BABY, KID, & TEEN PRODUCT LINES
By sourcing products online, you would think that I have unlimited access to millions of choices for my projects. For the most part I do, but once you factor in budget, style, and quality of furniture my options shrink down a lot. There is a ton of trust that goes into purchasing expensive furniture items online and it’s usually a big commitment. Exchanges are sometimes possible, but often cumbersome and not worth the time or energy. That’s why I have my bubble of favorite brands.
They aren’t always perfect, but I know I can source from them with little fear of disaster. When issues do arise, they are quick to remedy. Of course I wish everyone had the budget and time to source locally made products, buy antique/vintage, and have custom pieces built, but that just doesn’t work with my client’s budgets. That world is a whole other realm of interior design. The designers are mostly named Bunny and Hadley.
Instead the designers named Niki have to stretch minuscule budgets to create comfortable and hopefully good-looking rooms. Which is why I normally have to get creative with my product sourcing, and it often leads me to the Baby & Child or Teen lines of my favorite brands. An outlet that I think most people ignore unless they are furnishing a room for a child. Well, no more! I’ve put together a collection of great adult friendly items, and even designed a whole bedroom using only products from kid-targeted brands.
These lines have the same quality, customer service, and aesthetic as their parent company, but usually with a lower price point. Some items are babyfied, artwork and bedding especially, but the furniture pieces are often transitional. Restoration Hardware Teen and Baby has some of the best resources for affordable lighting, and I use them on a consistent basis.
Sourcing casegoods is another example of when I love to hit up these sites. It’s hard to find decent quality dressers, bookshelves, and nightstands without paying a fortune. I had a few bad experiences with casegoods from discount suppliers, so it’s one area where I budget a little more. These shops carry some great looking options perfectly sized for adult living. One downside is that the beds and bedding only go up to Queen, so all of the King bed lovers out there must shop elsewhere. You can still buy decorative throws and pillows though.
To prove my point, I put together a bedroom design utilizing ONLY products sourced from kid’s lines. Overall, I tried to keep it contemporary and grown-up. A simple color palette with punches of black, and layering of textures and finishes. Selecting artwork was by far the biggest challenge. There are tons of painted words, phrases, and very juvenile looking pieces. I settled on a pair of black and white animal sketches, and placed them in gold frames. Voila!
Keep your options and mind open when sourcing furniture, you might be surprised at what you find in unlikely places. To guide you in your search, here are a few of my favorite lines:
3/ SERENA & LILY KIDS-SHOP
4/ LAND OF NOD
5/ TARGET PILLOWFORT
6/ DWELL STUDIO BABY + KIDS