Inspiring our Children through Decoration and Design
Published on: July 10, 2021
Self-taught sewist and decorator, Oriane, tells us how she developed her passion for creating child-friendly spaces and shares some tips on using decoration to support our kids’ growth.
By Oriane Denaix
I arrived in Thailand six years ago. When I found out that I was pregnant, I started my journey looking for specific items for my baby, but when I couldn’t find them and didn’t want to spend much money on imported products here, I decided to make them myself. Pregnancy makes you have funny and creative ideas sometimes, when it’s not about the food, right?
I learned how to sew using the Internet. At first, it was very basic items, but then it started to be more complicated like teepees, hanging diaper storage, bean bags, and baby nests. I started to create useful, affordable, but also beautiful items for my baby and me. I wasn’t a designer nor a seamstress at first, but I became both. Most of my friends were looking for the same items I was, so I started sewing for them, too, and they also asked me to create personalized things just for them as they couldn’t find such unique and specific items anywhere else.
I realized as a mom that kids learn by watching the world around them, their parents, and their friends, but also by creating and playing in their own world. Giving them the opportunity to explore their imagination is something everyone can do very easily. Providing a cozy environment with some decorative items that appeal to them allows the kid to develop great ideas and have hours of fun. Every little one should be able to spend time in an environment they like and that nurtures their brilliant little mind.
Decorating a nursery or toddler’s room shouldn’t be complicated. I would like to share some of my best tips to make it enjoyable for both you and your kids.
Adding some soft color touches in the room such as light grey, soft purple, and light green can help soothe an irritated baby. Adding too many bright warm colors such as red, yellow, or orange will boost the kid’s energy, so you want to avoid this in the sleeping area. Adding some nice prints, perhaps of their favourite animal or color, can help your toddler be more comfortable, independent, and will make them want to spend more time playing there.
While your baby is still young, we – their parents – get to enjoy choosing everything that we like. Then as they grow, we will learn to let our kids think on their own and choose what they want. The easy way to do it is to talk about what they like or want, then to pre-select only a few patterns or prints you also like and are comfortable with, and propose them to your kid. That way they feel involved, and you can create some harmony in the room. By asking your kid to help in the choice of their room decoration, you help them build self-confidence, and they will also learn new skills such as asking for help when needed, teamwork, being a great listener, and sharing ideas.
Another opportunity for learning and a passion of mine is to upcycle well-loved items. I love bringing projects home and talking with my older kid about why it is better to upcycle it instead of buying a brand new one if possible. Bringing broken things back to life is very exciting! It seems small, but fixing the fabric on a doll’s pram, chair, or other loved item brings so much joy to the hearts of our little ones. The smile on some kid’s faces when they discover their favourite chair has been upcycled is priceless. “Look! There are astronauts on the chair now!”
A safe and happy environment is so important for our children, and when I see my little ones reading books on their bean bags, or playing in their tent, my heart melts, and I know what I gave them is useful and helping them grow. Photo from Canva.
About the Author
Oriane is a designer and fun seamstress, mum of 2 kids, and founder of Boo – Boo, by Oriane.
Boo – Boo by Oriane is also committed to the NGO Cameleon Association. Because all kids matter. Your purchases contribute to Cameleon’s solidarity programs that aim to offer a future to abused and underprivileged children.
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