Our Checkers Playroom
We’re currently renting a three bedroom townhouse. Our previous home was huge, the kids had their own bedrooms plus we a lounge room sized playroom, so we have really had a cull a lot of decor and toys!
In this townhouse, we initially had the girls in two separate bedrooms, but we found this to be an impractical use of space. So instead, the girls now share a room, and we’ve created a play space in Genie’s old room. As well as the advantage of having more toy storage, Minnie and Genie really enjoy sharing a room, and we haven’t faced any challenges, it’s working really well for our family.
I wanted the room to be fun and colourful, so I started with our Diamond Checkers Wallpaper in the festive peach colourway. Checkers are also really big right now, so I wanted to show our customers how they could style this fun pattern.
Me being me, I had to add some floral goodness into the room too, so I chose the super retro Happy Flowers design by Blond + Noir for the feature arch, decals and hacks - more on that below.
Hunter and Nomad are my go to for rugs, and I was dying to style their Checker Rug in mustard. It’s bold, but I wanted to style checkers on checkers!
Next up was the storage! Most people choose Trofast units from Ikea for their playroom storage, but not this gal… give me an upcycled vintage piece any day of the week!
If you don’t already follow Attic Furniture on insta, do yourself a favour, and head on over for a peek at Polly’s beautiful work. I love her furniture because it looks amazing, and makes me feel a sense of nostalgia, but mostly importantly, it's sustainable.
Polly suggested a vintage sideboard, in a contrasting colour to the wallpaper. She suggested Serene by Porter’s Paints, and we decided to use the Happy Flowers Wallpaper in soft peach as a feature in the open shelf at the back of the unit.
The Happy Blooms Print by Jess from Little Peach and Pip was the crucial piece that tied everything together. It contained all the colours I had chosen, and really is the most beautiful artwork. Looking at it makes me smile. Isn't it just WOW?!
Every room needs some green, so a pot and plant from Mimo pots was high on my list. Sage, the lovely lady behind the brand, painted the pot in Serene to match the sideboard.
I already owned two chandeliers from previous projects, so Shannon from Hello Marla made me a larger third chandelier so I could hang them in a cluster. Shannon included the sage colour to compliment the green I had used in the room. They look absolutely stunning as a feature in front of the lovely sheer curtains. Hot tip: the sheers are just cheapies from Spotlight.
Minnie and Me Interiors is well known for our love of hacks, and we offer wallpaper and decals to fit any project. We’ve had the Galaxy table and stools from Hide and Seek Kids for years, so I decided to give it a quick freshen up with Blond + Noir's Happy Flowers design - I used vinyl and laminate, rather than wallpaper (PhotoTex) as it’s 100% waterproof and wipeable - perfect for a play room.
The remaining toys and décor we pre owned or had left over from previous projects. All are much loved pieces that add interest and beauty into the space.
The Hamptons Check Wallpaper in mimi pink was already in the space from when this was Genie’s room. It’s actually one of my fave wallpapers of all time, so I wanted to leave it up, even though I wasn’t sure it would work with the checkers. But you know what, I love it! Pattern on pattern is super fun and attractive.
Here’s my VERY rough mood board, I literally just added screen shots to the pic collage app. Remember to always do a mood board, it will keep you true to your original vision.
I hope you enjoyed our playroom tour. I always welcome questions and feedback, contact us any time: email@example.com
Diamond checkers wallpaper in festive peach
Checker rug and cushion
Happy flowers arch and hack wallpaper in soft peach
Happy flowers decals in peach and apricot with bronze centre
Words for the wall - Play in custom gelato mint
Pot and plant
Galaxy table and benches
Luna pop Maree light
Butterfly decals and ice cream wall hangings
Hamptons check wallpaper in custom mimi pink
Velvet floor cushions
Bloom flower wall hanging
Pom pom daisies and retro daisy cushion
Muskhane felt mushrooms
Luggy and trunk
Wallpaper installation: Gary Slaven @thistlewallpapering
Photography and styling: Raffeala Jenkins @raffeala.sofia
Design and styling: Kristy Young @minnieandmeinteriors