Artistic Sensations http://blog.artisticsensations.com Design and Lifestyle Blog Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:01:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Teen Girl Bedroom She Will Love http://blog.artisticsensations.com/teen-girl-bedroom?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teen-girl-bedroom http://blog.artisticsensations.com/teen-girl-bedroom#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:00:47 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4736 Teen Girl Bedroom Teens can be tricky to shop for, so designing a bedroom your teen girl will love may seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry! We’ve rounded up all of the advice and ideas you will need to create a fun and functional teen girl bedroom that reflects her personality and allows [...]

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Teen Girl Bedroom

Teens can be tricky to shop for, so designing a bedroom your teen girl will love may seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry! We’ve rounded up all of the advice and ideas you will need to create a fun and functional teen girl bedroom that reflects her personality and allows her to work, play and sleep in style.

Teen Girl Bedroom

Teen girls want to have an active voice in the matters that affect their lives, so yours is likely to have lots of ideas and opinions about how to decorate her bedroom. Spend time together browsing and collecting photos she likes on Pinterest or the popular design site Houzz. Once you see the colors, styles and design concepts that inspire her, you will be able to shop for her with more confidence.

Most importantly, remember that this is her space – not yours. So unless she has a ridiculous or outlandish request, try to honor the look she is hoping to achieve.

2. Splurge on custom bedding if you can.

Teen Girl Bedroom

Photo Credit: Jolly Bed Velvet Bedding Collection from Artistic Sensations

Because the bed is the focal point of most bedrooms – and also the most frequently used piece of furniture in the room – it is essential to make sure that it is both attractive and comfortable. Teen girls want a look that reflects their personal style, as well as cozy place where they can relax after school and sleep well at night. While some may see custom teen bedding as a splurge, it is actually a valuable investment in the one piece of furniture your teen will use every day.

And if custom bedding just isn’t in your budget, you can still achieve a custom look your teen will love by layering coordinating blankets and duvets and adding a few fancy throw pillows on top.

3. Make it functional.

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Photo credit: High Loft Bed from Artistic Sensations

While many teen girls want to focus on things like color schemes and fun accessories when designing a bedroom, parents need to make sure that the room will be functional too. A bunk or loft bed can be a good investment for a teen, since a loft bed allows for extra floor space (which can be used as a study space) below, and a bunk bed is ideal for hosting sleepovers with friends.

Don’t forget about organization either. She will need plenty of chests and drawers for storing her clothes and school work, and probably a vanity and mirror where she can get ready in the morning.

4. Finish it off with fun, feminine touches.

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This is where your teen girl can really shine. Let her pick out the pillows, decorations and accessories that will make her room as unique as she is. Wall decals are popular among teens, and if the bedroom is large enough, a seating area is something she will love. No matter what the finished product looks like, enjoy the process of creating a fun and functional teen girl’s bedroom together.

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Sleeping Bags -Your Child’s First Slumber Party http://blog.artisticsensations.com/sleeping-bags?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sleeping-bags http://blog.artisticsensations.com/sleeping-bags#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:00:16 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4717 Your child’s first slumber party is a milestone event that requires preparation, not to mention a lot of thought about some things you might not want to consider. I’m important to make a plan for kids who get homesick, and be aware of special needs. Are you up for it? Here are some quick tips [...]

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Your child’s first slumber party is a milestone event that requires preparation, not to mention a lot of thought about some things you might not want to consider. I’m important to make a plan for kids who get homesick, and be aware of special needs. Are you up for it? Here are some quick tips for throwing a successful sleepover bash.

Sleeping Bags for Everyone

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One of the best parts of a sleepover is showing off sleeping bags! However, some families can’t afford them or, in the excitement, one child may forget to bring one. It’s best to make sure you have a few extras, just in case. The same goes for pajamas, toothbrushes, and things of that nature.

You also need to make sure that there’s ample room for everyone to sleep. You might use your child’s bedroom or perhaps you’ll set up the basement or family room. Just make sure all the kids have space, especially if you’re using air mattresses or pillows along with the sleeping bags.

A Plan for Late-Night Frights

Sometimes kids get scared when they wake up in a strange place. It’s helpful to talk with all the parents beforehand. Ask them if their kids often wake up from nightmares, or if they have a tendency to get homesick. You can also find out if a parent would prefer you to call them or if it’s okay to try and soothe the child yourself. If the child is familiar with you, there is a good chance you can ease their fears with a few calming sentiments.

