Designing for Kids

Love it or Leave it | One Pattern Everywhere?

  |  in Bathroom, bedroom, Ceiling, draperies, fabric, furniture, kids, Love it or Leave It, orange, Traditional, upholstery, Vintage, Wall Covering, walls, window1 Comments

Some argue that using one pattern on multiple surfaces in a room creates an optical illusion of spaciousness. But I want to know, would you Love it or Leave it? Do you have a tiny room? Would you try this to create spaciousness?

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What are your thoughts: Love it or Leave it?

Check out other Love or Leave it Ideas and Posts

Ceilings Need Love Too| Tips for the Least Decorated Surface

  |  in Bathroom, bedroom, Ceiling, color, creative, Dining, Dramatic, paint, pink, purple, turquoise, Wall Covering, wallsNo Comments

I’ve said it before: ceilings are the most neglected surfaces in any room and in the realm of Interior Design and Decorating. Think about it – have you ever painted a ceiling? If so, did you paint it anything other than white? Hove you ever even thought about your ceilings from a decorative aspect? You should – and I’m going to help you! There are several benefits to treating your ceiling in part of your interior design plan. If you’ve got a shorter room or low ceilings, adding ceiling interest can draw the eye up and make the room feel taller. (Find an example in this post: Designer Tips: Using Bold Wall Color). Conversely, if you’ve got a very high ceiling, a darker paint or more dramatic treatment can help to bring the ceiling down and add a cozier feeling to the space. And simply by adding interest to your ceilings,  you just add something special and unique to your rooms and your home.

Painted ceilings

I’ve blogged before about the most simple ceiling treatment: a coat of paint that is anything but white: Painted Ceilings

Here are some additional inspiring paint options.

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Papered Ceilings

Wallpaper and metal leafing are great options for adding interest and texture to ceilings.

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Special Treatments

Whether with paint, paper, other materials, or a combination, here’s where we get really creative with ceilings. I’m so inspired!

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And, my personal favorite of this particular collection, with both coffers and a special design treatment:

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If you’d like to see even more of these great ceilings, or to get additional information on those ceilings featured here, check out my Pinterest board appropriately titled Ceilings Need Love Too.

If you’d like advice on where to start with your own ceiling project, read these previous posts with Interior Design Tips: To Paint or Not to Paint… The Ceiling. Before & After: Choosing Wall Color, Designer Tips: Using Bold Wall Color.

And if you do add some interest to your own ceiling, please do share it with us! You can email me directly, share here, or share on Facebook!

Happy Colors | Pink

  |  in bath, bedroom, color, contemporary, Designers, Dramatic, draperies, furniture, Happy Colors, holiday, kitchen, paint, pillows, pink, Tips, Wall Covering, walls, windowNo Comments

Yes, we are still having fun with Happy Colors here at Beautiful Habitat! The Facebook survey revealed the mother of happy colors – pink. Yes, pink was voted most often as the color that just makes you feel happy. This post features several beautifully designed  and decorated pink spaces to inspire you to incorporate your happy color into your interiors and your everyday!

That’s a whole lotta pink…

Here is a fine collection of spaces that go all out with pink – walls, floors, furniture and more. Do you find your inspiration here?

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Hotel Inspired Bedroom Design in Denver ColoradoAnd how about Pink Hotel Rooms? This one is the May Fair Hotel in London.

Custom Kitchen Design Boulder ColoradoPink Kitchen! Could you do it? via Kitchen Clarity

Bathroom Design in Boulder ColoradoI can hardly feature a pink kitchen without a pink bath. This is a modern update from the pink bathrooms of the early 1990′s. Mauve toilets are not a good way to do pink bathrooms… ever.  via Grant K Gibson Interior Design

Luxe Bedroom Design Denver ColoradoI vote Designer Betsey Johnson as the queen of pink. Check out her home!

A little less pink, please

These well-decorated spaces have incorporated a little less pink, but still pack in the glamor and fun that pink provides.

