Colorful Playroom w/ the Land of Nod (PLUS! A giveaway)

Let's do color with the Land of Nod -

You guys, I have been on pins & needles – so excited! – to show you this big reveal that I’ve been working on with the Land of Nod. I get really excited about helping people to think about color, especially when it comes to creating shared living spaces.  And luckily enough, the Land of Nod wanted to help out on this transformation. I really cannot say enough nice things about them — I have LOVED working with their lovely team who was willing to help me make a few big dreams come to life.

It’s no secret that I live, eat, breathe, sleep in color. Even dream in it. And so I love pairing up with other brands that are as excited about it as I am. The Land of Nod has really ramped up their game in the past few years with some fantastic product styling and design. As one of the sponsors at Alt Summit this year, it was so much fun to get to know their wonderful creative team (remember the swan?!).  My favorite thing about the Land of Nod brand? They understand parents who don’t want to shelve their style just because they’ve had kids. They offer a colorful variety of home decor items that I would want even if I didn’t have a child. (How many other kid-centric companies can you think of that do that?)  Their design team has done perhaps the hardest job ever by appealing to both kids and adults — and that’s not an easy task.

So. Come take a tour with me – I can’t wait to show you what we’ve done with our upstairs living room.  You’ll remember from previous posts how I’ve transitioned my workspace from the kitchen table (ahem) to our upstairs bonus room. In its previous incarnation, it was basically a large storage room for All the Things We Didn’t Know What to Do With, as well as a junky toy explosion.  And now? A haven of color and fun — the perfect creative space for all of us to hang out. And the best part? I love to see all 3 of us up here in the evenings (away from the TV!) reading, drawing, creating.

Colorful living & play room -

People get really nervous about color in living spaces. I get that – I really do. I’m not afraid of color, but I do love to switch things up on a regular basis, so I can understand the hesitation to commit to a colorscheme. You’ll notice that the palette for this room is navy, white, pink, and yellow. Could it be overwhelming? Absolutely. But the bones of this room — the walls — are white and navy – two pretty conservative colors in the grand scheme of things. I’ve only brought color in through accessories and artwork.  You could add in almost any color with white and navy as the foundation.

What defined the color scheme for this room? I was really attracted to this wide-format canvas map of the world because it included all the colors I had in mind. It’s kind of the defining piece for the rest of the space.   Additionally, by choosing almost all-white furniture, it really allows for flexibility as time goes on. These are the kinds of pieces that we’ll keep forever because they’ll work in almost any space.

Rolling Library Cart - Colorful living & play room -


One of my favorite things about this room is that it adjusts according to our needs. The desk, in particular, is the perfect mix of form and function because it can literally grow with Jude. By offering 3 different heights of legs, you can adjust it as you need it to. Keep it at standing height for the toddlers; we have the medium-sized legs on it now, but eventually we’ll put the large ones on for when Jude needs the desk for homework. Drawers provide places to hide Legos and 3-week old snacks. Just kidding on that last part – kind of.


Wide format washi tape on the wall in this colorful playroom and shared home office of blogger/designer Rachel Shingleton @psstudio

Striped washi taped walls -



Styling Bookshelves with Color -

The gallery wall was the biggest triumph for me. That huge blank expanse of wall has been staring at me for almost five years now, and I am finally 100% thrilled with how it turned out. The key to this look is the consistency of white frames. It would have been overkill to have anything other than white because of the amount of color, not to mention the size and amount of frames. I love how the frames melt into the white walls. They’re practically  invisible.





Whimsical paper clip hooks -


Shop the Look with the Land of Nod - Color -



  1. Hue-nited Nations Map
  2. Geometric Lamp Base in White with Navy Shade
  3. Local Branch Library Cart
  4. Adjustable Height Activity Table w/ Rolling Storage Bins
  5. Locking Blocks Rug in Navy
  6. Stripes Around the Floor Storage Bin

Wheel of Color Canvas
Wired World of Storage Bins (LOVE the industrial look of these & perfect for a variety of storage needs)
Keep it Together Wall Hook (in 4 colors total)

And also,
Industry West Marais children’s chairs


WHEW! I hope you are as inspired as I am! Big thanks to the Land of Nod for making all of this a possibility. BUT! The Land of Nod wants to give you something, too. One of my readers is going to win a $100 gift certificate!  Here’s how it will go —

Seven EIGHT chances to win a $100 Land of Nod gift card and you MUST do it via the Rafflecopter widget below:

  • 3 entries for signing up for the Land of Nod e-mails
  • 2 entries for liking the Land of Nod of Facebook 
  • 2 entries for liking Pencil Shavings on Facebook
  • 1 entry for tweeting about the giveaway


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  • Wow! This room looks incredible – it’s colorful without feeling cheesy or overdone and it can definitely stand the test of time. We have a bland but spacious attic that could use a serious injection of color, and you will be my inspiration. Unless you’re available for rent! 🙂

    • RachelShingleton

      Ha! Bring it on — I love helping people bring color in! 🙂

  • Guest

    Oh my gosh – I am in LOVE with this room. So bright and fresh!

