Paper planes! They are magical and bring us back to our childhood. This DIY project gives a nod to nostalgia with a fresh new take on paper planes… a way to recycle and re-purpose otherwise wasted materials: maps. Our paper planes are made with re-purposed Atlas pages. To create this look, search your home for old maps or look for vintage maps on ebay or a local antique shop for an especially nostalgic look. The colors, graphic details and reference to travel make maps the perfect medium for paper planes.
When starting your own DIY paper plane craft project, you can select the map pages with your child…choosing maps of special places you’ve traveled to…or places you dream to go.
Folding paper planes involves various techniques you can learn easily online or from most school age kids. We found these links to tutorials here and here for a quick how-to.
Once we created a variety of paper aircraft, we strung them together with fishing line. You may choose to display planes against the wall as a piece of art too, like we did for our All Seasons Design Guide…
Or, as streamers in a window…
For our Young America showroom we created a mobile using a plane propeller from Authentic Models as the base and hung our paper plane garlands from it. We especially love the natural movement mobiles create. What do you think?
Our paper plane room features a Young America Built to Grow Debut Crib in Slate Antique. We also included the plane theme with artwork by Spicher and Company.
Happy paper plane-making! Whether you choose to decorate with them or just PLAY!
Contrary to what you see in catalogs, tv and other media, vibrant pinks and bright purples are not the only way to decorate a girl’s nursery or bedroom. There’s another choice: Neutrals. Calm, sophisticated and equally feminine, neutrals are soothing in a bedroom. Rather than an explosion of color, why not try something more understated and peaceful.
Neutral colors paired with “pops” of colors and patterns can be striking and inviting. The opportunities for contrast, texture and accents are limitless; neutrals are infinitely versatile. A few well-placed colorful, patterned, and textured accessories can bring soft neutrals to life without overwhelming a room.
Inspiration for contrast and color can be found in everyday objects and nature.
Rugs, bedding, wallpaper, lighting, pillows and other playful items like a mobile, paper lanterns, or favorite wall art are expressive; a little color goes a long way and can completely transform your daughter’s room.
Young America neutrals include paint finishes like Sandpiper, a soft gray, shown here in a myHaven bedroom. Other neutral colors and warm tints in our palette include: French White, Oatmeal, Creme, Heron, Bluet and Bliss. We also offer neutral wood tone choices like Slate, which can be paired with both neutral and vibrant hues with ease.
Above all, experiment and have fun!
Bliss is a happy baby. Rosy cheeks. Summer blossoms. A child’s giggles. And so many other wondrous things. Bliss is a warm and joyful feeling. Our new Young America paint color, Bliss, captures the essence of the word as a gentle blush of pink. It’s delicate, uplifting and happy. Beautiful in a nursery or a young girl’s room, Bliss is a hue that endures.
shown here: Built to Grow Gala Crib and Isabella Single Dresser in Bliss with a Changing Station in Starlight
How do you describe bliss? Let us know.
Destination Nursery is giving away a $10,000 nursery/kids room makeover for a girl or boy that includes Young America’s Mix collection. Enter now for your chance to win, entries are accepted until Friday, July 12.
1. Kudos Crib
2. Mix Panel Bed
6. Mix Double Dresser
This room could be yours…
Or for a boy…
We’re honored to be included on the Mom’s Best Network in their July 6, 2013 post “American Made: featuring Young America”.
Highlights: “In celebration of the July 4th holiday, we are highlighting some of our favorite American-made brands…we are honored today to feature Young America, a brand of nursery and youth furniture. We have all been fortunate to have this brand involved in our first two Destination Nursery/Kids room make-over’s. Through first-hand experience we have come to love the quality and style of this brand. Young America is a Mom’s Best HOT product winner. Read the full article on Mom’s Best network.
"Green" is a modern day, catchall word for making the best, healthiest choices for your home and nursery. Deciphering the real meaning of "Green" can be daunting. The truth is, there are some basic, practical "Green" rules of thumb you can follow. Here are a 5 of them:
1. Stay away from harsh chemical fumes during and after your pregnancy - and keep your baby away from them too. House paints, for example, are something you may not think of, but they may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the toxic fumes that off-gas. Use low or no VOC paints and make sure your home and nursery are well-ventilated.
2. Choose a “Green” crib and nursery furniture. Young America has this category covered in three important ways. First, Young America cribs and nursery furniture are made in the USA, so our products have a much smaller carbon footprint than their imported counterparts. Second, our furniture is GREENGUARD certified to minimize indoor air pollution. Third, we offer furniture that’s Built To Grow for longevity and sustainability. Bottom line: Young America nursery furniture is a “Green” choice. It’s local, non-toxic, and will not end up in a landfill any time soon.
