Urban Outfitters for Kids’ Rooms

Is it just me, or is Urban Outfitters THE place to get cool stuff for kids’ rooms?

I’m not sure if it’s that kids are getting savvier or young adults more childlike – possibly the latter given the huge wave of twenty-somethings moving back home after university. Though maybe the economy is the culprit for that. I dunno – but the URBN aesthetic really rocks in a youngish kids’ room, especially one like The Little Nutball’s seeing as how she’s digging the whole birds/skulls/pink/pretty flowers frequency.

I’ve always loved their style, but in university couldn’t afford it. I was in school right at the height of grunge, perhaps the last hurrah of stylishly DIY truly budget living. We had the whole bricks-and-wood-bookcase look happening, plus a hand-me-down velour sofa with wood trim. A crazy neo-Baroque hand-me-down coffee table, a system of pulleys and milk crates holding office supplies in our “study.” Everything is a lot cleaner looking now, and DIY doesn’t look all that DIY-y. Today’s DIY looks like Sir Terence Conran popped by and DIY-ed it for you in between opening Habitat shops. And hand-me-downs don’t have that new-again URBN rec room look: they’re just skanky old Structube futon sofa beds.

I would have painted a table like this myself. Now I don’t have the time. Actually no, now I don’t have the tolerance for my lack of painting talent. This baby’s only $US32, maybe a few bucks more Canadian in-store.

Sure, I’d put it in my bedroom as a bedside table, but my bedroom looks like a hurricane tore through it. Better in hers: it’s neat because she doesn’t sleep there, she sleeps with us. Still.