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baby room design giveaway

Happy Friday, everyone!  I have some really fun news today!  I’m excited to be partnering with Decorist, a really great design service, to give away a custom Lay Baby Lay nursery design tailored to your budget and taste!

This is something I wish I could do more of, but it’s just a challenge with little ones running around, so if you have been interested in a custom inspiration board, here is a chance!

Be sure to check out Decorist - you upload photos and inspiration with some details about your project and budget, and then they will match you with a designer to suit your style who will create a custom look just for you.  Awesome, right?  (And it’s absolutely not limited to nurseries – it’s great for any room in your house!)

Go here to enter!   I truly can’t wait to get to work with one of you to create the perfect space for your little one!

(photos of Henry’s nursery inspiration board come to life.)

boy baby room ideas

boy baby room inspiration


Friday Links | Raised by Design"[…] into this tutorial by Joni at LayBabyLay – How to Turn Vintage Photos Pink (or Blue)! I’m also into her …"

Lisa"Joni: We are THRILLED to be partnering with you and can't wait to meet our winner! "


ice cream nursery ideas

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A little nod to some of summer’s sweetest treats as it draws to a close.  That Little Hipsqueaks Ice Cream blanket is pretty much the perfect baby shower gift! (1) Open Heart Poster; (2) Gumdrop Pendant; (3) Pink Lemonade Poster; (4) Shelf; (5) Popsicle Poster; (6) Pancake; (7) Cool Treat Poster; (8) Ice Cream Pillows; (9) Caravan Crib; (10) So Fruity Poster; (11) Minty Green Dresser; (12) Silver Lamp; (13) Ice Cream Triangle Pillows; (14) Tufted Wingback Rocker; (15) Ice Cream Blanket; (16) Stacked Bar Rug; (17) Sprinkle Sheet; (18) Apple Pouf


jonilay"Hi Rachel! I use Adobe Photoshop. Hope that helps! "

Sam M. | Atkinson Drive"I have that rug in black and white, and it's gorgeous!!! "

Rachel"What site do you make your mood boards on? I'm trying to find a good one. "


playhouse fun


playhouse inspirationMy super sweet and talented friend Sara Harper visited us one morning to snap some photos of the girls having a fun time in the playhouse.  The pictures are just gorgeous, with the dappled light bouncing everywhere! (If you want to see the details about how we turned the old shed into this sweet playhouse and for more info on the paint color, those darling doors, and more, go here!) playhouse The playhouse has sort of a store front feel.  It’s part restaurant / theater / kitchen / whatever they decide to dream up. playhouse ideas The inside has a little pink kitchen prep area for tea parties and such. tea party I found those chairs on etsy – they are vintage from the 60′s – and paired them with an Ikea roxo stool, which is perfectly child-sized!  Vivi’s dress is a ballerina recital costume I found at a thrift shop.  It’s actually an xxs adult size, or something like that, and it’s meant to be knee length, but it’s ball gown length on a 3 year old. playhouse stage On one side, the deck functions as a stage, complete with shower curtain (I added pom pom trim) curtains so our little performers can dance and sing to their hearts’ content.  So far the curtain has held up really well in the rain, and the trim adds just the right bit of fun! playhouse ideas playhouse deck The windows are screened, so there is plenty of ventilation, and it makes the space feel really open and airy. playhouse inspiration toddler reading nook The girls love the svinga – it makes the perfect little reading spot! playhouse ideas playhouse inspiration playhouse ideas Drama comes natural to Vivi.  I promise I don’t walk around the house all day posing like this. playhouse inspiration Brigie, my little cuddler, is taken with the gilded frog and the pink flamingoes. pink flamingoes playhouse inspiration ballerina pig This is the little poster I made for Vivi (prints available here).  She is into pink these days. playhouse inspiration playhouse inspiration We added a chalkboard on the side to write up the weekly menu / performance schedule / doodles, and it’s been really fun for them. playhouse inspiration   I’m so happy to have this little bright spot in our backyard for the girls.  We worked super hard on it, but it was so rewarding.  It feels good to pour your heart and sweat into something and see your dreams turn into a reality.  It has inspired me to want to do more of these kinds of things!  Thanks so much, Sara, for the sweet captures, and to the Home Depot for making it happen!! playhouse inspiration


courtney {a thoughtful place}"This is just beyond beautiful. Something so special that they will remember forever. To be young again! "

Chelc"This play house is INCREDIBLE! Every kid should have a place to escape like this! www.insidethefoxden.com "

Teri"I have those exact chairs (came with a table as well) and I bought them new...this is telling my age, …"

jonilay"Thanks, Maggie! I appreciate it!! I bought the terra-cotta planters from Home Depot, and taped and then painted …"

Maggie"Hi Joni! This is the coolest playhouse I've ever seen...I'm 33 and I want to LIVE in there! Can you …"

jonilay"Thanks, Michelle - you are sweet to say that! "


DIY banner


baby room decor

Y’all be sure to go check out Honest to Nod today to find out how to make the DIY banner above, as well as the one in Timothy’s nursery!!  (photographed in the playhouse!)


jonilay"Hi Lindsey! Wish I could, but the file is huge, and the site wouldn't support that. Here are …"

jonilay"Hi Katie! Sure thing.:) My scanner will scan high res like that - so if you have one, …"

Katie Petersen"Joni, can you elaborate on the postcard process? Do you have the tech at home to do such a high …"

Lindsey"Can you add the file for the one you made as a download? :):) "


playhouse inspiration

Ok, y’all!  The playhouse is up!  Thanks SO much to The Home Depot who helped us make this little dream a reality.  Go here to see all the photos, and how we made it happen!  It is such a happy little space, and a bright spot in our backyard.

playhouse inspiration

The girls are crazy about it, to say the least!  And also, Timothy’s nursery is up on Honest to Nod today! Go check it out to see how the inspiration came together!  It was such a dream project, truly!!

boy nursery inspiration


jonilay"Hi Katie! Here is a link to those super cute bins: http://www.landofnod.com/blue-pinstripe-floor-bin/s228502 "

jonilay"Hi Katie! Here is a link to those super cute bins: http://www.landofnod.com/blue-pinstripe-floor-bin/s228502 "

jonilay"Thanks, Sarah!! It's from the Land of Nod - you can find it here: http://www.landofnod.com/all-kids-rugs/kids-rugs/indoor-outdoor-rug-blue/f14290 . "

sarah"love the nursery! could you tell us where the rug is from? thank you! "

jonilay"Thanks so much, Niki!! Of course!:) "

Niki"Hi Joni, how beautiful!! I love it! I couldn't find your contact details, so instead I'll ask here - would …"