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Little Critter Playroom


Our kids playroom continues to be one of my favorite rooms in our home. Probably because, a year after moving in, it’s still the only room that is entirely done. Or because it’s the first time we’ve had a space solely dedicated to toy chaos (halleluiah!) and realize what a luxury that is.

Or maybe just because it’s really fun.

Technically, this is the formal dining room in our house, but the closest this family gets to formal dining is the rare sighting of fabric napkins. So, an entire room dedicated to play seemed much more our speed.

No matter what the weather is doing outside, it's always sunny in here.

Design Inspiration

From the get-go I knew I wanted to paint a mural in the room. But I really didn’t want anything gender specific or immature. The space also has a large entry with no doors, so I needed something I wouldn't grow weary of seeing every day. Thus, I drew inspiration from the simple idea of being very small (think, Honey I Shrunk the Kids).  The scenery and critters were painted from the perspective of someone just inches tall.

Decorating Style

Whimsical, clean, light & airy

Project Details

Playhouse - Empty Dryer Box

Light Fixture - Lowes

Frog Butler Table - The Interior Gallery

Toy Storage Rack - Craigslist

Polka Dotted Bins - Target (2 years ago)


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

This is so funny, i did this same room about 15 years ago. You can find the art on usmurals or arteffets. I was thinking maybe we were your inspiration because the caterpillar bee's buts and even grass resembles our mural. Its okay if that you borrowed it but at least give us some credit. Thanks Timothy Haas Tim haas artistry Us murals Art effects

Rachelle Donaldson

Friday 19th of January 2024

@Tim, I couldn’t find this on us murals, can you link me to it?

Mary Smith

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Wow. So cute. What type of paint did you use.


Sunday 15th of March 2015

So cool! Thanks for sharing. What type of paint did you use?

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Thursday 2nd of October 2014

[…] basic clock is jazzed up with a hand painted floral pattern—did we mention Hayley is a talented muralist? And the DIY bean bag chair begs for some comfy reading […]


Wednesday 16th of April 2014

WOW! This room is a critter fantasy-- so amazingly capturing the essence of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The mural work is incredible. GREAT JOB!


Wednesday 16th of April 2014

Thanks Sabrina! It was a blast to put together. Much appreciate the kudos!