Playroom Makeover with PillowFort

Emily Henderson Target Pillowfort Playroom Makeover Canopy

As you know I’ve done a lot of baby rooms (I have two myself, after all), nevertheless playrooms are even more fun to do for pretty obvious reasons. I used Target’s brand new, very wonderful in addition to affordable kids decor line, PillowFort, to furnish in addition to accessorize almost the whole space – so of which’s a look you can absolutely get if you are into of which. The collection can be so not bad you guys, full of easy to mix simple pieces of furniture in addition to a lot of truly playful accessories – pillows the shape of ice cream cones, for instance.

The “client” this specific time was the family of Green Wedding Shoes. Jen in addition to Jayson who have a 3 year old, Sienna, in addition to just gave birth to another daughter, Dakota. Congratulations, Jen. Welcome to the 2-kid club. of which’s not exactly like the clubs I used to try to sneak into when I was 18, nevertheless of which’s definitely full of excitement in addition to way more A-list.

If you are into the whole design process, seeing the full room, in addition to watching a 3 year old style with me, here you go:

When we first met the room, of which looked like this specific:

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Clearly they had just moved in, in addition to were in dire need of everything. nevertheless the bones were not bad, in addition to the space was pretty simple.


They mostly had left over furniture in addition to random little pieces.


The style of the house can be contemporary having a lot of industrial vibes, like rustic beams in addition to black railings. This specific playroom can be a transition room – of which’s a loft at the top of the stairs which leads into both kids bedrooms. Our goal, stylistically, was to make the room feel seamless inside home in addition to yet obviously truly girly in addition to playful. in addition to functionally of which needed storage, a sitting area for reading/cuddling, in addition to a craft/activity table.

We pulled together a preliminary moodboard to help guide the direction.

Pillowfort Playroom Moodboard Pink Mint Green Kids

More would likely be added in addition to things would likely shift, nevertheless this specific was our jumping off point.

With out any further ado, the playroom of my dreams:

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So much to chat about. Everything you see in there can be coming from the PillowFort collection, except the wallpaper in addition to the custom daybed (come back tomorrow for full post about of which). Like I said, the collection can be truly not bad. They nailed the colors (with lots of options) in addition to they designed of which generating sure of which kids would likely love of which, sure, nevertheless of which we as parents would likely want to be around of which. Who doesn’t want an excuse to own a pillow shaped like a panda head for instance? No one. There can be so much more than we could even use in This specific room, so go check out the full collection before you tackle your kids room (there are even beds in addition to dressers).

Let’s talk wallpaper. If you are inside market for some playful in addition to fun wallpaper in a quiet/sophisticated tone, look no further. This specific can be charcoal in addition to white so of which works with any coloration palette, in addition to yes, those are tiny houses. of which can be designed by Sissy in addition to Marley in addition to of which comes in a few coloration-ways, so check their site to see what else they have (we love all of their wallpaper).

We chose this specific one because the pattern was more of a texture than a big, bold, busy pattern adding to the potential chaos of the room. When choosing wallpaper know of which the smaller the pattern, the less busy of which can be (although ironically  a medium size pattern can be WAY more busy than a truly large pattern – like Charlie’s wallpaper). I actually thoughtt his specific pattern would likely be bigger than of which turned out to be, nevertheless I love the scale of of which. of which’s soft in addition to just adds so much texture without nutty-ness.

The Pillow Fort canopy truly was the inspiration for the daybed (we are doing a whole post on the custom daybed tomorrow so please come back for full how/why/how much info). Back to the canopy. Have you ever personally met a person who doesn’t want to lounge under a canopy? They are a universal hit. of which’s such a fun, cute place for anybody to read, especially a 3 year old girl named Sienna.

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We curated the pillows generating sure of which there were enough of which were square, rectangular, in addition to sculptural. I love of which I just wrote of which we “curated sculptural pillows” for a playroom. To be fair of which panda head in addition to “Hooray!” are indeed pillows, in addition to pretty great. All of the pillows had our light, fun, bright coloration palette with enough negative space pillows mixed in so of which didn’t feel truly heavy.

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We added the sconce to give them some light over there for reading, without needing any side tables. Remember for kids rooms, the less furniture the better, as they need more room for playing, resting, fort generating, etc. This specific plug-in sconce can be perfect (in addition to of which comes in white as well).

My “pillow deciding” pose can be truly one of my best.

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Bean Bags. Let’s talk about those for a while. In our next house every room possible will have some form of bean bag. These two are extremely comfortable – for kids or grownups. They are low in addition to slouchy, nevertheless oh so comfortable, in addition to they love you back. They don’t need those pillows, nevertheless those two are a couple of my favorites, so we styled with them to show them off.

Those wall bookshelves are a great invention if you need access to some books nevertheless don’t have room for a piece of furniture. Also if you want to know my favorite book to read to Charlie for the last 2 months I think of which would likely be Dragons Love Tacos (well, of which in addition to Frog On A Log).

