the invitation takes center stage ::

when a special little girl was selecting a theme for her birthday party, she waved off the usual children’s party spots in town and opted for a runway themed bash.  the idea trickled onto her party invitations … a bit of glitter and leopard print paired with her favorite color – peacock blue!

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with the handmade invitations in mind, planning the party decor was a breeze.  when i considered what to do in the center of the table, it only made sense to let the invitation take center stage!

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and no party is complete without a little take home treat!

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do you need help bringing style to your upcoming event?  contact me for info about designing your next party so it’s one your guests will remember!

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another first for nicole odette designs ::

i’ve always loved “firsts” in my design work …. so when i was recently asked to design the children’s waiting area for a pediatric dentist, i jumped at the chance!  my task?  create a “tree house” environment in a dental office that already has a safari theme with zebras, giraffes, and elephants adorning the walls.  the surfaces must of course be safe and kid-friendly, and allow the children who enter to feel like they’ve momentarily escaped to a secluded place in the trees …. right before the dental assistant calls their names!

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the design plan?  use corrugated metal panels on the bottom half of the walls, with framed “windows” on each of the three walls.  the main “window” will have a painted mural of a various jungle animals in the trees, while the others will frame t.v. sets on which the kids can play their favorite video games.  cedar siding will be used around each window with a canvas tarp suspended from the ceiling to create the tree house canopy.  the trendy and functional wood-look ceramic tile planks will cover the floor and outdoor lighting will be used on each wall.

what could be better than a tree house getaway to take a child’s mind off the often not-so-favorite activity of visiting the dentist?  check back soon for before & after photos of the kids’ waiting room!

 

how to design with kids in mind ::

if you walk through any big name home decor store, you may get the impression that the way to design a space perfect for any kiddo or teen is to follow two rules … pick a theme {butterflies, sports, ballerinas, pirates} and select matching furnishings {a bed that matches the dresser that matches the nightstands … you get the idea}.  well, let me take a minute to bust through those “rules” by offering a few design ideas.  first decide how your child, tween, or teen will use the space – do they need a place to study, a space to “hangout” with friends, or a good organizational system?  then select items already in their room or from around the house that can be used in the space.  what pieces can be kept, reused, or repurposed?  next, make your shopping list … what is needed in the room?  perhaps a new nightstand, art, or storage?

that’s exactly the thought process i used when creating the most recent design board for an 11 year old boy who had some very specific requests … he wanted the walls to be a dark gray {we needed to find the right shade to work with the existing dresser and shelving unit that had already been repainted}, he asked that his favorite sports teams be represented {though I promised his mom we wouldn’t do a “theme” room}, and there were certain items that were going to be used {the headboard from mom and dad’s room, a desk from his older brother, and the red locker storage bins already in use in his room}.  my goal was to bring in color besides the ones found in his favorite sports logos, and to give his room an eclectic, collected feel that would grow with him over the upcoming years.  the result?

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and while this is merely a start that we’ll use to adjust and build upon to find the perfect style for this design savvy tween, it’s good to have direction when beginning any design project!  so the next time your child asks for an updated room, throw the “rules” out the window and design with kids in mind!