Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nana's Playroom - Inspiration

This blog has been all about our home and projects, but my mom recently bought a beautiful old home and asked for some help with decorating, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects here. The first space I'm helping with is a really cool attic area. The house has plenty of storage so she decided to turn part of the attic into a playroom for her granddaughter, my niece, and future grandkids (not that she's hinting or anything) . She knows I love design, so she asked me to  take this project over while she works on the rest of her house.

The main goal of this area is to have a fun space for when my niece and future grandkids come to visit. Right now there aren't any age appropriate toys or things to do at nana's other than watching Disney movies or playing Dora on the computer. We do a lot of activities when my niece visits, but it would be nice to have a fun little space where she can do her own thing sometimes. Although that's probably not the right choice of words, since we all hang out with her as much as we can when she comes for visits, so I'm sure she'll have all of us playing up there with her!

We want the space to have three components.
  • An imaginary play space, with a tea party theme.
  • A reading nook.
  • A creative space with art supplies.
I haven't spent a lot of time around kids other than her lately, so I turned to pinterest and blogs to get some inspiration on what to include. Here's what we're inspired by so far:
The photo above is from the Caitlin Wilson Design blog. The party was by Chrissi Shields of Styled Chaos, who threw her 2-year-old daughter a beautiful birthday party using pillows from Caitlin Wilson Textiles in the Fleur Chinoise III Collection. I was thinking of using these pillows in the design already and these photos just made me want to use them even more. You can check out the full set of photos on Chriss's blog, here.

I'm trying to keep it pretty budget friendly. To keep it within budget,  I'm loving ideas like the Crafted Sparrow's washi tape tin cans to hold arts supplies.

Since this room will most likely be used for both boys and girls in the future, we figured it couldn't be too girly, but my mom still wanted pink. So we decided to go more green with pink accents, but specifically love the color combo shown below from Horchow.

Now that we have color scheme and a general idea of the purpose of the space, it's time to work on the details. This project may take some time since the room needs to be painted in the spring, but I'm excited to get started on it. We already bought a rug and tea set. I'll share once we have some more details narrowed down. This is the first kid friendly room I'm working on, which is really fun. I hope my niece and future nieces and nephews love it.

If you have kids, what things do they like in a playroom?


  1. Love your ideas and your inspiration photos! Can't wait to see it come to life!

    1. Thanks! I'm excited to finally get started, hopefully I'll have more to share soon!

  2. SUCH a cute idea for your mom's place! Beautiful inspiration! I love all of the colors! :)

    I hope this means you're pregnant or that chapter will be happening for y'all in the near future ;) I'm excited for that next chapter, myself.

    1. It will be awhile before that chapter arrives, everyone in my fam just likes to plan in advance......very far as you can see. :)

    2. haha I see! Nothing wrong with that! :)