A Healthy Menu for Everyone

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Do the children you’re inviting have any allergies? Ask the parents before planning your menu. You don’t want to serve peanut butter and jelly to a child who’s allergic to peanuts. Food allergies and sensitivities are important to consider for the health of your guests and their parents’ peace of mind.

Lots of Entertainment

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The last thing you want is a house full of bored kids. You need lots of entertainment options. Plan for some party games, either traditional favorites or new inventions. Board games are always fun, but if you include video games then make sure it requires a group effort to ensure no one is left out. Movies and music are winning choices as well, just make sure everything is age-appropriate.

An Emergency Plan

While nightmares are scary, real emergencies are definite possibilities. Have a plan in place that will let you get in touch with the other parents. Make sure you have permission to call for help if necessary. If you’re hosting children with allergies, diabetes, or other illnesses, have their medication on hand, along with permission to use it.

Slumber parties are a rite of passage for kids all over the world. Although they are simply for fun and games, parents must take the necessary precautions to ensure their child and his/her friends are all happy and safe. It requires a lot of diligence and planning, but the fun that results will keep your kids smiling.

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Designing a Safe (and Cute) Nursery http://blog.artisticsensations.com/designing-cute-nursery?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=designing-cute-nursery http://blog.artisticsensations.com/designing-cute-nursery#respond Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:00:09 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4715 Preparing a nursery is one of the biggest challenges parents-to-be undertake before their little bundle of joy arrives. Many couples spend time agonizing over the right colors and themes, but forget to consider safety. Keeping the new addition to the family out of harm’s way is essential to your preparation check-list. Worried that child-safety features [...]

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Preparing a nursery is one of the biggest challenges parents-to-be undertake before their little bundle of joy arrives. Many couples spend time agonizing over the right colors and themes, but forget to consider safety. Keeping the new addition to the family out of harm’s way is essential to your preparation check-list.

Worried that child-safety features are unattractive? Don’t be. With careful planning, your nursery with be both cute and safe.

Choose a Child-Safe Crib

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Although heirlooms cribs are a great tradition, many antiques don’t meet quality safety standards. Make sure your crib’s slats are no more than a soda-can width apart to ensure your baby can’t put his/her head between them. End panels with decorative cutouts pose the same threat, so choose a plain design. Make sure that you check that screws, bolts, and mattress supports are sturdy and secure.

Decorate to your heart’s content, but keep the inside of the crib bare. Child safety experts advise against putting stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads, and blankets in the crib while your baby sleeps. There are many crib choices available, however some may require a personal touch. You can jazz up your crib by choosing a creative theme. There are some great wall decals on the market which can easily add personality to your nursery.

Select a Changing Table with Storage

Look for changing tables with secure storage space underneath. This offers an organized way to keep your nursery clean with a great spot to keep baby powder, lotions, and other poisonous products safely out of baby’s reach.

Changing tables with safety straps are common, but Nychelle Fleming of the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns new parents that they shouldn’t be trusted. “Kids can wiggle out of it and fall when you’re not looking,” she says. Always keep one hand on your little one to make sure they don’t fall.

Guard Your Doors

Door slam stoppers aren’t the most stylish room additions, but they protect your baby’s fingers. Recently, a toddler lost the tip of her thumb while playing at her daycare when she wedged her finger between the door and the wall. This sad story is just another example illustrating why child-proofing your home and nursery is essential. Decorative door stoppers provide that safety while adding personality to your nursery.

Remove Window Hazards

Curtain ties and blind cords are another nursery hazard often overlooked. Invest in cordless window coverings, which look much cleaner and provide more safety for baby. If your budget is tight, simply wrap up cords at the top of the window. Window guards are an unobtrusive way to ensure your mobile tot remains safely inside.

Be Electrical Safe

Around 4,200 children in U.S. end up in the emergency room every year from chewing on power chords or putting fingers in wall sockets. Plug protectors are a stylish way to keep your kids safe. Look for ones that cover the entire outlet plate because clever tots have been known to pry individual protectors out of the sockets. Tuck electrical cords behind furniture to keep them out of your child’s reach.

