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30 ways to keep children amused on rainy days — Part 1

Mother Nature brings her share of surprises, which can include bad weather – so you could run out of ideas for keeping your kids busy when it’s raining. Here’s a list of activities you can use for inspiration when you need to entertain them.

Rule #1: Be prepared! Set up a list of activities that your kids are likely to enjoy, and make sure you have everything you need on hand. Rule #2: Save some activities just for rainy days, so your kids can get excited about doing something special. Finally, be positive. Give them a good time despite the weather, and they’re sure to believe that rainy days can be fun… and to enjoy them all the more!

Do-it-yourself fun

 1.     Birdhouses

At your local dollar store, buy some wooden birdhouses that they can paint and varnish. As soon as the sun comes out, just hang them from tree branches.

2.     Themed mural

Attach a series of large white cardboard sheets to the wall and choose a theme for the mural. Any type of media – paint, colour pencils and/or glued-on magazine cutouts – is a great way to give free rein to the imagination. Here are a few ideas for themes: the sea, animals, insects, travel, the countryside, a farm, sports, etc.

Chocolate: A popular finish that’s a safe bet

Do you get a sense that the finish we call “Chocolate” or “Mocha” works with many types of décor? Have you also heard it described as versatile and timeless? Well, both those statements are true!

Our Chocolate finish - Our Mocha finish - Our Matte Brown finish

Our Chocolate finish – Our Mocha finish – Our Matte Brown finish


Because of its extremely subtle grain, Chocolate goes well with a variety of patterns – for both bedding and rugs. When you browse our website, you’ll see that this finish blends nicely with all styles: from Traditional to Contemporary to Transitional!

Further to Sophie’s post about 3 ways to play with Chocolate brown furniture, here are a few other ideas to inspire you!

Combine Chocolate and bright colours

Use these colours to achieve a dazzling contrast effect with “punch” that incorporates the tried-and-true: a Chocolate finish. Since the wall colours are easy to change, you can modify the décor anytime you want!

An interesting idea for a child’s room.


A room that combines Chocolate finish and bright colors

A room that combines Chocolate finish and bright colors

Exotic Chocolate

Chocolate evokes, for me, the colour of wood used to make those African masks and figures we buy as souvenirs. You’re most likely familiar with Ebony, which is generally black.

An ingenious way to bring baby into the family circle

Your delivery date is still a few weeks away, and you’re looking for something to keep you busy while you wait for your “precious bundle” to arrive. How about a simple, yet ingenious, personalized decoration project: a family tree, with a special touch of “design”, for your baby’s room!

A family tree with a touch of "design"

A family tree with a touch of "design"

You need a canvas, in the size you want, and two colours of paint: one for the background and another for drawing the tree itself (use colours that go with the décor you have chosen). The tree can be drawn in a more linear style (to go with a modern décor) or you can create more curves, depending on what you like. (Visit Pinterest for some great-looking samples.)

Next, choose the nicest photos of Mom and Dad, grandparents, and brothers and sisters. Print them in colour (for a more playful effect), black and white (for a more “serious” look) or sepia (for an “antique” appearance). Cut the faces out of the photos to fit the sizes and shapes on the tree, then “frame” them so you can arrange them on various branches. Creating the frames is easy: Just cut the shape you want out of a piece of cardboard or scrapbook paper.

Making an “enlightened” choice in window coverings

Decorating a room can be as simple as adding an attractive vase, a stylized area rug or even a beautiful piece of art. We tend to forget, however, that window coverings can also be a little “extra” that’s very easy to fit into your décor – even more so since they’re an essential addition most of the time.

Let’s start with the basics: How do you choose the right window covering?

  • You first need to decide on the style you would like for your room: contemporary, country, traditional or eclectic*?
    *Eclectic: A room done in eclectic style is a combination of various décors.
  • Decide what you need based on factors like privacy, lighting, the existing décor, etc.
  • Next, find the window covering that works best for you.

Traditional blinds

These are often under-estimated, since we think of the old aluminium blinds that used to be all the rage many years ago! Today, however, wooden blinds definitely have a decorative appeal that shouldn’t be dismissed. They’re just the thing for complete privacy with no light or for some privacy with the light from outdoors filtering into the room. Blinds are highly versatile and practical, since they go well with any style.

A do-it-yourself “hidey-hole”

Here’s a new project for you: Set up an under-the-bed hiding-place as part of the IMAGINE Collection (see also the IMAGINE Collection in white!).

To start off, close your eyes and go back to when you were 5 years old. Are you there yet?

Now imagine that you have an ultra-secret hiding-place for yourself and your friends. Doesn’t this make you jump for joy?

Children love to have a little space all their own – which is why I promise you, this little hideaway under a loft bed will be an instant success. And best of all, it should take you no more than 30 minutes to set it up once you have everything you need.

View the step-by-step presentation for completing this fun project, below. Once it’s done, you can sit back and enjoy a great coffee while your child has fun in this new “secret” hiding-place!

South Shore mini-decorating project: An IMAGINE bed with a hiding-place underneath

The Imagine Collection
The Imagine Collection - Pure White

The Imagine Collection – Pure White

The Imagine Collection - Morgan Cherry

The Imagine Collection – Morgan Cherry