Our friends Esther and Dan had a problem: because they live in LA (and should live in Toronto with us) and regularly have visitors from friends and family from New York (where they met and lived for 10 years) and Toronto (where Esther is from)…
…their daughter Coco’s room had to accommodate a guest bed as well as be her den of zen. But not look yuck. Standards are very high here, people.
So half of the room was already in progress, but the other half was not particularly inviting… BFD was asked to give them some recos on where to start/what to buy in order to transform this California don’t into a California dream (see what I did there, womp womp).
First and foremost, everything that we recommended was available online. Added plus of being able to by American stuff, so the possibilities were infinite. I heart Land of Nod, where some of the above came from. It is part of the Crate and Barrel family, and will ship to Canada if you email them… But the stuff. It’s so cool we’re like whatever, I guess you could put that in a kids room… (except like not put it in a kids room and rock the sh*t out of it ourselves)
Anyway, without further ado…
Ladies and gentlemen the product list:
1. Promenade Duvet Cover by Cassia Beck | Society6
2. Aqua with White Piping Anywhere Chair | Pottery Barn Kids
3. Kids Wall Hooks: Round Wall Knobs | The Land of Nod
4. Sorbet V Wall Clock by Galaxy Eyes | Society6
5. Storm The Castle Print: A film by 17thandOak on Etsy
6. LIMITED Butter Tart and Vinegar Art Prints by Cindy Scaife *used to be on sale at AtomicToybot.com which is now closed. But her site is here and you can email her to buy one. They are approx $40 each.
7. The Diagram of Dogs by Pop Chart Lab is available at Telegramme.ca
8. The Princess Bride Inspired Minimalist Movie by BigTimePosters is sadly no longer available on Etsy.com, but this is their store with other stuff
10. Steven Alan Arrowhead Cotton Kilim Rug – Sun Yellow | west elm
11. Kids Storage: Wire Wall Storage Bins | The Land of Nod
12. LumiSource Grammy Floor Lamp | Wayfair
13. IKEA PS 2014 Hat and coat stand birch, white – IKEA
And below is what we ended up with!
Moral(s) of the story:
Art is always an affordable way to jazz up any room, and there is so much good stuff available online it’s a SIN to buy your art from a big box store. Buy an old magazine cover for $5 from ebay. Go to Etsy. Support a local art school. NO EXCUSE. NONE.
Displaying collections is another easy fix for empty wall space and missing storage. When at a loss, make a shelf! Or a nook! Or a hook!
Don’t get stuck in a boys are blue, girls are pink rut. Cause they’re not. Neither are we.
Most of all, make sure nobody ever actually lives in this room to keep it at maximum cleanliness levels for photo opportunities.