Excited to be back from a long weekend with family (and then a days of server issues! blergh!). We jumped right into a playroom makeover and I’m so excited about this direction. “Playroom” is a generous term, it’s more of a toy room. Or play space. One of the very first spaces I organized when we moved in was this wide hallway leading into Greta’s room. There’s an off-shoot where the cabinetry is that’s a 7×12 (plus an extra 13″ of cabinets) space that the girls gather in nearly every day and play with the tiniest toys known to man. Shopkins, hatchimals, pet shops–why is everything so tiny!? Hahaha.
After we tore out the carpet and laid new wood flooring before Christmas, the playing continued enthusiastically but I do think something softer under foot (and knees) would serve this area well. And then I started thinking about how wonderful the storage is, but everything is one color–the walls, cabinetry, ceiling. A playroom makeover was born.
The main areas of our home are all white (Alabaster) but I have been loving adding pockets of color. A gray-blue in the closet, rusty red in the music room, green in the kitchen, a deep charcoal/navy in the guest room, deep green-blue in Greta’s bathroom and now….YELLOW IN THE PLAYROOM.
I’ve been so inspired lately by yellow trim and cabinetry. And once I got the idea, I noticed it started popping up everywhere!
I love that it’s a playful, warm, sunny color but used in a toned way that fits so seamlessly into adult spaces, too. I think that’s the epitome of family-friendly design–a space that appeals to both adults and children.
This week, we started painting the cabinets a sunny, but subdued yellow (HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Restrained Gold). We’re following the exact tutorial we shared for our kitchen cabinets we painted a year ago right here.
As for the rest of the playroom, they’ll be wallpaper and painted wood knobs, and a large piece of art that always reminded me of our girls…like this.
The modern cottage vibes will be alive and well in the playroom, right?! It’s so fun to transform room by room into a vibe that fits into the rest of the house. At first, a few spaces were sticking out in this home because we already added our spin and slowly, but surely, it’s transforming into the opposite–the spaces we haven’t touched are sticking out like a sore thumb and it’s feeling more and more like we belong here.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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