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20 Colorful Kids’ Desks and Chairs

The armchair in August’s room will soon be out of there. Nobody is sitting in it much (we read more in bed), and when I asked him if he would rather keep the chair or have a desk instead, he wanted a desk. Eleanor has one in her room, so of course August wants one too.

His bedroom has unpainted wooden trim, a wooden dresser, a black bookshelves. The bed will be upholstered, and the only other soft surface (the armchair) is being removed. I’ll be repainting and I’ve already added a more colorful rug, and I’m looking to bring in more color with the desk and chair. I found twenty options that can mix and match and when I showed them to August, and he said he wanted red. No, light blue. “No, all of them! Stack them up to the roof!”

A lot of help he is!

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With the exception of one desk (#3, which is over by ten dollars), everything here is under $200. Much of it is under $100.

  1. Commune Chair
    Bent plywood in red, green, blue, or black.

  2. Tobias Clear Chair
    This is also available in a clear version, but that lilac is unexpected in a wonderful way.

  3. Safavieh Bentley Writing Desk
    Industrial inspiration plus poppy color.

  4. Janinge Chair
    Comes in white too, but the yellow is much more fun.

  5. Pagoda Blue Evie Molded Dining Chair
    Knock-off Eames shell chairs. There are a million out there, or go for the licensed version in plastic or fiberglass.

  6. Homeroom Metal Desk Chair
    Teal, lime, pink, red, or white. The rolled front edge makes the chair more comfortable for longer periods of time.

  7. Student Desk with Open Front Metal Book Box
    A primary school classic that also comes in blue, but you have to order at least two.

  8. Expound Desk
    That modern trestle base is a fun detail on a well-priced desk. Available in several colors.

  9. Public Chair
    Just adorable. Eight wood and accent color combinations.

  10. Ideal II Chair
    Bent plywood chairs are always a nice go-to.

  11. Lucinda Stacking Chair
    Orange powdercoated iron. Super colorful and sturdy! Also comes in grey.

  12. Domino Desk Chair
    Such a great price for a design like this! Similar styles often go for much more from pricier stores. Choose green, gold, navy, or pink.

  13. Vilmar Melamine Chair
    These are usually bent wood, but the melamine makes this easier to wipe down and keep clean. Comes in several colors and patterns.

  14. Go Cart Mint Rolling Desk
    Similar to the other on this list, but less expensive and in a lovely mint color.

  15. Reidar Outdoor Aluminum Chair
    Metal chairs are wonderfully sturdy and indestructible. Choose from black, white, and yellow.

  16. Pony Peacock Chair
    I didn’t include a lot of fabric choices here on purpose, but I liked this one too much to pass up. Comes in a gray tweed too if you’re looking for something less colorful.

  17. IKEA PS 2014 Secretary Desk
    Toys and display space up top, hide everything else below! The zingy orange and modern design is great, too.

  18. Marais A Side Chair
    16 colors! We have these in our dining room, in gunmetal gray.

  19. Umbra OH! Arm Chair
    You know where the name comes from? You sit down and exclaim “OH!” when you realize how comfy it is.

  20. Red Josephine Desk
    X-bases for the win. Plus a fold-down drawer!

14 Ceiling Fans that Don’t Look Terrible!

Our house does not have central air, and Chicago summers are hot and humid. I was a little concerned that we would be uncomfortable as the temperatures rose, but it hasn’t been too bad. A shady porch for enjoying a breeze helps. 10′ tall ceilings inside and transom windows above the bedroom doors help. Window A/C units help. Portable fans help, and though I’d rather choose fixtures for looks alone, ceiling fans help. There are four in the house already, and we’re planning to add at least two more.

14 Ceiling Fans that Don't Look Terrible!

Here’s what I’ve been looking for in a fan:

  • simple and classic, early vintage style, or industrial-inspired

  • nothing too modern or so simple that it looks cheap

  • light kit optional (depends on the room — lamps/sconces are adequate in bedrooms)

  • four or five blades

  • no gimmicks (gyro fans, palm leaves, etc.)

