Article Line Long1

A Playful Room Intro & Sneak Peek + Get The Look

Hey all, it’s Ginny again with another intro post to the Los Feliz house we’ve been working on. They wanted to slowly update the rooms in their home, so we started with their guest bedroomplayroom, and now their daughter’s big girl bedroom – all of which will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Deisgn_Girls Bedroom_Before_1

This room was originally another guest bedroom that connects to the nursery via a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. With another baby on the way, they wanted to transition their toddler from the nursery into a big girl bedroom that she can grow into.

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Deisgn_Girls Bedroom_Before_2

The room is a great size but you’ll see that there are lots of doors and windows that break up the wall space – it has two bathrooms off it, and two closets as well as the entry door. One can only dream of that amount of storage space and places to pee 🙂

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Before_Side by Side

They didn’t want to keep any of furniture in here so this all got moved to another guest bedroom (there are 3 in the house). The shutters were in really good condition and original to the house so we knew we wanted to keep those (you’ll see from the moodboard options below that we suggested adding curtains. We ultimately decided against that once we started to install everything else).

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Deisgn_Girls Bedroom_Inspiration

The inspiration images they showed us reflected a Scandinavian type vibe that felt sophisticated, yet still playful, for a growing toddler. They also wanted to keep the color palette fairly minimal and neutral.

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_1

We pulled together a few different options switching out the wallpaper, bed, and rug to give the clients some variety. We kept the color palette to light grey, soft peaches, and dusty pinks. They already had the teepee from Land of Nod and wanted a cute settee for cosy reading time. They also wanted to do a full bed for her to grow into, as she was already in the process of transitioning from her crib. We were psyched that they also wanted to do a wallpaper in here and we picked out a few really sweet options. This one above is from Hygge & West and is so cute in person – we really championed for this one, but they wanted to keep it less colorful than that.

Wallpaper | Bed | Bookcase | Rug | Grey Duvet Cover | Cloud Pillow | Cloud Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit Lamps | Tassel Pillow | Pintuck Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | House Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_2

Wallpaper | Bed | BookcaseRug | Pink Duvet Cover | Cloud PillowDot Sheet Set | NightstandsRabbit LampsSilver Pillow | Bear Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | SetteeHouse Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_3

Wallpaper | Bed | Bookcase | Rug | Grey Duvet Cover | Cloud Pillow | Washed Dot Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit Lamps | Tassel Pillow | Pintuck Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | House Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_4

Wallpaper | Bed | Bookcase | Rug | Grey Duvet Cover | Cloud Pillow | Washed Dot Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit Lamps | Tassel Pillow | Pintuck Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | House Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_5

Wallpaper | Bed | Bookcase | Rug | Grey Duvet Cover | Cloud Pillow | Washed Dot Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit Lamps | Tassel Pillow | Pintuck Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | House Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Option_6

WallpaperBed | Bookcase | RugPink Duvet Cover | Cloud PillowDot Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit LampsSilver Pillow | Bear Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | House Shelves | Toy Hamper | Teepee


I know a lot of readers have recently asked for us to chill out on the GIF’s and to include each individual moodboard – so we did both. That way you can skip through what you do and don’t want to see!


Aside from accessories and artwork this is pretty much the final furniture moodboard.

Wallpaper | Ceiling LightBed | Bookcase | RugPink Duvet Cover | Cloud PillowDot Sheet Set | Nightstands | Rabbit LampsSilver Pillow | Bear Pillow | Drapery | Drapery Rod | Settee | PoufToy Hamper | Teepee

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Progess_4

This is the Hygge & West wallpaper installed – it’s really adorable and gives a nice feel to the room without being overbearing, since the pattern is rather busy. We ended up ordering the roll arm sofa, but the client didn’t realize it was more for kids than adults. They really loved the idea of being able to sit on the sofa together and read with her, so we swapped it out for the one below.  Aside from the wall where the bed is, there isn’t a lot of blank space to add more furniture. We maximized on what was available with the sofa, and added a bookcase for storing toys and books.

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Progess_1

This is the sofa we went with, and while the two tone fabric is kinda fun the dark grey felt too heavy in here. We had some of the pink linen fabric leftover from the playroom sofa we reupholstered so we had the seat cushion reupholstered (you’ll see in the final reveal).

