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Nursery Design for Modern Babies and Their Parents

Look up the latest design blogs and you see a lot of simplicity—something that doesn’t normally mesh well with the nursery. Where's the simplicity in tripping over tummy time blankets, 2AM feedings, smelling of dirty diapers, and drowning in onesies. Isn’t that what motherhood is like?

Ok, well maybe it’s not that bad, but the fact is that good modern design can mesh with your maternal side. Babies need the same things that adults need: colors, shapes and lines for visual stimulation and textures and patterns for tactile stimulation. Maybe all you need is a little inspiration to get your nursery designs started:

  1. Begin with a neutral. Nearly any color can be a neutral if it’s the correct tone or if you’re using it as a base color. We generally think of white, grey or tans as neutrals, but you can also use pinks, blues or greens as your base tones. Really like hunter green? Paint a wall your favorite shade and design the rest of the room around it, using whites, browns, and other corresponding greens to flush out a forest theme. In the picture below from the blog Russ & Camille, the nursery was left white but accent greens and golds were brought in to a stunning effect--especially those gold confetti dots!

  1. Start small. Modern design tends toward pared down and clean rather than overstuffed and cluttered, which is good for the nursery! You want your baby’s room to be a soothing place for sleeping, not over-stimulating. Simplicity of design means you can focus on a few main colors (2-3 at the most!) and let incidentals like books, toys, and pillows or blankets bring in some brightness for you. In this boy's room from Nest Design Studio (via Design to Inspire), the base is black and white, and secondary objects bring in pops of color, giving the room a graphic yet soothing effect.

Nest Design Studio

  1. Keep it simple. Life complicates itself without putting a whole lot of junk into your design. A few wall stripes, some polka dots or triangle wall decals, or just a few cute framed pictures on a white wall can be enough for you and baby to enjoy the room together. Remember that much of a nursery's life happens in a chair or on the floor, so don't forget to keep those areas in mind when you're designing, as it's easy to focus completely on the walls. Look to the August-September 2014 issue of Adore Home Magazine for more amazing ideas like these:


  1. Use textiles for texture. Sure, you’re going to get a million baby blankets and tons of clothes in all sizes from eensy-tiny to “when will baby be able to wear this?” Your power over the rugs, the upholstery and the bed-liner is key. Remember: this is baby’s first introduction to design, so if you’ve always wanted that cowhide rug, go for it! It’s something your little cowpoke could grow with. Those crib sheets may turn into toddler sheets—if they last that long—so invest wisely.
  2. Take time to plan before you paint. When else in your life are you going to have the time to nest like this, when life is just all about (ok, mostly about) baby? Think and plan, because you’re not going to want to do this again during the terrible twos. Check out some design blogs, and remember that what is good for mom and dad can be good for baby too. You’re going to be spending more (conscious!) time in this room, anyway, so make it a place you’re excited to live in as well!

 

Need some more visual inspiration? Head over to some of our faves:

A Beautiful Mess—wonderful DIY and design advice

Design Seeds—color combos for inspiration and Fresh Hues for browsing

August 20, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Teachers Love Wall Decals for Classrooms and Home | We've got pictures!

As a former teacher, it’s really difficult for me to get through the Back to School time of year without buying notebooks, pens, and post-its, whether I need them or not. I also loved decorating my classroom. I could imagine the students entering the room that first day and understanding my personality. I wouldn’t even have to say anything!

Now that I’m here at WallsNeedLove, I get to live vicariously through you! We have received some amazing photos from teachers who wanted to share what they have accomplished with their decals. Read on, and be inspired:

Our first examples are from Candice W. She shared pictures of her chalkboard decals and lightning bolt mini-pack decals. The lightning bolts help highlight the Incredible Work her students will complete, and those chalkboards will come in handy as labels or just to write silly notes to students. Thanks for sharing, Candice!

