Today I am revealing a room to you that has been such a labor of love for me. Originally we had planned on making our basement into a t.v. room with a small play area for the kids. You may remember the great sectional debate where we played with different sectionals to complete our ultimate t.v. room. Right after we finished the basement we had Jane and we didn’t have a lot of extra money sitting around for decorating. We moved all of Jett’s toys down to this room but for almost a whole year it looked like this:
A huge room filled with a whole bunch of random stuff. Jett actually had a lot of fun playing down here even though all of his toys were in pieces all over the floor. I started realizing how nice it was to have a space just for him. The realization was that Jett might need more than just a tiny corner of this room for his toys. Winters in Utah are ROUGH and this basement became my saving grace in keeping him entertained all winter long. I approached my husband with the idea of turning this entire room into a playroom. Although he was sad his “man cave” was getting taken over by kids I think ultimately he could see that this room would get used way more as a playroom than a t.v. room. The main issue we faced was that we couldn’t afford to furnish the room the way we wanted. I dreamed of a fun area that was organized, colorful and imaginative. I decided to approach Land of Nod to see if they would be willing to donate some items for the room and they agreed! I immediately got to work scheming of ways to turn this blank canvas into something exciting. I want to thank Lindsey Orton for taking all these beautiful pictures of the room. Behold…. the playroom!
I painted the far wall with chalkboard paint and added one of my favorite dr. Suess quotes to the wall. To be honest I am not really going to encourage a lot of chalk writing on this wall by the kids. Since we have carpet I’m worried the chalk dust could become a nightmare. But I did leave a blank space behind the dress up mirror to let the kids draw if they want. When this happens there is a special towel I’m going to lay on the carpet.
I decided a Land of Nod coat rack would make an excellent place to store our dress up costumes. If you have bright and beautiful dress up items it’s fun to display them and not just store them away in a box. Now these items have become part of the decor!
We have a small hallway in our basement that leads to my office and it also acts as a great place to hang our puppet theater! The fun thing about this theater is that you can take it with you easily for hours of fun wherever you go. It rolls right up and can be taken outside, to a friends house, grandparents house etc.
Our beanbags are one of our favorite things in this room. The kids love to jump all over them. They are super durable so I don’t worry about rips or tears. They also make great comfy seats when we are reading books or just chillin for a bit.
When I was little I loved finding small places in my home to have some quite time. Usually I could be found in my closet with my books or dolls. I thought this teepee would be a fun little escape for our kids.
I added this garland to a plain white teepee to dress it up a bit. There are tons of tutorials on making your own teepee online. All you need is a fun garland or bunting banner and you have your own custom teepee!
I am in love with these cloud corkboards. They come in the shape of clouds but they work just like corkboards. We use these as a place to display Jett’s artwork and projects from preschool. If your kids love having their artwork displayed then these corkboards are perfect for you!
I really wanted a play table in the room as well for Jett and his friends to play at or do art projects at. I love the Ansel Teak play table because it’s modern and doesn’t feel too childish and mixed with some cute chairs it becomes a great focal point in this room.
The kitchen appliances are, by far, the most used toys in the playroom. Jett loves whipping up tasty dishes for us all to try. The kitchen set is extremely sturdy and well made. I like that it’s white and will work for boys or girls.
I wanted color in this room but I wanted it mainly in accessories so these garlands are the perfect way to inject color into this mostly white space. I grouped them together so that each individual garland becomes part of a bigger decorative feature in the room.
I also wanted to make sure I had some great floor bins for the bigger groupings of toys like large cars, blocks, balls and stuffed animals. Jett is always playing with these items so I wanted them readily accessible.
This playroom started out as being a room just for our kids but it’s definitely turned out to be our favorite room in the house to hang out in as a family. All four of us are constantly down here playing with the kids and all the fun new toys.Even though the products were donated by Land of Nod I would 100% endorse their products even if they weren’t. They were amazing to work with. Their items came impeccably packaged with very detailed and easy instructions on how to assemble everything. The quality is fantastic, the toys are bright and beautiful and perfectly made for children. This company is one that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. A big thanks to them for making this playroom possible! And a huge thanks to everyone who participated in my Good Design with Kids in Mind series!
