Our Playroom Makeover With Target’s Pillowfort Collection
I’m excited to share the project I’ve been working on over the last month, but I’m more excited that I don’t have to keep our playroom door closed at all times anymore. I pulled the space together using the navy sectional we already had, a bunch of great products from Target’s Pillowfort collection for kids, a fun wallpaper and an unexpected color palette. You can read more about the makeover on Good Housekeeping and over on Target’s blog, A Bullseye View.
Five kids means five different things going on at one time. I mixed up seating by adding two cute tuffets (love that name!) and an activity table. I also threw all of their crayons in wood bins for easy access and extra paper and notebooks in big, woven storage baskets stored on the bottom shelves of the bookcases.
Kids’ artwork is just too creative and colorful to not use in their play space (or around the rest of the house, as far as I’m concerned!). I also mixed in a fun lighted anchor. (A gallery wall can include objects—and nothing has to match.)
Angled walls can be tricky—especially when there’s a window in the middle. I decided to make ours a focal wall by using a colorful (removable) wallpaper. I had originally envisioned built-in bookshelves around the windows, but using two open bookcases was a way more economical fit.
Striped fabric bins hold a slew of gaming equipment and games and DVDs. Closed storage = happy momma. A nightstand used as an end table provides a drawer for our (ever lost) remotes.
sectional (similar) // activity table // green desk chairs // nightstand (end table)
pink scallop end table // tufted ottomans // bookshelf
wood bins // striped bin // red basket
art + accessories
wallpaper // red pillows // pink pillows // wall anchor // pink lamp
striped rug // “One of a Kind” sign // unicorn // red floor lamp // dinosaur art
Thanks to Target for partnering with me on this post by supplying the PIllowfort product used. All opinions and design are my own. Affiliate links used.
Filed Under: before and after, Colonial house, design tips, kids' spaces, our home, wallpaperTagged With: colonial, kids spaces, playroom, TargetSours: https://emilyaclark.com/2016/07/our-playroom-makeover-with-targets-pillowfort-collection.html
What would the playroom of your child’s dreams look like?
We’ve seen plenty of cute ideas, but this Target and Starbucks playroom makeover might be the best toy epicycle we have ever seen!
Awesome DIY Target & Starbucks Themed Playroom for Kids
Milwaukee mom, Renèe Leann, knew how much her daughter loved shopping at Target and decided to use that as her theme for Ariah’s playroom.
And what does most every Target store have inside?
A Starbucks, of course!
Target Themed Playroom Details
For the Target store, Renèe began by repurposing a Melissa and Doug shopping center in order to make the main counter.
Plastic shelving helps hold stock the store, along with Target themed signage and a matching shopping cart, even a bag for shopping needs and a name tag for Ariah, who is also employee of the month.
All the intricate Target store details make this playroom soooo adorable!
Starbucks Themed Playroom Details
The Starbucks counter is made from a cube storage unit, with inexpensive wood and flooring added to it.
Renèe painted the rest to match typical Starbucks coloring and logos.
There’s even Starbucks’ drinks which she made with plastic cups, paint, caulk, and puffy paint!
How Did this Genius Mom Create This Awesome Play Room?
All the details are there, thanks to Renèe’s graphic designer sister. She created the logos, price tags, menus, sale signs, and wall decor to make the store theme complete.
A friend even made little Ariah a Starbucks’ apron for dress-up.
This has to be one of the coolest playroom makeovers ever, as is evidenced by the nearly 10,000 Facebook shares of Renèe’s original Facebook post.
We’d definitely like to go have Starbucks at Ariah’s Target shop too!
More Target & Starbucks Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Waffles are a necessity at our house and we love our Target waffle maker so much!
- Target baby cribs are awesome. Convenient to pick up and you can find something that is a good style match for your room decorations.
- OK, it isn’t exactly the Target store, but every mom who has tried the potty training target has raved about it!
- Gift cards from either Target or Starbucks are on the top of the “want list” for teacher appreciation week – we have awesome ideas even if yours is virtual (or partially virtual).
