My brother and sister-in-law have recently done some gorgeous updates throughout their townhouse. I was particularly impressed when my DIY-shy sister took on the task of wallpapering an accent wall in their dining room. I would never dare such a feat, even with the help of friends, and I admire her guts. The result was gorgeous and has amped up the overall wow factor of their living/dining room.

Their kitchen/playroom has sadly been left behind in the dust of their other renovations. Let’s be real now, not many of us can shell out the cash to touch every room in our house at one time. However, since they have done such a wonderful job with the rest of their home I decided to have some fun using my new cadsoft skills to show them 3D presentation of a re-vamped kitchen/playroom area.

To start with, my sister has graciously provided me with some current pictures:

Current Kitchen

di's playroom
Current Playroom

The accent colors in their living/dining area are currently teal and yellow/gold,  but my sister mentioned her affections are straying from teal to navy, so I’ve come up with two design plans.In both versions of the design I have incorporated their current shelves as well as the child sized table. As you’ll see below the look is fairly simple but you have to remember that this is a play area so it gets busy-looking pretty fast once you have all the toys in there. I’ve included a design board with sources and prices for each scheme.


World map, Urban Barn; Curtains, Pier 1 Imports; Table, basket, bookshelf, Ikea; Rug, RugsUSA; Chair, Crate and Barrel.
World map ($199), Urban Barn; Curtains ($39), Pier 1 Imports; Table ($369), basket, bookshelf, Ikea; Rug ($199), RugsUSA; Chair ($199 each), Crate and Barrel.


The navy version of this room incorporates some fun elements like a gallery wall of framed kid’s art. I’m ever conscious of the bottom line so I love the idea of hitting up Value Village for a collection of second-hand frames which can be unified with paint. Filling the frames can be expensive too, so why not make your kiddos feel extra special by putting their artwork on display? In this version I added a third bookcase for extra toy and book storage.

Blue paint, Benjamen Moore' Van Deusen Blue; Dining set, bookshelf, curtains, Ikea; Rug ($150), RugsUSA
Blue paint, Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue; Table ($269), chairs ($99 each), bookshelf ($59), curtains ($59), Ikea; Rug ($150), RugsUSA


Navy Playroom

I couldn’t resist giving their kitchen a virtual facelift by painting the cabinets, changing up the counter, and adding some back splash. I also switched up their rectangular dining table for a round one to allow better movement around the table in the eating nook.

Navy Kitchen

I have a clear favorite but what do you think? Either way it’s been fun practicing my cadsoft. These 3D presentations are part of what I hope to offer if I do on-line interior decorating in the future, so every bit of practice is good for me. Thanks to some friends I have a couple more rooms lined up to render, and I’m looking forward to sharing those in the future.

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