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Progess_3

We absolutely love this bed from Pottery Barn Kids. It has a real vintage feel to it, which is why we were all so drawn to it. With their being such a time crunch on this room we didn’t include any vintage pieces. Even though vintage is often cheaper it can actually take a long time to source the perfect piece – which is not ideal when dealing with quick deadlines and budgets.

Emily Henderson_Full Service_Design_Girls Bedroom_Sneak Peek

And here is a sneak peek. I’m sorry, I know that we’re really teasing with these posts but I promise you the reveals will be brilliant! In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions below.

*Sneak peek photo by Tessa Neustadt 


Never miss a single post and get a little something extra on Saturdays.

58 thoughts on “A Playful Room Intro & Sneak Peek + Get The Look

  1. First time I get to read your post so early… This is day 1 of my vacation!!!
    Love your work, always, huge fan!!!

  2. Hi Ginny, how do you put these amazing mood boards together? Is it a specific software? would love to play with it on some of my home projects I’m planning to start on in the Summer.

      1. I think she uses mainly photoshop 🙂 She knows how to do virtually everything but I believe these were just the standard photoshop. xx

  3. Can we please see how the tween room and boy room look now? Have they made any changes?
    Thank you!!

    1. The ones from the Lorey’s? HA!!! You will be shocked to know that they are exactly the same. I was there last week (we are now doing their bathroom) and its like a time capsule. It’s exactly like we left it 🙂

  4. This is beautiful!

    It’s funny, though, I get so tickled at these “styled” kids’ rooms. My 4 year old daughter and 8 year old son share a room and despite my attempts at any kind of style or design, the main aesthetic is “Legos on the floor, piles of books everywhere, and pipe cleaner/bead bracelets used as decor.” 🙂

      1. HA. yes. This takes two (and a half – me) designers months of work to make these look amazing. Don’t beat yourself up. If you had hired someone you, too, would have an amazing kids room. And that wasn’t meant to make you feel bad, the opposite, actually. its like having a celebrity body – you KNOW they aren’t doing it themselves 🙂

  5. I’m glad you went with the upholstered bed. We have an antique spindle bed for my daughter (similar to the Jenny Lind bed) and there have been many times she has hit her head off that hard knobby frame. It’s quite scary actually. The room is going to be so sweet.

    1. Ah nevermind it’s a wooden bed…but still less problematic than knobby spindles! Haha.

  6. Goodness your readers have so many opinions! I love the GIFs! And the non GIFs haha.

    Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE the bed you chose- it is so lovely and feminine. Can’t wait to see the entire reveal! Thanks for the sneak peek!

  7. Looks great so far. But I am obsessed with that Carson Ellis barn owl wallpaper from option 3. I am not a wallpaper person but I think I have to find a place to use that in our house.

  8. Excited for the full reveals.

    Where’s the sweet pink pennant from? (In the final reveal sneak peek photo).

      1. I don’t think I understand “cultural appropriation”. It’s yet another weird American thing that you all need to get over. The (rest of) the entire world is a melting pot of history and influences, I don’t understand why a teepee can’t just be seen as an appreciation of a cool design. The drawing of these lines as to what belongs to who is just so symptomatic of whatever the heck it is your entire country is about at the moment.
        The indigenous culture of our country is celebrated – the language, the design, the traditions – by everyone, not put away in a box so only a tiny percentage of the population can use it. That way it remains a living culture, not a memory or a museum piece.

        1. Yes she can be serious . Read the article and be open to the idea that using symbols and artifacts from others culture may be offensive and destructive. One of the few things Native Americans had left after we (and I’m speaking as a white man) took everything we could was their culture. Is it so much to ask to let them keep it? Or do we feel the right to take that away too?
          The indigenous culture in this country odds is NOT celebrated. It’s appropriated. If you want to celebrate and appreciate it, learn about it and about the people and how they feel about it. They have no obligation to “get over” it. That’s entitlement and ignorance speaking.

    1. 1. It is somewhat unfortunate that these things are labeled as tepees. They are really just conical tents and there shouldn’t be any problem with having a tent in your house. Historic European and Asian cultures also used similar looking conical tents (you can look it up, e.g. the lavvu), and there aren’t any symbols on it making it specifically Native American.

