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Kids’ Room Ideas: Vinyl Wall Art

Are you struggling to fill the empty space on the kids’ walls? Have you thought about decorating with vinyl wall decals?

 

Wall graphics are a fun way to add design to plain walls.  Children can personalize the art by having their name or favorite animal on the wall.  The graphics are versatile and can add to a theme of a room.  They are easy to apply and will last for years.  The art can also be changed as often as you like since the stickers will peel right off without ruining the paint.    

Personalize

Wall art has many designs to choose from.  You can choose letter graphics to spell words or the child’s name.  Here is one of my favorite letter ideas.  The words add a playful touch and the grow chart is a fun idea.

 A child’s initials is another option that personalizes the room.  Another possibility is to have stickers of floral or animals.  Currently, trees are a popular choice among many kids’ rooms. This other room shows a great way to use trees.  I like the large tree graphics that cover the whole wall from top to bottom. The colors are subtle enough though that the decal isn't overbearing but adds a modern touch.

Easy Application

Graphics are easy to apply to walls.  You peel off the sticker pieces from their backing and place them on a clean, smooth surface.  It can be slightly tricky to get the decal flat so you can use a credit card to rub the design onto the wall.  Most decals are long lasting, sticking to the wall for years.

Change it Up

Tired of the design? Take it off. Decals peel off easily and won’t chip off the paint.  This allows you to change the design whenever you want or even reposition the art. You can adjust the art as your child grows up.  

Where to Buy

Wall art is sold many places.  Some retail stores carry the decals; however, we have found that the selection is limited.  Many online sites offer a better assortment of designs.  A few sites to consider are wallies.com, etsy.com/shop/NouWall, dalidecals.com, and weedecor.com.  The last one has decals that are PVC-free and eco-friendly.

 

Photo Credit: Project Nursery

Raising Creative Kids Part 1: Encouragement

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Children are born creative. They naturally come up with things that our adult minds would never think of. That’s why we love things like Kid President, Kid History, or this commercial from AT&T.

As parents we don’t need to teach our children to be creative. They already are. The trick for us is raising them in a way that keeps that creativity from being stifled. We at Sprout are dedicated to making things that help kids be creative. Our entire line of modern kids furniture is built around this idea.

Now we want to help you parents. Over the next few weeks we will give you a few different tips for things you can do to keep the creativity alive in your children.

Encouragement

One of the biggest reasons that children are so creative is that they are not afraid to be wrong. They are willing to try and say many things that would make most adults die of embarrassment. The famed educator Sir Ken Robinson gave a good example of this during his talk at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference.

For a Christmas nativity three children were chosen to represent the wise men. During the show the first wise man approached and said, “I bring you gold.” The second came and said, “I bring you myrrh.” The third boy strode forward and unabashedly said, “Frank sent this.”

This kind of creativity is something that we have come to expect from children. But few adults would dare to say something like this. As we grow and become more and more self-conscious, fear of being wrong prevents us from taking the risks that result in creativity. In schools and at home children are told that there is a right and a wrong to everything. Right answers are praised and wrong answers are criticized.

The right/wrong attitude is so engrained in our culture that we are conditioning our children to stop thinking creatively. Rather than risk the ridicule of being wrong many children simply decide to give up. If you want your kids to make it through childhood unscathed you will have to protect them against the opposition they will face.

The best way to do this is by giving consistent encouragement to your kids. Build up their confidence and let them know that it is okay to be wrong. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Be Proud

When your son scrawls his first crayon giraffe put it up on the fridge even if it is nothing more than a few crude lines. If you daughter writes you a princess story tell her it is wonderful. I was very lucky to have proud parents. In his office my dad still has a framed drawing of a multicolored cow with two legs that my youngest sister drew when she was 5.

All children want to please their parents. Take the time to show your pleasure. Go out of your way to give them praise. Display their work in a prominent place. When visitors come over make sure to point it out to them while your child is listening.

Don’t Criticize

There will be plenty of time later to teach your kids grammar or how to draw with perspective. Children don’t know the difference between criticism and constructive criticism. If you say something well intended like “Your portrait looks good, but you should have done this instead” all your child will hear is that their drawing was not good enough.

Hold off on the teaching moments until they are older. For now just let them create. You will have to live with a lot of sentence fragments and flat dimensionless drawings, but it will be worth it in the end.

