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Tobi TV: 4 Ways to Create Kids Rooms That Really Work

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It’s almost summer and your kiddos will be spending a lot of time at home. Spaces for your kids should be full of function AND fun, giving them an inspiring place to work and play!

In my farmhouse project that was just featured in Traditional Home, I designed kids’ spaces for this large family that would not only give them a great place to hang out, but would also showcase their personalities. Let’s take a look at ideas you can use in your home, too:

1. Break common areas such as dens and playrooms up into zones – like conversation areas, snack areas, and places for homework or crafts.

2. Every child needs a spot for a little privacy, like a quiet reading nook tucked into a hallway.

3. To make those rooms really work, be sure to provide tables for homework or crafts, and include plenty of storage for all of their games, toys, and supplies.

4. A great way to personalize any kids space is to put their art work and projects on display! They’ll be proud that you’ve showcased their special pieces!

Kids love to feel ownership over their own spaces, so use these tips to make them feel right at home! And let me know your ideas for kids’ zones in the comments section below.







Tobi TV: 4 Tips for Creating FUN in a Play Space

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I love creating playful  and fun play areas for my clients with kids! Whether I’m using bright colors, whimsical patterns, or personal touches, we always have a blast designing rooms for imagination and play!


Play areas are really where you can turn things up a notch when it comes to bright and cheerful looks that will spark creativity and activity! So let’s look at my top tips for designing those spaces:

Doesn’t that look like fun?! Let’s recap these tips for designing play spaces:

  1. Create zones for play, like one for video games, a table and chairs for board games, a place for snacking, and even areas for reading or relaxing. Use every bit of space in the room to maximize function!
  2. Use color and pattern – it creates lots of fun and loads of energy for the most play and creativity!
  3. Think about performance fabrics in a playroom. Being able to wipe them clean with little effort will give you peace of mind.
  4. Personalize the space with your own children’s art, with photos of them, or perhaps with art created of each one of them, like the fun silhouettes I designed of my client’s children.

I hope you’ll “play around” with these tips, and create a few of your own, for the best and most fun play room for your home! Get your creativity in gear!







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

Before and After: Light and Bright Nursery

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People often turn to interior designers when there is a big occasion in their lives – like having a little one moving into her own room. And when my clients asked me to turn a little-used upstairs room into a light and bright nursery, I jumped at the chance!

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As you can see in the photos above and below, this space was one of those catch-all rooms that we all have in our homes. It was partly a guest room and partly a storage area.

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It wasn’t really used a lot, and the color was more than a little off-putting. That deep-dark brown wasn’t doing anybody any favors. And it sure wasn’t right for a sweet little girl’s room! It made this room so dark, even though it has a big window.

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So of course I lightened and brightened the color palette, using a lot of the black and white that psychologists say is so good for babies’ growing minds. I even outlined the angles of the room to make it more interesting graphically. And then I popped in some sunny yellows and greens to add fun and whimsy.

What do you think of the transformation? Would you try outlining your room with a bold stripe like I did? Let me know in the comments section below!