Woodland Nature Playroom

I’ve always been a kid at heart. My parents were both very creative & filled my childhood with fun magical memories & experiences. My father designed and built many play things for my siblings and I– like a large wooden stage, a reading nook, a playhouse, etc. We loved playing & creating with these things and perhaps that’s why I’ve had a vision for my own children’s playroom for as long as I can remember. When my son was born, I decided it was time to put this vision into action. I called on my contractor brother-in-law and my husband to help make all my dreams come to life. I designed large trees, branches, blades of grass and clouds which were then cut out & assembled by my brother-in-law and my trusty woodworking guru, Robert. I wanted a 3-D world to be created so I chose a fairly thick MDF for these projects. I like the depth & feeling of these elements being raised from the wall & not just painted on. I’m not sure where this idea even came from, it’s somehow just always been in my mind, maybe since I was a kid!

My overall goal was to create a world that could be explored much like the outdoor world. I wanted it to be interactive, tactile & most importantly a place to dream. Imagination is so important to me. I don’t ever want my children’s imaginations to be limited. The environment my parents provided allowed my imagination to bloom & I’m so thankful for that (or, of course, I wouldn’t be dreaming up crazy projects like this!). Anyway, I’ll let you see the mostly completed project for yourself (there are 2 more things that still need to be made for this room to be complete– I’ll keep you posted). But for now, I’m pretty much in love. It’s one of my favorite places in our whole house & it seems to be a hit with my little boy too– a major plus. Enjoy…

Hope you’ve been enjoying Kids Week so far– we’ve got lots more in store for you, including a giveaway. A big THANKS to Brienne of Azure B Photography for these fantastic images! Make sure to check out her phenomenal work. Also, feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about where anything in my playroom came from, I’m happy to share!

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SueDecember 11, 2012 - 8:58 am

Love this playroom! What an amazing talent you have for making your dreams come true. A legacy for your children…

Betsy MooreDecember 11, 2012 - 9:28 am

This playroom is absolutely perfect! I love the details, too many to name, but all the mushrooms and the cloud shelves are my favorite! Oh, and the B+M cuz it works for me and my sweetheart, too. Good job on this one!

AshleyDecember 11, 2012 - 10:14 am

Seriously the cutest playroom ever!

JanelleDecember 11, 2012 - 10:22 am

Holy cow Mollie!!!! What an amazing creation! I am so jealous of your vision and your ability to carry it out. When Dan is finished with med school I’ll be calling on you to create something like this for our house one day!! SO COOL!!!

KimberlyDecember 11, 2012 - 11:06 am

I am completely blown away! I need to see this in real life.

Alyssia BairdDecember 11, 2012 - 1:46 pm

This is so darling!!! What is the name of the color of paint on the walls?

Jessie EvansDecember 11, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Are you kidding me with this right now? I mean seriously, this is hands-down the cutest thing I have EVER seen. Seriously. Wow. Mollie, you are incredible!

adminDecember 11, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Oh thank you all so much! I really appreciate your sweet comments– they help make all the hard work worth it!! Alyssia, the paint color is Tidewater by Sherwin Williams– love it.

Amy GiffordDecember 11, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Mollie I only thought things like this existed in fairy tales! You are absolutely amazing!! You made this room shine down to every last detail– this website couldn’t have been more inspired! Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us!

RonnyDecember 11, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Wow Mollie, is amazing!. I’m a very proud former aunt. Your child is going to be very happy here.

annDecember 11, 2012 - 10:26 pm

I want to come play!!!! Adorable.

KarenDecember 14, 2012 - 10:37 am

Where did you get the big mushrooms? My daughter has been wanting something like this for her Alice in Wonderland themed room.

adminDecember 14, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Hi Karen, thanks for the comment. The large mushrooms I used are actually vintage ones that were carved from solid redwood back in the 70’s. I bought them locally from KSL.com and then sewed covers for them. However, there are some similar toadstool seats (kid-friendly) available online from Linens N Things. Here is the link: http://www.lnt.com/product/chairs/878693-219/streamline-cushioned-toadstool.html?utm_source=googleproductads&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term= They currently have a holiday promo code for 20% off your order– it’s “Jingle20″ plus there is free shipping too. Hope that info helps!

KarenDecember 22, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Thanks! You rock!

Ev SaddlerFebruary 11, 2013 - 1:50 am

Saved as a favorite, I love your site!

leslieFebruary 12, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Soooo incredibly cute and unbelievably creative! Im going to guess you made the tree stumps, if not might i ask where they came from? :)

adminFebruary 21, 2013 - 7:04 am

Hi Leslie! Thanks so much. Actually the tree stumps were something I ordered in bulk from a wholesale supplier I work with. I have a few left if you’re interested. They are $19 each. They’re a 2-piece deal– they have a cover that zips off & then an inflatable cushion that goes inside. Or if you wanted them more cushy (like pillows rather than seats) the covers could be filled with batting or stuffing. My little boy loves them! Just email me (mollie@polkadotsanddaisies.com) if you would like to order some & I can send you a Paypal invoice. Thanks!

leslieFebruary 28, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Oo i so would have bought them if I would’ve seen your comment earlier. But I already made tires into seats for our playroom :) I am however “borrowing” your grass and cloud shelves idea ;) i LOVE them!!! And the brown bean bag nest and eggs are so creative! Love it all!

DawnMarch 2, 2013 - 9:53 pm

OMG This is the cutest playroom ever!! It is so inspiring! May I ask where you got the tree branches & leaves from? Thanks.

adminMarch 3, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Hi Dawn, so glad you like the playroom! The tree branches and leaves were one of the concepts I had to design and have custom made. If you can find a local carpenter or someone with laser cutting equipment I bet they could create something similar by taking a look at the photos of my tree branches. Hopefully that helps! Best of luck.

LucindaApril 30, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with
my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thank you

Nancy KlapmeierMay 19, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Mollie – you have created such a beautiful playroom for your kids – it looks like the best place a child could hope for! I’m glad I could be a part of it – the owls really shine in this habitat. :)
Thanks for sending the pictures!

Nancy Klapmeier
http://www.FunctionalArtWa.etsy.com
facebook.com/FunctionalArtWa

SophieJuly 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Great article! We are linking to this great article on our website. Keep up the great writing.

LouiseAugust 31, 2013 - 12:54 pm

This is amazing. Keep up the awesome work! Love your blog.

JessicaFebruary 9, 2014 - 10:32 am

I’m so happy to have found your beautiful playroom! It’s the closest embodiment of what I’ve had in my mind for our Little Man’s room. I’ve already got the sun light from Ikea, and we also found a neat leaf canopy there that has become very loved by he and I both. My husband has even had his eye on the hanging chair for a while now! I really like your idea of having the grass and things 3D! I had never thought of that! I was just going to paint tall grass and tree, or maybe find a neat tree decal. But you took it above and beyond and I really admire your creations! This is such a beautiful playroom with such closeness to the outdoor world! I love it. <3

JessicaFebruary 9, 2014 - 10:33 am

I had one question – where did you find those little mushroom stools?! Or did you create those as well? They’re so adorable!

JessicaFebruary 9, 2014 - 10:35 am

Oh! I just saw the answer to my question! Haha, sorry!

adminFebruary 12, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for your comment. We love hearing from our readers & I’m so glad you love the room I did. We’d love to see how yours turns out– sounds like you have great taste ;)

XOXO,
Mollie

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