The Look For Less: A Playroom For All

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.

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Indians {Decorating Inspiration}

Teepees add a little ‘whimsy‘ to your nursery or child’s room and they’re fun for the entire family!

With the right fabric, a teepee can look great in almost any room, not just the nursery.

Which one do you like best?

image sources:

1. source unknown

2. Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, $149

3. the marion house book

4. birch and lily*

5. Southern Grace*

* I found these through pinterest or tumblr. I don’t have the original source so I’m linking to where I found them.


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Kids Craft Room: 2010 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens

If you have space in your home for a playroom/kids craft area, I suggest you take some notes from this showroom.

One of my favorite details in the room is also a budget-friendly project that any of you can try in your home.

There were 3 doors hiding massive storage that were covered in metal sheets and converted into magnetic boards. The doors were totally wrapped on the front & sides was finished on the back for safety reasons. The corners were smooth so there would be no issues to be had with little one’s running around this door. Nail head toppers were also added to cover the screws to make it look like a built-in and not an “add-on”. The magnetic board can be seen in the top left of the photograph below.

Margaret L. Norcott, Principal of Millieu Design Group, is the mastermind behind this room showcased at the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens. Margaret says that the main inspiration for the room was the Middle Window Floral Fabric {by Duralee}. “All the paint, fabrics and accessories to Floor tiles were a result of this wonderful, gender-neutral (not to childish) fabric.”

Images by Woodie Williams Photography

Room details:

The paint color is Crowne Hill Yellow by Benjamin Moore; Painting was done by; Fabrics are from F.Schumacher & Co., and Kravet Fabrics; Carpet tiles by; Lighting from C-Lighting (shop in Buckhead/ATL, GA); Desk Chairs/Coat Rack/Desk Lights from Room &; Womb Chair and Mi-Lin Green Stools from, Folk Art supplied by in Alpharetta, GA; Recycled Art from re-Inspiration (Atlanta, GA).


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