  • black, bronze, or brass (in another house I might prefer white, but here I don’t think the color works as well)

  • roughly 48″ across, give or take a little

Some of these are available in several finishes, but I tried to stick to black or dark bronze for the roundup so they could be compared more readily by shape and style than by color. Many are also adaptable to house a light kit, and the down rod can often be adjusted for height.

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Classic Bistro Style

  1. 52″ Harbor Breeze Classic Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $80

  2. 42″ Progress Lighting Airpro Builder Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $111

  3. 52″ Sea Gull Lighting Quality Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $171

  4. 43″ Gemma Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Home Depot, $242

  5. 52″ Bistro Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $289

  6. 54″ Ainsworth Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $310

  7. 52″ Heron No Light 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation, $450

  8. 52″ Hunter Original Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $463


  1. 52″ Progress Lighting North Park 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $214

  2. 42″ or 52″ Lapa Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $446

  3. 42″ or 52″ Machine Age Polished Copper Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $475

  4. 52″ Industry Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $499

  5. 60″ Peregrine Industrial No Light 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation, $500
    also seen in the leading image, with an LED light

  6. 52″ Earhart Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $579

p.s. I totally should have had two matching post titles in a row.

Rugs, Rugs, Rugs, Plus Plans for August’s Room

Staring at those photos of August’s room while I edited them and wrote up my post last week made it increasingly evident that the gray rug in there needed to go. I rolled it up later that day while Brandon had all of the kids at the park, and I rearranged the furniture while they were gone too.

August’s reaction could have gone two ways. Mild interest in the novelty of the new, or absolute hatred with a side of resistance to change. When he got back, I called him upstairs and told him I had a surprise for him in his room. I was met with a hug and the biggest smile. “Oh, it’s so beautiful!” Not what I expected to come out of his mouth, but I’ll take it.

August's Room

I took the safety rail off of the bed when I changed the room’s layout, and I’m pleased to report that August has only tumbled out of bed once since then. He was so sleepy and out of it that he didn’t even remember it the next morning. Parenting win! (The kid was fine. You gotta learn to sleep in a normal bed some time, right? And anyway, his is super low to the ground, so you know. Not too far to fall.)

I brought in a white rug that we already owned so that there would still be a soft surface to play on (or fall out of bed onto). I feel like this is about as good as that wall color can look, and it’s not looking great. The curtains and artwork though, I like, and those are definitely staying.

Plans for August's Room

Rugs, rugs, rugs. Stick with what I’ve got, or…

Fun & Coloful

Colorful Rugs

  1. Boucherouite Rug, The Land of Nod

  2. Gypsy Stripe Woven Cotten Rug, Dash & Albert

  3. Melita Flokati Rug, Anthropologie

  4. Magical Thinking Triangle Chindi Rag Rug, Urban Outfitters

  5. Paint Palette Rug, The Land of Nod

  6. Carrousel Lattice Rug, Lulu & Georgia

  7. Delphine Rug (Ruby and Teal), Lulu & Georgia

  8. Salma Wool Shag Rug, West Elm

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Stick with Ivory

Neutral (Ivory) Rugs
Our rug has long been discontinued, but these are similar if you’re in the market.

  1. Honeycomb Textured Wool Rug, West Elm

  2. Textured Wool Rug, PB Kids

  3. Moorish Tile Rug, Pier 1

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Neutral & Geometric

Neutral Geometric Rugs

  1. Woven Geo Fringe Kilim Rug (Navy), PB Kids

  2. Magical Thinking Printed Boucherouite Rug, Urban Outfitters

  3. Azi Rug, CB2

  4. Threshold™ Aztec Fleece Area Rug, Target

  5. Torres Wool Kilim (Iron), West Elm

  6. Herald Rug, Anthropologie

  7. Delaney Rug (Navy), PB Kids

  8. Oslo Wool Dhurrie Rug, CB2

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What do you think? Are there any other good options that I may have missed?

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