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London’s Colorful Playroom


We transformed our upstairs bonus room over the garage into our 2 year old daughter's playroom! I handmade so many of the things in this room, mainly the decor/fabrics from her 1st birthday party that I didn't want to go to waste! Done on a strict budget and also serves as a hang-out room in the evenings for adults/friends and as a guest room.

Design Inspiration

Our inspiration was the decorations/fabrics from London's first birthday party.  I worked so hard on creating these things I didn't want to just throw them away!  So my mother sewed pillows and curtains out of the table fabrics I had gotten for the party after it was over.  We also used the paper lanterns and wall decorations from the party, as well as the color scheme.  I love bold patterns mixed with fun textures!

Decorating Style

I really love color...pops of color, bold textures and fabrics.  Also, DIY and low-budget...every room in our house is decorated with a very low budget in mind, making a lot of the projects DIY for us.

Project Details

For the party I made and reused:  The "London Tree"...the large tree made of circles of scrapbook paper, ribbon, and cardstock filled with photos of London I took from the first year.  Also, as said before, my mom sewed the curtains and pillows from the fabric we used on the tables at the party.  Her party theme was Owls, so we had lots of owl wall decor to use here as well.  The circles over the couches and a few other large pieces were reused.  I handmade London's name on the wall for the party as well.  I also purchased turquoise, lime green, brown, and orange paper lanters for the party and chose ribbons of different sizes and patterns to hang them with.  The orange rug is from Wal-Mart, the couch-bed is from Ashley furniture, and there is also a TV and PS3 (daddy's haha) hidden in a TV cabinet from Target.  The art table is from Way Basics that I got with a coupon and the storage ottoman chairs are from Target as well.  The toy box and little chair are also Target.

Favorite Items

I LOVE the pillows and the "London Tree" :)


Don't throw away birthday party decor!  There is always a way to reuse it, whether it is in a scrapbook, future bedroom, playroom, nursery, or just to let a friend use it later!  Keep your fabrics and letters/cut-outs for baby showers and future birthdays.

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  1. avatar crystal ramirez says:

    did the double sided tape hold up well?

  2. avatar Courtney says:

    Are those red wall decals or painted on? If decals, where are they from? Love it!

  3. avatar Ginny says:

    Double-sided tape or regular tape rolled up! :)

  4. avatar Christie says:

    Can you please tell me what you used to adhere the tree to the wall. Thanks!! Love the room!

  5. avatar amanda says:

    I love, love this!!!! I am currently putting together my first daughter’s nursery and I’m so inspired by London’s room. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. avatar Simona says:


    I’d love tomknow this too! Did you use a template for the letters?

  7. avatar Hannah says:

    How did you make London’s name on the wall?! It is so cute and I’d love to do something like that for my kid’s rooms. What types of materials did you use?!

  8. I am in love with this. Thrifty and smart. Great colors and textures. I love how original and not overly theme-ish it all is. So original that I might just have to copy the tree. ;) But I promise a link if I do.

  9. avatar bluebirdkisses says:

    this is beautiful amazing job

  10. avatar avalon says:

    Fun and colorful playroom! And eclectic too. I am amazed at your talent in putting these colors together. Sometimes it really does take a pro to use bright and bold colors and patterns and then successfully mix and match them together. Colors and patterns you used here usually intimidate a lot of people.

  11. avatar Ysczabel says:

    The colors are bold and exciting and even if you used a lot of different prints, they still look splendid together. It’s really amazing how most of your decor came from the little girl’s party and are reused.So  I guess this room is environment-friendly too!

  12. avatar nicolealicea26 says:

    WOW!!! LOVE it!!! The colors are so fun for a playroom and look so awesome together! Love that you reused a lot and handmade most everything. The tree is such a neat idea and love the London letters on the wall! Fabulous job!!