Creating a Sensory Friendly Playroom

Post by Julia of Tag&Tibby

wide_roomLast summer we moved to our new home in North Carolina. Our previous home in Minnesota was small: our two children shared a bedroom and playtime happened mostly in the living room. Now that we have a playroom and I wanted to make it more personal for our children’s’ needs!

Our oldest is on the autism spectrum. He is high functioning, processes information visually, and loves routine. He is very social but at times during the day needs a quiet space to be alone. Both of our children are fun loving and silly, and I wanted to make our playroom a safe, comfortable environment for both of them to play.

I contacted Land of Nod to see if they would be interested in helping me add some sensory friendly components to the room. They graciously sent the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. Our little guy is always asking questions about science and the weather and I knew it would be a hit. Our kids now have a soft place to sit and read, and it is the perfect spot to have a little alone time or be silly with their finger flashlights.

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Some sensory friendly playrooms use really bright, vivid colors. But I believe if the room is a place to visually relax a soft blue or green is the way to go. I added a faux wood plank wall for texture, and the star bright decals add so much character to the room.

Our two kids are 5 and 7. They are in their elementary years so we were looking to add to hobbies they have established. They both love Legos, so it was important to include that in the room. And our daughter loves to craft and read. We keep our board games and puzzles in the closets and extra books and craft supplies in the thrifted cabinet to prevent visual over-stimulation. Additionally, we chose to leave “white space” in the room for the kids to be creative and spread out their toys.

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I brought the trampoline from our porch and right away our son started jumping. Jumping, hopping, running, spinning are all forms of vestibular input and is really helpful to add in a playroom for sensory processing.

Bryce craves a daily routine. It makes a tremendous difference to his day when he knows the “plan.” That can be a little hard sometimes for me: a creative, go with the flow Mama! So I added our weekly calendar to the wall and a white board for him to draw out our daily schedule. We find that reward charts (check out my free printable) and visual timers are also helpful.

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The kids LOVE the new playroom. They are spending more time there, making it messy, and using their imaginations. We are excited to spend even more time there this summer! For more pictures of the playroom makeover visit Julia’s blog Tag & Tibby.

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Julia is the founder and editor of Tag&Tibby: a site dedicated to simple DIY projects, home design, and recipes with a hint of vintage. She is a wife and mom to two awesome kids and has a background in product design.  

Small Room Bedroom Inspiration

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

I’ve avoided taking on this room for two years. The previous owners used silicone caulking around the baseboards; and it’s been a mess to remove it and prep the walls properly. My youngest, naturally, got stuck with the smallest bedroom, which is proving tricky for furniture arrangement and storage. It’s on the north side of the house, so it tends to be a bit darker than the other rooms, too. It probably doesn’t help that he’s also inherited a mashup of all the leftover furniture, which isn’t working so well at the moment. All these things have been working against me, plus, I’m a superbly talented procrastinator. But it’s high time I get to work. Without further ado, here’s what I’m envisioning for our small room bedroom inspiration.

Small Room Bedroom Inspiration | Honest to Nod

Here’s my plan for Nolan’s Room:

  • I’m going to start by painting the walls a really light minty green/blue color to add just a wash of color to the walls. He’s the proud owner of a really great vintage bed that once belonged to my mother. His big sister has one that I painted turquoise. I’m going to paint Nolan’s bed red for one big burst of color. And I’ll use this great black and white geometric quilt for some pattern.
  • As for the furniture pieces; I’m going with a tall, skinny dresser to maximize both storage AND floor space. A toy box can act as a bench/play table; but most importantly, it will hide all the junk he drags into his room.
  • I’m going to use a wall mirror to reflect more light into the space.
  • The nightstand can also double as a chair; and the numbered wall bin will be a great place to store books up on the wall.
  • I’ll round the space out with some great pillows (Dark Wash Sham, Modern Misfit Sham, ‘N’ Throw Pillow), some artwork (album tricycle, Old Captain Redbeard), a nightlight to keep the boogeyman away, and a cute anchor hook to hang his backpack/jacket.

Now it’s time to put my painting shirt back on! Can’t wait to show you how it turns out.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Outdoorsy Boy’s Room Ideas by Lay Baby Lay

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

This room design is for the little boy who loves all things outdoors. These outdoorsy boy’s room ideas mix natural finishes like wood with unexpected finishes like copper. The outdoors element is limited to art and sheets, which are easy to switch as little ones grow and find new interests.

Outdoorsy Boy's Room Ideas by Lay Baby Lay | Honest to Nod

Fine Alloy Pendant / Surplus Wall Shelf / Pinecone Print / Falling Bear Print / Belle Svezia Tapestry / Wood Shelves / Eclipse Banner / Moon Wall Art / Wood Lamps / California Pennant / Stone Larkin Bed / Honors Sheets / Foundry Nightstands / Artful Raccoon / Natural Dresser / Hedgehog Nightlight / Mountain Pillows / Chalkboard Globe / Hiding Bear Art / Ukelele / Aqua Half Stripe Rug / Drafter’s Play Table / Walnut Little Felix Chairs / Quartz Cube Bin

For even more kids room design ideas, check out our kids room Pinterest board.

