Date: Aug 13 2013

Filed Under: Decor, Family

This post was originally shared on Land of Nod’s blog, Honest to Nod. But it was such an incredible happening, that I’d really like to share my experience here with y’all, too. I’ve included a few more details here…


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I’m a long time fan of the Land of Nod. Many of my kids’ toys and things come from them (what would we do without Lilly’s dollhouse and Fletcher’s workbench?!). So when I got to meet the Land of Nod team at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City this past January I was pretty stoked. We chatted briefly, there was a lot of glitter and one big giant swan around us, but I made a mental note to follow up with them when I got home. And I did. And boy am I glad that I did. We brainstormed for a little while about the ways we could work together when, suddenly, my dream collaboration presented itself – a playroom and bedroom makeover. Land of Nod designer Danielle Kurtz and I worked together to design two different spaces that worked with the flow of our home. I vividly remember squealing at my computer when Danielle would pin not yet released items to our secret shared pinboards.




Fast forward a couple of months and it was time to turn our pinterest boards into my reality (if only that were true for all of my pinterest boards…I don’t suppose you could help me with that one could you, LON?). For a couple of days my home did sort of look like we just moved in. There were boxes and boxes of amazing new Land of Nod items that my kids were going crazy over. Lucky for me, the Land of Nod team flew down to my home in Charleston, SC and installed our vision for me. Just like a fairy tale. Lilly now refers to them as the Nod Fairies. I can’t say I disagree. Two new rooms and my girl landed the August cover? Pretty magical to me.


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We are really happy with our new rooms. I’d love to show you around… Let’s start in Lilly’s room. It was hiiiigh time that Lilly move out of her crib and into a big bed. She is 3 1/2 after all, but she loved that crib so much that we never felt the rush. Turns out, there is something she loves more though… her new upholstered marquee bed. We got the full size so that the whole family could pile on for bedtime stories and books. The headboard is quite cushy to lean up against.


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Lilly loves her tiny dancer duvet and polka dot sheets. The aqua quilt helps keep it all from being too girly.


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We also installed hanging closet storage & the coordinating drawer inserts to keep Lilly’s tiny closet organized. And by “installed” I mean we velcro strapped it on. Couldn’t have been easier. Plus the monarch nightstand next to the bed has two useful drawers that we use for pjs and socks and stuff.


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One of my favorite things in Lilly’s room is the district bookcases. We stacked two on top of each other (don’t worry, they bolt down) for Lilly to use as storage for her stuffed animals and current favorite books.


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Above the bookcases we arranged a small gallery wall of art that included a face painting by Sally Benedict, an abstract by Kate Merritt Davis, and a Marysia Swim suit that was named after my daughter, Lilly, that we had framed (to read more about the memento picture frame project read this post).




One of Lilly’s favorite spots in her room is her framework coat rack corner. She’s constantly rearranging her necklaces and scarves and dress up items over here. She can hop up on one of her storage cube seats and peek at herself in the mirror. It’s the perfect dress up corner.


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Alright, let’s head downstairs to the playroom. I love the way this room turned out. We needed it to be eye pleasing since it’s on the main floor of the house.


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That yellow gold bars rug gives the room a grounded pattern which I love. And if you look closely you’ll spot two of Lilly’s favorites dolls, her BlaBla (an oldie but a goodie – it’s the little owl) and her new Finkelstein mermaid handmade by Charleston artist Michelle Jewell. They’re the most darling little plush creatures.


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If you look to the left of the picture you’ll see one of our most favorite items, the orange stripe teepee. The kids play in there all the time, especially Fletcher.


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I’m a big, big fan of our three leaning bookcases. All of the kids’ little toys and things have a happy home now that they can easily see and access. I really don’t know how we ever cleaned up the playroom without them. Truth be told I don’t think we did.



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The kids’ craft closet also got a fun makeover. I’ll admit, it was pretty lame before. But who cares because now it’s organized and beautiful. Most of the art supplies get stored in those colorful see through stackable boxes. The kids couldn’t be happier with their “office”. I regularly find Lilly plopped down in the cobalt iron chair making masterpieces to display on the cork-board rails.


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We put all of their favorite washi tapes on a paper roll holder – I love the look and simplicity of this. That aqua wall organizer also comes in handy for stashing more craft supplies.


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We also added a fun element to the craft closet door by putting colored tape on the interior trim. We used an x-acto knife to get it just right. I think it’s a fun, non-permanent detail to see when the door is open.


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One of my kids’ favorite things to play with is my collection of trolls that I collected when I was a child. I guess a love for creepy looking dolls runs in the family. But I’m glad they like them b/c it’s fun to revisit childhood memories. We found a spot for them in the playroom by hanging book ledges and organizing them all on there. It’s pretty funny, really. I wonder if LON ever envisioned their book ledges holding trolls?


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Oh, and I have to call out those amazing honeycomb shelves. They might just be my favorite detail. Perfect for visual interest and holding little objects. We decided to back ours with different patterned papers to bring a little more color to the room (to see more about how we did that read this post).


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See, the Land of Nod really is fairy like. We couldn’t be happier with our new rooms. A big, big thank you to The Land of Nod team for making all of this happen. You guys are the best.


Comments: 50

50 Responses to “Land of Nod Makeover”

  1. Such a dream! I love everything they did. So fun, colorful and playful! And it definitely doesn’t hurt that you guys are the most adorable little family.

  2. Love everything about this! Land of Nod did such an amazing job, and is it wrong I am slightly jealous of that troll collection?? Gorgeous pictures!

