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Designing for Fun

I’ve got a big, exciting decor giveaway in the works for you guys so, naturally, design has been on my mind lately.  I’ve noticed that my taste changes a bit with the seasons.  Does that happen to any of you?


With the summer sunshine, I’m in the mood for bolder pops of color and just a bit more happy around the homestead.  In that spirit, I’ve rounded up a dozen manageable ideas on how to add a little whimsy to our spaces.


  1. DIY: Skater Book Cubby – the bonus is it doubles as a walker for wee ones.
  2. Refrigerator in the Playroom via Design Mom – a brightly colored fridge is always fun but using it for non-cold storage in a playroom brings it to a whole new level while also providing a spot for magnet play.
  3. Vertical Succulent Wall from Etsy seller TiffanysLivingArt – It’s a garden on a wall, need I say more? (This piece is no longer available but new versions are always popping up.)
  4. Paper Lantern Solar System – Made for a birthday party but would look magical in a little kid room.
  5. DIY Vintage Tennis Racket Mirrors –  I feel like Wes Anderson has these somewhere in his house.
  6. Constellation Bedroom – Glow in the dark stars taken up a notch, or three.
  7. Hello Sign – This thing belongs in a beach house with some long boards!
  8. Allium from Kara and Groomzilla – Yes, you actually can make your backyard look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
  9. How to Build a Pallet Daybed – If I could count on no rain all summer, I’d build this tomorrow!
  10. Olive You Pillow Cover – I love, love this for a nursery.  Like many Etsy finds, it’s no longer available but if you have decent sewing skills it might be worth a DIY attempt.  If not, it may be worth trying to bribe the Etsy shop owner into producing another.
  11. DIY Stencilled Moroccan Rug – Big, beautiful and inexpensive.  What’s not to love?
  12. Lief’s Modern Victorian Bedroom – Gotta love the idea of a telephone booth in a little kid’s room, it’s so super hero.  The British telephone door used here is uber cool and, once the olympics start in a few days, may be just what your kiddo’s asking for.
What do you guys think?  Would you actually put any of these things in your home?  Do you already have something even funkier?  Let me know and don’t forget to check back for that big giveaway!


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacobe Pame July 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

Nice tips and pics for home decor. it will help me to decorate my home for my kids.


Mrs Melissa Baker July 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

Very nice!


Anonymous July 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Very cute ideas, but I would be terrified that my kids, or one of their friends would think the fridge was a safe place to play. The succulent wall is beautiful, I need to learn how to make one of those!


Christy Baker July 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I second the concern on the refrigerator. Newer models are fine, but very old models did not come with a safe release and could not be opened on the inside. I would check this out before putting it into a child’s space.

Alliums, succulents, and tennis racket mirrors are all great!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com July 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks for mentioning your concerns about the fridge. I was envisioning a fridge with shelves stocked full of games, puzzles, etc. so I wasn’t thinking about a child actually being able to get inside. Maybe a working fridge full of healthy snacks would be a better idea :).



Aakrati Singh July 4, 2014 at 4:11 am

“Great Post”Thanks for share this nice post.


Nancy August 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Great post and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.


hayat April 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm

great ideas, i need to learn ho to make those…


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