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow. 

A Kids Room at Grandma’s House

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

A Kids Room at Grandma's House

I am so excited to share this room we put together with The Land of Nod for the guest room at my girls’ Nana’s house. We talked with her about doing a little room redo, since she raised two boys, and has now found herself to be a grandmother of three little girls. We spend a good bit of time at their house, and so we began planning a space that would be light, bright, and imaginative, while also meaningful to their family and also hopefully something that will last quite awhile. Of course, Nana and GDaddy’s is already special, but it was fun to tailor something especially for them and the girls. Today, I’m sharing a few tips on how to successfully put together a kids room at Grandma’s house that hopefully the grandparents and kids alike will love and enjoy.

Here is the style board we started with. My goal was to lighten things up, but to use pieces that would transition well over the years.

A Kids Room at Grandma's House

Vintage Tole Chandelier / Vintage Brass Wall Hanging / Invisible House Wall Shelf / Pop Icon Heart Nightlight / Vintage Photo / Little Golden Books Banners / Pink Ukelele / A to Zebra Wall Art / Swiss Dot Sheets / Bon Voyage Suitcases / Mint Larkin Beds / Yellow Book Ledge / Wood Rock Lamp / Shy Little Kitten Quilt / Campaign Nightstand / Leaping Alpaca Poster Decal / Pom Curtains / Vintage Photo / Geo Throw Pillow / Shy Little Kitten Pillow / Mint Bookshelf / Alto Bookcase / White Campaign Dresser / White Hemisphere Lamp / Gold Domino Chairs / Silver Floor Pillow / Walk Softly Rug / Yellow Lattice Bin / Vintage Mirror / Vintage Photo

First, here is a little before and after. Please know I snapped the before pic as we were leaving one weekend, so the girls’ bags are on the beds, and so this is not a completely accurate representation of the before; hopefully, though you can get a sense of how the space changed.

A Kids Room at Grandma's House - Before & After

To start with, we went with a lighter paint color to make the room feel more spacious. Irish Mint by Benjamin Moore is the new color, and it is so happy and calming! I think such a bright color wasn’t something Nana would normally choose, but I’m glad she went out on a limb with me to try something different. I think it’s good to keep in mind that paint colors are such an easy thing to change! It’s never permanent, and it’s always a fun and easy way to refresh a space. We also went with the neutral Walk Softly Rug, which gives the space a little more sophistication and balances out the splashes of pink here and there. It’s also so comfy, like walking on a cloud!

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Mint Twin Larkin Bed / Geo Throw Pillow / Pinstripe Pillow / Shy Little Kitten Quilt / Swiss Dot Sheets

Another great thing to keep in mind when putting together a kids room at Grandma’s house is choosing furniture that will grow as the children grow. I love these twin Larkin beds, and while they do look more juvenile when paired with pink bedding and such, they will look grown up and sophisticated when used with some more simple, solid bedding in the future. The campaign furniture also has a timeless feel, and these beautiful pieces will be applicable even when the girls are teenagers and beyond, or when the grandparents have more grown up guests.

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White Campaign Dresser / Wood Rock Lamp / Mint Metalwork Bookshelf / Yellow Lattice Bin

I also paired the campaign dresser with a vintage round mirror for an eclectic feel, and I can see these details easily lasting years without feeling dated.

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Campaign Nightstand / Heart Nightlight

To make this space feel extra special, I included several photos of the boys when they were little. I pored over Nana’s albums and selected a few that I thought were sweet and that would work well. They are just little snapshots and small slices of childhood but I love how they are such sweet captures of casual, everyday moments. I printed them out large scale, and they have turned into works of art. I also love including little mementos and pieces from their growing up; those books on the nightstand were their grandaddy’s as well as those vintage books over the headboards. I also adore that sweet little heart nightlight! It’s the perfect glow.

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Bon Voyage Suitcase Set

I also love that astronaut statue Chip got at space camp one year, and that little horse from one of his playsets. Several of he and his brother’s childhood toys are scattered throughout the room.

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Saggy Baggy Elephant Banner / Hemisphere Floor Lamp / Alto Bookcase / Gold Domino Lounge Chairs / Ruched Throw Pillows

Nana also has a really great book collection that the girls always love delving into, and she spends lots of time reading to them, so I wanted to make certain there was plenty of book storage. Between the alto bookcase, the mint metalwork bookcase, and the campaign nightstand, there is ample space for a library, and we added the domino lounge chairs for the girls to comfortably browse. I also love how all the books so sweetly tie into the Little Golden Books bedding!

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I also included this little masterpiece by Brigette; it’s the perfect punch of color, and a sweet little handmade piece in the room. This plus the photos of the boys and the childhood mementos add some nostalgia to the room and make it feel special. I love helping the girls feel connected to their heritage and where they came from; it’s so sweet to share stories of our childhood and their grandparents!

Here is one more before and after. I really love the built in desk and shelves!

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The girls are perfectly smitten with the room and I think Nana is really happy with it, too. I’m so glad she trusted me enough to let me put this together, and especially thankful to The Land of Nod for working with us on creating the perfect kids room at Grandma’s house.

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Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.