Styling a kid-friendly space in an open plan house can seem tough at first, especially when you don’t want to forfeit “style” for practicality. Although I would love for Charlie to be able to play and have toys in every room, I am not so much into the “my house looks like a daycare center” look. So a few weeks ago, while we were styling Suzanne’s Playroom, we shot this quick little video about how to style a playroom shelf, keeping it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Let’s get into it.
Easy Peasy . . . and in only 6 steps (step 6 being my favorite):
1. Store unsightly toys and other necessary items in more attractive storage bins.
2. Bring in playful art to help ground the shelves and add atmosphere.
3. Displaying some of the cuter toys doubles as both storage and decor.
4. Maximize space by storing puzzles vertically, and stack books both horizontally and vertically to help the eye move around the shelves.
5. Finally, mix in some grown-up items to pull the whole thing together, and keep it from just being a toy shelf.
6. Open up a bottle of wine, because this playroom isn’t just for the kids anymore. Happy shelfie-ing.
1. Gray Convertible Futon | 2. Stag Head Decor | 3. Brass and Marble Square Accent Lamp | 4. Everything but the Dalmatian Fire Engine | 5. Ahoy Matey Framed Map | 6. Dinosaur Framed String Art | 7. Octopus Throw Pillow | 8. Safavieh Weston Natural Fiber Rug | 9.Zig Zag Embroidered Pillow | 10. Whale Throw Pillow | 11. Embossed Ceramic Table Lamp | 12. Ceramic Elephant | 13. Black & White Striped Vase | 14. Lidded Canvas Milk Crate Box | 15. Striped Cotton Blanket | 16. Wood Rhino Figurine | 17. Duktig Play Kitchen | 18. Ivar Pine Cabinet | 19. Black & White Pot | 20. Wheely Lady Bug Ride On | 21. Black & White Patterned Pouf | 22. Rhino Wood Bookends | 23. Greenich Gray & White Polka Dot Rug
***Photography by Tessa Neustadt