Perhaps it’s the weather (and the fact that we’re spending more time indoors), but fall always brings the desire to decorate. There’s nothing simpler or more affordable than changing wall art. If you’re looking to refresh the kiddie spaces (bedrooms, nursery, play room or bath) read on for some wall inspiration.
Peel & Stick
When it comes to decorating, commitment can be tough! That’s why we love peel and stick decals, which give you the ability to refresh a room on a whim (or at least when Junior outgrows the “train phase” and replaces it with the “sports phase”). With easy-to-apply decals, you can rejuvenate a play room, bedroom, or kid’s bath in no time, getting a whole new look without a coat of paint.
Locally, we’ve spotted kits by Wall Candy Arts and Wee Gallery at Bellevue’s Merry Go Round. Seattle’s Tottini also carries Wall Candy Arts and a fun Small Paul kit. Wall Candy even offers a peel and stick chalk board…perfect for little ones who like to write on the wall! Fans of sports teams and movie characters may want to check out the online offerings at RoomMates, where you’ll find everything from the Huskies to Ariel. Be sure not to miss the seasonal items that make the holidays even more festive.
For a custom monogram with your child’s name, check out Seattle-based Wee Monograms. Choose from a hundreds of monogram designs ranging from whimsical to contemporary to create an easy-to-apply monogram (squeegee provided for application) for walls. The end result looks hand-painted and customizing is no problem. Love the design? You can use the monogram for stationery and other gift ideas.
Wall Art and Framing
Want to do something with those great photos you snapped this summer? You could trek around to the frame stores or just get it done during naptime from your laptop. Upload your favorite pic straight to Seattle-based Hi There Press and get a gorgeous framed canvas in a variety of sizes and styles (fun fact – the design styles are named after Seattle neighborhoods). The husband and wife team behind Hi There Press makes the process so easy that, as the owner says, “even my Dad can do it”. PS: You can make other “gifts” such as photo mugs, water bottles, and holiday cards.
Whether the Little One’s interests range from animals to vintage planes to fairies, Redmond’s Roxane Murphy Smith has a piece of artwork to fit the bill. The artist behind the gorgeous Murphy Smith Designs wall art we’ve seen at Bellevue’s Go To Your Room has been painting children’s art for over twenty years (since her own children were young) and can be commissioned for custom mural work. Mural work is generally billed at $60/hour; the artist will give an estimate based on your project.
Red Tricycle SweetDeals
Wee Monogram: Enter REDTRI in the special comments section at checkout for $10.00 off through Nov.15, 2010.
Hi There Press: Enter code HI40WMJP upon check out for 40% off now through 10/31/2010.
-Angie J. Ballas