      2. The clients already owned it.

    2. I am trying to be open minded to learning about not being an ass when it is comes to appropriating things that just aren’t mine. It seems very clear cut to me that white college girls at Coachella wearing head dresses probably should be a no-no. And I am much more careful about what I would dress up for for Halloween. But I feel like the teepee is an actual invention…used by the modern world. Is it really hurting a native American somewhere to see a conical, tent structure for kids in Target?

      Monica, or anyone, would you mind explaining further not just why you may think this is un-PC, but if it would actually be offensive to various Native Americans. The Native Americans I grew up with had bedrooms that looked like this and probably would have had a play teepee too, even though their ancestors lived in hogans. (All of this said in a genuinely wondering tone, not a scathing tone)

    3. I’ll add another voice to the tipis as cultural appropriation. There’s a difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation. This from a different article than the one shared above: “Appropriation…is most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects.”

      How many of us ignored or worse criticized the Standing Rock Sioux for trying to protect their water and treaty land (the treaty that wasn’t even honored by the US at the time it was written)? The majority white residents of Bismarck had complaints about the pipeline contaminating their water source so it was routed south through the Sioux’s sacred land. Yet we think nothing of decorating with bastardized tipis and dreamcatchers. Because we don’t think. We might rationalize that the small things like this that we each do don’t matter but it adds up and adds to a society that has taken away so much from minorities and the indigenous both historically and presently.

      Milky, I don’t know where you live but I would be very interested to hear about the health and poverty statistics for your indigenous peoples. Here they are the poorest of our poor and the sickest of our sick. Does your country really celebrate your indigenous people or just pick and choose what appeals out of their culture? There are definitely hard questions to ask oneself honestly.

      1. Well said Emily K.

        1) I agree this is unfortunate but not for the same reasons you do. While it is true other cultures in Europe and Asia had conical shaped housing in America it’s intrinsically associated with Native Americans. The vendor’s description for the teepee supports this: “the perfect home away from home while trailblazing the playroom frontier.”
        2) It didn’t have to be used.

        I think Emily K explained some but if that wasn’t enough did you happen to read the article that Monica posted? (honest question, not condescending)

        1. Hi Jeremy,

          Yes, I did read the articles posted, and had actually already read them – Hence my interest in the topic. I seriously try to live without offending anyone, but this does initially strike my “that is ridiculously over-sensitive meter” which sometimes goes off when I am not informed. Emma above restated the description, and that description does seem to be really stupidly insensitive.

          I appreciate hearing various people’s perspectives on topics I don’t know a lot about. I would want people to be comfortable and un-offended in my house under all circumstances, and would never have counted a pink teepee on the offensive list but would throw it in the trash if it caused pain to anyone.

          1. Hey all, We are currently in discussion in the office about this and really appreciate the dialogue. While being extremely sensitive (as much as humans with only a certain amount of exposure can be) to all people, we also realize that while some things seem innocuous, they may still offend others – something we never want to do. I would love to hear the perspective of a native american on this subject. I’m far left. We are all far left. We are all super sensitive and yet we felt that the home-owners tipi (or teepee?) was ok to include in their room and that it wasn’t appropriation. I think what we all need to hear is not white commenters, not an article, but a real person telling me their real feelings about their culture.. We are all ears and I think that would move the conversation to the productive point that we all want. (regardless if that person actually chimes in we will make sure that we portray the sensitivity to all cultures that we feel going forward).

          2. Hey there. It’s Monica again. I truly did not think this comment would cause such a stir! I guess my main problem with this is explained in the article I provided a link for:
            “Cultural appropriation is profitable. Objects and traditions (but not the people) of marginalized cultures are seen by the dominant culture as exotic, edgy, and desirable, which translates to profits.”

            So Antonella, the fact that you travel abroad and collect different artifacts (from local artisans I’m assuming) and did a workshop with a Native American who is teaching how to build a drum and sweat lodge does not translate to me as appropriation. This sounds more to me like you are educating yourself about someone else’s culture which is fantastic.

            And just for a little background: I am a first generation American. Parents are from Mexico. I’ve lived in LA my whole life. I’ve had my own culture appropriated and I can’t say I myself am not guilty of cultural appropriation (from other marginalized cultures other than my own). But I strive to be a better, more conscientious person daily because really, isn’t that the goal?

          3. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating the native american culture, but the problem (appropriation) lies with how these items are being “ripped off” from the culture by big box stores.

