Vibrant Life With Kids: A Happy, Eclectic Home

family home design

We’ve always believed that our home should tell our collective family story.  From the pencil markings on the kitchen door frame indicating the kids’ growth and passage of time to their handmade masterpieces adorning the art table display.  If our walls could talk, they’d tell narratives of generations-old furniture; stripped, dipped and reupholstered to make our own.  They’d speak of the artwork made by my husband showcased in nearly every room – and vestiges of a vibrant life with kids frozen in their methodologically crafted messes.

We’re careful and purposeful about what we bring in, striving to make our little space a happy and eclectic mix – filled with meaning and sentiment that goes beyond our walls and a roof.


Before the start of the school year, we knew that a physical change was in order.  The portion of the living room dedicated to the kids grew far from functional.  A rarely played with train table morphed into sloppy storage, and our fuax animal hide rugs had seen better days.  So we donated and tossed and did our best to pare down, which wasn’t easy but made us all feel better in the long run.  We then transformed the space back to one that inspired us to create and use our imaginations with the help of a brand who masters this – The Land of Nod.

Land of Nod Playroom Home Design

We’re all drawn to the light in the front of the house.  I often work from the coffee table in the far corner of the living room, while the kids play (and quarrel!) and make gargantuan messes.  This is the room that gets the most action, and it’s certainly shared with much more gown-up-ish things.  I’ve always admired how The Land of Nod creates kids’ furniture and decor in ways that beautifully mesh with adult spaces.  Their pieces aren’t only for closed off children’s rooms – allowing the feeling of kids and adults to simutliansly exist in thoughtful ways.

Land Of Nod kids playtable desk with drawer

It’s amazing how a bright and colorful Land of Nod rug injects fun and whimsy into the front of our home. And small touches like garlands in window sills and fun throw pillows pull together the playful space.  The Land of Nod’s furniture makes sense boasting clean and modern designs.  We love how the large drawer in the children’s table helps to centralize a homework station, and the smart acrylic protector keeps the furniture looking nice.

Although our home rarely stays kept together as seen in these images. Functional storage helps to keep the Olympic-level toy explosions contained.  Current favorites live in the colorful toy storage dip top bins for easy access and clean up!

Toy Storage BinsLand Of Nod Toy Storage Basket Bin

We’re all so happy so happy with our little space.

The Land of Nod Throw Pillows RugThe Land of Nod Inspiring Playroom Design Rug Throw Pillow Garland

That inspires the minds of its occupants, both big and small.

Special thank you to the Land of Nod for providing us with product.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 



  1. Love, love, love this room!!! Kid friendly, yet grown up. That rug is so great and so is the homework table.

  2. what a fun room!

  3. I couldn’t agree more.. inspiration is important for all of us.. most importantly kids who are still growing. Love what you have done.

  4. TallulahJane says

    What a great room. Both of my kids are teens but they were very creative and my daughter has painted and sketched several pieces that I have hanging in my office.

  5. It’s so warm and just invites the kids in to unplug and play.

  6. Leigh Anne Miller Borders says

    I love what you have done to the room. It looks so inviting and fun!

  7. It’s so beautiful!

  8. Land of Nod has some of the most beautiful things!

  9. What a marvelous, creative room!

  10. Sandra Watts says

    A very nice room. Love the chairs at your table.

  11. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Such a fun and inviting space!

  12. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says

    That room is beautiful! Love how bright and cheerful, great place for kids! 🙂

  13. sheila ressel says

    What a great, inspirational room! I’m a little jealous of all the natural light you have. Our house is like a cave!

  14. What a fun and bright welcoming room, I want this room for me

  15. That is an amazing space for kids. It is very inviting and bright. I really love the rug.

  16. Love the style of this room. So open and inviting!

  17. Your home is so beautiful! What a fun place for your children to grow up. So bright and cheerful!

  18. What a fun and colorful room!!

  19. I love this room!

  20. What a gorgeous and happy room! Great vibe! I want to play in there!

  21. I love the eclectic style of your room. It has such great energy and comfort. Not many people can pull off a mix like this with such success.

  22. As always, love your style and the new touches from Land of Nod! One of my favorite pastimes is perusing eclectic apartments on Apartment Therapy- have you been featured on there yet!? You need to be lol 🙂

  23. It looks like such a fun, family space. And I LOVE Land of Nod!

  24. Clara Smith says

    I wanted to get the table but they were out of the acrylic protector.

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