 

Next, Jessica G. sent pictures of her speech & language classroom, which she decorated in a polka-dot theme (we approve, Jessica, we approve!).  Before the students even walk in the door, they know what to expect with that bright sign. I love how she dressed up her school-issue desk with 2” confetti polka dots. What fun all around, Jessica!

As always, thank you teachers for your dedication! Have a wonderful school year!

Don’t forget to head over to our Inspiration and facebook pages for more ideas and fun. 

August 14, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Wall Decals for Back to School? Organize with Adhesives!

July always gets me excited for Back to School, and yes, it’s got capital letters in my head. The smell of new crayons in the box and post-it notes right out of the pack just gets me all excited to organize! I want to buy five colors of notebooks that coordinate with my five folders (or when I was in high school and college, my five colors of binders).  I almost always buy a new planner at this time of year, especially because in my former life as a teacher, I had plenty of planning to do right about now. I know many of you are planning for yourselves and your little (or not-so-little anymore) ones for the coming school year, so here are some wall-decal based organizational and décor suggestions for your enjoyment:

Bring design to your desk with mini-packs and more.

Just because you spend eight hours in school doesn’t mean you can’t bring your decals with you! Mini-packs are fantastic for decorating your locker, binder, notebooks, and anywhere you want your individual style to shine through. I currently have a pink lil’ribbon on my phone case and my composition book (oh, and my WallsNeedLove sticker). I love that I can remove the decal without leaving a sticky mess on my phone case later.

    

Dress your dorm and avoid fees!

Bringing classy décor to a dorm room is a college student’s dream, but it’s so difficult to decorate when you can’t paint, hang pictures, or even choose the furniture. You can, however, hang decals. EasyStripe allows dorm-dwellers to re-design their space without any messy clean up at the end of the year. If you’re really into design, why not give your room a statement wall with some removable wallpaper? See what Susan did for her daughter's dorm room below with grey chevrons and a monogram! It’s the easiest way to gain the envy of your hall since dating the quarterback. 

Susan's Dorm Decor

Organize against the chaos, Parents!

Long gone are the lazy days of June, when you could drop the kids off at the pool and hang out at the local coffee shop, sipping on a latte and munching your croissant in peace. It’s July, and all of those back-to-school schedules start back up soon. Soccer practice, baseball practice, violin lessons, and don’t even think about cramming in all that summer reading the kids were supposed to do already. You need somewhere to keep track of it all. Scientists believe the first family bulletin board was a cuneiform mud wall where early moms kept track of schedules, but you’re so much cooler than that. Your to-do list can have the Boston skyline, or a chalkboard in retro colors, or even a dry-erase calendar.  Because progress, that’s why. You’re welcome.

Dry Erase Calendar    

The classroom deserves decals, too.

Is this the third year in a row you’ve been asked to move classrooms? That map of the world getting a little beat up, despite the amazing laminating job you did last year? How’s your periodic table holding up after 15 years of students writing hilarious stuff at the bottom? We’ve got the decals for you. Amazing maps of the world that look cool and are educational, too. A periodic table that’s nearly vandal-proof. All built to move classrooms at the end of the year, again, should the powers that be decide you need to move across the school. Again. And did we mention we have the best human anatomy posters around? Yeah, the kids will be memorizing the parts of the human gastrointestinal system instead of just staring off into space. Nice work!

  

August 01, 2014 by Tamara Scott

We're Movie Stars!

Ok, so we, meaning the products, are movie stars. I know that many of you have seen, or at least bought a ticket to and cried your way through, the beautiful movie based on the book The Fault in Our Stars. I certainly cried for most of the movie, only perking up when I saw the blue ghost of WallsNeedLove birch forest on the main character's wall. 

