Interior design is a little love of mine that is blossoming as I age. When we bought our first home, I had no idea what I was doing! I literally didn’t have a clue what I liked, and was simply overwhelmed by having to decorate a full home! Since then, we’ve moved, and I thankfully sold everything that didn’t match our current house.
I’ll be honest, my playroom design didn’t happen overnight. I slowly added new pieces here and there. This helped me to purchase only items I really adored.
When I posted this picture (below) on Instagram I had no idea the amount of love it would receive. I posted it because it was FINALLY finished and I was proud! Can I get an AMEN? LOL
I was inspired for this room by the area rug. My whole home is mostly grey and white- lots of neutrals. So, I knew I needed a space for the kids that was fun, warm, and inviting to play in!
This room was designed to be a home office; however, we decided to use it for a playroom. I’m so in love with these built ins and they are perfect for storing toys and decorations too!
I have a secret love for antique shopping! My Aunt Lisa also shares this same love. When we get together, it’s one of our favorite activities. While shopping with her, I found this vintage arithmetic machine. I was pregnant with Scarlett and I thought to myself it would be perfect in her future playroom!
The flash cards I have displayed are also from a local antique shop. To display them I purchased a basic black frame from Hobby Lobby. I took some wired twine and stapled it to the back of the frame using a staple gun. I bought mini black clothespins off of amazon & voila!
Not only is this a cute splash of color, but it also helps reinforce my daughter learning her colors. It helps build her self confidence that she knows where the books go. I do have to come through and clean it up from time to time- but it only takes a second!
Felt Ball Jars
The story behind these jars is a interesting one. I recently injured my knee in a ski accident, so I spent a month or so healing on the couch. Since I had so much down time, I decided I would craft/try to parent from the couch. LOL
I really wanted to make some holiday themed felt ball garlands, so I ordered them in bulk from a random international website. And as one does… I never got around to making them.
A few months passed and the felt balls were still sitting in bags. I didn’t know what I should do with them, but I hated that they were just sitting there unused. They are so bright and colorful – why not display them?
I decided I wanted to sort by color for aesthetics, but also have easy access if I do decide to make a garland or two- one day. LOL
The jars I used for this project are from The Container Store. They are made of glass, but since my shelf is so high, I thought they would be safe to use.
When you’re decorating a jar or basket, and you want to add height/volume to the objects inside – there is a simple trick that works like a charm!
You can stuff the container with crinkled packing paper or newspaper! (Try to use a paper that is thicker material. That way you don’t have to use as much, and it will hold the weight of your object.)
This trick gives the decoration a fuller effect with LESS product! (I often do this when decorations are placed on a high shelf – that way you can’t see the stuffing inside.)
*If you look closely you can see the paper sticking out the back of the jar in the images below*
My playroom baskets are from Pottery Barn Kids. I love the chalk board label! It’s a child-like way to label your toy bins, but also very on trend. Pottery Barn sells this basket in the XL size but the size you see below is the smaller size and out of stock. (Below I linked a cheat option for you if you are interested to purchase.)
You can find any basket and attach a chalkboard label. I know many craft stores that sell chalkboard tags, as does The Container Store.
The calligraphy basket label
I sadly can’t write in calligraphy- I wish I could, but to cheat my way around that issue I purchased calligraphy decal stickers! If you search on Etsy, lots of shops sell them!
When labeling I didn’t want to be too specific since I knew most toys will change as my kids age.
Little Touches Of Character
I love to decorate with unique stuffed animals to add a touch of character!
This marque sign lights up and comes with letters for you to change in and out. (There is a drawer for letter storage inside the light – how perfect is that?!
Comfort and Play
The “couch” you see below is actually a Nugget Comfort! (we own the cactus color) This is one of the MANY options it can fold into. I love that it’s machine washable, compact for storage, and has endless play options. We use it for lots of make believe -castles, grocery store, forts, car ramps, the list goes on and on!
This play kitchen was a gift from Santa. It has held up so well, and was purchased on sale for less than $100 bucks! (yes!) LOL
This specific kitchen is a bit on the shorter side, so if you have taller kids you might want to search for a taller option.
We LOVE having this board in the play room! It’s fun to customize what it says. I like to display the alphabet, fun quotes, and simple sayings. I linked a look-a-like option below if you are interested in this look.
SHOP MY PLAYROOM BELOW
I linked similar items for a few products no longer sold
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