion of one big art instillation.

Last but not least… if I was six, I would SO be asking for one of these tents for Christmas. And the sheepskin sleeping bag to match.

There’s more rooms to be gawked over onΒ their websiteΒ including ridiculously fabulous play rooms, nurseries, and bedrooms. The room gallery is full of decorating ideas not just for kid’s rooms, but for “big kid’s” rooms too, don’t you think?

Images courtesy of Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.Β 

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9 Comments

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    Christin
    November 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Restoration Hardware really has some nice stuff! But it’s SO expensive. I think you could definitely take ideas from these rooms and get stuff at Ikea and repurpose stuff you already have to make them work though. Love the tents! And I really just love the idea of having a space available for kids to be kids in. All of their toys and crafts stuff is organized and available to them. I just would never use white carpet or white upholstered furniture! Sure you can wash them, but do I really want to have to take the white slip cover off yet AGAIN because there is marker on it? Not so much. πŸ™‚

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      Ashley
      November 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

      For sure! Repurposing things (and some DIYing) could definitely be done to capture the look of some of these rooms. And yeah, I think the white carpet would definitely have to be switched out for something more durable! haha

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    Erin Mac
    November 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

    WOW! These rooms are incredible! You’re right, there’s a lot of inspiration in these rooms. I love the framed book pages idea and I’m going to do that in my guest room.

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    Paige
    November 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I wish I was six-years-old too! LOL I love the tents and the gray and pink room.

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    Stephanie
    November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    All the mini furniture is adorable! No kiddos either, but I really want that couch!

    Love the frames so close together too! Off to Ikea then!

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    Rebecca
    November 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I LOVE the tents; the nursery stuff is so impractical. I see fingerprints all over the mirror and my toddler banging on it for us to come save him from nap time. The frames that are low to the ground are getting pulled down faster than you can say, “Do we have insurance?” At least the leather chair will be easy to sponge off!

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    Colleen
    November 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    this stuff would be so much cuter if it had a color! no kids wants all that neutral around…believe me.

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      Leeann
      November 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

      I have to agree with this. I scrolled through all of the photos looking for at least a little bit of color. I was disappointed. They look like very high-quality furnishings, but none of these rooms tickle my fancy. To each his own!

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    November 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Amazing!

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