Watercolor Animal Prints

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

I was shopping for prints for a kid’s room art wall I’m working on and was introduced to some wonderful watercolor animal prints on Etsy, one of my go to sources for artwork. The popularity of watercolors is still going strong, surging in the past year as a big trend, but the medium has been used in the art world for hundreds of years. 

Animal prints are the perfect accent in nurseries or children’s spaces but also placed around the house as well, anywhere you’d like to add some color and personality like a bathroom, family room, or kitchen. Retailers like Restoration Hardware charge so much for a single stylized animal print, but you can get the look with less expensive animal prints from artists in these shops I discovered on Etsy.

I purchased two prints from Ink Sprouts, I love the use of negative space and the coordinated palettes in these prints. (Instant downloads available too.)

ink sprout etsy


Find storybook appeal in the whimsical prints at Lighthearted Dreamer.


lighthearted dreamer watercolors


Choose from modern silhouettes in colorful washes at Lemon Illustrations.

lemon illustrations watercolors


Critters with big personality appear in the prints at Water In My Paint.

waterinmypaint etsy



Find sweet simple portraits of baby animals at James River Studios.

james river art etsy


More charming characters can be found at Eastwitching.

eastwitching etsy animals

Below are some examples of collected art walls in children’s spaces. As kids grow up and produce their own art, it’s always fun to include some of their best work alongside the professional prints too.

kid's room art gallery wall

honestly wtf

animal prints above crib

style me pretty

kids bedroom art wall

land of nod

nursery wall gallery

project nursery

Playroom 2 of Purdy Devis Residence


I’ll share the kid’s room art wall I created when it’s complete in a few weeks.

Design Ideas for Kid’s Rooms

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Sadly, there are no babies or toddlers in my life other than other people’s babies and toddlers who I want to gobble up or kidnap for a few hours every time I see them. What makes it worse is that all the kid decor is so darn cute these days it makes me crazy because kid’s rooms are to decorate. So yesterday I fell down the rabbit hole otherwise known as “cute kid’s rooms” and couldn’t help but gather up some fun ideas that caught my eye. Here are some notes I made just in case I get lucky and a kid’s room project lands in my lap soon.

Double the Fun.  Bunks and lofts are a great way to maximize vertical space in kids’ rooms and a great option for shared spaces or sleepovers.

treehouse bunk bed


blue loft bed

de jesus architecture

wood and pipe bunks


Get Graphic. A fun wallpaper or brushstroke paint treatment adds pattern to a kid space, and with all the removable options for prepasted wallpaper these days it doesn’t have to be a permanent design element. Here are some tips on how to hang prepasted wallpaper yourself.

graphic wall kids room


wallpaper lex and liv

lex and liv

wallpapered kids room

 amory brown

  Create a Hiding Spot. Every child loves to play hide and seek, they also love crawling into little spaces where they can read, play, and pretend. A tee pee or a fort achieves that, or get creative outside their bedroom with a tablecloth play tent.

teepee kids room

charlotte lovey

bunk bed fort


Add Unique Storage. This is my favorite trend in kid’s room design right now,  unique storage pieces that add interest and are more special than ordinary bookcases.

modern shelf unit kids room

 sissy + marley

zig zag bookshelf

land of nod

wood trimmed bookcases kids room

sissy + marley via popsugar

tree bookshelf

charlotte lovey  


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