by Debra Norton of Vintage Paper Parade
I remember the days when I was pregnant with my children and the excitement of creating a warm, welcoming nursery. It was so much fun to plan and shop for their spaces. I loved pouring over the pages of Martha Stewart Baby (how I miss that magazine!) for decorating ideas.
My children are a little older now (ages 7 & 9) and we have updated their rooms to suit their stage in life.
Their rooms aren’t small they’re cozy. Filled not only with objects they love, but also with treasures created for them by the people who love them.
I love to use vintage pieces as well as a bit of modern to keep it fresh. My daughter’s room is furnished with a mix of vintage, handmade and Ikea. However, what makes it special are the personal items: the dollhouse made by Grandpa and the treasured Josef Original figurines collected by my daughter and my Mom on trips to antique markets.
In my son’s room we have used mostly vintage furniture. It is a cozy 73 square feet. The dresser was made by my grandfather and used by my mother as a child. The spindle bed was a gift from a friend (his childhood bed) that we painted a cheerful red. The desk is a find from a favorite thrift shop near a cottage we spent time at for many summers when the kids were small. The handmade reproductions of vintage airplanes that hang from the ceiling are extra special … they were made by Grandpa.
I don’t see a child’s bedroom just as a space to sleep but a place to dream, play, create, laugh and cry.
Debra Norton designs stationery and paper goods for her business Vintage Paper Parade. She loves hunting for vintage treasures, sharing her love of handmade and producing and styling events to share via her blog.