When Emily T. contacted us via honesttonod.com about her troubles putting together a playroom for her two daughters, we were more than happy to oblige. According to Emily, her daughters, Gracen (age 4) and Hadley (age 2 ½) are total girly-girls, and having a girly-girl of my own (she’s not even two and already has an opinion about her shoes!), I was eager to help.
Emily told me that the girls share one bedroom, so they can dedicate the other bedroom solely to play. A wise idea, since it allowed her to create a serene and peaceful place for sleep, and a joyful, inspiring room for play. So, here’s what I came up with.
For this room, I actually started with the rug. It doesn’t get much happier than our Candy Dot Rug. The grey’s a great neutral, but the pops of saturated colors will allow the room to be girly, but not just pink. It’s also a great choice for a playroom because it’s made from thick, 100% New Zealand wool. This makes it comfy to get down on the floor and play, and it’ll wear very well.
Next, I moved onto the furniture. Emily said her aesthetic is modern cottage. So, I chose our Elementary Table. This will provide plenty of room for the girls to play, and has a lot of great storage space beneath it, which is important since the room is on the small side. Also, its traditional lines will fit in with the cottage look in the rest of the home. I paired it with the more modern Mojo Stools. I chose this for two reasons. First, the modern look will balance out the vintage table. Second, they’re absolutely perfect for kids this age. Because of their splayed-leg design, they’re nearly impossible to tip over. I know this because I have 4 of them in my kids’ playroom!
Then I moved onto storage. Every playroom, actually every room, needs lots of storage. And, nothing beats our Storagepalooza. They come in a few configurations and are perfect for plush toys, dress up clothes, games, books. You name it, and you’d be shocked at just how much they can hold. Paired with our Gingham Strapping Basket, the white Paloozas are crisp and won’t overpower the small space.
And what’s a girl’s room without accessories? A cluster of our Lighten Up Pendant Lamps add some of that hot pink the girls love. Then I opted for the Besties Wall Banner to pay homage to the built-in-best-friend you get having a sister. Emily mentioned there’s a large window in the space, so I chose our Multi Ruffle Panels in a blush pink color. They’ll add some softness to all the white furniture and just a dash of that girly-girl fussiness.
Finally, I know these girls love to dress up, so I put in a grey metal coat tree for their boas, hats, capes and costumes. And, a couple Lucky Four-Leaf Mirrors, so they can see just how divine they look in all that get-up.
The final look is a bit cottage, a bit modern and oh so feminine. Also, it’s a look that can grow with the girls. In fact, I think I’d like to hang out there! Hope Emily, Gracen and Hadley like what I’ve put together, and if you have any decorating dilemmas you’d like us to tackle, feel free to comment below or get in touch with us via Twitter or Facebook.
By Danielle Kurtz
Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 5-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 5 years old?