Of course, I knew that they would be there, because we'd talked about it, but it was still exciting seeing one of our products on the big screen. Here's a blurry image capture of what they look like:

Birch Forest in The Fault in Our Stars You can see the back of adorable Hazel Grace's head right there, and a poster for Gus's favorite band, The Hectic Glow. I'm proud to say our Birch Forest decals were on the walls in pretty much every scene where Hazel sat at her computer and wrote an email, or whenever anyone came in her bedroom door. It's a dubious honor, because they appear in some seriously sad scenes, but let's face it, the whole movie is sad. I cried for 2 hours straight, y'all. 

Thanks to The Fault in Our Stars Movie Fansite for the sleuthing and image capture! 

July 23, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Decal Fun for Little Ones

Finding creative ways to involve young hands in decorating and crafts can be tricky. You can’t trust them with the Xacto knife yet, and their skills with a glue gun leave something to be desired. That’s why we’ve come up with some kid-tested ideas for you to bring your little pals along with you as you redo every room in your house.

1. Give your cabinets a kick! Spice up those drab and out-dated cabinets with a little EasyStripe. Stripes that overlap and slant give your kitchen or bathroom an abstract modern feel. This project from Hearts and Sharts was completed with electrical tape, but would be removable with decals.

 Cabinet Stripes from Hearts and Sharts Blog 

2. Try design packs on your fridge. That plain black or white monstrosity in your kitchen is just itchin' for some pep. Tiny hands can help you randomly place polka dots in a confetti pattern, or try our reusable Fab-Tac triangles. These can be repositioned in different patterns all over your appliances. EasyStripe can make easy removable stripes on your fridge without the leftover duct tape residue. 

3. When is a door not a door? When it’s a window! Need a way to open up your space? Have your kids help you position (and reposition) our picturesque photo prints or any other Fab-Tac material product on a door. The decal dramatically opens up the space!

4. Practice fine motor skills. EasyStripe is a forgiving medium, and while not reusable, it’s easy to apply in a straight line. Budding crafters and interior decorators learn useful life skills when they learn to apply stripe decals in a straight line! Use wall, appliance, table, door, or bookcase striping as a family activity, or a bonding experience for the two of you. It also won't leave behind any messy duct tape residue or colors, so it's great for renters. We striped our office fridge in about 10 minutes:

WallsNeedLove office fridge stripes

5. Start a removable sticker collection. Remember those Lisa Frank sticker collections you had as a kid? Or maybe you were into the scratch n’ sniff? I collected whatever stickers I could get my hands on, especially if my teachers handed them out. Decals are perfect for awarding gold stars to your little ones! Kids can stick them anywhere: windows, walls, the bedpost, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up a gooey mess later.

6. Scrapbookers start young. For those of you with that creative streak and the urge to document every moment: scrapbook with your kids! Sure, it’s a relaxing way to get away from them, but it’s also something you can share. Vinyl stays put on paper, but allows you to change your mind if you’re indecisive. Look no further than the EasyStripe Irregular Grab Bag for loads of inexpensive vinyl that’s perfect for page striping and many other projects. 

Got any other ideas? Share them with us in the comments!
July 03, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Dramatically Changing Your Space W/ $100 or Less!

Okay, we've been there: you really want to shake up your space but you (or your significant other) need it to come in under budget. So we've created a hypothetical situation where you only have $100 to spend but need to make some major changes: You've just moved into a new house and your guest room walls need to be completed in 10 days or less so that your mother-in-law can come visit. You with us? 10 days. 1 mother-in-law. $100. That's it.
Here are ten unique ideas to change your space dramatically...and on a shoestring budget:
    
The birch trees can be used to complete a room fit for any mother-in-law and come in at only $88 and $73 respectively. 
    
The 2" confetti polka dots would take, on average, three packs to do a full wall. That will cost you a mere $36. 
    
Any of the mini design packs can complete a wall in three packs or less which will also cost you no more than $36. 
    
Easy Stripe, designed to replace the hassle of painting stripes, can complete a wall in under $100 in a slew of ways. In the first example, two rolls- which totals 72 feet of vinyl--will complete a wall for $80. In the second example a 2 inch stripe and a 1 inch stripe will complete a wall for $34. 
   
