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3 ideas for children’s artwork

It’s that time of the year again…when your children come home from school with a giant folder of art and you wonder just what to do with it all. Or if your amazingly talented offspring will notice if a few go “missing”. You can only frame so many finger paintings and disproportionate elephants before you run out of wall space and/or money because professional framing doesn’t come cheap!

So, I have 3 ideas for you on displaying and keeping your children’s artwork that don’t involve heaps of money or an overcrowded refrigerator door.

Idea no.1DIY-childrens-artwork-1

This cunning little idea came about by accident after a framed poster mysteriously fell off the wall – only Kipper the cat was in the room at the time, so the reason will remain a mystery until he develops the power of speech. After clearing away the broken glass and faded poster, we were left with a wooden frame and the white foam core backing. The foam core is nice and spongy, a bit like a pinboard. So I thought that if I pinned an artwork onto the foam core with push pins, it could easily be replaced when we needed a change but still looked smart in the now glass-less frame. Take a look…

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Idea no.2DIY-childrens-artwork-3

I’ve had this idea up and running for a while now, and so I know it works like a bomb. If you’re like me and detest messy Prestiked or Sticky Tacked art on the wall – it’s called tacky for a reason – then you’ll love this idea. It’s a bit more of a spend, but the results are long-lasting and versatile. I bought thick corkboard tiles from the hardware store, glued them to the top half of a wall in Seb’s room then painted them with a single coat of white wall paint. The result is a fresh white surface that is actually one giant pinboard. We change the art and posters regularly without any fuss or bother and it’s a great way to rotate all the art that comes home from school. Here it is…

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Idea no.3DIY-childrens-artwork-6

Now this idea gets put into action when you’ve removed the artwork but don’t want to throw it away…as if we’d ever do that! Get a lever arch file for each child with their name on it and write the year when the art was done on the back of the picture. Then simply punch it, practise your origami skills by folding the bigger pictures, and file it as a space-saving way of keeping all the 5 billion paintings that come home over the years. I find this the easiest way of documenting and keeping your child’s artwork in one compact place without it taking up the entire top cupboard – unless you have 12 children, of course. It’s also easily accessible for adding new pictures and remembering the old ones. My friend told me that her girls spent a quiet hour or so, lovingly paging through their files of colourful painted memories. This is what I mean…

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So don’t despair when that tower of paintings comes home, proudly clutched in your little one’s hands. You now have 3 easy ideas to display their colourful creations! Please share your ideas for exhibiting children’s art in the comment section…I love to know!

all photographs by Megan Smith

10 smart ideas for small spaces

Didn’t you just love the Rue Small Spaces issue I featured last week? Absolutely inspiring and all the proof you need to know that bigger is not always better. I thought I’d share 10 of my space savvy ideas with you today that create the illusion of space when size is not on your side. Are you ready? Okay, let’s go…

1. Edit, Edit and Edit some more – leave areas of the room free, it allows the eye to travel and gives room to breathe. Give careful thought to what you display and what you hide away! This soothing bedroom from Remodelista has a soft colour palette and has kept décor to a minimum.

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2. Create Contrast – darker floors with a lighter wall colour and the lightest colour on the ceiling allows the eye to travel upwards, giving the room a sense of space. The soft grey walls with a darker wooden floor in this Swedish apartment keep it fresh and inviting, without feeling cramped.

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3. Zone Out – defined spaces within a room makes it appear larger, so divide up the space by function. I love this quiet reading corner with great natural light, tucked away below the slanted window. I could just imagine sitting there, quietly catching up on my latest magazines.

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 4. Open Up – open kitchen shelves can lend a small kitchen the illusion of space. Traditional closed cabinets tend to block off an area, but open shelving with a collection of pretty dishes and glassware create a practical point of interest. Keep it simple and clean like this minimal shelving from Remodelista which makes clever use of window space above the sink.

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5. Stripe Hype – remember the fashion advice to wear vertical stripes for added height? Well how about elongating a room and creating an impression of length with stripes on the floor? How fabulous is this doctor’s waiting room which has been given a monochromatic makeover?

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6. Supersize It – dare to be dramatic with bold, oversized elements. An eye-catching gesture creates a graphic focal point and plays with proportions in a smaller space. You couldn’t miss this grand typo, now could you?

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7. Swing Low – mix low and tall elements in a space. Punctuate with higher pieces, but keep most pieces low. Do you notice how this floating cabinet with down-lighting creates a sense space while still offering a storage solution?

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8. Skinny Legs – furniture with slender legs makes the space seem less heavy and more airy. This elegant lounge with delicate pieces achieves just that.

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9. Double Date – dual purpose areas in one room are a great way to maximise your square metres in a small space. Holly Becker‘s dining room table doubled up as workspace when she needed extra space in her previous apartment.

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10. In The Corner – a corner sofa can really make the best use of space in a small living room. It’s streamlined and adds extra seating without the crush of too many armchairs. How great is this grey corner sofa with bright pops of colour and texture?

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so that’s my top 10 tips for small spaces. Do you have any clever ideas to make the most of your space? I’d love to know!