Five Lamps Your Kids Will Light Up Over

Task lighting is meant to serve a purpose in your room, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We think every child should have a fun lamp in their bedroom that will help them do homework, read, solve Sudoku puzzles or just daydream. Take a look at these five lamps that will not only shine in your child’s room, but will grow with them from toddler to teen and beyond.


Bulldog Lamp
This serious little bulldog makes for a playful and sophisticated lamp. The white-on-white style is classic, and will go with any color palette. At 21” high, it’s great for a desk or nightstand, and the 13” white shade is modern classic.


Blue Stripe Lamp
A simple stripe is chic and striking, and this lamp does it well in blue. The 25.5? height is perfect for a nightstand or desk, and the 10” white and turquoise shade works well for a boy or girl.


kids tripod lamp
Give an architectural touch to your child’s room when you add this 25″ Wood Tri-pod Table Lamp. Its golden wood finish and 13″ white drum shade have a Midcentury Modern feel.


lavendar kids lamp
The color experts at Pantone chose Radiant Orchid for its 2014 Color of the Year. Bring the striking but subtle tone into your child’s room with this 24″ Brushed Metal Table Lamp. The 9″ fabric lampshade is pleated for an element of soft sophistication.


kids blue chrome lamp
Finally, add task lighting to a desk or nightstand with the eye-catching lines of this 18.5″ Curved Table Lamp. Both the base and the 8” domed lampshade are in rich navy, which provides a contemporary contrast to its chrome, curved stem.

Picking a Theme For Your Child’s Bedroom


Kids and teens change their minds … a lot. So, the thought of committing to a distinct décor can be a little daunting. The easiest way to decorate your child’s room is to go with what they know, using their favorite hobbies or interests to create a look they’ll love. Here are five themes to consider:


Good Sport

A Good Sport

Athletics play a big part in a child’s life, so use that to your home court advantage when decorating his or her room. Make a large area rug out of green outdoor carpet, which will mimic the playing surface for a variety of sports like tennis, golf, football, and soccer. Frame vintage sports memorabilia, turn old jerseys and cheerleading sweaters into quilts or throws, and fashion curtain rods from hockey sticks, baseball bats or fishing poles.


Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales Do Come True

Turn your little princess’s bedroom into her own palace by choosing furnishings and accessories with feminine flair. A canopy bed, floral bedding and willowy curtains will help set the tone. Then add accessories with delicate details, such as ribbons, bows and roses. A princess-inspired room doesn’t have to be pink; Tiffany Blue, Kiwi Green or Butter Yellow will also make the room feel dreamy.


Scientific Method

Scientific Method

For the child who loves Bill Nye the Science Guy, turn his or her room into a living laboratory. Hang a topographic map on the wall or create a piece of art out of the periodic table chart. Explore space with some cool rocket decals. And give him or her tools to explore the world by accessorizing the room with a microscope, binoculars and butterfly net.



Readers Retreat

For a child who loves to read, turn his or her room into their own private library with baskets, bins and bookcases filled with the classics – from Captains Courageous to Captain Underpants. Paint inspirational words or phrases on the walls to remind your budding bibliophile that reading opens up a world of possibilities. And include a cozy reading corner with a comfy chair or even a kid-sized recliner.


Jungle Rug

The Great Outdoors

For the child who loves camping, hiking or simply watching Jungle Book on a tablet, bring Mother Nature inside with a forest-themed room. Deep wood-toned furnishings will set the stage. Then add accessories such as leaf-print bedding, animal-print rugs and plush forest animals. You can even add a secret hideaway by popping a small tent in the room. No bug spray required!


Storage Must-Haves for Kids


Kids Storage 1

If getting your child to clean their room is a constant struggle, it may be time to set them up for success. Too often kids’ rooms become activity catch-alls: part bedroom, part den, part playroom and part library. Keeping all of those tasks neat and contained is a challenge – especially when you’re four feet tall or under.

Smart parents take time to bring in child-sized solutions that can make cleaning a room easier. Here are ten tips for helping your child’s keep their room tidy:

1. Include them in the organizing process. It’s tempting to rush in and take care of it, but getting your child’s input on furnishings and where things go is important. If they have a say, they’re much more likely to keep up with it.

2. Get rid of extras. Make sure everything that is in your child’s room needs to be there. For example, store out of season clothing and neglected toys in bins in the basement or attic.

3. Create zones. Organize your child’s room with a designated area for sleeping, studying and playing. Then add storage items that can accommodate the items needed for those tasks. Place a bookshelf near a beanbag chair for reading, for example, or include basket or bins for storing toys.

