A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas I adore The Land Of Nod’s Christmas decor.  I especially love that it’s beautiful and super kid friendly, but without feeling kid friendly.  It brings so much color and whimsy, and I was excited to get to deck out the girls’ playhouse in some of the collection.  It sort of turned it into a life-size gingerbread house or something out of candy land, don’t you think?
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 2We’re in Atlanta, so our winters are chilly, but quite milder than it can be elsewhere, so we’re often playing outside in December.  To celebrate all the Christmas trimmings, we enjoyed a post-nap extra special snack on the playhouse deck, complete with cozy pajamas and snowman slippers.  Can I just say I’m crazy about these pillows?  They are just adorable, and I feel like they are always smiling at me.  They are just so fun.
image005The girls were super thrilled with this afternoon surprise, and they enjoyed taking the rainbow ornaments on and off the tree in between gingerbread bear nibbles and sips of milk out of the cutest reindeer cups ever (I can’t get over them!).
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 7A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 9And that felt garland.  I love the colors, and that it looks like candy.  I layered it with the snowflake garland, a felt ball garland from last year and some handmade gold paper pennants.  The layers make it extra fun; don’t be afraid to mix it all together!
image011This garland by Suzy Ultman is also super dreamy.  It’s just the sweetest assemblage of little Christmasy dwellings, and they are all stuffed and cozy-looking.
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 13Vivi is especially charmed by the Christmas tree, which is the perfect backdrop for the rainbow ornaments.  She calls it the “purple tree,” and although it’s supposed to be pink, I quite agree with her.  I love having real trees, but it’s fun to have an extra pop of color, and it’s positively delightful with the lights twinkling at night.
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 15And once again, those pillows!  The s’more pillow is delicious, isn’t it?  I can’t help but just be happy looking at them.
A Playhouse Decorated for Christmas 17Thanks so much to the Land of Nod for inspiring such a fun afternoon, and helping us get the season kicked off!  I’ll probably be moving some of this into the living room, because I need to be able to look at all the cuteness all the time!
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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. 

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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Baby2Baby Playroom Design Reveal

Written by Rachel, Nod’s resident PR & Social Media guru

Our team was lucky enough to help redesign Baby2Baby’s Los Angeles headquarters. Baby2Baby is an organization that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing and other basic necessities.  They distribute to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and other social service agencies, serving over 75,000 Los Angeles-area children each year.

Baby2Baby was redesigning their office space, which includes a playroom for the children they serve, and asked our Design Services team to provide their expertise.

The space was large and underutilized so Tim, one of our designers, decided to make it a zoned playroom to allow for multiple play focus points. We worked through design elements using a Pinterest board to pick all the right pieces for the space. Then we created a room layout to help visualize the final space.

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The playroom is playful, welcoming and perfect for kids of all ages. We achieved the look using vibrant, unique rugs, bright colors, and tons of toys, bins, books and plush animals.

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A few key design elements you can use for your playroom design are:

  • Zone the Space – Create different areas for kinds of play, including crafts, reading, imaginary play, etc. Area rugs are a great way to ground each zone and help to visually separate the different areas.
  • Patterns – Notice each rug has a similar pattern. We used different size circles to give it continuity throughout the space.
  • Mix of Elements – We added a natural element with our Jute Canvas bins. This helps to break up the bright rainbow colors in the space, and adds texture and dimension.  This is easy to incorporate at home, try using a textured throw pillow or blanket.

Design by Tim Whitworth 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.

Bright + Cheery Playroom

Post by A Mommy in the City
Bright Cheery Playroom

Moving from the city to the suburbs was going to be a big transition for my kids. The city lifestyle is all they have ever known. Our apartment was small, so we were always in the same room together. Our living room was also the guest bedroom, playroom, and dining room.

When we were looking for our new house, one of the things that was the top on my priority list was a playroom for the kids. Although we no longer had Central Park as our backyard, they could soon have their own space in the house that they could let their creativity soar.

I wanted their playroom to be bright and cheery and a fun space for them to play. It had to be timeless and something that could easily grow with them, but still accommodate three kids that were different ages and at different stages in their life.

Bright Cheery Playroom Play Table

I designed the room with the Candy Dot Rug as my inspiration. It was the perfect piece that provided bold colors yet wouldn’t overwhelm the room.

Bright Cheery Playroom Storage

The Storagepalooza provided the perfect amount of storage space for all of their toys. And there’s even room for more!

Bright Cheery Playroom Art Easel

I love that the Up Against the Wall storage set doesn’t take up much space in the room, yet gives them an area that they can draw, paint, and be creative!

The girls have been playing in this room non-stop. From tea parties, arts and crafts, and even putting on musical numbers, this room could not have been more perfect for them. For more details and pictures of the playroom, please visit my blog A Mommy in the City.