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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)

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  1. avatar Tim says:

    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

  2. avatar Mary Smith says:

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

  3. avatar Ashley says:

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

  4. […] 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 […]

  5. avatar Hayley says:

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

  6. avatar PN_Sabrina says:

    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!