September 3, 2017

Decorating Kids Rooms

New mothers create picture perfect rooms for their new turd-rolled-in-talcum, and then in 2 to 3 years nurseries get reworked as toddlers need places to roam and play.
Layettes and cribs go away, so don't spend tons of money on expensive curtains over a crib or a fancy rocker as they're  only 'temporary' pieces.

  • Use backgrounds which don't scream "baby." 
  • Don't spend all your bank on decorations specifically for the crib.
  • Don't spend big on furniture that you only will need for 18 months.
  • Don't use plush carpeting, it will have Matchbox car wheels and baby doll shoes lost in it. Use a firm dense carpet.
  • Don't place overhead lights in a child's room that have exposed bulbs as children are on their back and look up.
  • Pregnant? Paint the nursery ASAP as VOCs are amazingly dangerous, pay attention!
  • A nursery should be cozy, not elaborate, baby doesn't see it.
  • Don't decorate the nursery for others to see, guests shouldn't be in the nursery anyhow as they may have germs or viruses on their hands and touch the crib and other objects. Bring the baby out to your visitors once you've wiped them all down with hand-sanitizer. 


Interesting in its subtlety with no gender specific decor, the crib is easily changed out for a bed. 

This surfer dawg is chillaxin' in his bodacious orange crib, waiting on his grindage. 

Casually sophisticated, not at all Toys-R-Us... 
Lots of white is good and easy to morph into something else in 24 months.

This country-style nursery hits all the important points; it's cozy, has soft light, and is easily transformed into a three-year-old's room without major changes, and isn't gender specific.

Even rich kids have nurseries...
This palatial room with its gilt accents and wall paintings is actually almost successful .... it just needs "stuff" and to be cozied up some!

This "Pottery Barn" style nursery is well done; good colors, cute rugs and accents. The eaves are utilized for storage with built-in dressers and cabinets!

A funky "low-budget" space with repurposed pieces and bright primary colors. The old TV armoire is now the baby's storage closet.

This beautiful nursery in London is the quintessential 'transitional room.'  It has the crib and the wet-nurse bed which baby will move into eventually. This room will serve this child until she's a teenager.  I think the small string of lights around the bed curtains are adorable (and dimmable by the way!)


The NASCAR room!
Bring lil' Dale Junior up in fast style! It's indestructible and chances are the kid will like it until he's 40's when he finally moves out. 

For the little hunter in your family!  The wainscoting with bookshelf will catch all the clutter. The cot-style bed and the "sleeping bag" rolled up are quite clever.
The Taxidermy is a bit scary…jus sayin'

My favorite bunk bed of all times! 
The mahogany and v-groove panelling is a home run.

Twins? Quadruplets? Lots of cousins?
This works well in a weekend place without ever looking dated or juvenile.

Ahoy Vey! 
The captains cabin has these custom crew-bunks for himself, his first mate, a deckhand and scullery maid, plus two stowaways on the trundle beds underneath!


I guess if you want your daughter to grow up to be Courtney Love, then this is definately for you!!

A beautiful transitional room could accommodate a three year old and look great for years to come as the old iron bed and tôile fabrics are timeless.

Everything mixes easily with pastels.
Personally, I don't like beds in front of windows for fear of drafts.

Bright pink walls give a kick to this low-budge room. The repurposed Victorian headboard painted sweet-pea is flanked by two 'found' tables - each a different color works especially well on a shoestring budget.

This schmancy Christina Crawford  bedroom is just too adult. It's hard to imagine a HelloKitty poster anywhere in this room. Kids need to personalize their rooms as they get older, its a good thing, don't force them to live in a designer show-house room.

This home-made bunk bed is cheap to build, so when the girls get tired of it, or grow out of it, it can easily be replaced.


This is good for a boy or girls room, aquariums are always fascinating to children. 

Do I need to tell you to avoid images that may be scary to kids?

This wall decoration would be inexpensive to do, have more impact than wallpaper, and will easily transition into the pre-teen years.

Murals on children's walls should be naive and impressionistic, it makes the room playful. You can see how  this could originally done for a nursery and evolve into a "big-boy" room.

This wall mural will be good for a young boy by until he's fourteen or so as its not "childish."


Kids bathrooms need to be built tough, no possibilities for screw-ups and LOTS of accessible storage.

If there is more than one child using the same bathroom then make specific areas for each, keep the fighting to a minimum, please....