Interior Decorator Denver ColoradoIf you’ve visited the Beautiful Habitat blog before, you know that I have a love of painted and papered ceilings. This room is certainly unique with pink ceiling and moldings to accompany white walls. Quite an interior design statement! via Apartment Therapy

Interior Decorator Boulder ColoradoHere is a great example of punching up a neautral room with color. Adding just a pink rug and pink pouf to an all-white bedroom makes an interesting and fun design. via Ohdeedoh

Interior Decorating Boulder ColoradoFollowing the white and pink room is a similar concept of adding pink to gray. This is a beautiful and feminine bedroom design! via Country Living

Outdoor Decorating Boulder ColoradoWhy confine your happiness to the indoors? Take your decor, and pink, to the great outdoors. via House Beautiful

Interior Decorating Denver ColoradoIf you’re not ready to commit to pink, or it doesn’t work with other selections that you’ve made for your home, you can always get a shot of happiness from some fresh pink flowers.

Let’s go all the way!

Holiday Decorating Denver ColoradoIf you truly love pink and want to go well outside of the box, how about a pink Christmas? This room, via Toby Fairly, is not just a pink holiday, but on top of a very bold interior decorating plan of pink, pink, pink.

For more on the Happy Color Series, read on:

Is your happy color missing? Drop me a line about the color you turn to to brighten your day, wardrobe or interiors, and I’ll be happy to include it!

Decorating a Nursery To Grow With Baby {Guest Post}

  |  in Accessories, art, bedroom, color, family-friendly, furniture, Guest Post, kids, walls2 Comments

Having a baby is an exciting time, and what is more fun than decorating the nursery for your upcoming addition? If you have a tight budget and don’t want to re-decorate the whole room again in a year or so, it’s a good idea to decorate the room in a way that will grow with the new baby.

Neutral Walls Are Easily Accessorized With Color

Select a neutral wall color that will go with most themes that toddlers and children like. This gives you the option of changing the decorations in the room as often as the little ones taste changes. You may want to consider an accent wall because it is easy to change colors on just one wall.  Neutral shades with greens, blues, and browns can be accessorized with lots of other colors and still look darling.Wall art and stickers are also a great option and come in a wide variety of shapes, designs, and colors that don’t damage the paint.  Your room can look like a custom mural was painted for your little one, and it comes right off when you are ready to change the theme of the room.


This is where it makes the most sense to make the theme of your little one’s room come alive.  There are so many ways to accessorize a nursery.  You can use bedding, wall art, curtains, rugs, pillows, and fixtures to make the room come together.  And the nice part about accessories is they can be replaced easily later on without doing any major work to the room.

Furniture and Crib

Selecting furniture for a nursery can be a lot of fun.  But the best thing to remember is to buy pieces that will last for longer than just a year or two.  There are a variety of furniture options to meet your needs, whether you have a small or large room. Investing in a crib that turns to a toddler bed later is just one of many options.  A changing table and a dresser are also important pieces to consider.  You will want a place to change the baby several times a day, and plenty of places to put Baby’s clothes.  If you are limited with space, consider purchasing a changing pad for the top of the dresser and using that as the changing area until your little one is no longer in diapers. Something like the Sorelle Tuscany & More 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Set pictured here is all you will need for furniture in the nursery and the crib converts to a big-kid-bed later. The attached changing table with storage space can also be used separately when it is no longer attached to the crib.


The most important element in a nursery is plenty of places to put all the things that the baby needs. You will want some good storage to place diapers, wipes, blankets, lotions, and medications that a baby needs the first year or so, but then can either be removed from the room, or used for toys and books when they are bigger. A simple bookcase like the Nantucket 2-shelf Bookcase from Target could be made into a good storage solution for baby items with some added colorful bins, and then used later to hold your child’s toys and books.

Enjoy the experience of decorating your child’s nursery, and select items that have a purpose and will last for several years.

This post was written by guest author Brandon Cross who frequently blogs about home security and other home-related topics at