Before & After – Playroom In the Country

This room is my first *official* project I’ve done from start to finish, you guys! Maybe I’m not supposed to admit that, BUT OH WELL! I started Cultivate a few months ago and this was the first work booked through my website – unlike before when I would get a text saying “Hey! Come help me decorate and I’ll buy you dinner!” I call this one “Playroom in the Country”. Short and to the point.

Finishing it and looking over the finished photos gave me a huge surge of gratitude (Thank you Jesus, my husband, my mom, and my cats. Oh and Magic Erasers – who knew you were so handy?) I honestly never thought I would be a decorator, or that doing something you love as a job was even an option. Actually, I thought I would be an equine (aka horse) veterinarian as a kid until my mom told me you had to make all A’s in school. I was a weird kid.

Ok. Here we go. Let’s take a look at the befores:

By themselves, many of the items were cute, but they didn’t relate to each other. The blinds were blocking tons of natural light from the big window, as well as the pretty view of the front porch swing. There was nowhere for my clients to sit if they wanted to hang out while their daughter played, and they wanted the room to age with her as she grew – nobody wants to re-do a room every year! So we kept a bit of the old, but altogether revamped it and gave it a more functional, beautiful makeover: 

EEEEEE! I just love it so much. Typically silhouettes are small, but when she had hers made I suggested we blow it up and make it the focal point! When you walk in, it’s an absolute showstopper. We added a slipcovered sofa for easy washing with loads of patterned pillows good for hiding chocolate fingers and markers alike 🙂 Oh, and that rug? It’s indoor-outdoor so you can literally take it outside and hose it off. Parents, you’re welcome.

We added pretty copper sconces that picked up on the pink tones in the room, and moved a fiddle leaf fig tree previously in the dining room into this room. The wooden drum table is perfect for setting a drink down and watching tv, which you will see in a sec. However, I wanted an accessory to put on top that wasn’t a toy but also wasn’t too adult-y, and then I found that little light! Yes, it’s actually a ceramic light you can flip on. It’s precious. I love it. You love it. At least I think you do. 

But look at this! This girl has got it MADE. Little teensy chairs for her little tinsy self? With a teensy little table to make little teensy drawings?! WHY DO I FEEL THE NEED TO PINCH SOMEBODY’S (face) CHEEKS ALL THE SUDDEN?

She was using the blocks to spell out “BRIANA ROCKS” but I had to change them so as not to appear conceited. You can’t see it in the pictures, but they live in the country and have a beautiful front porch looking over their yard. The table feels so sweet situated underneath the window!

Her toys and books now have their own corner, along with the television that can be pulled out away from the wall to face the sofa. She already had the farm animal prints, but I changed it up by hanging them in a grid instead of a straight line like they were before. 

And how great is that basket light? Before there was a light that had been there since they built the house 10 or so years ago, so we switched it out for something that would tie in her love for farmhouse decor. At night it casts a pretty pattern on the ceiling, which seemed fun for a playroom. 

So there you have it! I’m pretending like I don’t want to know what you think of it, but I reeeeally do 🙂 Unless you hate it, then I don’t really want to know because it’s my first baby and I would like to coddle it as long as I can…ha! The sources will be in a separate blog post coming soon, so be sure to check back soon and follow me on all my social media accounts! 

Catch ya on the flip side homies!

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  1. Sarah Chastain

    July 7th, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    It’s SO beautiful and perfect for a little girls playroom! It’s sophisticated and whimsical all at the same time… great job 🙂

  2. Briana Strickland

    July 7th, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I love you 🙂

  3. Haley Manning

    July 7th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    This is beautiful! What a perfect playroom! You did SUCH an amazing job!!

  4. Briana Strickland

    July 7th, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    You are making me blush! Seriously though, thank you.

  5. Dana Stone

    July 7th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    What a beautiful space! That artwork is perfect. I love everything about it. Can’t wait to get my house so you can work your magic!

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Hey! I'm Briana, the author behind this blog.

I'm a self-taught interior designer from South Carolina who loves sweet tea, cats, and open windows on a nice day.

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