Travel Themed Playroom Makeover

Ginny’s playroom makeover is a long time coming, and I am thrilled to reveal her travel themed playroom transformation. When we first bought our house, we had the perfect little room for a home office, and once Ginny came, we knew it would be ideal for a playroom – so out with the desks and in with…all of the “stuff.” My first attempt at her playroom was literally just using the space as an overflow for all of the lovely items people bought us for our shower and when she was born. It was perfect – Ginny was too small to play with most toys anyway, and the room is tucked away where I would never have to see it if I didn’t want to. But then, as things tend to happen, Ginny grew up and actually had a need for her own space to play.

I knew I had to face that dreaded room, stashed with “stuff” and “things.” I knew I wanted an adorable space for her to learn and play and grow in, but the room was little and didn’t look like the extravagant rooms I saw on Pinterest. I’m happy to share with you that if you have a “regular” house like me, you can makeover your playroom, too.

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Fortunately, I never took a picture of the room when it was used to stash toys and miscellaneous items, but I did get a picture of the room before the makeover so you could see the transformation. There’s nothing overtly awful about it; it’s just kind of plain and sad.

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I’ll take you through the easy-to-implement changes for our travel themed playroom.

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Paint: To brighten up the space, I wanted to get rid of the beige paint and lighten it up with a cloud white. It reflects the natural light beautifully and gives the illusion of a larger room. Instead of keeping the room all one color, I brought in a light seafoam green hue to give the space a little life. After all, it is a playroom.

Rug: Our room was already carpeted, but I enjoy layering rugs and actually already had a perfect one in a different room in my house from Target. Whether or not you have carpeting in your playroom, adding a thick accent rug adds instant interest and comfort to your room.

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Furniture: I knew my husband was handy, but who knew he was this crafty? He made a desk, chair, and toy box for Ginny. My favorite furniture and overall style vibes is anything Restoration Hardware. We recreated the beautiful Restoration Hardware finish on our custom pieces, handmade with love. And by we, I clearly mean only my husband. If anyone wants me to blog about his plans for these pieces, let me know.

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A storage cube is an essential part of your playroom. Choose a sturdy piece of furniture, or secure it to the wall, because your little ones will be pulling toys off it. I love this affordable find from the Better Homes and Garden collection; it comes in various finishes and can also be positioned vertically.

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Gallery wall: After our paint job, I had this large blank white space that was beckoning to be a gallery wall. I found the most genius thing at Hobby Lobby: packs of gallery wall photos! They come in all different themes and styles and even give you gallery wall configuration ideas. I only used eight pictures, but I have so many others to choose from that I can’t wait to use in other places around my house or as a cute gift idea.

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Chair: Parents spend a lot of time playing on the floor, so be sure to include an adult-sized chair for you to sit on and give your knees a break! I included this lovely printed armless chair from Target in our little reading corner, positioned beneath two shelves of books.

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Travel-themed touches

I knew I wanted to do a travel themed room when I came across these two Etsy shops: Poppy and Pinecone and The August Reign. I centered my vision around the World Love map from Poppy and Pinecone and The August Reign’s custom globes, and the design grew from there.

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You guys, I’m obsessed with my pieces from these shops, and both shop owners were complete delights to work with. I quickly bought two other prints from Poppy, an American watercolor piece and the state of Virginia with a heart in it, because my daughter’s name is Virginia. How perfect is that? The colors are so beautiful, they just make me incredibly happy, and I want to buy all of them.

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I loved that for my globe, everything was customizeable – the color of the globe, the lettering color, the actual text, and so many other options! I went with the saying “Spread kindness all over the world” because it fits my philosophy of life and my promise of kindness to Ginny.

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Travel books: I chose my favorite books to display on two floating shelves that are purposefully out of the kid-reach zone; they’re such beautiful, special books that I don’t want them chewed on before Ginny can really appreciate and learn from them!

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Lasting thoughts

I never thought my dull, uninspiring little space could turn into such a lovely vibrant room filled with fun, playing, and learning. Even YOU, with your “normal” house like me, can makeover your kids’ playroom.

Would you consider a travel theme as a child’s play or bedroom? What were your favorite features of Ginny’s room?

Be sure to check out Poppy and Pinecone and The August Reign 

  • Absolutely beautiful! I love your style. Also, isn’t it so crazy what white paint does? That room looks so light and bright now!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh thank you so much! Yes to white paint – my next house, I want everything painted off white before we move in.

  • How gorgeous! I love the bookshelves!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Cara!