Facilitate

Go out of your way to help your children’s creativity flourish. At the risk of being cliché, actions speak louder than words. It is one thing to praise your kids work and tell them that they are creative, but it is another to be actively engaged in the process. Show them how to paint or take crayon in hand and spend time drawing with them. Not only will this translate into valuable time with your kids, but it will prompt them to engage in creative activities more often.

When I started to show an interest in photography my dad gave me his old 33mm camera and showed me how to wind the film and work the shutter. I loved that camera and I was heartbroken when I lost it. Of course I was sad because the camera was gone. But I was sadder because it was my dad’s camera and we had captured some good memories with it.

Dreams

As parents we are the ones responsible for helping our children stay creative. Their future depends on us. At the end of his speech Sir Ken Robinson shared a poem by W. B. Yeats entitled “Cloths of Heaven.”

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

The dreams of our little ones are spread under our feet. We must tread softly.

Join us next week for part 2: Experience.

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Sprout in full color .... well PINK!

One year in business and it's finally here.  After multiple requests and some advice from influential women, Sprout is proud to release our entire line of simple, modern, easy to assemble furniture in pink!. With the release we are offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50. 

I have to be honest, at first I resisted the idea a little.  Pink isn't exactly my color, but after finding a deep rich pink that I think fits our style, it was an obvious choice.  Now you can organize your kids room with our organization products like the toybox, cubby, eco friendly bins, night stand, and our drawer organizer.  


Or use our kids table and chair set or rocker in your kids play space.


The Beginning

Just a few weeks ago our modern children's furniture line happened to win a couple of awards!  Grow America Competition was held in Salt Lake City where dozens of finalists for Utah's start up and growing companies gathered to compete for prizes and honors.  Clark, the founder and creator and designer of all the playroom furniture, had a fun idea for the 3 minute presentations.  While explaining the advantages of minimalist furniture and his lean supply chain business model, he built the Toy Box and the Kids Rocker right in front of the judges!  Stages lights and cameras and a celebrity judge panel and then....  FIRST PLACE in our category and CROWD PLEASER!  Two awards winning all kinds of prizes!


Fueled by that kind of success Sprout is looking to add all sorts of new modern products.  Brimming with new found confidence we are excited to expand into Art and Decor with our Art Tiles and Picture Frames for the wall.  Just as eco-friendly and tool-less as all our furniture, these new items are made from the same recycled material.  More than just wall hangings though, we are exploring ways to make our modular furniture even more modular and customizable!  Hang them where you please!

       

We love to mix and match them which is all part of our modular furniture theme.  Hang them in as many ways as you can!


    Picture Frame                               Art Tile 


Here are some other examples!

    

As we explore and expand our product line, we are keeping true to our philosophy of play.think.grow.  We are creating a creative atmosphere for parents to allow their child's playroom to be modern, clean, and adaptable with our compact furniture and now with our Art Tiles and Picture Frames. 


Why Sprout?

  • American Made Furniture American Made

    Sprout furniture is American made:designed & manufactured in the US. Our products are sourced from local materials.
  • Eco Friendly Kids FurnitureEco Friendly

    Sprout products are made from recycled pre & post consumer recycled materials. Local sourcing means less shipping and ultimately a cleaner earth.
  • Tension Lock Patented TechnologyTool-Less

    Our products require no tools, no hardware, and are simple to assemble. Tension Lock Tool-Less Technology uses the natural properties of wood to create a sturdy durable joint.
  • Furniture for Small SpacesSmall Spaces

    Sprout is great furniture for small spaces. If you live in an apartment, studio, or just a small house, sprout organization products help you use your space more efficiently. Collapse and store your products when not in use. 
  • Furniture for kidsFor Kid Brains

    Sprout is designed as a medium of creativity. A way of exploring & understanding the world around you. Build it with your kids. Let them see that they can do amazing things with our creative kids furniture.
  • Modular FurnitureModular

    Sprout Products are modular, meaning you can mix, match and reconfigure your products. Bins, art tiles, and frames are sized to work with various storage products.
  • DIY Kids FurnitureDo it Yourself

    At Sprout we see our products as a medium of creativity. Add your personal touch with art work.
  • Recyclable Kids Storage BinsRecyclable

    Sprout cardboard products & Packaging are 100% Recyclable. Help us be good stewards of our earth. Please recycle your packaging.
  • Modern Design

    At sprout we strive to design modern kids furniture that fits your style; furniture that you can use in any space. We believe that there is beauty in simplicity. Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."