My advice to families settling into a new home is to get the children’s rooms finished first. We recently finished the playroom and the kids love hanging out in there, which also frees up a bit of time for me to get the other parts of the house unpacked and done.
With two daughters it would have been really easy to make all things pink. Both their bedrooms are pink, but with their playroom being open into the main area of the house, I wanted the room to flow color-wise without feeling too choppy. I decided to go with Sherwin Williams’s Aloof Gray.
This is the room as you walk into the space:
I really love vintage, but Brian really likes modern. It’s a fun challenge to mix our tastes into a space, and also incorporate our children’s desires of their room too. We didn’t want anything overly girly, or overly expensive and hard to replace!
This room originally was going to end up as our office, it turned out even better as their playroom. On the wood floor is a quilt rug that I made the year before last. (You can read more about it here.)
On this wall is their dollhouse, marble run, and play kitchen.
We hung up this walnut scroll from Ikea (Sibbared). I like that it fits the gallery wall, which I’ll get to in a minute.
This side houses their play bench and an antique rocker that my in-laws gifted to us for Christmas a few years ago. The rocker was in pieces the first time we saw it and they refinished it, and put it back together. It came from my mother-in-law’s great aunt, so it’s definitely an antique! Behind the rocker are these super cute vintage cat boards that used to hang over their play kitchen in our last house.
The play bench is from Target. We picked it up on clearance last year for around $30.
The gallery wall is so much fun and each piece has a personal meaning to us.
Starting with the stars and moving clockwise, a wordy explanation:
- The stars came from our last house. They were left by the previous homeowners and hung outside our patio by the pool.
- The P print is leftover scrapbook paper that I put for our last name back two houses ago.
- I got the SMILE print a while ago on Etsy and it plays on my previous job as a photographer and now I document my kids!
- The mechanical illustration is Brian’s great, great grandfather’s patent who was an inventor (I’m serious!).
- We put up the shelf we made which will eventually house Nanoblocks again.
- The Nancy Drew print is from a friend.
- The print below is a card from another friend that I framed.
- The vintage telephone is from my stepfather who passed away a couple of years ago.
- Brian’s pins are from when he was in Webelos.
- Above that is a Harry Potter illustration. It’s my favorite book series and I cannot wait until the kids are old enough and we can read it together.
- I bought the Play Outdoors print because it features two girls, and it reminds me of what’s important! (Especially on those hard days and I question why we choose to be a screen-free family!)
We store their toys in a 2×4 and a 2×2 Ikea Expedit. (Ikea sells Kallax now, which is similar.) We added boards to the backs of both of them to fill in the space.
As they grow I’d like to eventually add better seating for them, and who knows what else! There you have it! I’m calling it a vintage modern playroom. The most important thing is that my kids love hanging out and playing in there.
Stay tuned tomorrow when I walk through how we store our toys!