Graceful Garland Playroom

Awhile back, one of my dearest friends and fellow “mompreneur” Wury of Graceful Garland Co. enlisted me to help her transform her dark, cluttered playroom into a fresh, modern and clean space. She wanted to have ample space to store toys and books for her three young children, but also wanted to be able to hide them all away when they were not in use, so that the space could feel multi-functional.

   storage unit     |  rug (discontinued from west elm)  |  mirror (discontinued from west elm)

storage unit | rug (discontinued from west elm) | mirror (discontinued from west elm)

This was a night-and-day transformation from her previous playroom:

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We took away her dark bookshelves and moved her books to a different room. Wury went through and purged a lot of her less-used toys (a good practice that my own family likes to do a couple times a year), and we began sourcing optimal storage units that would fit the wall and provide ample storage space for puzzles, games and books. We landed on the Ikea Besta. Two of these side-by-side was an exact fit for the playroom wall. We upgraded the look and tied the two units together with some midcentury style wooden legs from Pretty Pegs.

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We added a large frameless round mirror from West Elm (discontinued) to give the illusion of a larger and more open space. Then we hung a DIY copper pipe from the ceiling to fill the gap between the mirror and the ceiling and provide an easily modifiable base for Wury to install different types of greenery and florals (her specialty!). In this styled image, Wury simply cut ivy from her own overgrown plant and wrapped them around the copper pipe for a simple, organic look.

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The countertops were styled with her personal collection of floral books and cookbooks, planters, and of course a beautiful floral arrangement made by Wury herself.

And in case anyone doesn’t believe that there are actually toys in there, here are some pictures to prove it! I get so many questions from fellow moms of little children on how to maintain a well-styled home while raising little ones, and I’m a firm believer that you do not have to “give up” having a beautiful and organized home just because you have young children. There are so many creative ways to hide and organize toys, and this is just one example!

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Bright Little Girl's Room

My client came to me late last year with a request to help her transform her daughter's bare, never-finished nursery into a bright, modern, playful big girl's room for her third birthday present. She had a relatively conservative budget and wanted to repurpose some pieces of furniture that she already owned. 

We began with this: 

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And transformed it into this:

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We kept a plain white Ikea desk that she already owned, along with a wooden stool, and an Urban Outfitters plant stand that we repurposed as a bedside table. My client wanted lots of white, light wood tones, and pops of color. Her daughter's only request was to have a pink bed, which I think we managed to pull off without going completely overboard with the pink!

   bed  |  white pom duvet  |  blush throw  | pink accent pillows & embroidery art (discontinued from target) |  cloud pillow (similar)  |  heart pom pillow  |  bunny

bed | white pom duvet | blush throw | pink accent pillows & embroidery art (discontinued from target) | cloud pillow (similar) | heart pom pillow | bunny

We switched out her old Ikea Hemnes dresser for a white & natural dresser that had cleaner lines and a more minimal look. The original dresser was on the wall adjacent to the bedroom door and felt visually very heavy when looking in. But because the new dresser had more height and less width, it fit perfectly into the corner of her room and made the new layout of the room feel much more open.  

In lieu of the old dresser, we put some minimal wall hooks, a wooden dollhouse and some playful prints. The dollhouse originally came with a green chimney, but we sprayed it brass to keep with our color scheme for the room.

We debated between three different rugs that were all beautiful, but each changed the overall personality of the room. Eventually we landed on this modern but playful piece that I believe really makes this room! 

  rug (discontinued from land of nod) |  sheepskin rug  | nightstand (discontinued from UO) |  desk (similar)  |   pink planter

rug (discontinued from land of nod) | sheepskin rug | nightstand (discontinued from UO) | desk (similar)pink planter

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Finally we added a couple floating shelves to hold some books, pictures and objects and to complete the wall with her desk and bed. I adore this cute shelfie!

   floating shelves  |  bunny  | two-tone vase (discontinued from UO) |  soy candle

floating shelves | bunny | two-tone vase (discontinued from UO) | soy candle

My client and I were both so pleased with how this little bedroom came out, but the true test was seeing her daughter's reaction. She loved all the pink accents and decorations, and nothing could have made me happier than seeing her face light up when she saw her room. Truly the best part of my job!

All photography by Christy Q. Photography