Mr Banks Before&After Playroom and Laundry Room

I love the before and after of the playroom because it shows what a big difference some paint can make, and also because I basically just reused the concept I came up with for the family room in Chicago, and took it to the next level. If you want to see our first go at this, here is the post on our Chicago playroom.




And a close up…

…and another angle


After…The gold disco ball is everything.



Laundry Room

Before: Our garage is attached and you enter into the house through the laundry room. Before it was just poorly laid out, and there was oddly a toilet in there with no door that was open to the playroom. We closed off that access and changed up the floor plan…

After…So now the wall that it shares with the garage has the washer, dryer, and sink. Obviously these aren’t styled and pretty. Laundry room is for real life, always.


After…And this side has a mudroom bench with cubbies. I am showing you this to keep it real…Not everything is perfect and finished. I want to get a cushion made for the bench, and hooks…And to clean all the junk out of here. But I still love this room, it is so functional, but still not bad to look at! One of these days I will get it properly fluffed and show y’all. And then I will be one of those people who even my laundry room is fancy like in those show houses.


As always, I will do my best to answer whatever questions you leave in the comments.

Monday we will do the upstairs guest beds and baths!

52 thoughts on “Mr Banks Before&After Playroom and Laundry Room

  1. I adore all of Mr. Banks. You have a great aesthetic, and I especially love the whimsy! May I ask about the little cow in the playroom–would you mind sharing where you found that? I think my little boy might enjoy such a thing…

  2. That playroom is FANTASTIC! I love the bold color on the entertainment center.

    Also, the laundry room is still pretty awesome, especially since it looks like you actually use it to do laundry. I like the color of your cabinets. I’ve been thinking about painting my bathroom cabinets green but wasn’t sure about it.

  3. I cannot believe that playroom! Amazing! And I love the kelly green laundry room – and that floor! Can’t believe we have to wait until Monday for more!

  4. I love love love that navy couch! Its to die for! And all those Jonathan Adler pillows… you’re gifted my friend!

  5. Ok these two rooms might be my favorite! To die for! What is the paint color you used in the playroom on the builtins and trim??

  6. I’m going to be so sad when I sign on first thing in the morning and there are no more George Banks updates to see. But in the meantime I’m totally eye f*cking that family room and laundry room, only in a good way though. I just love the painted trim and the green laundry- total hotness!

    PS- I know we dont know each other and I totally just got fresh with your house, please excuse my rudeness 🙂

  7. pb is one of my fav blogs, so i’m trying to be less lurky jerky about leaving comments. this warranted it though. the couch and the curtains = unreal. amazing, beautiful job, bailey!

  8. Fabulous, as expected! I’m just curious but did you consider using the doggie wallpaper in the laundry area/mud room? I love that green paint, I hope you let us know the brand and name.

  9. Love everything, as always. I want to ask about the colored trim though. How does that work logistically? The transitions between rooms with different colored trim–where do you draw the line: inside the door frame? I’ve always wondered about this, because I adore the look, but I have a hard time envisioning how it works in real life, since obviously you wouldn’t want coral trim through your whole house… Teach me your ways, Bailey!

  10. I can’t stand it any longer. Your house and style are to die for! Every day I think “This is the best room yet,” then you surprise me with more. I LOVE it all. I adore the mini Eames chair and navy couch and cushions here. Plus, the disco ball. Come ON! Now I want to redo my entire house!

  11. This is just so inspiring Bailey! You are so so so incredibly talented! My husband and I recently finished a pretty major renovation on our house as well, and I still have a few rooms to iron out, and your boldness with color and pattern has totally inspired me, one space is even better than the next – ok, not really, they’re all absolute perfection 🙂 – thanks for sharing every little detail!

  12. these before and afters just keep getting better and better!! You did such a phenomenal job, once again! You definitely inspire me to take risks and have fun when decorating! Now I know your home is styled for the shoot but I am a new mom, do you have any tips for keeping a “tidy” and well managed home with a little one thrown in the mix?

  13. Are you serious with your house??? It really is magnificent! I wish I could move in with you. 🙂 You definitely know your talent and how to use it to its fullest potential. Thanks for sharing all the great photos!

  14. LOVE! Most playrooms are usually so stupid I walk in to gorgeously decorated houses and then their playrooms have rainbows and crap all over the walls! I love that couch I might cry if you tell me it’s vintage reupholstered or discontinued!

  15. Bailey- your house is amazing. somehow you decorated your house to look like my dream house and I didn’t even know what my dream house looked like before. You are so talented.

    Also @ andie Sailer- your comment made me laugh out loud- rainbows and crap- SO SO funny, thanks for the belly laugh- I know exactly what you mean.

  16. I love the playroom! I have been waking up so excited every morning in anticipation of what you’re going to show us next! Great job!

  17. love it all! so fun and stylish! can you share where you got the gold disco ball…so cool!

