How can you decorate a room to reflect his growing curiosity without completely changing the decor? The answer is bulletin boards. And not just the kind that come from the office-supply store. You can make your own boards from inexpensive lightweight materials, cut them to any size or shape, then cover with fabric or paint to fit the style of a room.
A bulletin-board picture rail hung the length of a hallway or between two doorways lets you proudly show off kids' artwork while keeping tape and thumbtacks off the walls. It's a beautiful detail in this hallway, and the coarse texture of the fabric (we used raw silk, but cotton canvas also works well) hides pinholes well. Quarter-round molding gives it a finished look.