Tara Riceberg: Home Stylist, Tweak

Tara Riceberg: Home Stylist, Tweak

10 Tips To Create A Stylish Home That's Fun For All Ages

ELAINE SAYS: Tara Riceberg is a LifeStylist who uniquely blends the creative and practical, making her online shop, Tweak, a destination for gifts and playful, idiosyncratic items that are also....useful! Check her out online and then race to her Pop-Up location around the holidays, for pre-wrapped, clever and pocket-friendly gift ideas. Until then, use this list to turn your baby abode into one that is Child Proof but not Style Proof!

  1. Think 5 Years From Now birdy_bannerVIEW WEBSITE You wouldn’t start a business without a plan, so why go through life without one?  If you’re planning on starting a family and buying new furniture and decor for the home, think ahead.  A glass coffee table may look good today but will be too dangerous for the little ones in a few years.  And baby decor in a nursery doesn't always translate to the elementary years.  Wall decals, like these by weelicios, are a great solution for kids spaces that need to change with the child.
  2. Try Black and White and Smart All Over weesee world dvdsVIEW WEBSITE Decorate like Dorothy Draper with bold contrasts of black and white with a shot of color. It will not only create a sleek look for your home but is also the perfect backdrop for stimulating graphics for your baby’s vision. And play an interactive music video by WeeSeeWorld. The shifting shapes and melodic sounds are so soothing that it doubles as an amazing screen saver for your living room TV during a dinner party.
  3. Get Bowled Over By EverLasting Beauty tony wurman bowlVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 8707 Washington Boulevard, Culver City [Helms Bakery]No fear that kids will knock over and shatter something when you have artists crafting home accessories in durable materials like hot glue and metal.  Artist Tony Wurman utilizes food safe hot glue to spin bowls that look like Murano glass....Sold at Room and Board.
  4. Let Their Fingers Do The Painting paintVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 7301 West Beverly Boulevard [Beverly Blvd] Bare walls and no time to shop for art?  Supply your kids with a large blank canvas, four of your favorite paint colors and numerous brushes. They’re guaranteed to create a modern masterpiece that you can proudly display over the sofa or dining table.
  5. Slide into a Grown Up Chair luca gliderVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 2447 Main Street, Santa Monica [Santa Monica] Why buy a clunky glider chair that only looks right in a nursery? Select a sophisticated glider in a neutral color that can easily be transitioned into other rooms in the house.  Slide into the Luca Glider from weegobaby and enjoy your grown up baby chair.
  6. Upholster With Fabulous, Fuss-Free Fabric sunbrella VIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 10629 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles [West LA] Don’t cry over spilt milk or juice boxes.  Stress free Sunbrella fabric is specially engineered to resist stains. No longer just outdoor fabric, Sunbrella is now available in velvet, jacquards and sheers.  It’s beauty beyond belief for your dining chairs and couches.  F&S Fabric has a range of styles and stocks a great close-out selection too.
  7. Accessorize With Functional Art twig VIEW WEBSITE One child’s toy is another adult’s modern artwork. Colorful wooden block sets, like Twig by fatbraintoys, can be assembled into stacks, or condos or whatever your imagination determines they should be. Fun and visually exciting for young and old, this toy doubles as sculpture on a coffee table.
  8. Update A Room With Green Paint...In Any Color natura paint VIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: Mann Bros. Paints  758 North LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles [LaBrea] Benjamin Moore’s Natura Waterborne Semi-gloss paint is ideal for a kid’s room.  It is zero-VOC, virtually odorless and creates a durable, washable, fade-free finish.  Since it’s available in unlimited colors, you will only be limited be your imagination. Luckily there’s a color gallery link to inspire you.
  9. Embrace Your Inner Child furry beanbag VIEW WEBSITE Enjoy their childhood while reconnecting with yours.  Treat yourself to a giant sheepskin beanbag chair for the den.  While not perfect for tiny babes who put everything in their mouths, you’ll definitely have as much fun flopping into the plush mound, as they will!
  10. Remember Good Design Functions 3 sprouts bins VIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 634 1/2 N Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood [Robertson] Tidy is a challenge in a home filled with kids.  Look for products that organize their toys, activities and clothes.  Trays, baskets and bins should be plentiful and easily accessible.  Keep them within reach to avoid climbing on furniture and accidents.  Select items that evolve as they grow.  So, a toy bin at two years becomes a hamper at age four.  Organic cotton bins from 3sprouts are playful, colorful and functional.

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