All it takes is a few simple steps to ensure your baby has a safe environment growing up. Baby-proofing your house is an easy way to ensure your little one stays happy and healthy. With so many innovative and stylish accessories, you have a plethora of choices to give your nursery the special flare you crave, while keeping your tot out of harm’s way.

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Creative Alternatives to Baby Registries http://blog.artisticsensations.com/baby-registries?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baby-registries http://blog.artisticsensations.com/baby-registries#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:00:03 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4713 Although new parents can always use help from their family and friends in the way of gifts for the new baby, baby registries aren’t for everyone. If you’ve already had children, you might have many of the essentials you need, including a crib, stroller, and hand-me-down clothes – and sometimes people get you things you [...]

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Although new parents can always use help from their family and friends in the way of gifts for the new baby, baby registries aren’t for everyone. If you’ve already had children, you might have many of the essentials you need, including a crib, stroller, and hand-me-down clothes – and sometimes people get you things you don’t really need, such as adorable but impractical outfits but no diapers or burp cloths. Instead of going the traditional route, why not think outside the crib this time?

A One Stop Shop Registry

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One of the problems with creating a baby registry is that you generally have to choose items from just one or two stores. If you don’t want items from all the traditional spots or fall in love with a bunch of adorable baby stuff on Pinterest, you have no way of putting it on a traditional baby registry. There are now myriad sites that recognize your dilemma and allow you to pull photos from all corners of the web, from every store you like, and compile them in one place. It’s a nice option if you want unique items from unusual places.

Ask for Donations Instead

There are also sites that allow you to ask for money. That might sound brazen, but it’s actually a great idea. Specifically, you can set up a fund for the baby’s future. Many parents choose to set up a college fund, to which family and friends can donate. They can put in as much or as little as they want. As parents, you know that your child has a cushion for college, although you can create a fund for anything your baby might want to do in the future. That’s a load off your mind down the line.

Blog About It

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Unsatisfied with the items available at the usual stores and on traditional registries, some moms and dads blog alternative wish lists. This is actually a great option, and not just because it’s new and interesting. You can detail even the one-of-a-kind things you want and explain your choices to your readers. Blogging about your lists is also a low-key way of asking for gifts, because no one’s obligated to get your baby a present. Sometimes parents resist opening a registry because they don’t like directly asking for things.

Create a Crafty Registry

With sites such as Etsy coming up big, parents are quickly falling in love with crafty, unique baby items. From hand-knitted blankets and beanies to adorable baby bedroom décor, there are all sorts of items out there. Parents may like them better because they’re handmade, high-quality, and unlike anything else on the market. As a result, many sites also allow you to create alternative registries based on these preferences. Of course, you could also place these types of items on the registry you blog or on your pin-board registry.

There’s nothing saying that you have to go the same old route when you’re preparing for a new baby. What items would you place on your ideal baby registry?

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Artistic Sensations: Now On Amazon & Houzz http://blog.artisticsensations.com/amazon?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amazon http://blog.artisticsensations.com/amazon#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:08 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4708 Artistic Sensations is an independent design house on the up after it recently inked deals with Amazon and Houzz. The historic agreements with these major online retailers will expose a whole new audience of homemakers to Artistic Sensations’ innovative designs. The History of Artistic Sensations Artistic Sensations is the brainchild of Kim Gellman, a mother [...]

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Artistic Sensations is an independent design house on the up after it recently inked deals with Amazon and Houzz. The historic agreements with these major online retailers will expose a whole new audience of homemakers to Artistic Sensations’ innovative designs.

The History of Artistic Sensations

Artistic Sensations is the brainchild of Kim Gellman, a mother of two who struggled to find the perfect pieces to decorate her sons’ rooms. Seizing a gap in the marketplace, she launched her independent homewares site in 1996.

Since its inception, Artistic Sensations has been committed to providing high-quality, customizable furniture and unique children’s décor. The pieces aim to give kids the original pieces they’re looking for without compromising on the quality workmanship that parents demand.

Gellman believes that “creating a room that encompasses a child’s interests and who they are is essential for harmony in their home.” This philosophy has guided Artistic Sensations throughout its history. While the business continues to grow, Gellman is determined to offer her loyal customer base the same old fashioned service they’ve always received.

“We have a live person answering our phone and available to live chat, so our customers can ask questions and get the guidance they need from an expert while shopping,” she explained. “Our customers shop our specialty store because of this level of customer service. Plus, we have things you simply won’t find in mass merchant stores.”

