To call this space a playroom per se is a little bit of a stretch, but when we embarked on our living room renovation, I knew I wanted to carve out a space at the end of the room just for Em. Since it’s right in the living room I was pretty passionate about wanting it to look as chic and well designed as possible, but at the same time I’m totally ok with our house showing evidence of children living here since this is their house, too. A few weeks ago Alice was over to photograph things since I’m now considering the playroom done. I’m entirely sure it will constantly evolve as Emerson grows, but for now I’m sticking a fork in this one. And I love how it all came together! It’s pretty enough to not drive me crazy looking at it every day, but it’s completely kid-friendly, too.
When creating this space for Em, I wanted to keep the color palette and design details in line with the rest of the living room’s decor, adding in lots of storage and fun elements for her. The neutral gray and white foam floor tiles from Skip Hop set the tone for the entire space. I didn’t shy away from hanging real art and I’m glad I made that decision since I think it kind of makes the space. As she gets older I envision moving in a little table and chairs for art projects and when she’s even older I could easily see this space evolving into an area with a larger craft table and maybe a desk for doing homework or school projects. For now it’s where she plays peek-a-boo with her puppy, practices “reading” books and plays mommy by covering up all of her stuffed animals with her stash of blankets. Once or twice a day I go through and obsessively reorganize all the toys and straighten everything up, just for her to pull everything down one by one and start all over again. All of the sources for everything in the post, including her toys and outfit, are listed below!
Paint color: Valspar Owlet VR107E | Foam floor tiles c/o Skip Hop | Curtains from West Elm | Art prints c/o Minted | Kallax shelf unit from IKEA | Wicker baskets from IKEA | Hot pink polka dot chair from Pottery Barn Kids | Rainbow stacker from Land of Nod | Teepee from Amazon | Cotton rope storage baskets from Amazon | Fruit abacus from Target | Wood alphabet block set from Hallmark | Handmade mermaid + cat stuffed dolls from Cuddle + Kind | Baby jeggings from Old Navy | Baby chambray shirt from Baby Gap (similar)
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]