This bathroom from the Kohler showroom demonstrates all the things a child's bathroom could utilize:
  • Grab rails at tub and shower
  • Deep tub for those long bubble baths
  • A colorful wall mural
  • Fun colored tile
  • Niches and shelves for all the toys
  • Easy to reach towels
  • Big mirrors
  • Low, reachable medicine cabinets
  • Great lighting
  • TV
Here's a few practical ideas
  • Accessible towels by the sink
  • Towel hooks instead of bars
  • No shower curtain
  • Ceramic tile floor
  • Open shelving
  • Use non-slip tub stickers or mats so standing kids won't slip
  • Have a pull-out step for the short kids to stand on when at the sink that slides under the sink base cabinet when not in use
  • Babies need a tub for bathing without shower doors so Maria can reach in and scrub yo babies ass. Children don't shower until their 9 or 10.
  • Lights and exhaust fan should be in same switch.
  • Don't have a lock on the bathroom door (either side)
  • Have a tilting mirror which can change as they get taller
  • Put a governor on your shower and tap for slow-flow.
  • If your going to have a lot of babies get a child-size toilet  
  • Purchase a Hanging Plastic Shoe Holder to hang on the shower rod for toy storage. The key to making any space look nice is to contain the clutter.
  • Install grab bars near the tub or toilet to make it easy for kids to get in and out. 
  • Use plastic drain covers to keep kids from reaching in, and to keep the toys out.
  • Install touchless faucets for both preset, safe temperatures, and 'easy-to-reach' fixtures.


  1. Venetian Blinds are great and can be made to order in 100's of colors.
  2. Pull-down Roller Shades can be made in your fabric with decorative trim along bottom.
  3. Roman Shades are easy to use, simple and customizable with any textile.
  4. Balloon Shades are more feminine and add softness to a room.
  5. Plantation Shutters are permanent and look great from inside and out.
  6. Clutch Roller Blinds are more contemporary and have wonderful filtering capabilities. Available in numerous transparencies and operate flawlessly.


You can do it, I'm here to help!

July 31, 2017



Recently, theres been lots of publications showing homes with 'horse art' or 'horse stuff' as decor.
If you ride, breed, invest, bet, groom or even appreciate horses - great, do it, if not - it's like having golf or fishing decor around if you don't golf or fish - totally pretentious. Im an ocasional rider and I don't have horsey stuff around, yet Ralph Lauren has made millions pretending to be
an equestrian whilst selling the lifestyle to hippophobes
living on cul-de-sacs in Pittsburg. 

The number one rule in Interior Design, regardless of style, is "never have too much of anything." You don't want horse wallpaper with horse blankets and horse photos on your walls, it'll look fake-as-shit.

One of my favorite spaces of all time!
Edited, bright and not pushy.

The marquess' prized horses line his
country house's stair hall in England. 
And no, this won't work in Miami...

These portraits of horses add an old-world tone
to this paneled room

Casual and sporty with a touch of country
is always a good look.

Georgian architecture lends itself to equestrian
style homes as we immediately conjur images of grand English manor houses. The distressed Italian table and chandelier bring down the tone nicely.

 Jockey Silks are specific to a barn or the owner, so barns or owners may trick out their tack room, office, barn or even their homes in the silk colors, like this door in this entry hall

A posh living room is anchored by a massive 1920's equestrian portrait - which adds patina, personality and gravitas to an otherwise banal room


Probably one of the most authentic bedrooms for active equestrians; riders, Mark Badgley and James Mischka's Connecticut country home.

My client in the Palm Beach Polo Club wanted handsome and simple - so he got natural linen, rattan and raffia.
The photograph, which totally makes the room, is of Secretariat in the final stretch winning the Triple Crown in 1973

An old-fashioned vibe with modest furnishings - and that wallpaper is everything!

Im lovin' this Hermés knock-off spread

Just these two prints give a nice horsey touch to this space.
Too much "themed" stuff and it begins to look like a shop window….


Horse people aren't always preppy or "safe" with their interiors. These few subliminal touches like the wooded-scene, horse sculpture and saddle-colored leather seats bring it home.

With a wall of horse photographs there's no possibility you don't get this is a horse-lovers home

A series of three black-and-white photos appear modern and
orderly, not overdone

Saddle-colored leather, cow-hide and wicker. Done.

Just the single sculpture and the zebra-skin make the statement, it doesn't need anything else.

 Christian Liaigre is one of the worlds leading contemporary furniture designers and is a renowned equestrian

Fun, cheerful space, could be a lounge in a
barn or an apartment in the city.
You don't need Hermés to be horsey either

Kelly Klein's former home was so chic - she has, like all riders, dirty dogs, boozey friends, manure laden boots and no free time, so this slip-covered look is easy-breezy

I know, right?


This stairwell feels warm and organized with the watercolors stacked evenly.

A mudroom bordering on the pretentious - but still charming
 with hat boxes, riding boots, ribbons and tweeds

Authentic granny-chic


I love the table legs…but those Gucci purses displayed in the bookcase are too "Housewives Of Jersey"

A real horse persons home…
To hell with decorating, nothing matters but the horses!

Fake trophies, fake hay, fake helmet...
NOT equestrian-style

A touch-of-pony in this laundry room is perfect!

Engravings of bits and saddles combined with the old Mexican saddles is spot-on!

Wondering what do to with your daughters ribbons?
Find an old frame, remove the mirror or art and spray it to match her room.


Decorating Kids Rooms

GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME New mothers create picture perfect rooms for their new turd-rolled-in-talcum, and then in 2 to 3 y...