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Before & After ☆ Kids Play Room

September 22, 2010

Before & After

wall decor butterflies: Target

[edit] board: SPONTAN IKEA magnet: Crate&Barrel

wall decal: Urban Outfitters

This is a small den on the second floor we converted into a kids play room. Our neighbors use this as a study, but I wanted it to be our kids play room where I could decorate the room with our IKEA furniture, the small number of furniture pieces we were able to include in our shipping.

I wanted the room to be more of a gray color, but my girls voted against it. So, we settled with light purple. The furniture and most of the decoration comes from IKEA except for the butterflies. I picked up a box with the silver butterflies at Target about 9 months ago. I’m happy that I can finally use them.

This kids room is very different from the kids area we had in our old apartment back in Arlington. I loved our kids area since I was able to see kids play from the kitchen.

My daughter’s friend drew on the wall with kids lip stick (luckily with light colors) today. I was downstairs. It’s alright, but this definitely alarmed me a bit and now I am not certain if it’s a good idea to have a kids play area upstairs away from the living room downstairs. My girls are old enough to be up there by themselves and I trust them, but the problem emerge when we have friends over. We’ll see how kids will like this play room and how it’ll work out for me and my friends.

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  1. Kyra permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:07 pm

    May we come over to play? ;-) Looks great Kaho!

    • September 22, 2010 6:07 pm

      Thanks! We miss our play dates!

  2. September 22, 2010 3:27 pm

    What a cute room, you really did a great job with it! I love the wall sticker from Urban Outfitters.


    • September 22, 2010 6:08 pm

      Thanks!! Urban Outfitters has such cool stuff.

  3. September 22, 2010 7:06 pm

    What’s the kids’ artwork stuck on?

    • September 22, 2010 7:57 pm

      Thanks for a good question!!! It’s SPONTAN I bought at IKEA. I’m going to add that info on the post. You can’t use a marker to draw on it, which is a bummer, but I’d like to use it as a board to display my drawings.

  4. Meredith permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:13 pm

    I love your style and I’d like to hire you in advance to decorate our home whenever we move some place for real. Okay?!

    • September 22, 2010 8:03 pm

      Thanks and I’m flattered! I would love to decorate your house with you!!! That will be so fun! So, room and board on you?

  5. September 22, 2010 7:18 pm

    I saw that Urban Outfitter’s decor on the wall before somewhere too. And I deeply regret I didn’t buy it then!!!! Now I’ll order on line :)

    • September 22, 2010 8:03 pm

      That’s what I did!!! I’m happy you like it and want to order it!!!

  6. September 23, 2010 6:11 am

    Hi Kaho,
    Yumi told me about your blog today and she was right about everything – it’s fantastic!
    I love how you’ve combined: kids, decor, food, life as an expat, etc. Your daughters are stunning.
    I too have a wordpress blog but it’s hardly as beautiful as yours!
    I have it for our twins – well actually for our grandparents.
    Hope all is well.
    Many happy greetings from Tokyo!

    • September 23, 2010 10:25 am

      Sanne!! So happy to see you here, my friend! Thanks for leaving me a comment. I appreciate your thoughts! I have been checking your blog. I know well about it!! Love your photos and your new home. Haven’t I left you a comment? :) Thanks for coming by! I’m so glad you and Yumi are getting together. Only if I could join you all!

  7. September 23, 2010 6:41 am

    I love the tree decoration with the blue birds! aww inspires serenity.. and the butterflies very nice. I can see where it could be a problem not having adult supervision but like you said your girls are old enough. I really like the furniture for Ikea its perfect to keep things organized.

    • September 23, 2010 10:26 am

      Thanks, Elisa! I agree. IKEA furniture is perfect to keep things organized. Their products constantly inspire me!

  8. September 23, 2010 6:22 pm

    LOOOVE it! It looks like a very fun place to play, and like it was decorated with love and affection :) I want a wall decal too! heading to UO to order one, what a great idea for temporary houses!

    • September 23, 2010 6:58 pm

      Yay!!! Thanks!! It makes m so happy to know that my posting made you want to go to UO and order!

  9. September 24, 2010 6:59 pm

    How great your girls have a room where they can spread out all their toys and have fun. I love the magnetic boards and the wall sticker looks fantastic! I know what you mean about being able to keep an eye on them, Grace plays in our living room which I can see from the kitchen so I always know where she is and what she’s up to. Your girls are older though so I’m sure that they’ll be perfectly fine :)

    • September 24, 2010 9:19 pm

      I used to have the same set-up back in the U.S. and I loved it. I kind of miss it, but I love having that little room as well. The magnetic boards are awesome. Recommend them and love the wall sticker. I have never used wall stickers before, but now I can’t imagine decorating our space without them.

  10. October 29, 2010 11:28 am

    we always love to decorate our living rooms with bargain decors that we can find on the local store `

  11. November 8, 2010 4:35 am

    Kaho, so lovely to meet you and find your blog. Thanks for linking up your kid’s gorgeous room to my linky (sorry your first link didn’t work), that’s terrific!! I LOVE the wall decal with the tree and blue-birds. And, your mirrored butterflies are wonderful.

    Thanks again for joining in – BYW has been such a great place to connect with new and wonderful bloggers like yourself!

    Linda. x

  12. December 9, 2010 1:49 am

    Such a gorgeous play room. You have wonderful style and taste Kaho! I especially love the wall with the butterflies and photos. =) You ordered from UrbanOutfitters and had no problems with delivery to Jakarta?


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