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PLAY-OFFICE SOURCES

Thanks for all the comments and questions from my last post! As promised, I’m back with sources from our shared play-office reveal. Excuse the delay but I got a tip that a lot of the items would be on sale for memorial day weekend and wanted to make sure you got killer deals on anything you might want. Before starting, I reached out to the Land of Nod to see if they would be willing to send over a few goodies, so you may notice a big chunk of the room is from them. They are the best at designing for kids while also keeping in mind grownups and older kids and their decor always mix and matches so well with the rest of the house. I absolutely love working with them!

Keep scrolling for sources…

(see before post here and full room reveal here!)

1 | pendant light, land of nod

2 | colorful penant garland, land of nod

3 | cat + dog, land of nod

4 | arrow wall hooks, land of nod

5 | dress-up mirror, $5 at walmart

6 | red pony hoppy toy, the most played with toy in our home from amazon (also great for bday gifts!)

7 | folk denim rug, land of nod… love this so much I almost gave it a home in our family room!

8 | gold dot decals, land of nod

1 | hand drawn kid art, DIY coming soon!

2 | frame, spray painted gold from ikea

3 | pom-pom garland, land of nod

4 | frame thrifted — arrow print, coming soon as a free download

5 | play on player print, land of nod

6 | half dot garland, land of nod

7 + 11 | basket, land of nod

8 | dog balloon bookend, land of nod

9 | things divided bin, $8 at land of nod right now… also have one in the kids bathroom for toothbrushes, etc. and it works perfectly!

10 | white locker, ikea

 

1 | woven wallhanging, land of nod

2 | apple pillow, old from land of nod (so many cute throw pillows) or similar from blabla kids (scroll down for the apple)

3 | bean bag, a favorite addition from land of nod

4 | basket, land of nod

1 | ikea kitchen makeover, my blog

2 | ice cream cones, oriental trading

3 | play fridge, land of nod (obsessed!)

4 | folk denim rug, land of nod

1 | wood sign diy here, on a friend’s blog!

2 | desk top + legs, ikea

3 | chair, amazon

Let me know if I missed anything! Happy long weekend (and bargain shopping)!

xo, Rae

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PLAY-OFFICE ROOM MAKEOVER

Our play-office makeover is finished and even though I never in a million years thought I would be willing to share an office with my little people, I couldn’t be happier to be sitting and working in a freshly painted, decorated and kid friendly office space. It’s been getting lots of use, staying relatively clean and working out really well for everyone so far! Now, instead of my kids annoyingly moaning and rolling around on the floor while I finish up an email or save design files, they have lots of toys and activities to keep them busy. For all the mamas who understand what it’s like to try and finish a task while kids are awake, you know what a blessing that is.

Enough of me chit-chatting… welcome to our play-office! Take a peek at the pics and let me know if you have questions! I’ll work on a post with sources to share tomorrow or Wednesday.

(The dress-up corner)

(A favorite addition to the room… I think they need names!?)

(My desk area… Wasn’t sure if I would like my desk and computer in front of the window, but really love it! Bonus that it makes keeping an eye on scooter riding, street hockey playing, baseball throwing kids, super easy. Something I will be extra grateful for come summer!)

(Nothing like a pretty ceiling light and rug to make a room feel pulled together and a little more grown-up.)

(Play kitchen. The stove and sink was an ikea hack – see the post here – and the refrigerator is new and a total god-send since it easily stores lots of kitchen accessories.)

(Favorite part of the room makeover is this wall! I asked the kids to draw simple pictures and then scanned, made some small edits and had them printed as posters. Working on a full tutorial to share! The TV was another thing I was unsure of, but it’s been nice to have… you may have seen the kids following along with a yoga show on my Instagram stories last week :)

(Last but not least, a comfy reading area complete with an oversized beanbag and cute basket to hold books.)

Are there any spaces in your home that you swore you would never share with your kids, but find them using often?

For me, another room would be our master bath. In our last home the 2 upstairs bathrooms were basically the same size so there wasn’t much sharing going on. When we moved into our current home, I swore the master bath with giant tub and double sinks would remain free from kid-sized clothes, towels, and toys. However that didn’t last long, LOL. Choosing a big open space for bathing all the kids is too good to pass up, plus I get a chance to tidy up the counter and closet floor while they splish-splash for a few minutes.  It’s a win-win for all of us.

XO, Rae

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SHARED SPACES: HOME OFFICE + PLAYROOM IDEAS

We’ve been loving and using our dining room so much since the room refresh that I’m feeling ready and inspired to start another one! This time we’ll be sprucing up my office while bringing in a few more of the kids’  toys and turning it into a shared office and mini playroom.

The office has a couple things going for it; a decent sized desk, two sets of white lockers for storage and a wall full of books, but the rest of it is a total disaster. Currently, there are random toys and a helmet laying on the floor, a stack of frames and poster boards stacked in a corner that I’m not sure what to do with, 2 small rugs that are both too small for the space and have no business being in the same room together, and a tv that isn’t hooked up to anything. In other words, it is neither functional or fun to be in. But not for long!