Many of our nursery wall decals will cost you only $28 and can be used as a
focal point in any room to complete the look. 
  
Two of our most popular office quotes can be combined to complete a wall for just $62. 
  
You can combine SIX total prints from one of our feature artists (seen here: David Olenick) for a total of $56. 
   
You can take home Banksy's most popular "Love Floats" which would easily cover a whole wall for $55 or you can even combine it with his next most popular "Thinking Monkey" and still have $2 left over. 
  
Our two most popular trees (both of which EASILY take up an entire wall and are sure to impress even the pickiest in-law) come in under $100 each. 
  
Want something a little more rustic for mom? Try adhesive taxidermy! Our Spanish Fighting Bull will cost you $32 and leave you plenty of spending money to put a Bull Skull in another room and still have $38 to spend on other decals. 
And you've done it! You've really accomplished something here. Now take your left over budget money and go buy yourself a margarita. You deserve it.
June 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Moore

Office-spiration!

We’ve made a bunch of changes around the office lately, and of course our focus has been on decorating our walls. Every interior design project is an evolution, but somehow we seem to complicate things. The good news: you get to reap the fruit of our designs! Here's a picture of before (and us being silly in stripes):

The office team

It all started when we decided to set up a space in the office to take professional product videos and photos. This required about a week of painting Chad's office, and then the hallway, and then parts of the warehouse (because if you give a mouse a cookie…). The whole office team got in on the painting game, which was a huge relief! 

The team wearing matching EasyStripe outfits

To brainstorm ideas for our commercials, we watched a lot of videos including those for Society6 and the Sony Music Timeline. Seeing such creative people put their work on the Internet and on their walls inspired us to put our beliefs up on our walls where we can read and live them every day. 

 

 

 

Fast forward another week of painting, cleaning, designing, brainstorming, re-designing, and a lot of squealing when the images started coming together. Finally, applied our designs to the wall! It only took us a few hours (come on, it’s a big wall!). With every completed row, our shouts/squees grew more jubilant.

Our office is now a triple-threat: we work with some of the most creative people in the business, we're all super dedicated to making beautiful things, and we get to spend every day in an inspiring space!

Take a look at all the new designs here: Office Collection

June 02, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Moms Need a Little Love Too

In honor of Mother's Day next week, we wanted to celebrate moms in a fun way. Here you'll find some of our favorite compilations and videos that show what it means and what it takes to be a mom. Feel free to laugh, to share, to cry a little too, if that's what you feel. And definitely, call your mama (or your mom-figure), because she deserves it!

Oh Mom, she tries, right?

From Mashable: 25 Priceless Texts Only Mom Could Write

So, haven't you ever wondered what it would be like for your mom to rap? No? Well, here's a Fallon employee's mom freestyling (really well!). Your mama might have a hidden talent?

You know Jimmy loves moms, so here's his famous "Evolution of Mom Dancing." The First Lady is rocking in this one--that's right, the FLOTUS herself appears in this one.

Oh, and did your mom have to deal with your strange antics? This is Tina talking about her youngest daughter to David Letterman. We get it, T, we're all a little weird.

And, finally, this is a wonderful one. Give it a minute, it'll pay off.

May 02, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Five Home Decorating Tips for Spring

Coming up with home design ideas can be overwhelming, especially when you’re starting at that most basic stage, choosing colors. Thankfully, you can get home design ideas from anywhere, and since it’s your space, there’s nothing that’s out of bounds.

Decorating tips for hassle-free home design:

Fresh Hues Turquoise Design1)   You’re not on your own when choosing a color palette. There are plenty of great websites out there that have ready-made choices laid out for you. Wedding sites like Martha Stewart weddings and TheKnot.com have done the grunt work of putting together beautiful color combinations that you can transfer directly to your walls. You can also look to painting sites like fresh hues for inspiration.