4. Set a limit. Keep things fresh by keeping toys to a minimum. Decide on a number of items that is manageable and rotate out the toys so they play with them more.

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5. Reclaim wasted space. Maximize storage capacity by looking up and down. Choose a bed with storage drawers built in the base – perfect for storing clothing as well as toys. And hang pocket organizers on closet doors to hold small items such as socks or stuffed animals.

6. Display special items. Have a space where your child can keep treasures, such as trophies, awards, artwork and vacation souvenirs. A shelf or bulletin board will keep these things neat and contained.

7. Think small. Consider your child’s size when you bring in storage items. For young children, keeping shelves low will encourage them to put things away. Make sure closet rods are multi-level, helping your child get ready in the morning.

 Kids Storage 3

8. Label where things go. Help your child know where things belong by making it clear. You can use words, pictures or a combination of both.

9. Color code for siblings. If children share a room, consider assigning each a different color. Then use bins and hangers in those colors for their toys and clothing.

10. Schedule in regular maintenance. Make cleaning up a habit by creating a routine. For example, create a rule that beds must be made before breakfast. Or wind down every day with a 15-minute tidy-up session before bedtime. Set a timer and it will feel like a game.

When kids make picking up their rooms a habit, the whole house will feel more organized!

Five Small Transitions into Back-to-School Season

Along with folders, pencils and a healthy lunch, your child might be bringing a case of nerves to the first day of classes. Here are five ways to help your child transition into a successful school year:


1. Sleep routines. Prepare for an earlier rising time by adjusting your bedtime and wakeup time two to three weeks in advance. Go to bed and get up 15 minutes earlier for a week, and keep adjusting the time until your child gets used to the new routine.


2. Homework. Create a plan, identifying specific homework and study times. Also, help your child organize his or her schoolwork by getting the right tools.


3. Activities. Assess the amount of time your child participates extra-curriculars, and be realistic about what they can and cannot handle. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to something that will bring stress home.


4. Chores. Consider if your child will have time to complete chores during school, and adjust their responsibilities at home as needed.


5. Calendar. Finally, document all of the decisions you make in a family command center, where schedules and routines are posted for everyone to see on a big calendar or bulletin board.

7 Steps To A Family-Friendly Home Office

Nearly 10 million Americans work from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and as technology makes it easier and easier to be remote, that number is expected to grow. If you’re among this trend-setting group, you can set the stage for work and get more done by taking the time to design a proper workspace.


Whether you log in fulltime hours or simply manage household affairs, here are seven ways to work efficiently – and in style – from your home sweet home (office):


1. Claim a space. If you haven’t done so already, choose a spot in your home that can be used exclusively for work. A formal home office or spare bedroom is ideal – a spot on the sofa with a laptop is not. Look for an area where you can place a desk and storage system –you can even if you convert a closet if need be.


Modena White Desk


2. Choose a work surface. Every home office needs a desk or work surface. From a sleek writing desk to a larger executive set, the amount of space you have will dictate which style is best for you. If you have the room, consider an L-shaped desk that will offer room for your screens as well as a surface for writing.


3. Clear out distractions. Home offices sometimes need to double duty as a guest room or den, but you’ll want to get rid of anything that might steal your attention. This includes everything from clutter to media components, such as a television – you want your space to be focused on work. If your job requires you to watch videos, however, the TV can stay; if you’re tempted to watch Judge Judy, it should go.


4. Personalize your room. Just as you would place a picture of your loved ones on your desk at an outside office, personalize the area so it is welcoming to you. Choose a paint color that makes you happy, hang art on the wall, and consider furniture beyond a desk and chair. For example, a loveseat or accent chair might make sense if you do a lot of reading at work and want a comfortable place to sit.


5. Incorporate good lighting. No matter what kind of work you do, you’ll want to do it in a room that is well lit. This means including an assortment of lighting. Overhead lights are a good place to start. Then add task lights at your desk or workstations, as well as accent lights that will help create an inviting atmosphere.


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6. Find a place for paperwork. No matter how much of your work is digital, you’ll most likely have papers you need to keep and reference. If your desk doesn’t have adequate drawer space, include filing cabinets or bookcases that can handle the excess. You’ll find several options that look like furniture, which will help keep your room from looking like an office supply store.


7. Maintain a clean-up routine. Once you’ve organized your space, do the work to maintain it. Every evening before you quit work, take a few minutes to put away papers. On Fridays, take out the trash and to run the vacuum cleaner so that everything is fresh and ready when you come back on Monday. And reserve your office space for office activities. If kids bring toys in, remove them at the end of the day. Do a visual sweep each day, and you’ll stay organized.