Designing for Kids from Jennifer Lindberg & Make and Matter
August 12, 2013
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Morning lovelies! We're diving right into all of the design pretty today and I have to say...I'm not sure what I love more, these adorably playful rooms, or the cute kids that reside within them. Trina, mom and graphic designer extraordinaire at Make and Matter (who is largely responsible for the amazing design behind SMP), did a fab job at pulling these spaces together, fit for even the tiniest design aficionados. Photographed by Jennifer Lindberg, there's lots more where this came from right here.
From Trina... When I work with my clients at Make and Matter, I try to advise them to pull inspiration, then follow intuition and your gut. Pick pieces and colors that speak to you. Gather items and then pull together all of those items into one space and see what items kind of speak to one another. I do this via screenshots on my always-packed desktop and a drawer full of pulled out pages from magazines and catalogs. From there, we just take it and run.

At the end of the day, I always keep in mind who the design is for. For kids, I want design to be fun, whimsical, and hopefully foster creativity. Things should be on their level. Also, don’t forget to plan for growth. Your toy collection expands the older kids get, so the more storage the better. Bins make picking up and organizing a cinch and allow you to hide toys that don’t fit into the overall design scheme.

When I was designing my children’s rooms and play areas I used the same process that I do for my branding work. Gather inspiration, think about the end user, and then just experiment until it feels right. Repeating colors, using patterns and scale – all of these items came into play.
For my daughter Avery’s nursery, I found inspiration in the coral and poppy color family. I love these tones because they are feminine and sweet, without being too “super-girly-pink” and not as harsh as red. The Dwell bedding and striped rug kicked off her room.
For my son Easton’s big-boy-room, I knew I wanted to use the colors orange and blue so that we could reuse some of his nursery items. We added in the olive green after I found the Serena and Lily quilt. The quilt was a little serious for a three-year-old and my husband gave me a lot of grief over ordering it. But I made sure to bring in more fun with the huge E, other fun art and lots of toys on the shelves.
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Designing these rooms for my kids was a blast and it all came together rather quickly. It was more of just figuring out what direction to go in and then trying to stick to it without getting distracted by other things that I loved.

Being a designer makes me over analyze every single decision. I feel like it all must come together perfectly. I am honestly still working to make it “right” in my eyes. It is a blessing and a curse. But I am still able to feel pure happiness and excitement while I watch them grow up in these spaces.


Photography: Jennifer Lindberg | Design & Styling: Make and Matter | Avery's room: Crib set from Dwell Studio | Rug from Dwell Studio | Animal Art from French Paper | Hanging Birds from Land of Nod | DIY: art, pillows and bookcase | Easton's room: Quilt from Serena & Lily | Sheets from Target | Art: letter B by Methane Studio | Map Art: Cavallini Wrapping Paper | HELLO Art: The Potato Four | Robot and Apace Art: Etsy: John W. Golden | Bed DIY: headboard, pillows, big orange E and bookcase | Playroom: Measuring Stick: Etsy | White Chairs for Play Table: Land of Nod | DIY: Train table that converts into a Lego table, bins on casters - painted with chalkboard paint & with white vinyl numbers applied