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Kids’ Playroom: A Mini Redo

Kids’ Playroom: A Mini Redo

When I first saw this room as a potential home buyer I immediately thought, “Playroom!”

playroom before

Nothing needed to be done to this space – it’s bright and clean and the lines are modern, but I did think it could be fun to spiff it up a little.  Ta da!

sunroom after panoramic

 I wanted to keep the budget super low so focused on high-impact / low budget items: lighting, pillows and DIY art.


1) New Lighting

This is the Birdsnest light from Serena and Lily, and I was concerned it might be blah in person, but it’s actually really unique and interesting looking, and I like that it adds an artisanal, handmade texture in an otherwise sleek space.

serena lily light


2) New Throw Pillows

Talk about an easy, inexpensive way to perk up a space.  It doesn’t get better than throw pillows.  The yellow pillows are from the Nate Berkus collection at Target (thank you, Emily!).  They are about $20 each!


pillows playroom


The gray ikat and chevron stripe pillows are from Etsy (here’s a tip:  keyword search “gray chevron pillow” on Etsy and then sort your results by price, low to high.  That’s how I found these beauties for only $13 each!).


The beautiful yellow flower pillow is a gift from my friend Sara, all the way from Hawaii – she sent it randomly, not knowing my gray and yellow plans for the playroom.  It’s decorating kismet…


3) Rotating Art Gallery Wall

Seemed to me this large white wall was just screaming for some art.  I started playing around with a DIY art gallery wall idea – a perfect place for all that art that keeps coming home from nursery school!

playroom during

Really, does it get better than playing with your legos in your underwear?  I think not.

Here’s the after:

gallery wall playroom

I bought those 18″ x 24″ poster frames at the amazing art store AI Friedman, but also found good options at Target and Amazon.


I don’t know why, but this ceramic dog that my 2-year-old painted just cracks me up – I think because of the googly eyes and pink earrings.  I thought floating shelves could be a cute, whimsical way to showcase the art I can’t hang but still want to show off:

doggie closeup


I found these floating shelves at Home Depot – $17 for 2 shelves, pretty much the cheapest I could find.


I love that I can swap out the ceramic dog for something new as time goes on.  Same idea with the poster frames – just take one down, pop a new painting in.  A rotating art gallery…

gallery wall playroom


So there you have it.  A happy, pulled together space with minimal fuss

sunroom after panoramic

And lest you think I snapped my fingers and had this mini-redo done in a day, I’ve been working on this for – no joke – six months.  Like you, I am pulled in a million directions, utterly sleep deprived, and I can barely get my act together to nail a frame to a wall.  But I just put one foot in front of the other and did each piece bit by bit. And before I knew it I had actually made some real changes.  I’m telling you, you can do it too!

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