Get ready for a whole lot of cuteness with this behind the scenes reveal of a playroom spruce for a growing Austin-based family!

The Sues family dreamed of this room becoming a family gathering place to spend quality time together with their children. It previously functioned as a reading room for mom, Kaileen. But, the original design grew outdated as the Sues began transitioning their life to a family of four. 

They reached out to me for a Spruce Kit to help them come up with a bright and cozy design that felt cohesive with the rest of their house, but could secretly function as a playroom for their growing one-year-old and baby on the way!

Since this space is meant to inspire playfulness, I wanted to make sure I added a few whimsical elements in my design without making it too juvenile. You'll see I incorporated this adorable nightlight, as well as a fun + educational way for the kids to play with these colorful alphabet magnets.

Another important aspect to this design was choosing high quality, durable fabrics that would withstand the wear and tear for years to come. This meant ditching the cold leather arm chairs for a beautiful blue fabric sofa. I think it adds the perfect pop of color, and compliments the cozy, oversized rug I chose for the space. You'll see that I also included room for soft bin storage near the floor to help store the kiddo's toys out of sight.

Kaileen had expressed during our in-home consultation that she had been wanting to find a way to incorporate a lighter furnishings into her home. As someone who gravitates toward dark colors, she was having trouble coordinating pieces with their existing furniture and dark walnut floors. And she's not alone! A lot of people have a tendency to match new items to what they already have. This can leave your space feeling one-dimensional.

To add some needed texture, I found the Sues a modern rocking chair with light wood accents and an industrial-inspired mango wood bookshelf

I also love love love the narrow mounted shelves I discovered at CB2 that tuck away perfectly into the awkward nook on the back wall. They provide a lot of storage but don’t make the space feel closed off because they're so minimal in design. The black metal finish also adds a modern twist, which ties in well with the metal stair railing adjacent to the room.

Do you want a playroom like this one? Check out where you can get the items featured in this Spruce👇🏼!


Love, Ding