Here are a few spaces that have caught my eye:

O F F I C E   S P A C E S

P L A Y R O O M   S P A C E S

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven

Sharing this room was something I never dreamed I would do when we moved into our home almost three years ago. Prior to that, I had a kitchen table office, a small walk-in closet office, and a dresser behind the family room sofa office. I dreamed of one day having a space for my work and ideas to come to life that wasn’t surrounded by distractions and housework and I’ve appreciated having just that — with doors and natural light even, ha! But as the ages of our kids and my work projects evolve so do my office needs. Excited to make a space that is inspiring for BOTH work and play!

Where does your family make space to work and play? Would you change how it functions?

xo, Rae

P.S. – All photos are pinned on my pinterest boardsplayrooms | little spaces | offices — and linked directly above too!

 

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OUR EVERYDAY DINING ROOM REFRESH

Remember this post with all my dining room inspiration, ideas, and questions!? Well, we tackled the last of our to do list over the weekend and I’m excited to share the (almost) final product… because of course I have a couple more things on my wish list! Ha… my poor husband.

UPDATE: I added a few new pics that give you a better look at the full room. Take a peek and let me know what you think….  After going through all of our pics I realized that we didn’t get any of the full room from each side (oops, rookie move!) but I plan on shooting a few more once the sun is out and will add them to the post later.

I’m more of a plant killer than a plant lady, but you can’t deny the life they add to a room so I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive plants that are still cute. These both did the trick. The plant in the white planter is a Donkey Tail and the one in the copper planter is a Ponytail Palm.

Games and floor puzzles are often played in this space and I’ve found that if I leave a few out in plain sight the kids are more likely to play with them on a regular basis… Of course a stack of two quickly becomes 10 but every week or so it’s worth all the quality playtime!

I’ve been collecting art and frames to replace the three prints above with a gallery wall, but for now the “staying in is the new going out” will be well — staying. As nice as it is to switch things up, I’m happy with how it currently looks. Plus the saying is just so perfect when you have kids!

We painted our old hand-me-down dresser with a $5 “oops” can of green paint from Home Depot and then spray painted the knobs gold. Nothing fancy but it works so well as a buffet and storage.

       

(For perspective, my office is to the right of the palm tree and the kitchen is on the other side of the art print wall.)

It feels so good to gather in a room that has our vibe and meets our needs. Worth every second and dollar spent!

Thank you for your feedback on my last dining room post… reading your comments was a huge help!!! And because I lack so much confidence when decorating anything that isn’t a kid’s room or tiny nook, I called my friend Emily of JDC for her input too. She has a way of simplifying the process and make it easy to pull things together without stressing out. If you could use a design savvy friend like Em in your life, then you are in luck because she put together a class that is chockfull of ideas, tips, resources and design knowledge. You can find more info HERE.

What space have you been wanting to freshen up in your home?!?

Next up for us is turning my office into a shared playroom/office space and getting a head start on spring cleaning by going through the endless drawers in our house!

XO, Rae

DINING ROOM | wall color, simply white by Benjamin Moore | staying in prints (available in 6 different sizes. pictured are 20×30 printed at costco) | white eames chairs here + here (they are a pain to put together but so worth it!) | polka dot flatware | colorful cereal bowls (bought this set and then grab a new color to add each time I visit anthro) | pom-pom basket | wall hanging | white and copper hanging planters | round mirror | pom-pom trim curtains

P.S. – Let me know if I left out any details!

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DINING ROOM PLANS + INSPIRATION

We’ve been in our home now for 2.5 years and it still feels very much like a work in progress. I can easily think of a few rooms that could use some sprucing up! I guess that is how having a home is? The room that has all my attention at the moment though is our dining room which I would like to also function as an everyday eating area. It is separated from our kitchen, but still part of the main living space, has hardwood floors and the only table big enough to seat us all. It is also the first space you see from the front door which makes this decorating project feel extra intimidating to me.

Here’s what it currently looks like:

A few of the things I know I want to do is take the rug out and possibly replace with a jute rug (with the hopes of layering in the future), add 4 more white eames chairs, paint the buffet a pretty green color, add gold nobs, and then hang big statement piece of art or a collage wall over it.

After that, I’m kinda stumped as to how to pull it all together! So last week I turned to Pinterest and started pulling images of dinning room and kitchen spaces I really like. Not surprisingly, and probably why I have a hard time starting or finishing my decorating projects, I could easily group my favorites into 3 categories…

ONE | bright + white

TWO: moody

THREE | bright + moody (basically a combo of the two)

Now I just have to decide which direction to go and I’m hoping you can help by answering a couple questions in the comments!?

  1. collage wall or oversized art?
  2. your favorite style — bright + white, moody, or bright + moody

 

Can’t wait to see what you pick!

XO, Rae

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