Artistic Sensations Bedding on Amazon and Houzz

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Some of those specialty items have now hit Amazon and Houzz, a move which will introduce Artistic Sensations to a whole new audience. Amazon is the United States’ leading online retailer and the country’s number one mobile shopping destination. Houzz is the world’s most popular home focused social network, with 15 million monthly visitors looking for home improvement solutions.

Both Amazon and Houzz have made the decision to stock a variety of Artistic Sensations’ bedding products. These range from complete coverlet or duvet and pillow sets to individual bedding accessories. Products like the glitzy sequin pillows, feminine ruffled rose pillows, and decorative ruche edged euro shams can dress up any bedroom.

The Artistic Sensations range is characterized by its bold, feminine designs. Strong colors, soft ruching, and bold chevron and toile prints give the handcrafted homewares collection a unique personality.

Artistic Sensations, Amazon, and Houzz Websites Working in Harmony

The real winners in this deal are consumers, who have more choices than ever before. Shoppers previously unaware of Artistic Sensations may head to the website, where they can find additional products like children’s beds, wall decals, bookshelves, and beanbags. Consumers unsure of any of the specifications of their purchase can also use Artistic Sensations’ famous customer service before making a commitment, regardless of where they ultimately choose to buy.

Amazon and Houzz’s existing customers will enjoy shopping for Artistic Sensations through these retailer’s mobile apps. As Amazon and Houzz are large companies, they can also offer lower shipping rates than Artistic Sensations. Artistic Sensations offers free shipping for orders over $250, but Houzz and Amazon have no minimum spend for this service. The 20 million Amazon Prime customers can also get their Artistic Sensations goods faster as part of the VIP club’s two-day shipping promise.

Additionally, Artistic Sensations customers will benefit by having access to user reviews before they buy and by having the convenience of one-stop shopping by including their Artistic Sensations with other purchases.

Homemakers looking to add a touch of individuality to their homes can now browse Artistic Sensations bedding products on Amazon and Houzz.

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Tips About Divorce and Talking to Your Child http://blog.artisticsensations.com/tips-about-divorce?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tips-about-divorce http://blog.artisticsensations.com/tips-about-divorce#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:45 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4659 Tips about Divorce Every year, many children face the pain and frustration of their parents’ separation or divorce. Change is always hard, but divorce is a particularly difficult change for young minds to handle. If you’re going through a divorce, take a look at these four tips for talking to your children about the situation. [...]

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Tips about Divorce

Every year, many children face the pain and frustration of their parents’ separation or divorce. Change is always hard, but divorce is a particularly difficult change for young minds to handle. If you’re going through a divorce, take a look at these four tips for talking to your children about the situation. If you’re prepared, you can prevent (or at least minimize) most of the trauma surrounding your divorce for your children.

Tell All of Your Children About the Divorce at the Same Time

Some parents tell older children about their divorce first and then wait to tell younger children until things are more finalized. This is a bad idea, because it puts a tremendous burden on your older children — namely, because they have to keep secrets. Additionally, younger children often will feel hurt that others knew about the divorce before them.

To avoid the added stress on your children, get them together and tell them all about the divorce at the same time. Unfortunately, your children are probably going to remember this event and recall the pain for a long time. Do your best to tell your children about the divorce delicately and in a reassuring environment.

Be Prepared for How Your Children Will Respond to the News

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Don’t assume your children will respond to the news of your divorce negatively. Some children react positively because they’re glad the hostility and/or tension between their parents will finally end. Be prepared for either situation. Also, your children’s attitudes may change throughout the divorce process, even on a daily basis. Let your children go through all the feelings because it’s part of the natural healing process. Be supportive every step of the way and realize that your children may be irrational at times.

Answer Your Children’s Questions About the Divorce

Divorce is confusing for children because it’s hard to accept that their lives will never be the same again. They will have many questions about the situation. Your children are smart enough to identify and resent evasive behavior, so don’t avoid questions about your divorce with generalities like, “It’ll be okay.” Truthfully answer every question to the best of your ability, so your children know what to expect.

Nothing makes divorce better for children; it’s something they have to come to accept, but answering all of their questions will probably make the process easier. Be supportive and try to give forthright, straightforward answers. You may think this increases your children’s pain, but it actually alleviates some stress and provides guidance.