2)   Use a photo cluster to make a statement wall. Ok, we know this is supposed to be a “hassle-free” list, and a photo cluster has always felt anything but hassle free—buying all those frames and placing all the nails, not to mention getting the photos in the right proportions. But head over to our photo collages, and grab a wall decal collage that’s got symmetry, is repositionable, and is lots of fun for any space.

3)   Go wild with dots. Polka dots are versatile and cute or classy depending on where you place them. Whether you’re painting Arrows Wall Decalsabstract rings up a staircase wall or showering our Confetti Polka Dots wall decals from the corner of a room, the effect is beautiful. You can also use small, simple designs, like arrows or anchors in place of the dots for a hipper look.

4)   Look to the blogosphere for DIY design. We love the blog A Beautiful Mess for their daily decorating tips for everything from clothing to photography to cooking. Check out their décor tab for hundreds of home design ideas.

5)   Take cues from the world around you. It’s finally spring, so get out and walk around! Here in Nashville, the forsythia is in bloom, and we love this azure blue, bright yellow, and chocolate brown combination from SweetPaul that mimics the flowers, stems and sky of spring. Recreate this with lemon and chocolate Easy Stripe on a blue wall, or Sky and Lemon Chevron Design Packs on a Chocolate wall. 

 

 

 

April 22, 2014 by Tamara Scott

Wall Decals Spring Sweep | Before and After Decor

We all love a good Cinderella story: from rags to riches, from drab walls to beautiful design. It’s the ultimate dream, that we too can have that gorgeous partner, the perfect house, and the best shoes.

This is why we adore the before and after story. It takes that plain-Jane entryway, bedroom, or dining room, and shows us just how sparkly-new it can look with a dash of elbow grease, a new lamp or two, and a little bit of inspiration.  

And so we present to you three before and after designs using WallsNeedLove products. These bloggers and designers didn’t need a fairy godmother, meddlesome forest creatures, or even magic. Read on, and be amazed!

Easy Stripe Entryway Lisa Hershman

Horizontal Easy Stripe:

Lisa Hershman of Play Chic Interiors (Featured on Apartment Therapy)

Lisa not only made this entryway into a great storage and mudroom space—necessary for those NYC winters—she also broke up the white walls at kid-height with neutral grey stripes. She kept the homeowner’s bright yellow bench as the centerpiece.

Pro Tip: Lisa used our white 1” Easy Stripe to make these adorable stripes. To save time and money, you can purchase 8” Easy Stripe in Graphite and apply the stripes 1” apart. Easy Stripe sticks to walls best when applied 3-4 weeks after painting. 

 

Removable Wallpaper:

Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

Amongst Elizabeth’s other beautiful home décor makeovers, she used our Hardwood Removable Wallpaper in her bedroom for a warm, rustic feel that melds with her homestead theme. It’s manly enough for her hubby to feel comfortable, but not so masculine that the room feels like The Harvard Club.

If you notice, the Hardwood Removable Wallpaper isn’t an exact match to the flooring. This helps give the room a lived-in aura, especially when she layers and arranges the vintage, thrifted, and found objects on the surfaces and walls. She filled the tables and walls collage-style, but the wood grain backgrounds keep the canvas from feeling over-stuffed. Go on a bedroom tour on her blog here.

 Removable Wallpaper Delightfully Tacky

Vertical Easy Stripes:

Chelsea of Making Home Base

Chelsea is a WallsNeedLove goddess! She’s a military mom living on-base in 70s-era housing. In her drab eggshell-white dining room, she applied 8” Charcoal Easy Stripes 14 inches apart. What a great way to upgrade her space!

Chelsea mentioned that the whole process took under an hour (speedy little gal!). Each Easy Stripe roll is 36 feet (about 11 meters) long. These stripes look fantastic, and we’re sure she spent a good amount of her hour just measuring out the spacing and leveling the stripes to get them right. Magnifique!

Easy Stripe Chelsea Making Home Base

See other pictures of Chelsea's dining room on her blog here and here.