Posted on April 18 2017
Ever since our son turned 1, we've had one room in our home dedicated to being a kids' space. We've shown no shame in the fact that from the moment you enter our front door, our place looks like a preschool . The name evolved from the "toy room" to now "play room" and it was clearly the inspiration behind our most playful and colorful barn block
. What was once considered a formal living room in our home has been blasted with bright, brilliant colors on everything from the toys to the storage to the art on the walls.
Like so much else in our home, this picture ledge
came to us from Target. It's 23 inches side and the perfect width for our Barn Blocks. Throughout the year I like to swap out our wall decor. For Christmas, my mom made some water color paintings for the kids of Mario and Rosalina and one with Minnie Mouse. Over Easter, I displayed our favorite bunny books. Now that Easter is over, I brought out our Play Room
barn block and surrounded it with a few of my favorite art pieces from some favorite artists (besides my mom, of course.)
The first painting is an original gouache piece created by the wonderful artist, Carolyn Gavin
. Carolyn has created many beautiful works of art on everything from wall prints, to journals, to fabric and even, recently on children's bedding at Anthropolgie
. I follow Carolyn and Instagram and was thrilled when she listed a couple of original pieces for sale on her Etsy site
. You can now purchase prints of our original "Flowers in favourite mug
" on Etsy.
The second framed piece is sadly, not original, but it is special to me. This was an exclusive print made available by Heather Ross
to anyone who purchased her Briar Rose fabric collection
through her website. Briar Rose was Heather's first fabric line with Windham fabrics and it was released in July, 2013. Before I even knew I was going to have a baby girl, I purchased this entire line of quilting cottons and yardage of her strawberry design in knit. Heather is about as popular as they come when it comes to the "modern" quilting and fabric collecting world. Her signature designs are whimsical and playful and work well for both boys and girls. She's done book illustrations and authored books
as well. It's almost guaranteed, if Heather Ross comes out with a new fabric collection, it will be joining my stash.
Let us know, is your home littered with kids' toys from the moment you enter or do you have a more discreet method for storing everything? Do you have any favorite artists on display at home or favorite fabric artists?