You’ve probably noticed that I love bright colors by now. That’s why I was thrilled to get a chance to style this gorgeous yellow side table from Sauder‘s Soft Modern collection. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. As always the opinions, photos, and text are all mine.
I had beautiful ideas in my head of how I would decorate my yellow side table. When it arrived, my 4 year old daughter Lyla helped me put it together.
She helped me pick out the perfect plant to go on top of my little yellow table. She even helped me paint the black and white brushstrokes planter for the colorful plant. (I just love how black and white looks next to bright yellow. I’d also recommend keeping your colors and decorations very minimal when working with a bright and modern piece like this one.)
Lyla also helped me pick out some books from around the house to set on the table to give it a little more height. (The table is very low. This look is very modern and trendy right now and looks great with other low furniture, but I also wanted to give the table just a little more height. A lamp would also do the same thing.)
And after all of this, Lyla had absolutely fallen in love with this little table. Yellow is already her favorite color, and she just adored this piece of furniture with it’s little yellow drawer. So of course, I decided that she could have it and that it would be the perfect creative space for her.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably read a little about how Lyla is my shadow and loves making things, painting, taking pictures, etc just as much as I do. So I put her little yellow desk right next to mine, and decided to maker her her own creative space.
Now she keeps some of her most important craft supplies in her drawer: her watercolors, her little green scissors, some crayons, and of course washi tape. (..and apparently a little panda. I agree with Lyla, he is totally essential!) This modern yellow side table is the perfect size for a 4 year old’s desk.
Here are a few tips for creating a space for a child that fosters creativity:
1. Bright colors – decorating with bright colors like the yellow desk and the rainbow brushes creates a stimulating space for kids.
2. Decorate with craft supplies. I just love how the pink ruler and paint brushes look on the wall over Lyla’s desk… and so does she. It really makes the purpose of this area so clear.
3. Add some inspiration. I painted some letters to spell out M A K E… short and to the point. Plus, even though Lyla isn’t reading yet, she knows what that word spells. You could also hang some cute printables.
4. Use washi tape. Hang artwork with washi tape. It’s colorful and removable, and you can change out the art on display from time to time.
5. Keep it simple. We have a ton of craft supplies, but I like to keep them up and away from the kids. I wanted Lyla’s desk to be simple and not overwhelming, so I encouraged her to pick out just a few supplies to keep close at hand in her drawer. That way, the little desk stays clear and ready for a quick project. She especially loves coming home from school and making cards for her friends.
One of the things I love about Sauder furniture is how affordable and versatile it is. Be sure to check out the Sauder lookbook to see more examples of the different ways real people decorated the same pieces in their homes. You can also follow along with Sauder on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Do you have any advice for putting together a creative space? What few items would you include in your essential drawer?