July 26, 2011

How to Make Your Home Your Playground.

When did home decor get so stuffy? Who really wants to make small talk in a formal living room or belly up to a dining table with fine china? I mean, I don't. I've spent the last week scratching my head about which room in my house would be most optimal for hanging a mirrorball--living room? Kitchen? Here are some other things I've been thinking about, too:

Put the writing on the wall. Chalkboard paint is all the rage now. Fun for kids and also for adults, it's great for jotting down favorite quotes, love notes, to-do lists and reminders, or house rules (Supernanny-style). Or just doodle french bulldogs if that's your thing. We have one in our kitchen and it keeps inspiring me.
Built a fort. Even if you don't have kids. Especially if you don't have kids.
Hang a swing. I've been lusting after this swing that hangs inside Nashville's Tweed Baby Outfitters. It was handmade by super-craft-genius owner Maggie Tweedie and can hold up to 220 lbs. Maggie gets the swings from Ikea and then covers them with her imagination, which was also in full effect on that incredible tree bookshelf she designed.

.... or rig a hammock wherever you'd like. An indoor hammock? Dude, count me in.
Get creative in your kid's room. Childrens' rooms have always been the post popular palate for parents to get creative, but these days it's gone beyond hand-painted Pooh Bear murals. Like, uh, below. These parents obviously had an epic budget, but I love that they totally went for it with this pirate ship bed.
Or, you know, just skip the stairs. Need a drink of water before bed? Just swoosh on down to the kitchen.
 Make a messy bed fort. Who cares if it looks like a place where a teenager would blare Zeppelin and blow pot smoke out her bedroom window? That's the point.
Smile and Wave


  1. I think I might need a slide in my house... :)

  2. wow...those are amazing!!!! love that book shelf, like something from dr. seuss or tim burton

  3. this is a fantastic post! :) w + i need a house so we can actually do some of this stuff. i feel so bad a with our little chalkboard wall on rented door.

  4. Lovely and inspiring post! I want that fork for myself and the chalk board wall for my three year old niece. Maybe then she would stop painting on the walls. :)

  5. I was having a bad week, and had been fantasizing about crawling into some crevice in my house somewhere. I saw this post and immediately decided I needed to build me a messy bed fort (that was a little messier than the one in this post, especially since I dont have a canopy bedframe). Somehow it made me feel so much better to just have a space to crawl into that shut out the rest of the world, like a little kid hiding from all the things she's scared of. It made me feel safe.

    Jack had gone in the room while I was visiting my mom at the hospital and sent me a text that read, "Interesting structure in the bedroom. Not sure what you've got in mind, but I'm game." Leave it to a man to sully it :)

    thanks for the inspiration...it was a happy point of my week.


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