Don’t Drag the Divorce Process Out Indefinitely

Some divorces take upward of a year to finalize the details. This is partly because of financial issues, but it’s also attributed to how you and your former partner behave. If you’re too concerned about who is going to “win” in the divorce, this prolongs the process and makes your children suffer longer. End the marriage quickly, because protracting the process is a lose-lose situation. The sooner you’re able to get on with your life and form a new routine, the happier your children will be.

Your children will eventually come to terms with the fact that the marriage is finished. Ideally, they will maintain healthy relationships with both parents. Just make sure that you continue to show love and support to your children so they can deal with the pain.

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Why Some Believe a Natural Birth is a Myth http://blog.artisticsensations.com/believe-natural-birth?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=believe-natural-birth http://blog.artisticsensations.com/believe-natural-birth#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4656 Natural Birth There are people who believe summiting Mount Everest without oxygen is the natural way to climb. Should that diminish the experience had by those who make it to the top using oxygen? The pressure to climb without oxygen has robbed some climbers of the joy because they either resorted to oxygen at the [...]

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Natural Birth

There are people who believe summiting Mount Everest without oxygen is the natural way to climb. Should that diminish the experience had by those who make it to the top using oxygen? The pressure to climb without oxygen has robbed some climbers of the joy because they either resorted to oxygen at the last minute, gave up, or finished their climb with increased danger to themselves and their team.

While this example of climbing Mount Everest is not meant as a metaphor for childbirth, there is a similar pressure on mothers to experience a “natural” childbirth. However, many critics insist that drug-free deliveries are not more natural than those requiring assistance. Instead, these critics insist they’re just one type of labor.

The Outcome is What Matters

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According to Amy Tuteur, an M.D. who published a highly cited opinion piece for TIME in 2011, one method of giving birth is not “better” than another when the goal is a healthy outcome for mother and child. The article argues that this is not a battle of the wills or a marathon; there is always risk in childbirth, both for the mother and the child.

Espousing the importance of a drug-free birth is dangerous to women, Tuteur says, because not every woman has the ability to have a drug-free labor. Complications arise and the ideal birth plan is not always possible.

Pain Slows the Process

Advocates of a “natural” childbirth believe pain is natural and is overcome by thoughtful breathing or, if not, tolerated for the safety of the child. The child will be more aware if drugs are not used.

A mother in extreme pain undergoes undue stress and complications often arise. The coping techniques espoused by the “natural” child-birthers do not adequately cover those mothers experiencing a prolonged labor or those requiring intervention.

C-sections are Unnecessary

This fallacy accompanies others such as C-sections are performed because doctors would rather be golfing or insurance companies like them better.

Countries with high rates of C-sections have low rates of mortality surrounding birth. For example, in a 2007 paper published by the journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, Egypt has a C-section rate of 11.4 percent, a neonatal mortality rate of 16/10,000, and a maternal mortality rate of 84/10,000. Contrast that with the United States’ C-section rate of 24 percent, neonatal mortality rate of 4/10,000, and maternal mortality rate of 17/10,000.

Who Plans to Have an “Abnormal” Birth?

According to an article published in the Daily Mail, a campaign in Britain by the Royal College of Midwives got major attention from medical professionals in 2011. The campaign entitled “Campaign for Normal Birth,” states C-sections and intervention should not be the first choice but the last. This type of campaign may aim at encouraging a more “natural” experience, but instead makes women faced with an already difficult decision feel guilty about it. The article emphasizes that these sorts of campaigns aim at making medical attention an afterthought, which can place mother and child in unnecessary danger.

Using the phrase “natural childbirth” to refer to labors that go unassisted from a drug and surgical standpoint, is assigning blame to those who cannot go unassisted. With the increase in labor complications such as multiple births, this stigma is unnecessary. All births are natural and the outcome of a healthy child and mother is what matters.

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Split Personalities – Sharing a Bedroom Between Two Kids http://blog.artisticsensations.com/sharing-a-bedroom?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sharing-a-bedroom http://blog.artisticsensations.com/sharing-a-bedroom#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4653 Sharing a Bedroom Shared spaces can present many challenges for children with differing personalities. When siblings have a big age gap between them, these types of differences are almost inevitable. Facilitate a peaceful room sharing situation with these creative ideas. Make Room for Personalized Sleeping Spaces To maintain a cohesive look, parents often choose matching [...]

