Our Playroom

Our playroom is considered to be the “den” in this traditional house and the previous owners were using it as a media room and office.  This space was a big selling point for us because I knew how important a playroom would be… and let me tell you, totally worth it!!!  If you have young children, you will spend most of your time in this room and the kitchen, and guess what?  The kitchen is next to the playroom, so double bonus for us!  I can shout things like “don’t hit your sister” “get off your brother” “no biting” all while making dinner at the same time 🙂





When I designed this space we had a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old girl at the time so I tried to incorporate colors that were fun but not overly feminine or masculine, and I made sure that they could grow into it.  Even though we no longer need a changing pad, it has come in handy when we have guests, play dates, or need to force feed medicine to a toddler!

I have tried to make a home for everything with labels so it is quick and easy to clean-up.  My favorites for making labels are chalk label tape, sharpie oil based markers, string and hole punch to hang, and washi tape for extra decoration.


Because of the location of this room, you need to be able to walk through it to access the kitchen, main hallway, laundry room and garage.  Designing the storage along the perimeter was essential for the flow of this room!





I decided to go with a Navy Blue paint on the walls, so it brought in color but could also transition as they got older.  This room is very visible in the downstairs area so I wanted to make sure I picked a color that fit our overall style and flow.  We have grays, blues, and whites in our home so this matched perfect.  The area rug is my favorite piece in the room… it is so fun and colorful but still fits the decor of our house.  My second favorite thing in the room is the black and white teepee from Crate & Kids (fka Land of Nod).  I liked the stripes so much that I decided to paint them on the back of the built-ins!

A few more pictures below, as well as a list of sourced products and links…




Playroom Details:

Paint Color – Sherwin-Williams, Salty Dog (SW9177), Ovation, Interior Eggshell

Rug – Crate & Kids (fka Land of Nod), Color Static Rug

Chair – IKEA, Strandmon Wing Chair, Nordvalla Dark Gray

Pouf/Ottoman – Crate & Kids (fka Land of Nod), Melange Knit Pouf (pink unavailable)

Teepee – Crate & Kids (fka Land of Nod), A Teepee to Call Your Own (Black Stripe)

Table – Pottery Barn Kids, Carolina Small Play Table

Chairs – Pottery Barn Kids, Carolina Play Chairs (spray painted – link to project)

Shelf Unit/Cubbies – IKEA, KALLAX Shelf Unit

Pink & White Storage Cube Bins – Target, $1-$5 section!!! similar option

Natural Weaved Storage Baskets – Target/Home Goods, old, similar option (spray painted – link to project)

Lamp – Target, old (spray painted – link to project)

Wall Frames – Michael’s, White Belmont Frame w/Mat 11×14 (randomly on sale-don’t pay full price)

Paintings – Me 🙂

Kids’ Wall Art Display – The Container Store, Portable Clothesline

Small side table & stools – IKEA, LACK Side Table MAMMUT Children’s Stools w/cover (move around to different rooms when we need it)

Puzzle Rack – Amazon, Melissa & Doug Deluxe Metal Wire Puzzle Storage Rack

White Metal Storage Bins – The Container Store, old, similar option

Glass Jars for Chalk, Markers, & Crayons – The Container Store, Anchor Hocking Glass Slant Jar w/Metal Lid

Canvas Toy Storage Bin – The Container Store, 3 Sprouts Raccoon Canvas Bin

Felt Garland – Crate & Kids (fka Land of Nod), old, similar garland

Stackable Toy Storage Bins – Overstock.com*, Two Bin Stackable Storage Cubby & Three Bin Stackable Storage Cubby (spray painted – link to project)

*I chose overstock.com because the stackable bins were $70 each for random colors, if you don’t want to repaint and don’t mind paying more (sometimes there is a sale), I recommend Land of Nod Storagepalooza

**top picture of feet, photo cred: Stone 🙂



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