Wit + Whimsy: Art for Kids’ Rooms

October 16, 2013

Happy Wednesday to you! We’re plugging away at our home renos over here and between our busy schedules, Brad and I have wished more than once that we could hire a contractor to keep the momentum going for us. Alas,  it’s all on us this time ’round and the snowball effect continues. As many of you can relate, it’s tough to finish one room at a time and every room in the house is a wee bit topsy turvy right now, something I’ll just have to let go of for the next couple of months. Gabe’s room is sooo close to being done though and I promise to share some pics next week. His old room is empty and ready for a fresh coat of paint before Lilah moves in and I’m really excited to get some fresh art up on the walls.

Rise Art recently asked me to take part in their Blogger of the Moment series and it was pretty fun being interviewed about my artistic taste. As you know, I’m a big fan of gallery walls and bits of wit + whimsy thrown in for good measure, especially in family homes and kids spaces. It was tough to narrow down to just one, but I absolutely fell in love with this ”Art from the Menagerie” print by Kareena Zerefos up on the Rise Art website…

Birch + Bird: Rise Art Interview. Art from the Menagerie by Kareena Zerefos.“Art from the Menagerie” by Kareena Zerefos, available at Rise Art

Both of my girls are super creative. Sadie is more hands-on in her approach to art and creates a frenzy of paintings, sketches and journal entries everyday whereas Lilah is much more into imaginary play, a performer by all accounts. They are both beyond excited to finally have their own bedrooms and it’s pretty fun watching their personal styles evolve. Sadie has been set on incorporating the Eiffel Tower, gold polka dots and anything French since day 1 (she’s already set her sights on moving to Paris one day!) while Lilah’s tastes range from Rainbow-Sparkle-Unicorn themes (all together, of course!) to her current What-Does-the-Fox-Say obsession. So we’ll just have to see how her room comes together ;) Here are some great prints and easy framing ideas (love the chalkboard “frames” below!) that I’ve got my eye on for both of my girls’ spaces…

Birch + Bird: Kids Stuff WorldKids Stuff World

Birch + Bird: TrendenserTrendenser

Birch + Bird: Longfellow DesignsLongfellow Designs

Birch + Bird: Planete DecoPlanete Deco

Birch + Bird: Pottery Barn (prints currently not available)Pottery Barn (prints currently not available)

Birch + Bird: Keep Calm GalleryKeep Calm Gallery

Even though those adorable Pottery Barn posters are discontinued, I bet they’d be a pretty do-able DIY and I’ve been obsessed with this La Lune print forever…I really should put it on my Christmas list one of these years! Anyway, kids rooms are the perfect place to play with colour and art and I’m all for letting my kiddos have a big say when it comes to decorating their rooms…within reason, of course :)

8 comments

1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 10.16.13 at 1:33 am }

Can’t wait to see how Gabe’s room turns out!

Great post on kid’s art; I love the whimsical feel of children’s prints and have a few dotted around my home to try and keep me young at heart, too! :)
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2 Alecia { 10.16.13 at 8:47 am }

i have always loved that picture of taping frames around your prints – such a good idea. I can’t wait to see how their rooms turn out. I am currently doing the same thing with my home and updating my art – it really is a personal and kind of long process. I don’t want to just pick anything and want a mixture of photography, graphic, and painting to create more visual interest on my walls.
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3 Birch + Bird { 10.16.13 at 9:42 am }

Thanks Will! I can’t imagine you as being anything but young at heart :)

4 Birch + Bird { 10.16.13 at 9:43 am }

It’s definitely a personal process, Alecia…or at least it should be! There’s no reason to surround ourselves with art that doesn’t strike a chord with us :)

5 JuleneTheGypsy { 10.16.13 at 10:57 am }

These are quite possibly the most beautiful and inspiring little girls rooms I’ve ever seen. Bookmarking for inspiration. Phenomenal job!

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6 Birch + Bird { 10.16.13 at 12:00 pm }

Thanks Julene!

7 Rachel { 11.05.13 at 2:24 am }

WOW! That is crazy! I too have a Lilah, she is almost 4 and is obsessed in imaginary play, her ballet class, is dreaming of a rainbow-sparkle-unicorn party for her birthday and has to have 3 rounds of what-does-the-fox-say every night before bed (one for singing, one for practicing her choreography, and one snuggled up on daddy’s lap to enjoy before snuggling in)! CRAZY! Thank you for your blog, I have just stumbled upon it and am in love :)

8 Birch + Bird { 11.05.13 at 10:35 pm }

What a coincidence, Rachel! Too funny :) We have plenty of choreographed routines happening over here too! Happy you stumbled here :)

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