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Bright and Cheery Playroom


I had a lot of fun transitioning our old nursery into a playroom for my two girls. I love color and what better place to have fun with it than in a playroom?! The room incorporates a mix of new, vintage, and DIY design elements. I love having a special space in our condo for our girls to be creative and play together.

You can get all the details of the room and the different DIY projects within it hereĀ on my blog Design Improvised.

Design Inspiration

The Tectonic rug from The Land of Nod was the inspiration for the room. I loved all the bright colors and the pattern easily hides any spills or stains that are bound to occur down the road!

Decorating Style

Eclectic, colorful, cheerful and on a budget. My blog Design ImprovisedĀ focuses on simple projects that make a big impact in your home. I love incorporating DIY projects to add a special personal element to our home decor.

Project Details

Puzzle Wall

I transformed several of my 3 year old's puzzles into a gallery of wall art for the playroom with a little Mod Podge.Ā The idea came about because my 3 year old loves puzzles and she happens to have a lot of them. She also is pretty darn good at them (in her unbiased mommy's opinion) and has moved on from the 30 piece floor puzzles to tackle the 100 piecers. If you have a bunch of puzzles going unused at home, this just might be the project for you! You can find my tutorial here!

Wall Art

In addition to the puzzle wall, I incorporated some vintage crewel pieces that make me smile, shelves to hold Stella and Hazel's craft projects, and a few framedĀ wall cardsĀ with cute sayings like "Pick Up Your Toys"

Toy Storage

My favorite part of the new playroom is all the easily accessible toy storage (so much better than shoved into the corner of our living room!). I particularly love thisĀ espresso and white toy binĀ from Tot Tutors. It makes clean up quick and the girls can easily carry a bin out to the living room if needed.

The colorful containers on the bookshelf hold all of their art supplies. Find outĀ how I made them!

Play Spaces

I also love all the extra play space the room affords. In addition to the nice rug to play on, the girls spend a lot of time drawing on the easel (seeĀ how I revamped a garage sale find!), at their play table, and on their comfy bean bags.

Favorite Items

My favorite aspect of the room by far is the puzzle wall just because I haven't seen anything else out there quite like it and because it represents one of my daughter's favorite things to do! I also love the colorful easel.




There are no rules when it comes to playroom design - just make it fun! Incorporating some of your children's favorite things and personal artwork is a great start!


Thursday 2nd of May 2013

You are too cuteā€”Love the cover image and great playroom. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us!

Haeley Giambalvo

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

Thanks so much Melisa! Glad you liked it. ;)