- Need a printable Starbucks thank you card? <–We got ’em!
- If you are creating your own home Starbucks, check out this easy recipe for Starbucks hot chocolate copycat.
- If you are like me and totally confused by the Starbucks cup sizing situation, check out our friend over at Totally the Bomb who is an expert on Starbuck sizes. She also has a crazy amount of information on Starbucks menu…including all those secret menu items that you are dying to try!
Playroom Decor: Amazing Playroom Makeover on a Budget
Playroom Decor: Playroom Decor Ideas for a fun amazing kids playroom you will love!
In six short weeks, we transformed our boring dining room into a colorful stylish playroom that our kids love to play in (and that I don’t mind looking at 😉 And I couldn’t be happier that our kids finally have a dedicated play space and a spot for all of their toys so they stay organized!
*this post was originally published 11/17 but has been updated since with all the complete project tutorials
We did this playroom makeover on a budget and were able to turn our unused dining room into a stylish yet colorful playroom that our kids use daily. With three kids five years and younger, we needed a dedicated play space; but, we wanted to keep the builtins and sophisticated look of our dining room so we could change it down the line when the kids outgrew the space. As part of the One Room Challenge, we completed this DIY playroom decor makeover in six short weeks.
After collecting lots of colorful playroom decor ideas, I finally settled on a design plan, and we embarked on our playroom makeover with gusto! By adding in practical storage, better lighting, kid friendly Ikea playroom furniture, and a utilitarian but colorful indoor/ outdoor playroom rug, we completely changed the look of the room.
Of course, any playroom isn’t complete without a kids play kitchen and a kids play table, so we added those along with a DIY Bulletin Board that can display all of our kids’ artwork (see the kids art storage here.)
The kids love playing with their wooden dollhouse, their wooden play kitchen, and having “tea parties” at the play table. If you are looking for the best wooden play kitchens and the best wooden dollhouses, I have personally used a lot of them and rounded them all up in a comprehensive guide!
We now have a good toy storage system that helps me keep organized with the kids, and the vintage dresser provides ample storage for lots of wooden toys.
To create a fun reading space, I made some DIY Floor Pillows that the kids love to lounge on, jump on, and play with. And with inexpensive Ikea and Target furniture I don’t worry too much about the space.
One of the biggest changes was upgrading our old oriental to an indoor/ outdoor rug that is the perfect playroom rug. It’s easily wipeable and quite durable, and has held up well with three kids and a great dane playing in there every single day. My only complaint is that our great dane’s nails seem to pull up some of the threads.
Since I still needed some playroom storage, but wanted to hide the dining room built ins, I covered the glass doors with gift wrapping paper to make some fun builtins that look more appropriate for a playroom! Now, they are more playful and colorful!
The vintage dresser that we painted blue, provides playroom storage for puzzles in the drawers and wooden toys on top. And by keeping the vast majority of the room open, we have ample play areas for playing trains, making forts, playing in the DIY teepee!
See the playroom makeover and playroom decor process in these posts below. There were several DIY projects tied-into the room including DIY Wainscoting and painting wood trim white.
To revisit the playroom decor process and progress, take a look at where we started and the final result! Now, the first photo was taken when we moved into our house three years ago. Then, we lived with it pretty much like the middle photo for the last two years (it was taken right before we began the ORC). And now, voila! Finally a gorgeous playroom in our old dining room.
PROJECTS COMPLETED & SOURCES FOR PLAYROOM MAKEOVER
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Make sure to check out all of the reveals today on the One Room Challenge! There is so much inspiration!!
ORC WEEKLY POSTS: SEE THE PLAYROOM MAKEOVER PROGRESSION
When Jen Campbell, founder of the popular wedding site Green Wedding Shoes, and her husband moved into a new home, they discovered they had the perfect space for a playroom. Sienna, their three-year old-daughter, is a soon-to-be big sister and has a lot of budding interests. “Sienna loves crafting and coloring, playing with her princess and baby dolls, reading books and playing pretend,” Jen says. The must-haves for the room were clear — a spacious table she could color and craft at, storage for all her toys and games, and a place for the family to read together. The Cambells also wanted the space to be full of color and fun details for two little girls.