            Why not buy dream catchers, teepees and art from the native american communities themselves? This would actually help keep the culture alive and its artists thriving.

      2. As a 50% Italian, 25% Argentinian, 25% Spanish, I find this kind of topic fascinating and weird at the same time. What the heck is cultural appropriation?

        In Milan, since last year, all the rage in fashion is wearing turbans or headbands in african textiles – is that considered cultural appropriation? Am I supposed to only dress/decorate my home etc if I do not incorporate other cultures’ aspects?! I love to travel and collect artifacts from all over the world, I consider myself a citizen of the world so I really don’t get it.

        BTW Italy is usually portrayed in the world as pizza, pasta, mafia, a certain kind of melancholic love music… should I consider myself pissed? No, I don’t. There’s so much more and whomever is willing will find it.

        PS I did a workshop with a Native American who is teaching in Italy how to build a drum, sweat lodge etc. Should I be ashamed of that?!

        1. @Emily (Henderson)

          Please know that the following comment is said with total respect for you and your team. I know that you all are very loving and do your best to be sensitive on the blog.

          I agree that it can be both helpful and eye opening to get the opinion of a person of color. However, it is unreasonable to expect any person to speak for an entire race or culture, let alone the great mix of cultures that falls under Native American. Deciding that we can’t get any further in this discussion without a Native American chiming in, is shirking the responsibility for doing the research and critical thinking. It’s like asking a person of color to hold your hand while they do all the work for you. And even though some p.o.c. are happy to share their knowledge and insight, that is not their job and no one should expect it to be.

          1. yes, Emma. 1. People of color should not have to represent their entire culture/race/ethnicity no more than a white person should have to speak for their entire race and 2. It is not the responsibility of the oppressed to teach their oppressors how to treat them better -can you imagine how exhausting (and difficult given the historical nature of the oppressor/opressed relationship) that must be? It is our responsibility to continuously try to do better. White people have to work on other white people.
            That being said – I am white, my husband is American Indian. He grew up on a reservation in Kansas until he was about 15/16 years old, and feels very close to that culture. Last fall we spent several days on a reservation and I purchased some earrings from the women there. After our trip, I showed the earrings to him and his first question was “did you buy those from the women on the reservation or did you buy those in a gift shop near town?” It was important to him that I had purchased them from the women on the reservation. ALSO – and this hasn’t really come up, but I feel like it must be said…native cultures in this country are so different from each other. My husband is Ioway tribe, but the Ioway are so different from Navajo, Comanche, Cherokee, Iriquois, etc…..that is like asking someone from Ghana to represent all Africans. They are different nations. Not all American Indians used tipis. The Ioway were not migratory/nomadic so they had permanent living structures (earthen lodges). However, when they went on hunting trips, the Ioway men used tipis as temporary lodging (tents). Most Ioway currently live in houses or apartment buildings, but they still use them sometimes for ceremonial purposes and as a way to connect with their heritage. I did not ask him about this particular instance, but given his reaction to the earrings I purchased, I would assume he would classify it as cultural appropriation if purchased from a big box store. But knowing him, I doubt he would ‘police’ anyone if we walked into a friend’s house and saw it.

          2. Hey @HB and @emma. I think you make such a good point and no, we don’t need one person of color to school the rest of us but instead I wanted to call for some inside scoop from someone who can relate directly to the situation, someone to give a more intimate and yet broad perspective that would truly make change. Obviously you know that there was no cultural appropriation happening on a micro level in this makeover, hell, the homeowners had it before we began. But that is not an excuse, and yes, we have to be more critical with our choices when it comes to anything that could offend. What would be absolutely amazing is if Land of Nod or Target partnered with a tribe to give all net profits back into that tribe on a custom teepee. I’m sure there would be many people that would object to that, as well, as it is it commercializing a culture, but just saying ‘you can never buy or enter this cute fort thing’ to my kids seems like not the best approach to understanding culture and race. I will, however, regardless make sure that they understand the origin and appreciate. If anyone knows any online companies from american indian tribes that sell their tipis, please let me know and we will add it to the post, update it and make sure that everyone becomes more aware of the importance of supporting these communities. xx

          3. I read a ton of blogs and have never ever commented. I can’t believe any of this is serious! It almost feels like an SNL skit. Pretty sure the bigger problem lies in some looking for trouble here. That someone would even possibly dream up this teepee issue is insanity.

