the girls' playroom.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hello lovelies! A few months ago, I decided that the room off of our foyer (originally intended to be a dining room, previously being used as an office) would be better suited to a playroom for our girls.  While our house has four bedrooms, two of them are downstairs.  We don't feel comfortable with our 4-year-old sleeping on a separate floor from us just yet, so the baby is bunking with the big girl for a while.  Which means we really needed a place for the play kitchen, toys and art table.  So today I thought I would share the progress on our office-turned-playroom!

Reminder of what the room looked like right after we moved in:

And now, the highly functional playroom!

I went with a white/black/pink/gold theme in here and I just love the way it turned out!

Having as much seating as possible was important to me, after all, we spend a lot of time together in this room as a family and I didn't want to have to sit on the floor all the time.  When I was pregnant, I couldn't even get down to the floor!  So S2 usually sits on one of the kid stools while we sit on the pink ottomans or the sofa.  Now that Baby R has joined us, she can hang out on her play mat on the floor or beside me on the sofa.  In fact, I'm sitting at the art table as I write this, with the baby playing happily (cue the clock ticking) beside me.

I used mostly things we already had on hand.  In fact, the only new things in this photo are the pink ottomans and furry throw!  I'm still debating adding curtains to this window.  I don't mind a bare window but I think some soft breezy curtains might finish off this wall nicely.  I have a pair of white sheers that might work, but we'll see!

I'm also trying to decide what to put on the wall above the play kitchen.  I'm thinking that would be a good place to hang kids art and photos.

Now, on the opposite wall from the sofa is the toy storage:

mirrorzebra | sheep (discontinued, but I wish I'd gotten this swan instead!) | storage shelf | woven bins | striped bins (discontinued but this one is cute) | ballerina (discontinued, but here's a similar cat and mermaid) | pouf | canopy

On this side of the room, I really wanted to create a reading corner.  Most of the books are in the girls' room (I owe you guys an update because lots of changes have been made in there!), but we installed a book ledge to keep a few favorites in here for easy access.  All of the toys fit in those bins, with the exception of a few things which are in their bedroom closet.  If you remember, the pouf was originally purchased for S2's nursery

S2 mainly uses the canopy as her go-to hiding spot during hide-n-seek but I'm hopeful that one day I'll find her reading in there. :)

Both of their monograms are represented on the wall, with a fun gold mirror and some whimsical animal heads.  

I still need to find the right accessories for the top of the shelf, but some family Disney photos will work for now.  S2 always asks why she isn't in these pictures, and it's hard to explain to a 4-year-old why exactly she didn't exist yet, ha!  I need to print some of our 2016 Disney trip (with her) to replace these.

I just love the dip dye effect of the canopy.  It's a soft and subtle way to incorporate more pink.  And it's my opinion that every room meant for a little girl could always use more pink.

This is such a fun, happy room now, and is much more functional than an office for this season of our lives, don't you think?

I hope you all enjoyed this quick look at our new playroom!  It's my goal to post more than 7 times this year (that was the 2017 number - very sad - but I spent most of 2017 pregnant, and thus sick, so I'll give myself a little bit of a break on that).

I want to share the girls' updated room, we're getting ready to paint the front door a FUN new color, and I have some master bedroom updates to share (after our new mattress comes next week - eeeek!).  Oh and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that we're building a dock, so I'll be sure to share that here as well.  And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you should: @jenna_lovelakeliving


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