Special Spaces Makeover: Designing a Room for Ashley

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media guru

We partnered with Special Spaces Chicagoland, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions, to make over a room for Ashley, a determined 11 year old battling cancer.

Ashley was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after Christmas last year. She experienced many compilations during her months of treatment and reached remission in late April after over 70 nights in the hospital. She received a bone marrow transplant in June.

Ashley’s parents wanted to give Ashley an inviting, organized space where she could find peace and comfort. Since her diagnosis, she has been afraid to sleep in her room and often sleeps in her brother’s room or is found asleep on the couch in her parent’s bedroom room.

We spoke with Ashley about what she wanted for her bedroom and attached sitting room. Ashley wanted a pink and teal room with a large sparking chandelier. She has a love of birds which was incorporated into the room through accessories and wall art.

Our Design Services team worked hard to bring Ashley’s vision to life, first creating a moodboard of all the elements.

Special Spaces Makeover: Moodboard

Moon Decal / Pink Velvet Sham / Well Trained Sheet Set / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Quilted Aqua Sham / Circle Cork Board / Polka Dot Blackout Curtains / Turquoise Half Shell Rug / Monarch Three Drawer Dresser / Butterfly Wall Art / Cloud Throw Pillow / Pink Knit Pouf / Pink Velvet Quilt / Gold Wall Hook / Black Wall Hook / Bird Wall Art / Owl Lamp / Teal Jenny Lind Nightstand

To create the perfect bedroom space, our designers incorporated a number of fun elements, including:

  • Ashley’s room was painted in Benjamin Moore Jack Frost and the bright pink and teal color scheme was carried throughout the space with contrasting textiles and patterns
  • We played with patterns on Ashley’s bed and window bench, bringing in different pillowcases and fabrics to create a fun, relaxed space
  • Ashley loves displaying photographs and mementos so we used our circle cork boards to create a fun display space
  • Adorned crafty letters (decorated with chalk paint, yarn, glitter) create a statement wall art that adds dimension and a focal point to the room

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Ashley is lucky enough to have a sitting room, which was previously used for storage, off of her bedroom. It’s the perfect space for Ashley to hang out with her friends. We brought in the teal and pink theme and brightened up the space with paint.

  • The room offered very little natural light, so we painted the entire room in Benjamin Moore Graytint, which opens the room and warms the space
  • Special Spaces works with an amazing muralist who painted birds that Ashley loves along the ceiling
  • Carpet tiles, which were generously donated by Flor, were used to cover the playroom floor in an ombre pattern using several gradations of gray
  • The playroom was outfitted with two settees and an Everlasting Play table at 15” which acts as a coffee table

Special Spaces Makeover: Playroom Before 1Ashley’s Playroom Before

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Ashley’s face when seeing the room for the first time says it all!

Ashley: Special Spaces MakeoverLearn more about Special Spaces and the amazing work they do for kids in need at http://specialspaces.org/

Get the Look: California Dreamin’

Written by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

For this look, I am going for a 1970’s palette mixed with the laid back culture of Southern California. Inspired by beachy sunsets, bohemian details, modern elements and natural materials, the California Dreamn’ look is unexpected for a kid’s room. However, the happy color palette and carefree elements make it super kid-friendly and fun.

The laid back, 70’s vibe of this room has a sunny, relaxing feel:

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A sunset inspired color palette:

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Mix bright modern elements with vintage pieces:

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Great colors are shown here including tangerine and raspberry:

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The grid pattern wallpaper contrasts nicely with the graphic, abstract pop art:

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Try it yourself!

Get The Look: California Dreamn' Board

Aviary Pendant Lamp / Farmer’s Market Bedding / Tracy Walker Animal Wall Art / Color Fill Floor BinShaggy Pouf / Paint Palette Rug / Teacher’s Pet Backpack / Farmer’s Market Bedding

For more trend inspiration, click here!

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

Small Space Storage Ideas

Post written by Emily Prawda Weiss of Big City Moms

We moved apartments approximately a year ago–during that time I have been strategizing how I wanted my daughters’ room and creative space to play out. Both of my girls are obsessed with pink and I knew that rosy color would be thread throughout whatever we chose to enhance their room and beyond.

