Welcome to the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Work & Play series! I am joining 30 other bloggers to share our view of work & play. If you are popping over from Iron & Twin, welcome! I love to see how others live, play, work and use their homes. I am thrilled to be apart of this series. We have been working on a lot of spaces in our home since adding a little baby boy nursery to our home (you can see his nursery reveal HERE). One area is our playroom, and in a tiny house we had to find a little space in our home to carve out for a play area for our kids. I am still finishing up a few areas in this room. But I wanted to share how we created a space just for our kids and their friends, even in a 1200 square foot 1950’s cape there can be space!
We created a space behind our sofa in our upstairs family room for their toys and things they like to play with. This room was the master bedroom of the previous home owners, but we have loved it for our multi-purpose room. It also now will function more of a guest room too, since we lost our main guest room on our main level for our little man who is due May 1st.
I recently made changes to this room since the first time I blogged about it about 6 months ago HERE. What my girls are into has already changed since I set up this back then. I really try to notice what my girls are playing with at the time. We used to have a little kitchen and a food stand in this space. I watched them for a little bit and noticed they weren’t playing with those big pieces anymore. So I took them to our basement to see if they would say anything and they didn’t even ask about them once. So I donated them.
Now my oldest who is eight is really into Legos and my youngest who is five is really into her American Girl Dolls. The biggest thing I have learned is to be aware of your kids changing interests and don’t be afraid to donate things you no longer see them playing with. But do it in stages. First take out of the room. Then donate it after they don’t ask about it for a week. And don’t let them see you take the item away or all of a sudden they will want it!
I wrote about how I changed this basic Lego table into something a little more stylish HERE.
Another thing we just added was this temporary brick wallpaper that I am in love with! I will be sharing more about it in another post. But until then you can find it HERE. It is from Devine Color, sold at Target.
I really try to keep their play area visually pleasing. Especially since it is in an open area that doubles as a guest space. I don’t like to see the plastic toy bins and toys everywhere. I shared how I did an Ikea hack to this toy chest with a simple linen curtain.
You can read about the Ikea Hack toy chest HERE.
Another thing that my girls cannot get enough of is coloring and painting. They seriously go through white paper like it is water. I normally ask them to pick a favorite and go hang it on our chalkboard wall. I just nailed ribbon to the wall and attached clothes pins to it that I spray painted with my favorite gold spray paint. I love that “choose happy” wood sign that I just got from East Plum perfect words for a kids space.
We painted the entire short little wall with chalkboard paint from Devine Color that is sold at Target and I will be writing more about it at a later post too. I love the contrast of the black! I really didn’t want this entire wall to be messy and covered with chalk, so I told the girls that they can draw on the little storage door.
One of my favorite things to do is frame some of the girls art. I switch it out whenever they have something new they are really proud of.
The antique metal chest is full of dress-up clothes, that my five year old still likes. I spray painted it in my favorite gold spray paint and then I made a little cushion for the top.
I used two Ikea rugs that are $5 each and loosely hand sewed them together. I stuffed one king size pillow into the center. It makes a great bench cushion or a floor cushion.
It makes the perfect little reading spot for my oldest. She normally stacks a bunch of pillows and lays down to read or moves that cushion to the floor.
It doesn’t matter the size of the space, even in a tiny house everyone can have an area that inspires them to create and play. And honestly with an organized clean play area it creates play more often and encourages them to keep it nice and clean up when they are done.
Make sure to follow along and see how other Bloggers Work & Play in this fun series. You can start the tour with my friend Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.
I will be back on Wednesday to share all my DIY tricks for this backyard deck that we have been spending a lot of time in. You can read more about this space HERE.
Follow along with the rest of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour this week!