3. Allow a new crib mattress to air out (off-gas) before your baby sleeps on it. This important step will help release toxic fumes and prevent allergy symptoms ranging from puffy, red, and watery eyes to a runny nose, congestion, coughing, and asthma-like symptoms. Off-gassing can also cause skin irritations like rashes, itchiness, and hives. Choose bedding that has NOT been treated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These chemical fire retardants accumulate in our bodies and have been shown to affect human health adversely.
Young America wants to see the most patriotic kid in America! Like us on Facebook to enter the Young America Red, White and Kids Contest for a chance to win a Young America bedroom set in your choice of colors. Send (3) pictures or (1) brief video of your spirited kid. Find out more
Young America furniture is made and custom-finished with care in Robbinsville, USA
ABCs are a great way to bring fun and interest to your child’s room. Singing, reading, playing… enjoying letters together and individually can encourage a love of learning. Letters are the building blocks of language and can be creative in building the personality of your baby, toddler and preschooler’s nursery and bedroom.
ABCs come in many forms, big and small. They can be in art, blocks, books, pillows, decals, wall coverings, stencils… in a variety of typefaces, colors and styles. There are countless possibilities. Here are some fun ABC finds and ideas we discovered recently…
Walls are one of the places you can bring the alphabet into a room. The wall of spiraling letters in this Young America nursery are graphic and bold. Simple framed scrabble letters complement and soften the wallpaper from Wall & Deco to create a sophisticated, gender-neutral nursery. This room features pieces from the Young America All Seasons Collection, including a Built To Grow Sleigh Crib and an area rug from NuLoom.
There are plenty of other fun ABCs ideas out there too. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for design inspiration.
Here’s a nursery featuring bold yellow and white striped walls and graphic black and white ABC art. The art is available in a myriad of colors via MadeByGirl shop…
image via Google
We love the combination of yellow + white + gray. We now have gray paint (Sandpiper and Heron) and wood tone finishes (Slate and Graphite) in our Young America furniture offering. Read about grays here.
… and here’s another room featuring ABC pillows spelling out a child’s name, accented with a natural branch to prop the letters and mini tissue pom-poms to add pops of color and texture…
Click here for our origami mobile DIY craft using a branch … and here for our paper pom-pom DIY craft for your child’s bedroom or play space.
image via Etsy
image: Parents magazine
You can make your own pillows and ABC blocks too… frame favorite pages from ABC books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (a favorite storytime books for wee ones)…
Click here for our DIY craft on framing favorite story book pages as art.
…or try your luck at finding handmade ABC creations via Etsy, a site featuring one-of-a-kind arts & crafts. For more specific sources peruse our Pinboard on accessorizing your child’s spaces.
We’re busy developing new design ideas all the time… so be sure to follow us to discover more child-friendly room design ideas.
Summer’s here! A time of freedom and fun. We decorated this boy’s Young America Harbor Town bedroom with our favorite 3 colors: red, white and blue. We could say chili pepper, french white and true blue, but it just wouldn’t be the same.
Shown: Harbor Town Topsail Bed, Night Stand and Chest.
Exploring and playing outdoors is an essential part of childhood memory-making. Each of us has fond memories of sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and snuggling up in a sleeping bag in a tent or under starry night skies. It’s fun in the woods or in the backyard, so why not in your child’s bedroom.
We decided to capture the lure of an outdoor adventure in our Young America showroom with a camping-inspired bedroom.
We started by creating a rustic wood wall with reclaimed wood from Stikwood. Their website has the how-to information you need to get you started on this satisfying DIY project. Here’s a close-up of how our Stikwood wall turned out… complete with a perch for a lantern.
Along with lanterns, we added a homemade tent and a glowing LED campfire. Our tent is crafted with inexpensive canvas drop cloths from Lowes. By sewing a simple curtain rod pocket, we were able to hang the drop cloths and create a cozy enclosure.
The rug by nuLOOM was an exciting find. Its natural colors and stone path textures pulled the whole room together beautifully.
Take a look at our finished “Wild” room… you can almost hear the night crickets chirping!
What do you think?
We think it’s wonderful escape for any child (and adult) who loves the outdoors, nature and adventure. Throw open the windows and let the fresh air into your child’s personal campsite.
Our “Wild” room features a Young America Boardwalk Batten Bed and Nightstand, bed linens from Eastern Accents and a modern deer mount from Kalalou.
With summertime upon us, we wish you and your children many happy outdoor wonders and experiences. Happy camping!
Patti Borrelli is an interior designer, photo stylist, design blogger, and mom of two teen girls. She works with Young America on catalog photo shoots to create inspiring kids rooms and baby nurseries. She develops DIY ideas for crafting and decorating unique and personal creations. Most recently, Patti collaborated with our Young America design team to launch a brand new look for our new showroom, set to premier at the Spring Furniture Market in High Point, NC. FMI about Patti, visit her personal blog: www.besostyle.com