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Sophisticated Spaces for Teens & Tweens

Teens and tweens have a new option when decorating their spaces.  Restoration Hardware launched the RH Teen site this week and it's full of furniture, bedding and accessories that will transform a child's room into the coolest teen hangout on the block. rh 4

Metallics and monograms make spaces personal.  There's no formula, you can pick and choose what you like from each collection to make a space your own.rh teen 3 rh teen 2 rh teen Girls don't get all of the fun.  The pieces for guys are smart and stylish.  All themes are covered from sports to music.rhbc_cat515025

Like with the girls, the guys can pick different details they like and create their favorite space.rhbc_cat515031 Smart designs save space and give a cool rustic feel.rhbc_cat515032What do you think of the new RH Teen collection?  Do you let your teens and tweens decorate their own rooms?

 

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5 Cool Family Command Centers

I am not one to make New Year's resolutions but I try to make a few small changes at the beginning of each year. In 2015 I want to be more organized and purge things that we don't need. Last year we added a Mud Room to our house and that was life changing for our family! It is nice to have one space that the kids can dump (because that is what they do) their backpacks, coats, boots and shoes that is not seen by people. It is not a huge space but it well for our family.

 

The one thing I wanted in a Mud Room was a command center. I never got around to creating it last year.  I have been on a hunt for inspiration to create a command center that will work for our family and they small space that we have for it. We already have a lot planned for 2015. A big calendar for the month's activities is a must for us to stay organized. I would also like a place to keep invitations and important information for the kids.

The size of the space you have to work with and your families needs  are very important when creating a family command center.  We love that One Creative Housewife used was the wall right before you walk out  into the garage for her Command Center.

If a family command center is out in the open for all to see, like the one created by The Caldwell Project, the key is to make sure that it is integrated with the rest of your house and it is both functional and appealing.

Better Homes and Gardens shows us that a small space can make the perfect place for a command center. Size doesn't always matter especially if you want to stay organized.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Having a command center located in the kitchen makes sense since everyone spends a lot of time in that space.

The Giant Command center that Beneath My Heart created not only looks cool but it  works well for a larger family. It is also a very inexpensive way to design a command center.

 

How do you keep your family organized? Do you have a family command center? Share it with us on facebook.

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Nursery Inspiration: Little Rock Star

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Nursery Inspiration: Little Rock Star

I admit it.  I never believed the stories that there isn't as much for baby boys out there as there is for baby girls.  Maybe other people just weren't as good of shoppers as I am?  Maybe they didn't know of Etsy and Pinterest?  And then I found out we were expecting a boy.  And I tried to put a nursery together and all I found were jungle animals until I came across this personalized wall art at The Land of Nod and my nursery inspiration was born.

Based on the colors of the vintage band poster, we picked Serena & Lily bedding and the paint color for the room.  My mom's former student teacher does custom paintings and created a set of four 12" x 12" classic British band canvases.  Super sized letters from Pottery Barn Kids will give the room a personalized touch.  Cherry nursery furniture and a white upholstered rocker/glider are being recycled from the girls' nurseries.  Add in a few kid size instruments as accessories like an acoustic guitar and bongos along with galvanized star and the room is really taking on its own personality.  Lastly, I found an Orb chandelier that really makes an impact and the room is complete.

 

Here's a little spoiler alert for you, the name is not Leo.  I can't wait to show you how the room came together, as soon as it is put together in our new house!  Stay tuned!

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Pottery Barn Teen Giveaway!

The Little Style File has been fans of the Pottery Barn brands since...forever!  From nurseries to master bedrooms, you can find Pottery Barn all over our homes.  Now that the kids are getting older, we've found ourselves venturing over into PB Teen.  Tweens and teens will love the fun bedding, furniture and accessories that PB Teen has to offer.  If you're in the Chicago area, you're in luck!  PB Teen just opened it's second Chicago area store in Oak Brook! “We’re excited to introduce PBteen at Oakbrook Center and complete our family of Pottery Barn brands in this community,” said Sandra Stangl, President, Pottery Barn Brands. “This is our second combined Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen location in the greater Chicago area, and we are thrilled to bring PBteen’s unique, personal store experience to our loyal customers just in time for holiday shopping.”

We're excited, too!  Shopping online is always great, but sometimes you need to see and touch bedding and furniture in person to make your final decision.  Here are some of the things we're loving at PB Teen.

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To celebrate the new Chicago area PB Teen location, we're having a giveaway!  One lucky reader will win the Vintage White Collage Frame ($99 value) that would look wonderful in a nursery, child's room, teen's room or even living room!

Enter in Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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Little Spaces: Chic Parisian Nursery

I really wanted to create a room for my daughter Milla that was ultra feminine and girly while being chic at the same time.  Since my husband proposed to me years ago on top of the Eiffel Tower, a Paris nursery is special to our family!  I wanted Milla’s nursery to remind us of all our Parisian memories and transport us back to France.  I think with little girls’ rooms it is so easy to go overboard with frills and pink.  I wanted to make sure that I stayed with simple lines and used mainly white and warm grays to keep the nursery sophisticated.  As it is a children’s room I didn’t want the décor of the space to fight with all the bright colors of the books and toys that will eventually fill the whole room.

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The gray Stokke Sleepi crib is a hand me down from my son and was such a great investment.  I went with the soft gray color since is such a great neutral shade and really works well with so many decors.  The Andalusia rug from West Elm ties the room together really well and hides the carpet that we inherited that I’m not crazy about.  Luckily I painted the room a pretty taupe-gray when we moved into the house (the room used to be a guest room) and is perfect for the nursery.  My amazing friend made Milla a personalized print to go with the room and I painted little watercolor paintings of the Eiffel Tower and some British icons to match.

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I wanted to make sure that the room would grow with her into her teenage years and not be too childish.  I love that the room is so soft and calming and really the perfect space for a girl to be a girl.  Milla’s nursery is definitely my favorite room in our house!

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Get the look:

Top Row

Serena and Lily White Moroccan Leather Pouf || Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Dresser & Changing Table Topper || Etsy Shop WallOR Eiffel Tower Wall Stickers || Famille Summerbelle Paris Map Print Silver

Bottom Row

RH Baby & Child Noelle Floor Lamp || RH Baby & Child Ruffle Shade Lilac || West Elm Andalusia Dhurrie || Stokke Sleepi Crib

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