          4. @Emily – this is in reply to your comment below. I have struggled to find online sources for native goods – (in fairness, I’ve only ever looked for Ioway items.) A good place to start might be the Autry Museum. They host the largest Native Arts Fair in the country, with artists representing over 40 tribes ( So they might be able to share more information about online sources.

          5. @Emily – Oh, and I pretty much love everything you guys do. I think you and your team are not only talented, but kind and thoughtful. Everything is shared from a place of love.

          6. What wonderful comments. All so respectful and a wonderful example of disagreeing and discussing in a constructive, education, and respectful way. This is our culture and country at it’s best. No one can change the past and forgetting it is idiotic so in order to move forward a healthy dissection and discussion of the past is necessary. Thanks all!

            I know I am a day late to this lovely discussion of a delicate issue and i mean no disrespect to core issue of appropriate discussed above, but I would like to offer a comment on a side issue. I would like to point out that Emily’s comment that she is ‘far left’ as an indication of open-ness is actually a misnomer. We often forget in this country that there is a right-left political spectrum as well as an array of beliefs that span both left and right that differ in the degree of individual freedom vs. group think allowed. This authoritarian/libertarian spectrum is often ignored and in the recent political climate of outside-the-establishment candidates, many are still not embracing the true variety of political thought in the world’s governments and within personal political belief. This graphic is helpful and hopefully non-offensive.


        2. I’m not really replying to any one person, but I cannot figure out how to do it otherwise. I’m not Native American, but I consider myself Native by osmosis. My dead mother’s best friend is 100% Native and would never be offended by that nor is anyone on the reservation my mother grew up on in WA state…
          We spent a week on the Res (what everyone calls it there whether white or Indian) every summer and I have two uncles who live there permanently after leaving in the early 70s when they graduated high school. This is only my experience and I am sure some would be offended by the osmosis/Res comment, but here is the whopper…The ONLY people who correct me for calling the indigenous people Native Americans are the Indians themselves. They call themselves Indian and tell me to do the same. I have two close friends here in Ohio and one is married to a 100 % Native Mohawk from NY and the other is married to a 100% Native from West Virginia (with a French last name!). They also only ever used the term “Indian” and laugh at how ridiculously PC everyone but the Indians themselves have gotten. Nonetheless, when I am off the Res or speaking to a non-Indian, I, too, say “Native” for fear of offending. I happen to have two black sons (off topic, yes) and they describe themselves as brown or black…or Ethiopian, but not African American. I think that we must be sensitive, but also understand that some are always going to be offended while others never will be…unless one is a jerk or condescending while addressing them.

  9. My dream aesthetic for my entire home is when you guys do kids rooms haha. And I’m child-free. 🙂

  10. Hi,
    Does your team ever use washable rugs for kids’ spaces? I’ve come across some by 2 companies – Lorena Canals and Hook & Loom and I’m wondering if you’ve had any experience with washable rugs.

  11. I’m curious how to tie the original 2 pictures to the final options. The original ones were very simple walls with lots of “juvenile” pieces and colors, and the options 1-6 seem very adult (especially wallpaper and rugs and colors).

    Ginny, about the animated gifs, they’re interesting but just too fast. Slower animated gifs would be great too.

  12. Thanks for including the individual mood boards and sources! It’s very helpful and did allow he to skip the gif. 🙂

  13. I know it’s what the clients wanted, but I don’t understand needing a full size bed so she can “grow into it”. I slept on a twin size bed until I was in my twenties and it never bothered me. Also two nightstands for a little kid??? I feel like there would be a lot more room for toys, playing, and storage if there was one nightstand and the bed was pushed against the wall and smaller. It looks cute but it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

  14. Many thanks for the individual mood boards! I enjoy studying each one slowly. Very thoughtful of you to include both options.

  15. I love love love the wallpaper and the Zoey bed! Thank you for posting the progress shots! Can’t wait to see the final!

  16. I swear your posts always come at a perfect time and you always manage to show something that is just what I’ve been looking for, lol. I need a new bed for my little girl and I wanted something sweet, but not too sweet and that will grow with her into teenager-hood. This bed is absolutely perfect and is going on my wishlist right now. Love your blog, love your work – keep it up!

Comments are closed.