[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/DSncHLRGrSU” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year we have the honor of being IKEA Brand Ambassadörs, collaborating with one of the world’s largest home decor brands, to highlight their philosophy of Democratic Design, the belief that every IKEA product should be made with five important factors in mind – function, form, quality, price and sustainability. Faced with the question of how you truly define life at home, we began to think about the design needs of everyone in a home. We realized that one of the most challenging spaces in which to create captivating style while meeting the functional requirements of the space is a child’s room. That thought brought us immediately to Brooklyn. Not the borough, but our precocious three-year-old niece. With a mother and an aunt who are both interior designers, Brooklyn has decor in her DNA. So it’s no wonder that she’s completely infatuated with designing her very own space, or her “big girl room” as she puts it. So, what happens when you engage a three-year-old in the interior design process? Democratic Design at it’s finest. And best of all, we caught it all on camera. We’re thrilled to be able to bring you along on the journey with us, and the first stop is Brooklyn’s first visit to the IKEA showroom to pick out furniture for her big girl room.
Of course, it’s never that simple with a three-year-old. So, while furniture was the agenda, Brooklyn was initially more captivated by toys than she was concerned with furniture and accessories. That’s why mommy and auntie were on the case, keeping everyone focused on finding pieces with stylish forms that could carry out multiple functions needed for an active child’s room. My sister and I are no strangers to IKEA, but we were impressed all over again on this trip by the number of furniture and storage solutions that the store offers that will keep a three-year-old’s room organized, livable, and healthy, with a look that can be as kidsy or sophisticated as you’d like. From multi-purpose items like beds with storage hidden beneath, to streamlined dressers with enough space to contain her growing wardrobe, we looked for – and found – the pieces that will form the foundation of a space that she can grow into over years to come.
On this first trip, our shopping list also included a lot of sustainable items. Sustainability is a big focus for families these days and we found it to be another area in which IKEA excels. The more sustainable a product, the more environmentally friendly it is for everyone – and that especially goes for little people. So to transform Brooklyn’s space, we set our sights on items created from natural materials and that are made by hand, like the seagrass baskets that are perfect for storing odds and ends in a child’s room.
Brooklyn had the time of her life finding new stuffed toys to make friends with and being a designer with mommie and auntie. And for us, while we are truly delighted to be working with IKEA this year, we are even happier to be able to relate that we learned a lot on this trip about one of our favorite brands, and realized that it was even more amazing than we’d previously thought. All worn out and exhausted, Brooklyn did what any tired three-year-old would, she found a comfy spot to take a nap. It didn’t last long though. After all, the frozen yogurt stand was our next stop.
- MALM High Bed Frame with Storage Boxes / 2. STUVA Storage Bench / 3. MASKROS Pendant Lamp / 4. VALJE Shelf Unit* / 5. MAGGA Basket / 6. MALM 3-Drawer Chest*
*Furniture must be permanently secured to the wall. Secure it! Learn how to prevent furniture tip-over accidents.