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.
As 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.
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.