Nothing is more fun than decorating a kid’s room… that is until that scary moment when the munchkin becomes aware of his own tastes and interests (carefully nurtured by the likes of Disney) and suddenly, his darling little nursery turns into a shrine to Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora the Explorer, and the movie Cars. But let’s focus on the sweet window of decorating opportunity that occurs before all that.
Foursided, as I discovered recently, is not only a great place to buy gifts, cards, vintage educational maps and charts, and original collages by local artists (including shop owner Todd Mack) but also kid-appropriate art. Whether original, reproduction, or vintage, the options have a soft, nostalgic appeal (I was drawn to the vintage alphabet pictures shown above). A few doors north of Foursided’s Andersonville location (the other one is in Lakeview), the new eco-friendly kids’ clothing store Green Genes (opened by a former Red Ballon Co. staffer) also has some fun tot art. Both the owner and I agreed that if the kiddies don’t like the old-fashioned circus posters, we’ll take ’em!