  18. Gorgeous! I’ve been looking all over for a good coral paint color, and you nailed it! Could you share the manufacturer and the color?

  19. Amazing! Love the playroom, it is so elegant, functional and fun! Gracie is so lucky she has that amazing playroom. It flows nicely with the rest of the house. And the laundry room-gorgeous! LOVE the green cabinets. They make doing laundry actually fun! You’re so inspiring!

  20. Gorgeous! NEED the paint colors from the laundry room and built ins. Also, what is the window dressing situation in the family room? Is that a roller shade under the pelmet? Am looking for window ideas for a very large window in my family room (9 feet by 6 feet and UGLY)

  21. You know what is bliss? It’s sitting down with my coffee reading the next post about Mr. Banks. That playroom is outrageous. You have singlehandedly convinced me that a cobalt blue velvet couch and gold disco ball are non-negotiables. And that is no small feat. xoxo

  22. You wouldn’t be able to get rid of neighborhood kids when the come over to play…..Gracie is truly a lucky girl. Would you mind sharing where you got that amazing blue sofa/sectional. I have been searching hi & lo for one for my living room.

  23. There are no words. Amazeballs!! Simply Amazeballs!! You are my color hero. And what is the name of that green in the laundry room?

  24. New reader here! (came over from Amber Interiors)… Girlfriend your style is FEARLESS! love it 🙂 🙂 So refreshing to see even bright colors on trim!! You are bringing color back like JT brought sexy back. I will admit that I am insanely jealous over your whole house!! raaaaawr

  25. Bailey, you could totes rent out your laundry room to college students! Truly that gorgeous. You’ll have to update us when you add the hooks and cushion.

  26. that playroom is BANANAS. i am in love. would you be so kind as to share the paint colors you used on the walls, cabinetry and trim in the playroom? it’s all just so fabulous i can’t take my eyes off these pictures. thank you for sharing!

    THAT PLAYROOM– Oh MY! I am in love. Would you be so kind as to share the paint colors you used on the walls/cabinetry and trim? I can’t take my eyes off the photos– SO FABULOUS!

  28. JUST found you….what a joy! Colorificly colorful and unabashed! Now…need to go look at all of the other parts of your casa.

    Silly question…but I am assuming Mr. Banks is your homes name…or what?

  29. Actually the playroom is a repeat of the Chicago genius so I expected nothing less….EXCEPT…I love how the built-ins are re-imagined here – tidied up and perfectly tailored to suit the electronics. AND the Dutch half door between the kitchen and the playroom turns the entire space into a kid-safe play pen – which will make toddler raising 75% easier. Actually it will make teenager wrangling easier too, come to think of it. Don’t finish the basement, don’t allow them upstairs and just lock off the whole bar corridor et voila!

  30. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I have to tell you how adorable you are! Your honesty is refreshing, your style is fun and your personality is precious. Thank you for sharing your journey! Best of luck! Katie

  31. Thanks! Sorry for the delay, here are the answers!
    The cow is from trumpette
    The walls in the playroom are Under The Big Top by Benjamin Moore and the trim is Habanero, also BM
    Cabinets in Laundry Room are Paradise Valley also BM
    The doggie wallpaper would have looked great in the laundry room, I am considering this schumacher butterfly paper too
    Logistically with colored trim it really only works in fully closed rooms, like 4 walls that run into each other. Then I do it on the door from exterior and meet it with white on the inside of the door frame.
    Tidiness with a baby…During the day when she is awake we don’t worry about it, but after we put her to pet we spend 15 minutes de-babying. Large toy baskets are essential, the laundry room is never perfectly organized, but we do try to put everything away before we relax for the evening.
    I designed the couch and had it made in Chicago, sorry guys!
    I have been trying to find the gold disco ball link with no look, but all I did was google gold disco ball and look through dozens of websites until I found a good source.
    The window situation is valences with roller blinds hidden behind!
    Yes, I name my houses and this guy is Mr. Banks!
    Thanks guys, let me know if I can answer anything else!

  32. amazing. it’s so neat to see how you reworked your rooms from the chicago house. a lot of the same stuff, but it’s still so refreshing and exciting. that may be my favorite part. can you provide details on the kids table in the playroom? i have similar kids chairs and have been looking for a play table like it.

  33. Kudos to you for not be afraid of color…my clients are so wary of color and I am going to show them your before & afters to make argument! Thanks for sharing!
    Joanne @ Homestyling101

  34. Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a decanter of tongue depressors in the “styled” laundry room (not yours! the last pic). Your laundry room rocks! Doing chores is fun again!

  35. I am breathless over the transformation you’ve achieved in your whole home. You clearly have talent oozing out of your pores.

  36. I am breathless over the transformation you’ve achieved in your whole home. You clearly have talent oozing out of your pores. That sounds gross but it’s a good thing. I promise.

  37. I love the ‘mini’ mid century furniture! Could you Pleeese tell me where to find this? (love your spaces by the way! Absolutely gorgeous!)

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