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5 Ways to Create a Charming Corner Your Kids Would Love

No cartoon characters here, promise!

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Creating a kiddie corner doesn't mean decking your child's area with cartoon character decor (which he or she might outgrow soon), rubber mats with all-too-juvenile designs, or plastic chairs or toy bins that are, admit it, eyesores. Stylist and Real Living's former art director Jenny Inumerable-Suarez shares tips on how you can create a lovely nook where your little one can study, read, and play.

1. Start with a color scheme.

"It's not the typical pink," says Jenny of the kiddie corner she created for her daughter Ripley. "Try new color combinations." Jenny used a color palette composed of bright hues such as yellow, blue, avocado green, and orange. This color combination appeals to Ripley but at the same time, is sophisticated enough to last even when Ripley grows older.

2. Inject neutrals to anchor the kiddie area.

To balance out the bright hues, Jenny defined Ripley's nook with a gray area rug. It also complements the bed—dressed in bed linen with white and faint gray prints—and acts as a bedside rug.

3. Use washi tape—your new decorating best friend.

After finding inspiration from Pinterest, Jenny executed her vision by decorating the walls with silhouettes of houses and buildings using washi tape. "I used washi tape because I could always change it," says Jenny of the wall decoration. Washi tape can be easily removed without damaging your walls or peeling paint off.

4. Add personal touches by making your own decor.

Even if you don't have impeccable artistic abilities, you can work on DIY projects! Jenny made the clouds using bond paper, scissors, needle, and thread. Click here to watch a quick tutorial.

She also painted the papier mache animals (or takas) herself. Get unpainted takas when you visit Common Room PH located at 325 F. Dela Rosa St., Katipunan, Quezon City. You may also drop by their newest branch in Power Plant Mall, Makati City.

5. Look around your home for pieces you can use.

Jenny added more whimsical elements by displaying a paper hot air balloon, which she already had on hand for her other styling projects. She also used white photo frames (that keep up with the color scheme), books, and other knickknacks on her and her husband Louie's work area that is beside Ripley's nook.

To learn more about this makeover and to see more photos, get your copy of Real Living's July 2016 issue—out now in bookstores, newsstands, and supermarkets nationwide. You can also download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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