The Look For Less: A Playroom For All

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Since I first published this family room/ playroom featured in Lonny Magazine back in April, you wouldn’t believe the amount of emails and comments we’ve received asking for advice on how to create a similar space on budget.

Your wish is my command, dear readers!

Here’s a design board of affordable alternatives to create a similar look for less.

- Pendant Lamps: The original basket-like wood pendant lamps in the original design (Design Within Reach (DWR) – Koura Pendant) retail for almost $2,000 — eek! Go for these Woven Seagrass Pendants (on sale of $64.99 each from West Elm) for a similar look and an unbelievable price difference.

- Subway Art: The subway art in the original design are the lyrics to Madonna’s ‘Little Star’ by LA artist Matthew Heller — but this Horizontal Subway Art Sign from Wall Bling on Etsy ($60) looks like a great affordable alternative to us!

- Modular Sofa: The KARLSTAD Loveseat and chaise lounge in Lindö beige ($978) from Ikea gives your family plenty of seating room — looks comfy too!

- High Pile Rug: A Flokati Rug ($79.99) from Ikea is inexpensive item that will give you and baby a soft place to play. It’s 6’7″ x 4’7″ but if you want a larger rug, like the one in the original design, you can purchase two and tape them together on the back with rug tape.

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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. Very nice! Not really my style but I love the economical finds! :)

  2. Great alternatives! Those pendant lights are super cool. I’ll have to go over to Lonny and see if they mention the name of the wall-color – it’s a fabulous shade of green!

  3. Does anyone have the Ikea rug? It looks hard to clean…

  4. I love, love this room…what’s the wall colour? Must use this in our remodel.

  5. I looked on Valspars website and the closest wall color I could find was Dried Mint. I love this wall color also and saw that other people were wanting to know. Hope this looks close to everyone else also!

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