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Cherished Spaces

Janine Boldrin
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Designing a bedroom for your child should be fun. But with military families moving so frequently, and the quick transition from baby to toddler to young child, it’s easy to see why so many families stick to only the most basic decorating for their little kids’ digs.

If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to decor, don’t give up.

With the right furnishings and décor—all of them inexpensive, easy to create, quick to install and mostly mobile—you can design special spaces that your child will remember for a lifetime. You can put these simple tips from military spouses into action today:

After years of helping other military spouses learn how to make memorable spaces by repurposing and rearranging what they already owned, Army spouse Sharon Bright was encouraged by family and friends to start her own decorating business. That’s how Brightly Chic Designs was born.

“We may not have the luxury of having a forever home as a military family, but we deserve to love each and every house we have along the way,” says Bright. “I want my kids to look back on their Army lives and think of all the warm, cozy houses they’ve had over the years.”

Check out the clever accents Bright used in her youngest daughter’s nursery (a room they just relocated from Fort Polk to Fort Bliss), along with ideas on how to make an older child’s room special.

Make a big impression by decorating nursery walls with whimsical accents like this hand-painted tree.

Bright found the design in a photograph and decided to decorate the nursery around the feature. Silk flowers add dimension – all for a few dollars! If the idea of painting freehand seems challenging, try stencils or purchase easy-to-apply vinyl decorative lettering or embellishments. You can even find vinyl tree decals online.

Display meaningful items and repurpose and reuse pieces you already have  to save money.

Bright shows off the dress her daughter wore home from the hospital on the knob of a door she reused from their last house. The crib and changing table have been handed down and used by all of her daughters. “Use what you have first,” Bright says, “and you may never need to step in a store again.”

Turn problems into opportunities when dealing  with a smaller room or eyesore.

When faced with an oddly positioned porthole window in the baby’s bedroom, Bright positioned a painted door to block the light coming through the window’s slats from the street lights during the night. “This is not my forever home,” says Bright. “I didn’t see the need to do any permanent changes.” She added a shelf for books and piggy banks to complete the effect and, best of all, the room was dark enough at night for sound sleeping.


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