  3. Allison says:

    Your kiddos are SO CUTE! Love the way it turned out!

  4. Julia Ryan says:

    Such happy spaces! I’m seriously going to be pulling from this for inspiration for Wells and Tagg’s play room! Love all the personal touches too. Sometimes people can get carried away and their rooms look a bit too much like a display showroom. You would never guess that so much of what we see came from one store. WONDERFUL job y’all did! And they couldn’t have picked a cuter family! xoxox

  5. Caycee says:

    Amazing!! Everything just looks so amazing!! Cutest family picture too ;) friend!!

  6. Natasha says:

    this is ABSOLUTELY incredible…i got the catalog the other day and was swooning, NOT EVEN knowing it was your house!!! land of nod is one of our go-to places for stuff for the girls and i love what they did for yalls rooms…PURE GORGEOUS!

  7. Chassity says:

    It’s pretty cool :) I feel lucky, thanks Alex!

  8. Chassity says:

    Not wrong at all, I freaking love trolls. We’ve since added another row of them :)

  9. Chassity says:

    Aw thank you Allison!!

  10. Chassity says:

    That means a lot Julia, bc you’re right we didn’t want it to look like a showroom. I love it so much.

  11. Chassity says:

    Aw thanks Caycee :)

  12. Chassity says:

    OMG so funny Natasha!! Thank you so much, we love it!

  13. Love how everything turned out. I’m jealous that you still have all your trolls!

  14. Gaby says:

    So so gorgeous! Pretty house and pretty family :) What an amazing experience!

  15. Erica Cook says:

    Love it all. Your home is so amazing Chassity. xo

  16. Chassity says:

    Ah the trolls, so thankful my mom saved them for me :) Thank you Ashley!!

  17. Chassity says:

    Thanks Erica, I heart you :)

  18. This is KID Heaven!! What a beautiful playroom Chassity!! I love all your ideas and how they came together.

  19. What a dream! I’m obsessed with everything. And Lilly is quite the cover girl.

  20. Chassity says:

    A dream for sure. Thanks Megan!

  21. Chassity says:

    Albertina – thank you so much :) The kids do think it’s Heaven.

  22. Lizziefitz says:

    These rooms reflect such a fun efferfescent spirit! I couldn’t imagine a better design /lifestyle for your super cool family. Kudos to you & LON !!!

  23. Oh my gosh its perfection! I want to be a kid again…or one day have cuties and give them this playroom!

  24. Um, gurl. Love it!! Loved it all and especially loved the door trim, your little girl’s hot pink tutu, and can we also talk about your dining room light fixture peeping through that looks like a rad lobster basket??

  25. carmel says:

    What a fun experience and these rooms look so so great! Love the cover of the new catalog – how cool is that?!

  26. Emilia says:

    Where did you buy the quilted blue and white pillow that’s in your playroom? I love both the makeovers; what a great experience for your family!

  27. Chassity says:

    Hey Emilia. I actually picked that up while in Hawaii a few years ago. I love it too :) Wish I could point you in the direction. Thanks!

  28. Kelly says:

    How fun! Where did you get the picture of the flower vase over your daughters bed?

  29. Chassity says:

    Hey Kelly! That painting is by Charleston artist Lulie Wallace. She’s amazing – check out her website.

  30. Lindsay says:

    What great spaces!! Thanks for sharing. Love your daughter’s dress…where did you find it??

  31. Chassity says:

    Thanks Lindsay. Target, believe it or not!

  32. […] Chassity, a blogger I met at Alt Summit back in January, spills the beans on her Land of Nod basement and playroom makeover! […]

  33. Nina Dellona says:

    I love everything about the spaces featured, but may I ask where the blue sofa/settee is from? Thank you.

  34. Chassity says:

    Thank you Nina :) The sofa is from Jonathan Adler.

  35. Laurie says:

    I love all this so much! Me gusta todo…and I dont even have kids :) It looks awesome. I’m obsessed with the troll display! That’s awesome you saved your collection!

  36. Chassity says:

    Thanks Laurie :) And I have my momma to thank for saving the trolls.

  37. Kendra says:

    What brand of tape did you use on the door? I love it! Such an unexpected layer of fun.

  38. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It’s a stylist’s dream. I love the layers, textures, color mix…and the troll collection! Well done!

  39. Jaime says:

    Hi there, I love your blog and am love with both rooms! I also love your daughter’s dress. Would you mind sharing where you purchased? Thanks!

  40. kate block says:

    just finding my way to your blog through NOD. yummy!!! it was actually the family photo i couldn’t resist. such beauty and whimsy. LOVE! question: would you mind please sharing what brand/color paint you used on the walls of the play room and your daughter’s bedroom?

  41. Chassity says:

    Thanks Jaime! We found it at Target!

  42. Chassity says:

    Thanks so much Kate – love that you popped over! I can’t remember the name, gah. so sorry about that. Will think on it and get back to you.

  43. […] creations are definitely a favorite around here. You may remember our mermaid even made it into our kids’ rooms makeover story in the Land of Nod catalog. A few more of our favorite toys that are tried and true favorites but not shown above are the […]

  44. Kelly says:

    Such fun spaces! I also love your front door color. Would you be able to share the paint color?

  45. […] of you might remember from my family’s makeover project with Land of Nod that we used these leaning bookcases, too. Love them so […]

  46. Helen says:

    Hello. Lovely space! Where did you score the blue mini sofa?

  47. Chassity says:

    Thanks Helen. It’s from Jonathan Adler.

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