Who else to turn to but Target Home Style Expert, Emily Henderson?? “I’ve been a fan of Emily’s work since falling in love with her on Design Star, and I follow her on Instagram so I trusted her style. Plus, I checked out the Target Pillowfort collection in advance and loved what the line was all about, so I had complete confidence in her,” Jen says with a smile. Emily quickly got to work transforming the blank slate into a color-soaked, kid-friendly oasis. Today, she graciously gives us the scoop. AND, lucky you, we’ve got a first look at the exclusive video behind the transformation:
Hi Emily! The space turned out beautifully. What was your initial inspiration for the room?
I wanted to give the Campbells a functional playroom where Sienna could run around and play and be a kid, while still creating a space that is easy on the eyes and matches the contemporary style of the home. Their home had a lot of black, wood and white so while we wanted to add color, we also wanted the whole house to feel fluid. Luckily, the Pillowfort kids’ collection at Target offers a lot of pretty darn adorable pieces that made both Sienna and her parents very happy. Since they are having another girl I knew that I could go a bit more girly and pink, but ultimately ‘playful and cool’ were the goals.
Jen and Jason had an idea for the space, but Sienna clearly did too! How did you combine their wish lists in a way that would make all parties happy?
It was easier than it looked probably because the Pillowfort collection appeals to kids and grownups equally. And what’s great is that this is a collection that is meant to grow with the child, so Sienna can enjoy it for years to come without it feeling too young. In terms of the wish list, Jen and Jason really prioritized what Sienna wanted – an area for crafting, an area for reading and cuddling, and a space to just let Sienna’s imagination run wild. From there, Sienna’s wish was my command. Once the functional needs were checked off the list, then it was just a matter of adding in personality. I stuck to a playful pastel color palette then had a lot of fun shopping and styling.
For many families, the kids’ space is usually more bold and energetic than the rest of the house. What do you suggest to get inspired/get started?
Start with the items that you consider a must-have for the room – for Sienna’s playroom, this included a custom daybed, a table for arts and crafts, a teepee, and bookshelves for plenty of storage. We focused on pieces with simple silhouettes and neutral colors – brown wood and white — and then layered in accents to add some fun and personality. We stuck with a general palette of mint green and pastel pink, but incorporated lots of other colors through fun accents like the pillows and the daybed.
For other families, what are your top tips for making a space feel stylish and sophisticated, yet still remain kid friendly?
I always start by asking the kids what their dream room would look like. Once you know that, you can find subtle ways to incorporate it throughout the space. Your kid wants a spaceship-themed room? That doesn’t mean it has to come to life in every corner. Find a way to add whimsical pops of the theme – like an astronaut pillow or sheets with stars on them – while keeping the larger pieces in the room more neutral.
Letting your kids pick the color theme is another good way to get them involved and feel like the space is their own — Sienna ultimately wanted more pink in her playroom, so we incorporated that through pieces like the bean bags, book shelves we mounted on the walls, and small accents throughout the space like lighting and other décor.
Do you have any favorite pieces in the finished room?
I love the variety of pillows we included – most are from the current Target Pillowfort collection in stores now. The pillows are so easy to mix and match, and with most priced under $25, they’re also easy to update if Sienna wants to change it up. The white ceramic Pillowfort Flamingo Lamp ($39.99) is also adorable and one of my favorites. And then of course, I love the Pillowfort Teepee ($89.99), which is such a fun statement piece to have in your home, and kids love them.
As for Sienna? She loves the Pillowfort Teepee as well! Since the reveal, Jen often finds her there, curled up with one of her dolls. She also has made great use of the table, coloring there every day since Emily left.
Check out the exclusive video for a behind-the scenes look at the two day transformation:
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