Will's playroom with Serena & Lily Hanging bench


Happy Monday, friends! Today, we are celebrating big time. Slowly but surely, our place in Beaufort is coming back together after Hurricane Florence’s house party more than a year ago. The house isn’t livable yet, but the third floor is ready for its close up, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. We teamed up with our friends at Serena & Lily to create a cute playroom that also works well for the whole family–and we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite tips for adding casual style to your space.

  1. Add a touch of whimsy! For us, this adorable hanging swing not only added a touch of whimsy but made a difficult-to-decorate slanted attic space fun and functional.

  Serena & Lily side tables and lamps in Will's playroom  


2. Lighten the wood. Dark wood is great for serious spaces, but lightening it up makes things a bit more casual. 

  Serena & Lily chairs in Will's playroom with shiplap  


3. Mix up materials. Rattan chairs lend a touch of casual chic style that makes any room instantly feel like a vacation.

  Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Will's playroom  


4. Fun pillows. We love serious pillows as much as the next people, but a cute tassel and wide stripe make a space feel comfy and casual.

  Serena & Lily wicker chairs in Will's playroom  


5. Textured lamps and shades. Pretty porcelain has its place, but these textured lamps have a handmade feel that is super cool. And natural fiber shades are a great alternative to traditional silk.

  Serena & Lily playroom  


6. Casual rugs. Bright colors, bold patterns and easy fabrics combine to create rugs that are perfect for taking the formality down a notch.

  Serena & Lily nursery with baskets  


7. Baskets. Baskets are one of our favorite decor elements for adding instant storage and laid-back style. 


Serena & Lily playroom  with beanbag chairs  


8. Beanbag chairs. Nothing says “fun” like a beanbag chair. These loungers are an upgraded take on an old favorite.

  Serena & Lily playroom  with gallery wall and pouf  


9. A pretty pouf. A sweet pouf not only doubles as a footrest or extra seating but also signifies that a room doesn’t take itself too seriously.

  Serena & Lily playroom  with hanging animal heads  


10. Fun art. Three-dimensional art in particular brightens a room. In our playroom, surfboards got a new life as sea animals from late local artist Craig Gurganus of Fish Bouffant. These Serena & Lily mounts add a sweet touch to this room. 

Do you prefer casual spaces or more formal ones? 

In case you missed our kitchen update you can see it here!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

Playroom Photos by Smith Hardy Photography.


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