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6 Fabulous Home Designs Inspired by Your Favorite Games

by Amy Keyishian on March 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

scrabble throw pillowsBefore I had kids, I loved using kitschy childhood favorites to decorate my home-space – Muppets, Hello Kitty, Raggedy Ann. It was good fun at the time, but since my extended adolescence finally ended with a “Push!” and then a “Waah!” three-odd years ago, it’s become a lot less appealing.
For one thing, SpongeBob appears on every available surface even if I don’t want him to. Hey, I love the little absorbent, yellow, porous fella as much as anyone, but enough is enough – I do like having décor that isn’t fuzzy, neon, or enhanced with googly eyes.
And yet: There’s something cheering about a home inspired by play. Emphasis on “inspired,” as in “I did more than just stick a Monopoly throw on the couch.” Here are some neat ideas that remind us, with a wink, that work is for work – and home is for fun.

Scrabble throw pillows (4 for $98 at Etsy/Dirtsastudio) -- These letter tiles are instantly recognizable – and irresistible. Scrabble is one of the few board games that’s both educational and endlessly addictive – regardless of age. So what if you got all the tiles in pillow form? You could have the most erudite pillow fight ever!

scrabble coastersScrabble coasters (4 for $20 at Etsy/AllisonKapner) -- I know. I know! Two Scrabble entries? What kind of a nerd am I? But here’s what I like about these: You can buy them or DIY them, they use up extra tiles from lost boxes, and they are so, so smooth and pretty. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good Etsy shop.  




lego key rack


Lego key rack ($73.49 at Amazon) -- Well, if you can’t have the legendary Lego kitchen, there’s still this. It’s a genius idea: each key ring is attached to a different-colored brick, and all attach to the central panel – yes, it’s like a key hook, but it’s more fun. Of course, it’s also no longer being made by Lego, but how hard could it be to make this yourself? (Especially since you can still get the key chains.)







Monopoly Bathroom Set 

Monopoly bathroom set ($29.99 at Amazon) -- Quick, which Monopoly piece did you always fight over? Everybody answer at once: THE DOG. Well, now he’s a jar. And nobody else can take him because he’s in your crapper. Plus a money-bag soap dispenser, a wheelbarrow soap dish, and the toothbrush holder is the boot! Let’s face it, we don’t all have $700 to play a park-sized Monopoly game. But this – this is within anyone’s reach, like a house on Baltic Ave.  




Mah Jong magnetsMah Jongg refrigerator magnets ($20 for five at Etsy/Mosalchick) -- Some games are a thing of beauty in and of themselves. Vintage Bakelite tiles have been made into chunky bracelets and earrings, and now they can adorn your refrigerator, too. I have no idea what the symbols mean or why the rules are different for Jewish and Chinese grandmas – but I know I love ‘em either way.


parcheesi rug 


Parcheesi Rug ($50 at Hayneedle) -- Nuff said. Classic.










Have you seen game-inspired décor you love? Tell us in the comments!

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Images via Etsy/DirtsastudioEtsy/AllisonKapner, Amazon, Etsy/Mosalchick,  Hayneedle

Filed Under: bathroom, decorating, creative reuse, handmades, living room


  • Brooke
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    March 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
    Ooooh I lovvve the Monopoly bathroom set! Inspiration for hubby's bathroom!
  • flamey
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    March 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
    I love seeing Etsy sellers being featured! The pillows & mah jong magnets are pretty dang cool. :)
  • bills...


    March 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    Those are cute. I would so do thr majjong magnets.
  • Cliodina


    March 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM
    I so want the Lego key hook. :) I loved playing with those as a kid!
  • craft...


    March 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    On Etsy once I saw some scrabble tiles that had been decoupaged and made into cute initial pendants for kids.
  • craft...


    March 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    I like the Lego key rack but it seems kinda pricey.
  • sophi...


    March 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Adorable!  Love that it's from an Etsy seller!

  • suziejax


    March 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I dont but these are cute!

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  • Allis...
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    Allison Kapner

    June 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM
    Thank you so much for including my Scrabble coasters. I just found out you had posted about my coasters. You should see the latest things I've come up with for using vintage games: Scrabble and Monopoly trays, and Monopoly tic tac toe games.
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