Playful Playrooms

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 07, 2012 | 9 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kids

{image via Etsy}

It’s always fun to see creative and imaginative playrooms. Here are some fun rooms for both kid’s rooms & playrooms!

{image via Design Sponge}

Modern and minimal…but that teepee sure says “let’s play.”

{image via Pinterest}

Lots of room for books and storage, and a cozy built-in window seat.

{image via Pinterest}

The most ethereal playroom I’ve yet to see…

{via Kids Room Decor}

Side by side beds leave plenty of floor space for play.

{image via Project Nursery}

Love this bold and graphic playroom with the chalkboard walls! (I actually blogged about this room awhile back in my post, “These Walls Are Made for Chalkin‘”)

{image via Bonesteel Trout Hall}

A colorful playroom with just the right balance a white backdrop.

{image via Samantha Pynn}

Fun striped walls and a multi-purpose window seat.

{image via HGTV}

A very spacious attic space turned playroom.

{via Steve Gambrel}

For the sophisticated boy…

{image via Etsy}

Glamour Girls

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 06, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Design Inspiration, Kids

Lego Wall!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 06, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Kids

Looking for a “kid friendly” wall? Why not lego an entire wall (or room!).

via HGTV

Let’s Play House!

Posted By Jill-LA | Apr 10, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors, Kids

As a kid, I had a life-size playhouse in our backyard.  It was pretty basic: a box, with a pitched roof, one exterior window, a dutch door.  It was painted blue with white trim.  Completely unfinished on the inside with no electricity or running water (joke).  At certain times of the year it was cold and damp inside with a musty smell.  But regardless, it was my little retreat and I played in there for hours with friends.  Or rather, I played for hours, friends stayed for brief visits.  I couldn’t even manage to keep Scamp, our Cocker Spaniel in there for very long, he always wanted out for some reason.  It moved with us about three times and then I finally outgrew it prior to our next move. So my parent’s put it “on the market” and surprisingly it *sold* rather quickly.

Well, the “playhouse real estate” market has changed quite a bit back from the time I had one! I came across these architectural gems of a playhouse from a company called Smart Playhouse.  If you are in the market for a modern and chic life-size playhouse – they sell ones for both indoor and outdoor.

The Illinois offers great views and a front porch.

The Hobikken is still contemporary, but has a more rustic warm cottage feel.

The Kyoto (mini) is much more futuristic looking.

The Kyoto (maxi) offers a second story and is inspired by Japanese avant-garde architecture.

The Casaforum is made of wood and steel, with a textured facade.

For indoor playhouses, there are two options:

The Hobikken

The Kyoto

Happy House Hunting!

Monkeying Around

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 15, 2011 | 9 Comments | Category: Kids, Material Girls Projects, Walls

[Loving this monkey wallpaper from 2Modern!]

I am currently working on a nursery project for a client here in Los Angeles, with a modern home furnished in mid century modern designs.  We are incorporating the mid century modern look into the nursery with mixing her current crib and dresser with some new furnishings:

[Concept board for nursery project.]

Both my client and I love this monkey wallpaper as a “feature wall” for behind the crib.  So cute!

The only concern is finding something less permanent and something that wouldn’t need to cover the span of wall behind where the crib is – so decals come to mind!  Thanks to a “twitter tip” yesterday, I was directed to Etsy in search of monkey decals – and there are many to choose from.





The number of options and amount of decals is more than overwhelming – definitely need more time to monkey around to find just the right one, but Etsy is such a great source – and not just for monkeys!

Many may recall this image of a fun and modern nursery that was featured in the late Domino magazine.  I have heard from so many people (bloggers and clients alike) – how much they love it and how great the striped ceiling is.  (So inspirational, that I used it as a concept for a nursery project that I did for a client.)

One thing I often find when designing nurseries for clients is that they want room to grow, for the nursery to transition well once the baby outgrows the crib.  (Thanks to the crib conversions out there – an easy solution!) I thought it was neat to see the same nursery above photographed with the conversion of the bed and full of toddler’s toys – transitioning to a very practical room.

Same room, crib conversion bed, lots of toys!

And an inspiration for a modern nursery concept board I provided for a client.

Look Book featured on The Decorating Diva.

For furnishings such as these, check out both Modern Nursery and Oeuf NYC. I have been using both resources lately for current nursery projects I am working on and espeially love the Oeuf cribs and beds.


Loving this room by interior designer Alessandra Branca that I  came across on The Skirted Round Table blog!  Such a well designed kid friendly play area that makes great use of space. The tented ceiling is fabulous! The pendant lights are sophisticated yet playful too! And, of course, the built-in storage with baskets for toys and books completes the space.

Barbie Does Have It All!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 14, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Designers, Furniture, Kids


Last month I featured a blog post about Barbie and her dreamhouse, that she was *working* with Jonathan Adler and how she just seemed to have it all…well, she certainly does given she even has her own Philippe Starck Ghost Chair!  It was released in honor of the 60th anniversary of Kartell and the 50th anniversary of the iconic Barbie doll.

Available through Unicahome.


These Walls Are Made For Chalkin’

Posted By Jill-LA | May 14, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Kids

I recently came across these images on the Project Nursery blog and loved them! Thought I’d share!

And while on the subject of chalked walls, thank you to the Daily Decorator blog for featuring a playroom I did for a project (which also featured a painted wall of chalkboard paint).

MTV Cribs wants your Teen!

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 18, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Kids, Movie/TV Sets

Okay, what they actually want is your teenager’s bedroom. That is, if they have a swimming pool in their bedroom, maybe a race car track (real race cars, not toys silly), a rocket ship (again a real one, not a toy!) or whatever exotic feature that can possibly be out there. Any takers? If not, hire me! That’s one project I’ve yet to have in my portfolio.

MTV is casting for a new show titled Teen Cribs:
Featuring teens living in amazing spaces built by their parents. To be considered, teens must be 13-21 years old and have something distinctive with their personal space and examples include swimming pools, game rooms and theaters to deluxe bedrooms, tree houses and indoor bowling alleys among other ideas. For more information and to apply, send an email to

MTV Cribs.