Creativity is In (a.k.a., "Hipster")

This may sound odd, but lucky for parents, creativity itself is IN right now!  You've seen those teens…the ones who are unusually cultured in liberal arts and dressed with apparent unaware effort.  Mom, those are "hipsters"!  

When your child starts picking out the same crocheted throw pillows as your grandmother…when they bring home a typewriter to keep in their room…or when they decide to frame a collection of your old TAPES (yes tapes), embrace their inner hipster.  Those unusual accents could be just the ironic piece that bedroom needs.  

creative kids bedroom
Photo courtesy of Project Nursery

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

Feed your hipster's desire to collect "stuff" and to hang their treasures around the room.  Unique shelves or bulletin boards can help confine those larger collections, making them tidier and more impressive.  Lori Weitzner's magnetic linen wall covering is one of my favorite "bulletin boards".  It is discrete when there is nothing hanging on it, and there are no pins to leave ugly holes.  Plus, it's eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, so your hipster will love it!

The Study Area

Start with a study nook or a comfy arm chair.  Both are useful for reading, and provide extra seating for friends.  (Plus its nice to have somewhere for their giant backpacks to land every afternoon.)

bama roll tide bedroom
Courtesy of yours truly, Becca Gaines

kids bedroom chair
Courtesy of yours truly, Becca Gaines

Last year, my sister and I confiscated boxes of our grandfather's old law books.  He thought it was so strange.  To us, they are beautiful and sentimental.

Parents, get excited again!  Vintage books and spaces that say "I love to read!" are in right now.  If their room looks like they love to read…maybe they will?

carved letter book

carved letter books

Then think Sherlock Holmes… complete with tattered books, bell jars, lace and mustaches.

bell jar

mustache pillow
Courtesy of Sasse & Belle

Slip Covers, and their industrial roots

Until the time of the Industrial Revolution, only the extreme upper classes could afford upholstered furniture.  As soon as the American middle class got their hands on the new cushy seating, they wanted to protect it.  A new summer tradition was born as oriental carpets came up and slipcovers went on the upholstery to protect it from dirt and sweat during the hottest months.  Does that sound like a useful trick in your kid's room?

This beautiful, brilliant trend is back, along with many other industrial influences.  Factory carts, metal pharmacy cabinets, quirky lights, raw wooden stumps, cigar leather details, and (my favorite) cowhides! 

industrial bedroom
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industrial bedroom
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industrial bedroom
Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

White

This might be the most difficult trend to swallow:  white walls.  You might think that would be boring, but white is never boring!  It's a very dramatic color that showcases accents and art.  New York City's lofts are often painted an antique "renter's white", and in an effort to capture some of their charm, the rest of our nation is following suit.  

The great thing about white is that it can go so many directions… hipster, vintage, industrial, and so many more.  

neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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-Becca


Becca Gaines is an Interior Designer in the Memphis area. She lives at Home in Collierville with her husband Jake, and 17 month old Jovie. Becca is a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and is registered as an Interior Designer with the Tennessee Board of Architecture and Engineering Examiners. She’s also been awarded certification by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Oh yeah, and she worked as an intern at Looney Ricks Kiss Architects too.

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