Because we can't say enough about our new favorite design read—Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want, by lifestyle expert Anne Sage—we decided to turn to it for advice on decking out a kids' space. Ah, the conundrum. How to decorate with beauty and intention in an environment primarily designed to appeal to the same minds captivated by colorful plastic toys and addicted to cartoons? Luckily, it's not an all-or-nothing proposition. As Sage writes, "A troublesome interior acquires infinite potential when viewed with the wonder and curiosity of the young." Just look at these images here for proof.
Here are some of our favorite tips from the book:
"When it comes to kids' spaces, interesting and engaging doesn't have to equal loud. The same classic patterns that appeal to you as an adult—a tonal polka dot, a subtle stripe—add a layer of fun and visual interest without feeling garish."
"Use decor to reinforce learning. Hang maps or historical photos in preparation for upcoming family trips; go on a scavenger hunt for tiny treasures of all one color and mount them in a shadow box; nurture succulent clippings and watch them grow."
"Look to the schoolroom for decor inspiration. Faded primary colors, retro alphabet artwork, and classic picture book characters feel lighthearted and playful yet tasteful too—and they mesh nicely with a home that has a found vintage sensibility throughout."
And now let us all gaze at the image above for an example of design ingenuity in action. An old picnic table becomes an evocative display piece—with its bench serving as kiddie work surface at exactly the right height. Thanks again, Anne Sage, for giving this busy mama some weekend redecorating inspiration.