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81 thoughts on “Our Land of Nod Playroom”
It turned out awesome!! I love all the details and its such great inspiration 🙂
Thanks so much!
Kirsten, this room is adorable! Great job!
This play room is awesome! You did such a great job pulling it all together! I love it and am tucking some of these ideas away for when I have kids someday!
Looks awesome! So is the Dr. Seuss quote a decal?
I actually wrote it on the wall using chalk pen!
Such a cute space. Love the tent.
I love the space and what you have done with it. The tent is adorable. I also love the video. How cute! Don't worry about the chalk, though. We just finished our basement and most of it is a playroom. We painted a chalkboard wall too, and we found dust free chalk at Staples. Believe we when I tell you- no matter how much they write on the chalkboard, there is no dust! This stuff is amazing and should be sold everywhere. I think you can also find it on amazon. In staples, it's in the school supply section. If they didn't sell this stuff, I wouldn't want my kiddos to write on it much, either. Regular chalk goes everywhere. We have two boxes in white and assorted colors.
wow that is amazing! I'm going to Staples tonight actually so I'll have to look for it!
This is FABULOUS Kirsten!!! What an amazing, fun, and creative space. LOVE LOVE the tent! Well done girl!!
this is all so amazing!!! This room is perfection. I LOVE all the bright colors against the white. You did a fabulous job making that video too!! super cute. What is the blue wall paint color? I would love to know! [email protected]
So fun! What an awesome space to play in!
You need to get these markers for the chalkboard wall-no dust to worry about! I have them and use them on my chalkboard here:
PS, my little girl just got the same outfit as your Jane has on..she needs to grow into it, but now I can't wait for her to wear it-your girl looks adorable!
lol I bought that outfit for Jane before she could wear it too and I kept waiting and waiting… luckily she grows pretty fast 😉
What a great space!! You did an amazing job!
Just darling, Kirsten. You'll children will have such fun memories of this space. You did an awesome job.
Oh my goodness, this room is a DREAM! Totally my style and just what I had in mind for planning my son's big boy room when we have to turn his cherished playroom into a nursery. Will be bookmarking your pics for later! You did a FABULOUS job, momma!!
I love being able to babysit Jett in this room!
That is an amazing space and what a perfect playroom! Your kiddos are adorable – that jumper to die for!
I absolutely love what you have done here. So awesome!
I went to high school with Chris Koch! He is the nicest guy and has done some pretty amazing things! Such a small world! The playroom looks amazing!
This room is beautiful! I love all of the details, and already see a few things from Land of Nod that I want, stat. Congratulations on completing this amazing room!!
Cute outfit too. Where is it from?! 🙂
The whole thing is from Forever 21 🙂
beautiful play room. love so many of the Land of Nod products used. And I love all the bright cheery colors.
I absolutely adore it! It is so cheerful and I can only imagine the years of play and creativity that will come from this amazing space!
Wowsa! What a fun place for your children, I love all the decorative elements!!!
What a fun room! Love it! Great job.
This is just dreamy, Kirsten! I can't even pick a favorite part…it must be so much fun for both kids and adults!
Amazing job Kristen!! You ROCKED this room! I'm completely in love with the mountain chalk art, AND the tee-pee….I kind of secretly want one for myself:)
Oh man, I didn't know Land if Nod had such great stuff! Your playroom is amazing! You have such great style.
It looks so good, such a fun and happy space to play! The Land of Nod has great pieces and you did an amazing job of putting it all together.
So cute!! Love the metal tiered bin for toys, polka dot rug, and I'm a sucker for anything hot air ballon! Great job Kirsten!
Oh my gosh, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! Great chalkboard wall, great colors, great rug and tpee. I just love it all!
It's just DELIGHTFUL! That's the only way I can describe it. It's just as a kids space should be. Fun, and imaginative, and happy, and delightful. I love it Kirsten. The new house we're moving into in Indianapolis has a large open basement that I had planned to make the playroom as well, and this has really inspired me. I'm sure it will come together much slower over time, but these are great, simple ideas.
I can't wait to see what you do with it. It's so nice to have such a big open space for the kids to play and be crazy!
