Friday! We made it! Now let’s chat about fun things – decorating.
When asked what my #1 priority was in buying a new home, my immediate response was –
A space for a playroom, with natural light, and room for Adeline to be creative!
Before we had Adeline, I never considered the need for a playroom. Or a bonus room. Growing up, my parents had a huge basement with a rec room, which I guess was technically a playroom with a fancier name. I always assumed we wouldn’t be able to afford a home with a playroom, or find one that would suit our needs. But, I knew it was my priority when it came time to house hunt this summer and I am just elated that we are going to have one!
I’ve been dreaming of the day when I could decorate a playroom – a light and airy space, with windows, and lots of colors and sweetness perfect for evoking creativity and imagination! I’ve been making a pin board full of ideas, and have made a mental checklist of things I’m looking to add once I begin decorating!
Here’s what I’m thinking so far, as essential to Adeline’s perfectly perfect new playroom.
A fun, bright rug
Loving these two multi-colored ones from Wayfair…
Who doesn’t want a teepee fort in their playroom?! I love this grey/white one from Amazon, I feel like it would be gender neutral, and go with the entire playroom no matter how we decorate. We could interchange fun pillows and blankets as well.
Small couch or sectional
Since the playroom is upstairs at the top of the stairs between the three bedrooms up there and the office, it will also inevitably become a place where we all spend time together. So, some sort of seating is necessary I think! I’m wanting something simple, like a small white couch or neutral sectional.
I really want to incorporate the alphabet into the playroom somehow, whether that’s an alphabet wall, or just a fun alphabet print. I found a cute alphabet rug too, but I’m thinking on the wall somewhere would be easier for learning purposes.
I’ve been DYING to do this, and just waiting for the day that I can go to Hobby Lobby and buy the letters for it. I want to put “PLAY” above the toy storage area using the big metal letters that HL sells. Here’s what I’m talking about…
This is more so a wish list item that I know I want to get for Adeline for either her birthday or Christmas this year! Every little girl needs her own kitchen! I have so many memories playing with mine! How cute are these…
A place to hang her art AND make art
I really want to maybe string some jute and use clothes pins to hang the art that Adeline makes, or maybe even frame my favorite pieces in frames where I could easily change it out. I also want her to have a fun little art nook! She’s got a little table that she loves coloring on, so I’d love to further expand on that.
Easy toy storage
I think I already know what I want to do for this – white cube bookshelves with different colored cube boxes or fabric containers. Adeline has a similar bookshelf in her room, and I love that the fabric cubes are easy for her to dig into, or carry around, and I’m not worried about them being heavy or falling and hurting her. Basically I want something that’s easy, and still safe for a future baby sibling to be around. Everywhere has them, Target, Walmart, the ones I’ve linked to below from Home Depot are nice because you could add toy labels. I also just love the overall organized look and feel of a cube bookshelf!
Cute wall decor like a canvas print, or animal heads (Umm hello Target Pillowfort!)
I really want to find a cute statement piece of “art”, whether that’s a fun map, an actual art piece, or a cute quote of some sort. And of course, a stuffed animal head from Target is 100% required. I keep debating between the unicorn or the flamingo. It’s a constant struggle.
A magnet board for her animal and letter magnets
Lastly, I want to DIY a magnet board. She’s obsessed with her animal magnets we have on the dishwasher, so I know she’d love having something like that in the playroom.
Ok, maybe I’m dreaming big here. But, I’m just really excited to give Adeline a space of her own, other than just her nursery and a corner of the living room! I hope the playroom is a place where she (and maybe future siblings!) can grow and learn and be as creative as they want to be.
What would you add in your playroom? Did you grow up with a playroom? Is a playroom a deal breaker or must have in a new house?