The end of the year can be so chaotic and busy and it is yet one of my favorite moments of the year. I love how families and friends come together to celebrate the end of another year. Oh, and those pretty Christmas lights. Why do they feel so magical? With lots of celebrating there are of course lots of planning to do. So when it is time to snap those photos for our holiday photo cards, I always follow 3 simple steps. Because if I don’t make it easy (and I mean, super easy), I know I won’t do it at all.
1- S E T T I N G
I like to make the setting super simple. Just a simple background. Maybe trees or maybe a solid colored wall. A garage door is also a great option. I want the focus of the photo to be on the kids and their heart melting smiles. This year, I placed our outdoor seating in front of our evergreen bushes that happen to be facing our neighbor’s gorgeous pine trees. Once I decide on a setting, I take a couple of pictures to test the lighting and best angles and then, I am all set!
2- C L O T H E S
Once I know what kind of setting I have to work with, I start thinking about the clothing. I start my clothing choice by picking items that are somewhat neutral. Maybe a solid black shirt and black pants. Always think solid first. Then I add some texture or pattern. Stripes always work well for a pattern that is not too busy. This year, I chose Bela’s dress as the piece of clothing that features a little bit of texture and pattern. Lastly, I add a pop of color. Red or green are usually my first choice. Other great color combinations could be mustard yellow and navy blue for a golden Holiday Photo card. Or perhaps silver with neon colors for a modern twist. Once I gather all clothing I lay them out in bed to see if they do work well together. Then, and only then, I shout: “KIIIIIDS, Christmas Card photo time!” And they come dragging their little feet. “Really?!” they ask…
3- H A V E F U N
No stress allowed. I put some music on and snap as many pictures as I can in about five minutes. Yes, only five minutes. The preparation takes way longer than the actual photo session. Five minutes is all the time I have before those moving targets are way too difficult to manage. Snap. Snap. Snap. And usually from about 100 photos, I will have just one or two that are Christmas card appropriate. The “inappropriate” ones, though, oh, they sometimes are my favorite. How about the one of Marcus diving onto the flat ground? Mr. Claus, I am afraid we have three little naughty kids over here.
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::: A bedroom makeover :::
She had me at: “out with the pink”. I am not much of a pink girl. But three years ago when Bela insisted she wanted her room all pink I thought that maybe it was a great idea, until it was really not great at all. Once we painted the walls pink, I knew I would never really appreciate it as much as she did. We brought all the princess dresses in and set down with fairies as we enjoyed a cup of tea. Her room has a big window that lets lots of light in. But that pink(!), it was everywhere. Her closet had a selection of pink dresses, pink socks and of course pink undies. I would squint my eyes every single time I walked in her room. Much to my dismay, soon enough, the princess gowns were handed to me for the donation box. Having two boys and a soon to be eight-year-old teenager, Frozen was never a big hit in our house. Little ponies were placed in the corner cabinet that never gets opened. Much like that scene from Toy Story where Jessie is just forgotten under the bed for years. So sad, I know. Slowly, Bela lost her interest in princesses and as you may have guessed, everything PINK! All of the sudden she was eight, and she was browsing Spotify to find some of her favorite music artists. So I knew that pink that I never really appreciated was about to be erased forever. Will I miss it? Maybe, but for now, let’s just say the makeover started and it is looking fabulous.
As soon as I finish the room I will be posting the photos here. Come back to check it out!
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We have a new kids art print available on the shop. Can you smell the bubble gum? All in pink, this confetti art print is delicious. A must have for a little girl’s room. This heart design would be a great addition to a gallery wall or it could work by itself as a focal point on a wall. Press play and watch it come to life.
This kids art print is available as an 8″x10″, 11″x14″, and 16″x20″. All prints are available framed or unframed. Visit the site here for more options.
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Kids Garland DIY, a little décor piece we are adding to Olivia’s room. We are putting the final touches in Olivia’s room today. Most walls in this space are white and the furniture carry clean lines all in white with golden details. So to spark some interest and fun, I am adding colorful elements here and there. Colorful books, wall decals, art prints, garlands and more.