Emily Henderson Target Pillowfort Playroom Makeover Book Pockets

The beanbags, shelves, in addition to rug come in a few different colors. We have of which rug in our family room right currently as Elliot’s playmat because of which’s so soft in addition to we all love of which. of which stays put in addition to can be easy for her large noggin to land on. I began noticing of which Target can be generating their rugs with built-in rug pads on the bottom, so they stick in addition to stay on the ground. Genius. Some day, for my 50th birthday I’m going to announce to the globe of which I will never, ever, ever deal having a rug pad again. Have you ever put a rug under your bed in addition to then realized of which of which needed a rug pad? of which’ll ruin your Sunday, I promise.

Lets take a look at the brand new activity table area:

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I love those play tables in addition to chairs, in addition to even tried them in my house nevertheless Charlie can be still a bit little for them (Sienna can be 3 in addition to she’s barely tall enough). They don’t need pillows, nevertheless certainly look cute with them. Those chairs also come in pink, black, in addition to white. They are designed to be truly stable in addition to not slip (see those little rubber bits on the bottom?). I had no idea how important of which can be to have kids furniture be truly stable, nevertheless of which turns out of which kids sure aren’t.

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A playroom isn’t complete without a fort or some sort of teepee. Enter this specific adorable guy:

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We layered of which full of pillows in addition to hung some string lights (maybe just do this specific for your, say, photo shoots as they are outdoor glass bulbs…not exactly my most kid friendly move). I love of which fun pattern on of which – which helped bring in more black/white to of which part of the room.

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When stringing those lights make sure to sit inside most flattering (yet uncomfortable) position having a pleasant look on your face. Also thanks, Danielle, for generating of which hair look so pretty.

I don’t have a clean shot of the shelving, nevertheless we gave them two matching shelves in addition to decked them out with bins for storage. The shelves are truly simple, clean, in addition to can work in most homes/styled.

Emily Henderson Target Pillowfort Playroom Makeover Kids Tent

If you are inside market for a teepee know of which of which takes up a lot of real estate  – when fully open they are HUGE. Obviously you wouldn’t STUFF of which with pillows as we did – nevertheless I wanted to show off more product in addition to style of which up for the shoot. Just throw in a couple larger floor pillows in addition to of which pineapple pillow, obviously, in addition to call of which a day.

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Lastly we created a little dress-up area with her tuu-tuu collection in addition to wings/tiaras with some simple hooks in addition to of which adorable “Girls Rule” sign. I can’t wait ’til Elliot gets a tiny bit older in addition to wants to play dress up (if she can be into of which) because this specific mama will curate the most amazing vintage girls (in addition to adult) dressup trunk EVER. I can finally look like the crazy bag-lady of which rules my insides, all inside name of playing with my daughter.

Emily Henderson Target Pillowfort Playroom Makeover Dress up Corner

We pulled off this specific makeover in 2 days – having a few weeks of planning, obviously.

Target Pillowfort Playroom Makeover Kids Childrens Mint Green in addition to Pink Activity Room Emily Henderson Before in addition to After 2
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There we have of which – a fun, poppy, adorable, whimsical playroom just for this specific lovely family of (currently) four. In our next house I would likely feel pretty lucky to have a huge playroom for the kids like this specific to truly go nuts in, in addition to not have to worry about how much their mess clutters up our area. nevertheless, if you don’t, like us, this specific collection can be cute enough for the whole family.

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Feel free to copy of which in addition to get of which look. in addition to DON’T forget to watch the video in addition to check out Jen’s perspective over on Green Wedding Shoes.

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1. Wooden Day Bed (Custom, nevertheless similar) | 2. Panda Head Wall Decor | 3. White & Grey Teepee | 4. Pink Stripe Area Rug | 5. Pom Pom Pillow | 6. Pineapple Throw Pillow | 7. Boone 3-Shelf Kids Console Bookcase | 8. Boone Activity Table | 9. Mint & White Striped Fabric Bin | 10. My House Charcoal Wallpaper | 11. Industrial Kids Activity Chair in Aquamint | 12. House Shelves With Pinboard | 13. Mint Desk Lamp | 14. Ice Cream Patterned Throw Pillow | 15. Corduroy Bean Bag Chair | 16. Dip Dye Bed Canopy | 17. Flamingo Throw Pillow | 18. Oh Joy Tassel Pillow | 19. Crosby Swing Arm Sconce | 20. Girls Rule Wire Wall Decor | 21. Flamingo Table Lamp | 22. Pink Book Shelf

Also available: Yellow Polka Dot Pillow | White Giraffe Bookend | Knit Doll | Gold Modern Hook | Girls Tutu Skirt | Embroidered Striped Pillow | Diamond Square Pillow | Red & Mint Patterned Pillow | little Wooden Planter | Wooden Architectural Blocks | Oh The Places You’ll Go Book | Metal Lantern | Globe String Lights | Orange Jersey Diamond Lumbar Pillow | White Flower Applique Flower Pillow | Yarn Dyed Geo Pillow |  Panda Head Throw Pillow | Multicolored Tassel Throw Pillow | Flower Bear Throw Pillow | Ice Cream Cone Throw Pillow |  Hooray Throw Pillow | Party Hedgehog Figurine

*Photos by Tessa Neustadt, Video by Scrunch Media, Hair in addition to Makeup by Danielle Walch. This specific post can be part of a larger collaboration with America’s (in addition to my) favorite major retailer, Target. 

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