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Sharing a Bedroom

Shared spaces can present many challenges for children with differing personalities. When siblings have a big age gap between them, these types of differences are almost inevitable. Facilitate a peaceful room sharing situation with these creative ideas.

Make Room for Personalized Sleeping Spaces

To maintain a cohesive look, parents often choose matching bedding sets for both siblings in a single room. Allow more personalization by choosing a simple color palette that each child can customize. A navy striped bedspread can go sporty for one child with a throw blanket featuring a favorite team and pillows in the shape of sports balls. For another, the same blanket may support a nautical theme with touches of red and sailboat sheets.

Divide Storage Spaces Neatly

Storage is at a premium in shared rooms, making clutter a big problem. Keep things neat and organized by providing ample storage solutions, each one designated for just one resident. Bins under the bed, chests at the foot, and wall-mounted shelves above all offer handy options outside the closet. Within the closet, divide hanging space appropriately and provide shelves and drawers appropriate to each occupant to keep things separate. You can even paint the back of the closet in different colors to indicate which area belongs to each child.

Create Private Corners

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It’s often difficult to get much privacy in a shared bedroom, but children with very different personalities are even more likely to need some time apart. Create private areas by hanging curtains around bunk beds or canopies over single beds. Drape sheets over a hula-hoop and hang this DIY canopy from the ceiling over a comfortable chair to provide a secluded space for reading or listening to music. Set rules to make these areas free from sibling interruptions.

Erect a Room Divider

Give each child a separate space with a room divider. Bookshelves are a handy way to separate each child’s side of the room while adding handy storage solutions. Wallpaper the back of a bookshelf to make it attractive on the opposite side. What’s a shelf for one child may even serve as a headboard for the other, depending on how you arrange the room. A curtain suspended from the ceiling can do the job in rooms with less space. In divided rooms, there’s no need for a cohesive decorating scheme, so you can allow unique looks on each side of the divide.

Reconsider the Closet

Harry Potter’s closet bedroom was grim and dreary, but the concept actually has merit. Replace the door with a curtain, remove hanging rods and shelving, and use a large closet as a uniquely separated space for one child. Illuminate this secluded corner with a wall-mounted light to banish dark corners. Your biggest problem will be deciding who to award this coveted space to.

With these smart strategies, you can provide separate spaces for each child that allow for plenty of personalization. No matter how large or limited your space, you can fit in a little more harmony with these tips.

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How to Paint Your Kids Walls – A Primer for Parents http://blog.artisticsensations.com/paint-kids-walls?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=paint-kids-walls http://blog.artisticsensations.com/paint-kids-walls#respond Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4647 Kids Walls Is it time to give your child’s room a facelift and change your kids walls? Do the pastel shades you painted the nursery no longer suit his or her adventurous personality? Fortunately, painting is one of the easiest home improvement projects, even for beginners, and it can be a great way to spark [...]

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Kids Walls

Is it time to give your child’s room a facelift and change your kids walls? Do the pastel shades you painted the nursery no longer suit his or her adventurous personality? Fortunately, painting is one of the easiest home improvement projects, even for beginners, and it can be a great way to spark your child’s creativity. To help you avoid common pitfalls in painting a kid’s room, here are some pointers from the pros.

Plan the Project

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It’s great to involve your children in the planning phase, but to avoid frustrating then, do some legwork first. Browse decorating magazines for ideas you like. You may want to keep it simple and paint the walls all one color, or you may want a pattern or combination of colors. Choose two or three ideas you like, go to the paint display—alone—and choose three or four colors (or color combinations) that you are willing to use on your kids walls.

Now it’s time to involve your child. Let her look at the painting ideas and choose the one she likes best. Then show her the paint samples and let her choose her colors. She’ll feel included in the decision-making, and you’ll avoid hurt feelings.

Prepare the Room

Since you’ll need to move the furniture out, use the opportunity to go through closets and drawers with your child and donate items you no longer use. Will your child help you paint? If so, take special precautions:

  • Use low-odor, kid-safe paint to prevent toxic fumes.
  • Cover switch plates and outlets with painter’s tape; it may be easier to remove them, but it’s safer for children to cover them.

