You spent nine months agonizing over every detail of the animal-inspired nursery. Cut to three years later. Turns out butterflies are the only creature Sophie can stand.
If the writing is on the wall for your nursery decor, let Stephanie Elias transform the space with a custom mural.
After years of designing products for the likes of Pottery Barn Kids, LeapFrog, and Maclaren, Elias is returning to her artist roots, creating modern backdrops for kidlet bedrooms.
Big-picture planning starts by conferring with Mom and Dad. Once the parental units have set parameters, the real inspiration comes from a sit-down with the room dweller herself. Armed with your little one’s fantasy and taking cues from Japanese toys, Elias designs a dreamy mural before precisely painting it into place.
Created with zero VOC and nontoxic paint, the wall-size artworks are safe to wash with soap and water and guaranteed to please even the toughest critics.
No betting on the wrong horse.
Available online at seliasdesign.com, $800 and up.
The Fifth Night
What: Kids celebrate the Hanukkah tradition by donating a gift to a child in need.
Why: They’re never too young for a mitzvah.
When: Sun., 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Vista del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., at Manning Ave., in the gym. Info at 323-377-9733. Reservations (required) to fifthnight.org. Admission is free.
Family Art Stops
What: Parents and kids (5 and up) view a single piece of artwork with a gallery teacher, then explore it more with hands-on activities like puzzles, drawing, and role play.
Why: Art’s a family affair.
When: Sat. & Sun., 2 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Getty, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr., at Sepulveda Blvd. (310-440-7300). Admission is free.
What: The whole family lifts voices in chorus to Christmas and holiday tunes.
Why: Sing, sing a song, let the whole world sing along.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., b/t First & Second Sts. (323-850-2000). Tickets online at laphil.com. Adults and children, $33-$85.
Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Elias