Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Playroom Redesign: Final Plan + Sources

Some time has passed since I last updated you on the Ronald McDonald playroom redesign. Despite the lack of updates, a lot of behind-the-scenes work took place since then – all of which I’ll share with you today, along with the final plan and all of the sources, as promised.

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In short, I’ve been invited by Thirty-One Gifts to re-design the children’s playroom at Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House. Both are amazing organizations that contribute so much to our community, so of course I said yes.


Since the last update, we’ve had several rounds of revisions, landing on a final design plan early last week. Below are a few of the changes and the reasoning behind them:

  • The leather sofa was replaced by an alternative from La-Z-Boy, who is a national partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Every year, La-Z-Boy gifts several furniture pieces to the organization. So, to cut down project costs, we opted to use a gifted sofa rather than spending nearly $2000 on one from Article.
  • The black and white striped rug from the original plan was replaced by a more tone-on-tone, kid-friendly alternative. The playroom is a high-traffic area, so we were afraid to use anything that had white in the design.
  • The gray table and chair set was replaced by a white alternative. The white set has three chairs with backs and only one stool, whereas the original set had four stools. The thinking behind this change is that chairs with backs are more kid-friendly.
  • Several of the products were sold out by the time we got around to placing orders. I tried to source as many lookalikes as I could. But such is the nature of these projects, and a few items we’ll just have to do without.
  • We’ve also updated the look of the storage bins that Thirty-One is gifting for toy organization. The new design will feature embroidered woodland animals as part of the labels. This will not only highlight yet another personalization capability that Thirty-One provides, but it also adds a playful element to the room.
  • The biggest change of all is that instead of painting the current built-ins, we’re completely replacing them – a decision that made everyone very, very happy. Those built-ins have been in the house since it was first built and were due for an upgrade. Unfortunately, the custom built-ins ate up into nearly our entire budget, and Thirty-One was so kind to increase their donation.

Final Plan

I will try to schedule a trip out to the RMHC to take some in-progress photos for you all within the next few days. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the final 3-D mockups, below.

Shop the Room, by Category:

FURNITURE: Leather sofa  |  Kids’ round table and chair set  |  Rug  |  Wooden playhouse  |  Custom Sunbrella floor cushion

HOME DECOR: 5-light chandelier  |  Removable wallpaper  |  Chalkboard wall decals  |  Knit pouf  |  Planter  |  Boston fern  |  Star garland

TOYS: Play kitchen  |  Wooden toy tool bench  |  Jumbo building block set  |  Wooden castle building blocks Jumbo wooden bulldozer  |  Toy doll pram

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  1. I am thrilled to have met you through this project with Thirty-One and the Ronald McDonald House! My fondest memories will be hanging wallpaper with you!!
    I am very excited to see the finished room later this week. Thank you for everything!!

  2. Eww. You just reduced the color and table area. Poor children! You think that you’re helping them, but you’re ruining their chance to become creative.

    • Hi Timothy. If you actually took the time to read through the plans instead of being quick to share your opinion, you’d know that this area is used by 1-2 children max at one time. So there’s no point in having a table with eight chairs, because it actually steals space away from other activities. As for the reduction in color, I suggest you do a little research around color theory. Neutral, lighter colors are known to make small spaces feel more open, but more than that, they have a calming effect on children. Reds, oranges, yellows and other loud colors you typically see in large doses in a children’s play setting are proven to be over-stimulating and can be highly disturbing, especially for children already undergoing a traumatic event in their life. All that to say, I suggest you go spread your negativity elsewhere – or better yet, keep it to yourself.

  3. Fabulous job! Thank you for all you’ve done! Can’t wait to see it all put together and then children playing in there!!!

    SO thankful for Thirty-One!!

    • Thank you so much, Robbin! I too am beyond excited to see everything come together!!

      Will you be at the house this Thursday? I plan to come and help with the wallpaper installation – hope I get the chance to meet you in person!

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