Fill in any nail holes with toothpaste or spackle. Use painter’s tape to tape off window frames, door frames, floor molding, and ceilings. If you are painting the doors, tape around the doorknobs. Put drop cloths on the floor.

Gather Supplies

Wall Paint for Kids

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It’s best to have everything you’ll need in the room before you start painting—fewer chances that someone will track paint through the house retrieving a missing tool. Here’s a list of things to have on hand:

  • One or two paint rollers, an extension handle for hard to reach spots, one-inch brushes for detail work, and a paint tray.
  • Bucket of soapy water, old wash cloths, and roll of paper towels.
  • Electric fan.
  • Stepladder and/or stepstool.
  • Music.

Involving Your Child

If your child is old enough, don’t be afraid to give him a paintbrush. If you’ve done your prep work, he can’t do any harm, and he’ll love working with you. Show him how to use the paintbrush, and resist the urge to criticize his efforts. Accept the fact you may have to fix his work when he tires of the task. If your child is younger, she can help you gather supplies, and remove tape when the paint dries. Ask her to help you choose a “painting playlist” you can listen to while you work.

A new paint job on your kids walls is a fun and inexpensive way to remake a kid’s room. With a little planning and preparation, it’s a relatively stress-free opportunity to complete a rewarding project together.

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The Birds and The Bees What to Say and When to Say it http://blog.artisticsensations.com/the-birds-and-the-bees?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-birds-and-the-bees http://blog.artisticsensations.com/the-birds-and-the-bees#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://blog.artisticsensations.com/?p=4634 The Birds and The Bees Having a conversation with your kids about the “birds and the bees” is a difficult, yet vital talk to have. However, according to surveys, more than half of parents say they’re uncomfortable or only somewhat comfortable talking to their children about sex. Are you unsure about discussing the topic? Check out [...]

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The Birds and The Bees

Having a conversation with your kids about the “birds and the bees” is a difficult, yet vital talk to have. However, according to surveys, more than half of parents say they’re uncomfortable or only somewhat comfortable talking to their children about sex. Are you unsure about discussing the topic? Check out these tips on when and what to talk about.

Ages 2 to 3: The Proper Body Parts

As soon as your child starts speaking, you can already begin addressing sexual topics. Children understand there’s a difference between men and women by the age of four, but some children don’t fully comprehend the anatomical differences. At this young age, you can address these differences. Be sure to use the proper words for human anatomy so your children become comfortable with the topic.

Ages 4 to 6: How a Baby Is Born

If your children encounter a pregnant woman, they’re bound to get curious. Use this opportunity to talk about reproduction and biology. You can also guide the discussion by using clincal terms like “uterus” instead of “mommy’s tummy.” If your children need a further explanation, it’s okay to explain concepts, such as how sperm fertilize eggs.

Ages 7 to 9: The Basics of Intercourse

Children in this age group probably have a lot of questions since they’ve heard about sex (usually through media or other kids at school) but don’t yet understand it. This is a good time to explain what intercourse is. This is also an important age to begin talking about your feelings on sex, if you haven’t already. For example, “Sex is a way for adults to show they love each other.”

Ages 10 to 11: Rape and Puberty

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Talk to your children early about what rape is and how to say no. Discuss that it’s inappropriate to force someone to have sex, and teach them what to do if they’re sexually assaulted. While some parents feel this topic is too mature for this age group, 15 percent of rape and sexual assault victims are younger than the age of 12. It’s important to discuss sexual assault with this age group.

Since children are starting puberty younger — girls now start around age 10 and boys start around 11, according Duke Medicine – you should begin discussing what happens during puberty and why it happens before your children notice symptoms and get scared. Other topics children in this age group might have questions about include:

  • Basic sexual terms, such as “erection”
  • Sexual orientation
  • Fertility
  • Self-image and peer pressure

Ages 12 and Up: Sexual Health

As scary as it sounds, your children could possibly start having sex in their teenage years. Many people will lose their virginity between the ages of 16 and 17, says NBC News, but some people are having sex as soon as 13 years old or younger. Begin talking to your child about sexual health before they begin having sex. Topics to cover include:

  • Birth control methods
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Intoxication rape

Parents are bound to raise their children differently, but don’t go without talking about sex and sexual health. Nearly a quarter of schools teach abstinence-only sex education; however, if you want your child to learn about realistic concepts like birth control and safe sex, it’s important you educate him or her about it yourself.

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