Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

When you’re designing a room for a child, it’s good to keep in mind that the space should grow with them. That mentality has led to a wide selection of products created especially for kids but that would work equally well in grown-up interiors. Having just decorated two kids’ rooms, I’ve been exposed to lots of these products recently and have been impressed by how stylish, sophisticated and practical some of these items would be in an entirely adult scheme. What’s more, they’re often a lot cheaper! Here are some of my favorites.

First up PBteen. You really can’t beat this store for convenience and quality at a decent price. Check out this Coraline bed, which also comes in a Queen size for just $999.

In an otherwise sophisticated scheme (think minimalist white sofa, dark wood floors), these fun bedside tables would make a great end table for a living room. I especially like the duckegg blue.

I’d love this locker desk in a home office. And the industrial-style drawers come in a full range of colors.

PBteen is also an excellent resource for affordable lamps. A bright yellow task light would look both sophisticated and quirky in a gray scheme.

And even if your student days are long over, surely you could see a pair of these peace bookends on your shelves? Personally, I think they’d look great next to my collection of Jonathan Adler white ceramics!

Now, shopping in a teen store is one thing. But how about stores for kids and babies? Well, I’d argue you can be just as successful. This mirror from Land of Nod would make a good, affordable alternative to that antique shabby chic mirror you’ve been looking for.

And this Moda desk from Room and Board‘s kids collection would work in a grown-up office. It also comes in a range of colors from gray to sage green to indigo. I could see this looking great as a computer area in a large eat-in kitchen with white cabinets and wood countertops.

Giggle has this beautiful dresser/changing table that converts to an ordinary dresser by flipping over the top. I love the look of this piece but this is one time when kids’ furniture is definitely not cheaper. At $1695, it’s no bargain.

Romp, which specializes in beautiful hand-crafted toys, has these great ceiling lights. How about three of them suspended over a dining table spelling out the word E-A-T to stimulate the appetite??

Now, Serena & Lily doesn’t just cater for kids. But its range of furniture and accessories for babies and children includes some beautiful items for grown-up spaces. Like these Moroccan poufs.

I want this whole stack of alpaca throws – they might be soft enough for baby, but they’re luxurious enough for me to keep all to my self, thank you very much!

And for a bit of whimsy that even adults can appreciate, how about this bird lamp?

I’d happily have any of these items in my home. How about you? Are you convinced enough to hit the kids’ stores yet?