Where, oh where, do I begin?
Today is the widely-anticipated grand reveal of the redesigned playroom at the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga – a reveal both here on the blog, as well as in real life.
In fact, as you read through this post, there’s a high chance that Mila and I are at the house this very moment, celebrating with the rest of the Thirty-One and RMH team at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Feel free to join us on my Instagram stories! After all, your support and input these last few weeks has encouraged me so much, so you should be a part of the celebration as well!
Although the project was not without its hiccups (such is the nature of design), I am so, so pleased with how the room came out!
Why I Took On This Project
Before we dive into the “AFTER” photos, a quick story on why I felt called to be a part of this project.
Right before I was invited by Thirty-One to design this space, I had actually been searching for a way to use my design abilities in a way that benefited someone other than myself and my family. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nice working with brands and getting paid to style pretty rooms and contributing to our family’s finances while also being a stay-at-home mom. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s the best job I could ever dream up for myself!
But, in a way the hustle was also starting to feel a bit self-centered – all about me-me-me!
So, this opportunity to give back to our community couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, and I’m excited to find more nonprofit organizations to donate my time and design skills to!
Okay, story time over. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
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My main goal with the redesign was to create a space that was as relaxing as it was stimulating; quite a feat, no? Think activities that encourage creative play and discovery but in a calming, neutral color palette.
A Few Hiccups
So, let’s talk about those hiccups – because that’s a very real and natural part of design, especially when tight deadlines are involved.
Take the sofa, for example. Originally, I proposed a modern, leather number from Article. Then, it was brought to my attention that La-Z-Boy is a national partner of RMH, gifting several furniture pieces to the organization every year. So, to cut down project costs, we opted to use a gifted sofa rather than spending nearly $2000 on the one from Article. Unfortunately, our sofa did not arrive in time, so we had to borrow a loaner sofa from the La-Z-Boy warehouse.
The polka dot decals are another example of creative problem-solving at the (very) last minute.
We originally ordered two sets, but only one arrived. Long story short, the replacement did not arrive in time. Thankfully, a Thirty-One employee had the bright idea to use her Cricut to cut out vinyl polka dots. Talk about saving the day, especially because we had gone ahead and installed the first set, thinking the second would arrive in time.
My Favorite Part
Choosing a favorite feature of the transformation is like choosing a favorite child. But I am particularly pleased with the all-white built-ins and the new chandeliers. Those two elements alone improve the space so much. But I also love, love, love the playhouse reading nook, and all the toys organized in personalized bins, and that fun rug, and the super cute workbench, and those jumbo building blocks. Basically, I love it all, ha!
I’m getting ready to convert our guest bedroom into a playroom for Mila and baby sister (that’s right, if you missed it – we’re having another baby girl!). Back to the topic at hand: I am honestly considering recreating the RHC design in our own home, because I love every single detail.
Let’s not forget the gallery wall mural!
I love that so many people came together to personalize the canvases that honor Thirty-One’s 15-year anniversary; it adds such a special touch to the space!
Okay, wow – that was a lot! Apparently, I have a lot of feelings about this space, and I am clearly not afraid to share them, ha!
I included all sources below. If there’s anything I missed, let me know in the comment section. Speaking of comments, I would love to hear what you think of this transformation! Did you enjoy the tour? Don’t forget to pop over to the very first post in this series to see the “BEFORE” photos.