Our playroom transition has begun! But first, we need your help. Let’s dig in and have some fun!
Kicking off the playroom!
Playroom planning starts… now! After nixing our home office last year, and after confirming that we much prefer working from the dining room (or sofa or front porch), we’re ready to turn the now-empty-room into a play area for Lucy. Better yet, we’re treating the entire second floor as one large family room – a space for watching movies, reading bedtime stories, spreading out with the train set or clearing the rug for a quick YouTube workout.
Facing the other way, you can see that we set up our Charly sofa in the second half of the room:
And looking towards the staircase, you can see where we added Lucy’s play kitchen (a birthday gift from us and the grandparents). We’ve also stashed all the ‘stuff’ in that landing, until we can figure out how to organize and store things properly:
We know that a playroom can take on many shapes and sizes. For us – and for all of Lucy’s life – it was wherever we were. It was the snug. The living room rug. Cleared floor space in her bedroom. The coffee table. Anywhere and everywhere has served us well over the years, but this will be the first dedicated play space for the whole family! We. Are. Pumped.
Making small adjustments
Over the weekend, we began prepping the room by moving our massive wall planter. (Ours doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but this is similar!) And by ‘moving,’ I mean that we took the whole thing off the wall (all 10′ of it!) and scooched it to the right by 18″. Trust me when I say that we questioned ourselves before making the move, but in the end, it always drove me a little nuts that we initially centered it between the two windows – as opposed to within this half of the room.
We removed the rigid cacti and instead planted fluffier – or as I like to say, floofier – plants, such as spider plants, pothos and a giant philodendron. The goal was to make the wall of plants feel really carefree and whimsical, which is how we want this whole space to feel, really!
Adding new greenery
We also added a Ficus Audrey! Scott has been wanting a tree in this space for a long time, and while shopping around for a spider plant, we couldn’t resist this gorgeous girl, too. Our second floor receives bright indirect sunlight all day, and plants thrive up here. Still, we’re new to the ficus game, so we’ll gladly take your tips all day long if you’re familiar with these!
Our wishes for the space
With the space staged, our next steps are figuring out how we want the space to function. I mean, a playroom obviously, but also, will we need seating? How much storage do we need? Someone recently sent me a message and said that limited toy storage keeps things under control, and I LOVE that. I always feel that less is more, even in a playroom. Here are our wishes for the space:
- We’d like to use what we have, as much as possible. For example, I pulled the rocking chair out of Lucy’s nursery, and it looks so sweet in here! Now to find an end table.
- We moved our office credenza (similar) underneath the plant wall, and although I initially thought it was too small, I’m not sure she needs much more storage than that. Additional baskets can always corral larger items.
- Internal storage for the credenza so that like-items stay together, and nothing gets lost in the back.
- A big, pretty rug! (Spoiler: We have one on the way!)
- Art that makes us smile.
And a question for you!
What is the one thing that makes you the happiest in your play room? On the other hand, what is the one thing you WISH you added to your play room?