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Decorating Kid’s Rooms – Flashback Ideas

November 5, 2009

{Disclaimer: I’m apologizing ahead of time that the pics are annoying. I just didn’t feel like taking the time to figure out how to get perfect pictures of a book and get rid of the flash reflection. These get the point across and saved me time!}

I love finding inspiration for kid’s rooms in lots of different places. My two little ones share a room and 7 months after moving in, we’ve still done nothing in their room. I have paint for the walls and to paint their furniture and art for the walls, but we just haven’t actually done any of it.  I have a whole plan in my head, but I still constantly look for ideas I love – there’s just something so fun and whimsical about looking at how creative rooms for kids can be.

I overlooked an incredible resource, though. Amelia is actually the one found the book. I found her reading it on the floor one day and when I looked closer, I realized what it was – the Sunset  Ideas for Children’s Room & Play Yards…copyright 1980. We had it right there on our bookshelf. I have no idea where they got it, but I looked inside the cover and apparently my parents gave it to us for Christmas at some point in the past few years.


I always wanted a bed like this with a slide(does this remind anyone else of the old play areas that they used to have in The Children’s Place Stores?):

And I just love how not-so-seemingly-perfect all of the rooms are – they actually seem livable for a kid. Like this one that’s the image in the introduction of the book:

My mom totally painted a rainbow like this across our closet doors when my sister and I shared a room(and she painted the ceiling blue ceiling with clouds – I LOVED that room so much!):

I had a friend who had a raised area in her playroom like this and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world:

Check out this baby bed – the instructions are basically a hanging basket of plywood and rope(for real):

We definitely had these exact sheets at our house(and – HEY! – that’s the crib my babies have! It really is “timeless!”):

I really want to find some of these, but when I started googling, the only options I was finding were SO expensive:

I love this jungle gym(what’s the right word for them now?) and I’m totally saving this for when they get a bit bigger:

So many awesome variations on bunk beds – didn’t you always want bunk beds with a cool little nook like one of these?:

Did you have anything you loved in your bedroom as a kid? I’m loving this book as inspiration from things that we thought were so great when we were kids!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2009 4:33 pm

    I love the lofts and the slide/ramp. I wish I could do something like that with my daughters room. But we’re still finishing our house so that may not be their room when all is said and done and I don’t want to move something like that.

    I also wanted to let you know I have a giveaway on my blog. If it’s not the latest post click on the What am I? picture on one of the right sidebars.

  2. November 11, 2009 4:29 pm

    My brother had those sheets when he was a kid, too! Small world, I guess. Great ideas, too. I’ve been perusing some children’s room books myself!

  3. November 16, 2009 10:21 am

    What an awesome trip down memory lane! I totally rocked a giant rainbow like that in my room:)

  4. November 20, 2009 11:34 am

    we have that book too! it really is inspiring…wish we had a bit more space. been working on serge’s room, looking sweet, but pales in comparison to those! but hey, at least it’s got the homemade toch… if only i could get myself to finish the damn baby blanketrag rug ive been working on for a year… and curtains, and…you gotta post before and after pics! 🙂

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