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Playroom Dreaming: Let’s Plan This Thing

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…

fun playroom rug

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playroom rug

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Teepee

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.

playroom teepee

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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.

white couch for playroom

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pinterest playroom

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Alphabet wall

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.

alphabet wall

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P-L-A-Y letters

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…

play playroom letters

Kitchen

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…

toddler kitchen

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cute pink toddler kitchen

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.

kids art wall

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framed kids artwork

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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!

playroom storage

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playroom storage cubes

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storage cubes

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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.

wayfair animal print

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darling wood sign for playroom

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target animal heads

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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.

DIY magnet board for 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?

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5 Comments

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    Amanda
    June 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

    I loooove these ideas! I have a similar ABC wall that I’d like to do in our playroom. We recently made R a playroom in the dinning room bc it was mostly sitting empty and it’s so nice to have a space just for her to play. That DIY magnet board is a great idea too!
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    Tiffani
    June 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Love it! IKEA has a sweet looking kitchen set that is super affordable with all sorts of play sets to add to it. I have had my eye on it for a while now!

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    Jana A
    June 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Such great ideas! I think our Playroom is going to be in the basement, that way I can keep our great room upstairs neat and clean. πŸ™‚ I am pinning this post now!

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    Bethany
    June 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I LOVE these! I agree a playroom is huge! I will be excited when we have a ‘forever’ home to plan for one.

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    Katie
    June 17, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Our family room is our playroom and it works perfectly! (we also have a finished basement and living room so there are other “adult” places to sit) I love it because our middle floor is a mudroom, half bath and our family room and it’s a 1/2 staircase away from the entry/kitchen/dining/living room so functionally it’s perfect! There’s a storage room off our mudroom we want to convert into a gym eventually, SO it will be the most functional level of our house eventually!
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