Mister Rogers Comes Home

Amazon, Fine Art America, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, West Elm

This month, we’re about to have “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” as Tom Hanks steps into the world of beloved children’s tv host, Fred Rogers.  Although the show debuted over 50 years ago, its lessons about kindness, honesty and friendship are still relevant for the times in which we live today.  So, too, are key elements of the original show’s set design which created a warm, comfy vibe that viewers loved then and designers love now (with an updated twist). Want to experience a beautiful day every day? Invite Mister Rogers into your home with decor like this.

Ballard Designs

When I saw this cable knit indoor/outdoor loomed rug, it reminded me of the cardigans Mister Rogers favored. Imported from Belgium. 6 sizes/$21.75-$224.25.

Pottery Barn

A burnt orange plaid sofa would likely be a bit much in most homes today, which tend to favor neutrals. However, the Wallace plaid throw, in a chic charcoal, gray and white palette, adds just the right dose of color and pattern.  $79.

West Elm

Like Mister Roger’s retro sofa table, the Mid-Century charging nightstand has simple, clean lines—but more functionality.

West Elm

Lift up its split top panel and you’ll find a built-in charging station with two USB ports and two power outlets for charging electronic devices. $349. 


An aquarium was added to the show after its first year and soon became one of its most popular features. With its compact geometric shape, high tech filtration system and LED lighting, the BiOrb Classic 15 aquarium is sure to turn heads in your home, too.  2 sizes/$68-$97, with free shipping for Prime members.


An artful reminder to yourself (and others) to occasionally hit the “all work, no play” pause button and have some fun, this inspirational vinyl wall decal is non-toxic and easy to apply/remove. 4 sizes/$11.86-$23.86

Fine Art America

A colorful take on the man himself, Mister Rogers Pop Art wall art adds a touch of Warhol-inspired cool to any room. In multiple mediums and sizes/$31-$104.

I agree with Mister Rogers that “It only takes one person to inspire a world of kindness.” The same can be true for the world of design. That’s why Mister Rogers should come home.