Well done! The playroom looks amazing. I love the paint colors and the easy breezy feel of the room
Gorgeous!! I love everything, but I think my favorite is the fun mix of chairs and the teepee!! 🙂 Awesome job Kirsten!
Dying to know where your shirt is from!
lol. Forever 21!
it is so, so amazing.
I just love it! I have to say over time I've been influenced by your use of white on the walls and color through accessories. Currently working on painting my kitchen and living room white for the first time in many years! Question for you and everybody else with a chalkboard wall, did you do something first to flatten out your wall, somehow get the texture off? I have a chalkboard wall and because of the texturing it eats chalk like crazy and stuff I write on it doesn't come out that well. Quite curious to hear what you did to make yours look so great!
Lovity love love! The room turned out so magical and the video is adorable! Fab job as always, every last detail is amazing.
Love your playroom, its awesome!! The video was so fun to watch. And we love Land of nod, we have been using their baskets for toy storage and they still look new after four years of hard use.
Kirsten, your playroom is amazing! I want it for me! You did a fantastic job with each and every detail. Beautiful photos and your kids are adorable. Your green floral blouse looks beauiful on you.
Love the design! I have a 3year old, 2 year old and just had a baby this week so I am looking at playroom ideas to contain the toy madness!
Love, love, love!
love love love it!! I want to spend time in that playroom! Great colors, great mix of patterns and textures. Perfection!
ohmygoodness, such a fantastic space!! AMAZING job on everything. I adore the video, watching the kids play with everything and enjoy the room is so cute.
Wow, what a fun and whimsical space for your kiddos to play! They are going to love every bit of this. Your family is adorable!!
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Kristin this is fantastic! I love the video, nothing but smiles happening when watching it! Fun music and wonderful reactions to the space. I love it all. You did a phenomenal job.
Gorgeous! Wish we had space for a playroom! How is the rug working over the carpet with kids playing on it? Does it shift at all? Did you put a rug pad under it?
Wow! This is such a fun space! I love every little detail. Great job!
wow, that's pretty much my dream playroom!! I'm obsessed with the polka dotted carpet. What an amazing job you and Land of Nod did.
Well, crap, now I want to do over Quinn's playroom. 😉 This is AMAZING!! Such a fun, magical place for your beautiful kiddos. And you're looking quite beautiful yourself, mama!
Gorgeous! What is that great paint color? I've been looking for a pretty blue that's not too "baby" 🙂
Gorgeous! What is that great paint color? I've been looking for a pretty blue that's not too "baby" 🙂
LOVE! I'd love to know what the blue wall color is as well.
absolutely amazing space! I could spend hours browsing the Land of Nod circular. Love all the fun colors and patterns. they have the cutest things!
A playroom doesn't get much better than this!
Wow. This room is just gorgeous. Absolute perfection. I can see why it is one of your favorite spaces right now! You can never go wrong with Land of Nod. They are my favorite! May I please ask what the blue paint color you have on the wall is? It is such a great color!
This is my first time on your site & I have to say that this playroom is such an inspiration! I have three little ones, LOTS of toys, and a room downstairs I just don't know what to do with. You may just have given me a place to start! Thank you!
Your playroom is wonderful. I do have one quick question. With all the other amazing Land of Nod items, why did you choose the Great Plains teepee over the Land of Nod one? I'd love to get a teepee for my kids for Christmas and I'm curious why choose the one you did. Size? Material?
Gorgeous play room! I always admire the candy dot rug in the land of nod catalog! I love the confetti garlands too. So pretty, I always try to convince myself I could make them but it hasn't happened yet lol. Love everything about this room. You did a great job a play room is really tough to keep from looking cluttered, but this is perfect.
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would love to know what the name of the blue paint is that you used on the walls. Love it. Love the whole space!
For anyone looking for the paint color you can read about it here 🙂
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Just curious what brand/type of chalkboard paint you used? Beautiful room!
I wanted to let you know that there's a blog that used your image of the chalkboard wall without crediting you. They didn't take credit for it, though. Here's the link http://www.paigeandchris.com/2013/08/the-one-with-playroom-inspiration.html?m=1
You are so generous! I just love finding beautiful and artistic freebies like this. They really brighten up my day, thank you!
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