  • heather j

    W-O-W! I am in love with this room. Such a happy room.

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you! It makes us all happy to be in here.

  • I love this room! It is so cheerful and light-filled. I’m definitely inspired!

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you! I LOVE how it turned out. You’re right — it’s totally cheerful.

  • What a transformation!! And an incredible giveaway to match!!!

  • The room looks fantastic. Where did you get the yellow arrow? I believe I must have that. LOL.

    • RachelShingleton

      Ha! Actually, I bought it from a local store here a few years ago. It was an ugly brown and I spray painted it yellow. Isn’t it a fun piece?

      • Um – yes! It’s amazing what a can of spray paint can do. I definitely need to get a bit braver with the can. It’s just paint – it’s silly to fear the can.

        • RachelShingleton

          That needs to be on a shirt: DON’T FEAR THE CAN.

          • This is just an awesome, awesome room! I LOVE the idea of a room where everyone can be together creating. Seriously. Also, I love your blog – you’re seriously killing it these days, what with the beauty for blondes post, the neon, the pink, etc. etc. Also, we need that shirt! Although I officially suggest we should add PAINT in there, just to make sure everyone knows which can! 😀

          • RachelShingleton

            Oh man, thank you — that’s so kind. I’ve been working really hard over here, trying to create some really stellar content, so your words mean a lot to me. 🙂

  • lili

    This space needs to be in the pages of Domino etc etc!

    • RachelShingleton

      Eek! Thank you!!

  • Christi

    I love Land of Nod. I love this post. Nice work, Rachel – so glad your altsummit trip made a difference!

  • Erin

    Um, I’m speechless, your space is amazing. When can I move in? 🙂

    • RachelShingleton

      C’mon over! We’ll take you! 😉

  • Sara Moore

    I’m so incredibly in love with this room! You did an amazing job and have totally inspired me to spruce up my office space! 🙂 My favorite tip was the one about styling the bookshelves according to color. I’ve always struggled with styling shelves and this makes perfect sense. XO!

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you! Styling shelves is hard – and it takes forever to get it just right. I’m endlessly fiddling with styling our bookshelves!

  • Kristen J.

    Awesome job. The room looks fabulous! Where did you get the wide washi tape?

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! It’s by MT Casa, and it’s the 100mm width. It comes in a variety of colors and you can get it on Etsy by searching for MT Casa.

  • MJ

    This is such a lovely space. Adults and children could play here so well. xoxo, MJ

  • Chandra Fredrick

    I’m obsessed with this room. Seriously, it is the perfect space for me to work as a blogger and my son to play and work as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and I love Land of Nod!!

    chandra ~ oh lovely day

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you – I could not agree more. It really is the perfect space for me as a blogger but also as a mom. I can’t wipe the grin off my face every time I’m in this room.

  • Lovely! What an inspiring space to work and live! This post has gotten me a little more jazzed about spicing up my office here in the new house in California. 😀

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! The bookshelf organizing idea is FANTASTIC! I love the white frames, and must get those striped tote bins!!!

    • RachelShingleton

      I want those striped bins for every room in the house. They are perfection.

  • Colleen Farias

    So glad to have found you. I cannot tell you how much I love this room. You can feel the warmth in it right through the screen! We are revamping our son’s big boy room this weekend and there is so much great stuff in here for inspiration. Pinning away happily right now!! Thanks!! Excellent work!

    • RachelShingleton

      Oh, thank you for your kind words! I sincerely appreciate it! xoxo

  • Chelsey Timson

    I love this space! so fun, could you tell me where bought your wide washi tape from? thanks!

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! You can get it on Etsy. The brand name is MT Casa, and I used the 100mm width.

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  • Love this room!!! Really would love to paint my son’s room with the blue you use here, any chance you would share the color?

    • RachelShingleton

      Absolutely! It’s Tempe Star by Sherwin Williams.

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  • Amanda Fordham

    This is SO fun…I LOVE! Where did you get that adorable pink lamp?!

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! It’s by Robert Abbey and the style is Delta in Schiaparelli pink.

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  • Jeri Niksich

    Just received this email today and when I got to the Rafflecopter there was already a winner? Not sure how that happened but I am loving the colors & variety of things that the Land of Nod has. 🙂

    • Sorry for the confusion! I’m not sure what email you received, but this post is from March.

  • Jeri Niksich

    Thanks for replying to me Rachel I realized after I posted the question that I was in someone elses blog & they referenced yours so I jumped over to yours lol.

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  • Melissa

    Hi! Love love love this room! Where did you purchase the white matted frames for your gallery wall photos? I’m having a difficult time finding decently priced ones. Thank you! 🙂

  • Lori

    Beautiful!! I looked up the washi tape. Any chance you remember the name of the blue or pink color used? What I’m finding seems so much darker than what you used but maybe its the computer.

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  • Alyssa George Imler

    WHERE do I get this washi tape? I have looked EVERYWHERE and cant find any wide enough? HELP 🙂