Teepee, Tent & Playhouse round-up

My girls share a room so there is not a lot of “alone time” for my older daughter. When we find our next house and settle in I am planning on finding a little teepee or tent to give a little extra space for reading, or just having a few minutes alone. Here’s my round-up of my favorites so far:


 canvas play house

{canvas play house by Toriee Gainstory}

camper tent

carnival tent

{camper tent and carnival tent by land of nod}

tnees tpee

{teepee by Tnee’s Tpees}

simple play tent

{simple tent by beautiful toys}

fox tent

{fox tent by snail candy}

modern wood playhouse

{play house by Maja}

play house pottery barn

{play house by Pottery Barn}

diy teepee

{for all you crafty mamas, here is a link to this spacious DIY teepee from A Beautiful Mess}


For some outdoor inspiration here is a round-up of fabulous modern playhouses from Modern Maven}


For more play house inspiration take a look at this post about inspiring play spaces.

Pretty Stuff I Like {for kids}

My ability to finish a blog post with 3 children is becoming a little bit of a joke. I have started about 10 in the last few months and finished 1…So, I am officially lowering my standards. It’s my blog and no one is paying me to maintain it, so here is a list of some pretty things I like that have no connecting force, except that they are kid focused {makes sense, since I am kid-focused these days}:


{camp was more exciting to me as a child then Disneyland – yes, really! –  so you can imagine how dreamy I find these camp cots from the adorable french shop Serendipity. The 3 unrelated words on the pillows gave me the giggles thinking of the funny stationary I purchased in SF’s china town years ago because it had totally non-sensical “English” phrases. I think this must be the French’s equivilent of us putting french words on things and finding it tré fancy}

orange and white striped teepee

{love this teepee from Land of Nod. Hoping to get it for Kitch is he ever has his own room}

white modern high chair

{this simple and beautifully designed high-chair from the Swedish shop Stilleben puts the awful babies-r-us high chairs to shame}

knitted fox mobile

{best little knitted fox mobile ever – maybe the only one ever – I don’t know, I just love it}

baby outfit

 {this may just be the cutest little outfit I have ever seen. I love it. You can buy it from Layered Cake}

USA map

{map by Petite Collage}

auggie bedding

{I adore all the bedding from the Canadian company Auggie – I also adore Canadians. I married one.}

toddler backpack

{Dora the explorer backpack? I think not. You have options, I promise…check out these adorable toddler backpacks over at Weepereas}


Need some more kiddo inspiration? Take a look at this pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/nikkibale/kid-stuff/

Inspiring play spaces

With the house we recently purchased, we also got a huge amount of goat & chicken poo (it reaches over the bottom step of the porch) and the cute little stuctures that housed these little critters. Before you go thinking we bought a farm, let me remind you we bought a home on a small city lot, there is no back yard, just 2 side yards (but that didn’t stop the last residents from having farm animals). The upside is, once we figure out how to remove the spongy layers of stink, we are still left with the cute little structures. I’m all for a few city chickens, but since the home had a former rat situation, we are going to opt out of getting our own chicken friends and instead convert the structure to a playhouse for our girls (no worries, I will bleach the heck out of it before they get to playing): Here it is in it’s poop-ridden state:

So, now that I’m daydreaming of what I can create out there, I’ll share some pretty glorious playhouse inspiration ideas:

{this charming playhouse was originally found on dosfamily.com, go there to see whole tour}

{originally found on babycenterwe actually have a sweet little vintage trailer that we will someday finish fixing up – but when we do it won’t become a playhouse for our girls. I guess we aren’t as nice as these parents. Lucky kids!}

{originally found on Restyled Home – take a look to see the inside photos, it is a little girls dream}

{this play house comes as a kit from smartsheds}

{love the simplicity of this structure by modern playhouse}

{this one is beyond aspiration, considering it was Queen Elizabeth’s childhood playhouse, but I couldn’t help myself – it’s so fabulous! take a look at the full tour at apartment therapy}


Now for a few more budget friendly indoor options & DIY inspiration:

{this indoor tree house was originally found on apartment therapylove this idea for maximizing a small space}

{I am pretty sure this recycled canvas tent from restoration hardware would have been my “playhouse” of choice as a child}

{this tiny play space was originally found on houzz}

{this is by CoolSpacesForKids if you have no space, or hope of building anything before your kids are grown, this is a pretty sweet indoor play house option – put it over your table & vwa-la, you are set}

{this adorable “french cafe” is by Little Play Spaces}

{originally found on apartment therapywhat an amazing use of that space under the stairs}

{originally found on jennijuurinenthe minimalist in me loves this “playhouse” & you have to admit, it leaves plenty of room for imagination}