One Good Thing: Modern and Playful Nursery and Kids Bedding

 

One Good Thing is an ongoing series here on the Mix & Match Blog where I share quick decorating tips and round up my favorite products surrounding, yep, one good thing! Read more of these posts here.

It seems like just a few years ago that the babies and kids industries was seriously lacking when it came to cute, modern options for bedding and decor, but now there are TONS of great ones out there. I've designed a couple of kids' rooms recently and was astounded by how many choices I had for linens and bedding that were definitely baby/kid friendly, but were also stylish and visually appealing. (Parents rejoice!) 

Since I was already spending time finding great linens for these two rooms, I thought, some of you are probably on the hunt for some too...so why don't I round up a bunch of good ones and share them in the One Good Thing series?

Below you'll find two clickable images - one for baby bedding (crib sheets) and one for kids bedding (sheets, quilts and duvet covers). You can shop them by clicking on a particular item in the image itself or on the link below the image.*

Now, will someone please let me design their nursery or child's bedroom? I'd love to use more of these products in real life, ha! 

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As I was sourcing these bed linens for this post, I found that there were great options in all price ranges, which isn't always the case for well-designed products. The ones I rounded up are a mix of low, medium and high - lots of variety for a variety of budgets!

And finally, if you're curious about my favorite sources generally for a fantastic selection of modern nursery and kids linens, here they are: Target, Land of Nod, Serena and Lily and Etsy. Of course, there's nothing out there that says you can't use "adult" bedding in a kids' room, but these sites have wonderful sections devoted to the younger set. What's your favorite place to shop for nurseries and kids rooms?

Happy weekend and happy shopping, friends!

*Note: some or all of the links are affiliate links, which means that I may make a small commission off of your purchase (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Mix & Match Design Company in this way!

 

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One Good Thing: Hang 'Em High & Hang 'Em Wide

 

One of my favorite ways to make a room feel finished and cozy is to add a window treatment - be it curtains, roman shades or blinds, or a combination of those. I find people are often hesitant to add window treatments though not because they don't want them in their space, but because they just don't know how or where to hang them. For today's One Good Thing, I want to take a little bit of the mystery out of hanging curtains - I promise you can do it!

My favorite trick (as you read in the title!) is to hang 'em high and wide. Just doing that one thing will make your windows and room look bigger, and gives your room a little bit more of a polished feel. If possible, hang them at least 4" above your window frame and 4-6" beyond the frame on each side.

To help you remember this trick - and to show you what a difference it makes - I made nice little diagram you can pin for later if you want:

Don't crowd your windows, folks!

There are a couple of other things to think about when it comes to hanging curtains as well:

  • Length: My preference is to have the curtains hang just barely off the floor or just barely touch the floor. Make sure you buy the correct length by measuring down from where the rod will hang or if you're using drapery rings, measure from the clips! 
  • Rod: 99% of the time I go for brass, nickel or black curtain rods with a simple, squared off finial
  • Material: You can't go wrong with linen or cotton. They'll hang nicely and won't have any sort of sheen to them, which can make them look dated.
  • Color: When in doubt, go with white. :) They work really well in most rooms! If you're looking for color, I typically recommend a solid and add pattern elsewhere in the room through pillows, rugs and other textiles. There are no hard and fast rules though, here - if you're feeling wild, go for that pattern!
  • Double up: If you're hanging curtains around an extra wide window, try putting two panels on each side. Though it's an added expense, the added fullness will make your windows look even better.

Feeling ready to add some curtains to your home now? Go forth and do it!

Psst: If you like the curtains in my diagram above, you can find them here (affiliate link) in several colors. And, good news, they're super reasonably priced!

 

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One Good Thing: Using Mirrors in Your Home

 

It's time for another installment of "One Good Thing!" If you missed the intro to this new series where I talked about mixing throw pillows, head on over here. This time, we're talking mirrors, which are one of the most versatile pieces of decor in my book. They're useful for lots of things, including:

  • Brightening a space by bouncing light (natural or artificial)
  • Making a room feel larger
  • Providing a focal point (much like a piece of art can)
  • Adding style and drama

And of course they're practical too for, you know, times when you need to make sure there's nothing in your teeth (am I right?).

I'm a firm believer that you can put a mirror in just about any room in your home. There are a lot of natural places for them like above a dresser in your bedroom or in an entryway, but you can also put one above a fireplace or on a wall above a sofa or bed. They don't always have to be functional - they can be purely decorative too. 

Since photos are the best way to demonstrate what I'm talking about, I rounded up a bunch of examples of spaces that use mirrors beautifully. Let's take a look!

Placing a mirror above a console in an entryway is practical and it adds some serious style. I love the unexpected octagonal shape in the photo below - it complements the rectangles found in the table and front door.

This one above the fireplace is a great scale and adds loads of interesting character to the space.

This starburst mirror is purely decorative, and what a fun piece of decor it is!

Sometimes a simple, rectangular mirror is just what you need. This one acts like a window in the room, bounces light and make it feel larger than it is.

I love this leaning floor mirror. It's super functional and makes a major statement in this eclectic bedroom.

Putting a mirror above a nightstand or vanity next to the bed is smart because it both bounces light and gives you a place to sit and put on makeup, fix your hair and do whatever you gotta do!

I couldn't leave these fun bathroom mirrors out - that Moroccan shape is so fun and unexpected.

And lastly, this entryway space is one of my all time favorites. The oversized mirror above a bench makes a statement in the best kind of way.

Now that you've seen some examples, here are a few things to think about when you're deciding on a mirror for a particular space:

SIZE: Think about the mirror's size in proportion to other items around it. Is it the star or is it playing a supporting role to other pieces (e.g. a part of a gallery wall). If a mirror is the only thing on a wall, a good rule of thumb is that bigger is usually better.

FRAME: The possibilities are endless when it comes to frame options! I tend to opt for simple, thin frames in a metallic finish, but there is no shortage of frameless, ornate or decorative options. Combining a simple mirror with a more detailed piece of furniture (or vice versa) is a good way to make sure pieces balance each other out.

FINISH: If you're into metallics, gold and brass are very "in" right now, but silver is classic and won't ever go out of style. Wood, stained or natural, is a great option too, but I would shy away from anything labeled "espresso finish" because it tends to look cheap. When it comes to color, you can't go wrong with black (does that count as a color?) and in certain spaces like a powder room, a bright color can work well. Try painting a thrift store mirror if you'd like to try that look!

Lastly, I'll end today's post with a round-up of my current favorite mirrors from around the web* to give you a head start on your search if you're on the hunt. There are a variety of styles, sizes and finishes - a little something for everyone!

using mirrors in your home

mick natural round wall mirror // art deco wall mirror // black leaning mirror //ponti wall mirror // starburst mirror // parsons floor mirror - wood // vertical oval fynn captain's mirror // violet wall mirror // round brass mirror

 

*Note: some or all of the links are affiliate links, which means that I may make a small commission off of your purchase (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Mix & Match Design Company in this way!

 

 

 

 

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