I took my time to select bunk beds and a dresser (not pink) that would complement the room and not overtake it (we are talking about a Manhattan apartment). What was more pressing was their toy situation. I had stuff on the floor, stuff in bags on the floor — it wasn’t pretty and it didn’t reflect our apartment style as a whole.

I’ve always been enamored with The Land of Nod — even before I had kids! I used to travel for work to Chicago and I would find myself in ‘Nod stores picking up items for my friends’ kids. I was SO happy when The Land of Nod hosted a pop-up store in New York City two years ago. Since then, I have attended seasonal previews and sneak peeks and I get inspired at each event.

Recently, a colleague of mine, Lauren Jimeson of A Mommy in the City moved and designed a play and creative space that I was drooling over (see it HERE). The best part of the play/creative space was the Storagepalooza! I knew they would solve my toys on the floor issue and make the room look more aesthetically pleasing — not to mention encourage streamlined clean-up. Since reading Lauren’s re-design, I consulted with The Land of Nod to solve my storage solutions.

Big City Storage Ideas Mash upAs I mentioned, we had bags on the floor — one contained my daughters’ play jewelry. Now we have a pink canvas cube with clear ziplocs inside to separate rings, necklaces and bracelets — the canvas cube also holds six pairs of dress-up shoes too!

I love to do my daughters’ hair and we have a lot of hair bands, hair ties, headbands and barrettes. This before and after shot is amazing to me–the pink shelf basket is so deep that I can select what I need for their outfits without making a mess of our newly color coordinated hair accessories organization.

My girls were using a Princess table to create, paint, draw, stamp and entertain play dates. The square table was getting too small for their needs so my extremely handy and creative father-in-law designed and constructed a stunning chevron wood table with drawers and chairs to match. The girls were thrilled. However, where their art supplies were stored did not reflect the chic table design. I rightfully chose the I Could Have Been An Art Caddy (in pink) and we receive tons of compliments on it. Stickers, markers, pencils and twistable crayons all have an easy and accessible home.

Lastly, there is an empty space in our hallway. I love white space. However, my husband was always looking for a spot to put his shoes on before he leaves for work — since most New York City apartments don’t have a mud room — I decided to fill the space with a fun pink pouf. I know that one day we might be in a different living space and the girls’ would love it for their room so that I why I chose pink!

I have my eye on several other The Land of Nod pieces to further enhance their room and personalized areas. So far, everything we selected has been utilized just the way I imagined it would be. Below are some additional small space organization ideas for kids rooms and playrooms.

Big City Mom's Storage Organization

Red Radial Wall Shelf / Birdwatcher Wall Hooks / Take Five Wall Bin / Grey Three-Bin Storagepalooza / Bon Voyage Suitcases / Grey Stripes Cube Bin / Pink Cube Bin / Black Houndstooth Bin

Emily Prawda Weiss is in charge of Business Development and Marketing for Big City Moms. She has two redhead daughters that she dresses primarily in pink and schleps them around New York City. Emily’s daily goal is to keep her family happy, healthy and active so bedtime is super easy.  

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Girl’s Room Design for an Animal Lover

Post by Kim Grosser of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team.

Girls Room Design: Animal Lover

Yellow Bunny Wall Art / Owl Always Love You Framed Wall Art / Bear Hook / Personalized Table Lamp Shade / Nickel Table Lamp Base / Hampshire 6-Drawer Dresser / Mint Larkin Bed / Twin Well Trained Sheet Set / Gold Pinstripe Pillow / Yellow Ruched Throw Pillow / Snug as a Bug Quilt / Mint Faux Leather PoufChevron Rug

This room was designed for a little girl with a love of animals. We took care to balance the lighter elements (mint bed) with the richer elements (navy bedding, rug) while including animal accents.

A few other easy-to-incorporate elements include:

  • Warm vs. Cool – We paired our mint Larkin bed with the stone Hampshire dresser because of the warm and cool contrast. The two warm vs. cool contrasts in this design are mint vs. taupe and metal vs. wood.
  • Pops of Color – Notice the yellow accessories throughout the room. Pops of color help give rooms an interesting visual point.
  • Balance – Navy was chosen to balance out the sweetness of the mint bed. It helps add balance and contrast.


Design by Kim Grosser of The Land of Nod’s
Design Services Team. Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.