Garlands are being used a lot lately as a decorative element in kids rooms. They can be a very charming and very inexpensive item for the room. Initially, I wanted to create a garland for Olivia’s room made out of paper. But then, while sourcing for colored paper at Wallmart, I saw these cute little buttons and decided to use them as my supplies instead. The garland is tiny and delicate, just like little Olivia. The colors work with most colors in her room. Teal, aqua, pink and some green. I hung the garland around a big mirror that is framed in gold. I plan to take pictures of her room tomorrow, so check back soon to see how it all turned out.
For more garland ideas visit the Oh Happy Day blog here. They have some cool DIY garlands.
A new whale wall decal is coming to the shop soon. I had a couple of customers inquiring about whale wall decals lately, so I thought it was time for me to give it a try. I had a lot of fun creating our new whale friend. My design process for this particular illustration started with a somewhat complex whale shape. I then played with patterns and its shape. And the more I played with it, I just wanted to simplify the illustration. The fewer the lines, the more appealing this little guy was to me. Below you can see four steps leading to the final whale illustration. But believe me, there were way more than only four steps to this design process.
I decided to use the whale illustration for a wall decal that can be done in two colors. Below is the final look for the new whale wall decal. One was done in black and aqua and the other one in navy blue and gray. I will also work on art prints with my new whale friend. But right now, I am off to design a wall decal with sailing boats, patterned waves and everything nautical. So, what do you think, should we introduce this little fella to your little guy? Cheers!
Trendy Peas = custom made kids décor.
Did you know that all of Trendy Peas kids décor items are custom made? Every item we produce is made specially for you! All of our art prints, wall canvasses, wall decals, mobiles and stationery. Once an order has been placed, I will create the file, have it printed or laser cut, inspected and then carefully packaged so it reaches its new home safe and sound. We don’t stock any of our products. This allow us to always have fresh new designs, with no inventory to go to waste. We try to keep processing time as quick as we can. But before we say goodbye to a freshly baked good, we have to give it all of our love to ensure that you will be happy with your new item. Everything is done right here in the USA. We like to keep it local. We like to keep it small. We like to keep it personal.
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Black in the nursery, a DO or a DON’T? Lately I have been seeing a lot of black being used in nurseries and kids’ rooms. You can go from entire walls covered in black chalk paint to simple black details against white walls. And it works. It can really work. It is also a great color to use if you are creating a gender neutral space. So, after getting inspired by so many spaces like this one here and this one here, I thought it was time to introduce some black to Trendy Peas‘ designs. Right?
:: DREAM BIG WALL ART – Our new bold and whimsical design. Great for nurseries or kids’ spaces. Available as paper prints or canvasses.
:: SWEET DREAMS WALL ART – A sweet reminder design. Something that all mamas want at 3:00 in the morning. Available as paper prints or canvasses.
:: BIRDS AND OWLS WALL DECAL – Our best seller decal now in BLACK. We now added BLACK as one of the color choices for all our custom decals.
:: PINE TREES WALL DECAL – Who says all pine trees need to be green?
Did you like the garland used in the photos? It is by the Swedish artist Jennie Ekstrom. Check her FB page here.
We are having a sale on our valentine’s day decor. Get 20% off on any heart wall décor. Just use code: HEART until February 18th and enjoy our offer. Happy love day. I hope you will make it count!
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Thank you miss Julia for working with me on this little video. You look adorable!
This Valentine’s Day we will be adding our new Te Amo print featured below along with our new Hearts Wall Decal to the Trendy Peas‘ kids collection. This new Te Amo print features one big heart with a similar pattern to the “hearts” wall decal and bold white letters with the saying: Te Amo. It is so simple and so darling. A nice way to feature something we say everyday around here. Check back soon to get a coupon code for these two new items and start adding some love to your walls.
For more details on our new hearts wall decal, visit this post here.
And if you have any ideas or designs you would love to see in you kids rooms, please leave us a comment below.