  • jessica

    this is probably the most beautiful playroom ever! I want that watercolor map and that globe! well done!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Wow, you are so kind!! Thank you : ) You should totally get the map and globe – they bring me so much happiness.

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    Ok this should be in a magazine! Like cutest theme EVER! You did an amazing job. I soooo wish we had a playroom in our home!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You are so sweet! Your comment made my day : )

  • Oh my gosh, I love this! Such a beautiful play room! Just imagine the dreams and plans that room will inspire in her as she grows up!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Erin, you’re a peach! Thanks so much.

  • Ashleigh

    I love the idea of a travel themed playroom! I had a travel office, so I have everything I need! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank YOU for reading : )

  • I love everything about this room! Can I come play?! 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes! Please come over to play with us : )

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Absolutely adorable Lindsay! I love that map so much! I’ve been looking for a good map for our playroom so we can put pins in all the places we travel. And you are so right, a cube storage system is a must for sure!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I love that idea of putting pins in a map – great thinking!

  • Paige Allison

    A-dorable! What a treat for sweet Ginny to play in! We have a play room too (I believe these are absolutely essential – our boys share a room so we can have a dedicated space for play plus a guest and office) but there isn’t really a theme. We have lots of family pics and a cute “playroom rules” artwork piece I snagged off Etsy. But it there were a theme, I’d say it would be trains and trucks, because #boymom 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      hahah #boymom, love it and love your sweet boys : )

  • Oh my goodness. This is amazing. Going to be saving this for future inspiration… Amazing job!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much Cassandra!

  • This room looks amazing! I love the artwork and the Globe. The furniture your husband made…wow! The whole room is just awesome. I want to play in it!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Come on over for a playdate! ha, thanks so much Shann, my husband did do a great job.

      • I wish we lived a little closer! 🙂

  • Samantha

    This is incredible! I love the colors you chose! It looks so classy, and if you ever change your mind about the theme, it will be easy to change the room. I love the storage cube! I want one with cute little baskets for our living room. You did such an amazing job! 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you for your kind comments, Samantha. And you’re right about it being a good transitional room if we ever decided to change it in the future.

  • This is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it! I especially love that you painted the walls white and added a pop of color by painting the paneling blue. Usually you see the reverse, and I like this better for this space! Also, I’m swooning over that gorgeous chair. It looks like your chair soulmate. 😉 Where did you get the lovely white nightstand?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much Brittany! I do love this room too : ) It totally is my chair soul mate, and I love that you know me well enough to know that : ) The white stand is from Target.

  • amotherworld

    So adorable! Love it.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      THank you!

  • Alicia Ford

    Okay I am obsessed with this! I need a theme for my children’s playroom! Your husband did an amazing job making the furniture! I love the colors of it. Great job!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I hope this provided some inspiration for your own playroom! I agree that my hubby did a great job – he impressed me : )

  • I love this! Not only did you transform a blah room to adorable but everything is so thoughtful! And I love the books you display! Rosie Revere Engineer is one of our favorites in our house! I have wanted to get Maps, and think I might just have to pull the trigger in our ever present Amazon cart! Love the globe too and all of the beautiful artwork! Handy Hubby= Awesome right?

    xo Annie

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Heck yes, Rosie! I did choose our books carefully – thanks for noticing : ) Maps is the most beautiful book – Ginny loves looking at it, but I don’t want her playing with it because it’s just too pretty lol. Handy husbands are a God send.

  • This is gorgeous – my daughter is obsessed with maps and her globe, she would love a room this pretty.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Aw, thanks! Sounds like your daughter has great taste : )

  • Oh my gosh Lindsay- how did I miss this post?! This room is like a dream come true for me!!! Can you come over when I get pregnant and design me a travel-themed nursery?! I love, love, love all of the books you have for her. I just love in general how passionate you and Justin are about reading to Ginny. This is so stunning! You truly have a knack for this kind of stuff. Oh, and can we talk about that GLOBE!!! Where did you find it?! I NEED. Did you MAKE IT?!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      This is your room, Chels!!! I will absolutely make your very own travel room : ) Reading has always been huge with us; I read to her since she was a day old. You totally need one of these globes – it’s from The August Reign on Etsy!!

  • What a precious playroom! I love how intentional you were about all the decor! <3

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you so much!!

  • Dima Evelina Kuznetsov

    This is so beautiful… Please blog about his plans for the furniture. It is sooo pretty!!!

  • Maggie Malson

    That is the cutest playroom theme! I love all the details, especially the map and globe! And the furniture your hubby made—so cool! What kind of wood did he use? I love the finish on those pieces so much! Did you ever blog the plans?