A Playroom With Room to Play and Space to Grow

I had two major goals when creating our little guys playroom; a functional room for him to play & learn and a versatile space that could easily grow with the ever changing needs {and wants} of a three year old toddler. We choose a room located on our first floor main living level to transform into this magical space. Since the area can be visually seen by visiting guests {and me, everyday} I had a two items that topped my priority list when planning the space; 1. A neutral & natural decor to somewhat blend in with the rest of our home and not particularly scream playroom and 2. Lots and lots of hidden storage.

It took awhile to find all the right elements to bring the room together but I could not be any more happier with the outcome {and our little guy loves having a space all to himself as well} I feel the priorities were met without compromising the fun feel a playroom should have and a space that captures the personality of my little guy. Would you like to see what we have been up to?

I love the addition of unique pieces as storage options. This 27 inch wooden dough bowl was found at a local antiques mall and is the perfect home for matchbox cars and trucks.

The room has two windows which are dressed with black long panels and wooden mahogany blinds. Under each window sits two wooden toy chests that I covered with batting and velour fabric. They provide additional hidden storage which is a necessity in any toy filled household.

Between the two windows sits an eight cubby storage unit filled with cream and espresso canvas totes; More hidden storage…have I told you how much I love hidden storage.

The handmade art above the cubby is a rainbow of the little guys handprints. {You can find my tutorial here} It’s a great color learning piece. On top sits a wooden marble run which is just too cool not to display. Burl wooden bowls are another one of my favorite decor accessories ~ I simply can not pass these up any time I spot them.

A vintage wooden munising bowl showcases the colorful marbles for the marble run.

The bottom two cubbies were left open for a couple easy reach toys like this wooden car ramp. Another munising bowl was used to hold the cars.

The second open cubby holds a vintage wire egg basket filled with Lincoln Logs.

Centered in the room is a cream 10X13 shag rug to provide some tiny toe comfort and accent the wooden floors.

Even some toys themselves provide excellent storage options.

Comfortable seating was another one of my must haves in this space. This espresso twill couch is a great snuggle and read spot. Two paper shade pendant lights hanging in the corner create perfect wind down ambiance at the end of the day.

Above the couch is an oversized paper roll and wooden holder found at Pottery Barn Kids last year. Since we are working on the alphabet now, I printed and cut out 8X10 letters on brown kraft paper and simply attached them to the roll with a glue stick. It’s perfect for filling up the large wall as well as creating a focal point.

What playroom isn’t complete without a vintage sock monkey…

More handmade wall art – This creation was inspired by PB and is a very easy and low cost project {find more details and my how-to on this post}

Utilizing more toys as storage…

A vintage wall box with a lollipop hanger creates additional fun storage.

As much as I would have loved to have a full play kitchen in this room the space just did not allow; so I opted for a more manly wooden grill for my little guy. The colors were a little too bright for the space, but nothing a little custom paint job couldn’t cure.

The wooden crate boxes under the grill and easel provide yet more hidden storage. I printed out the labels using the same font and paper as the paper roll alphabet and glued them to the front. Stacked wire puzzle racks provide an organized display for the wooden puzzles.

More ‘diy’ canvas wall art ~ our own live-by wishes for the little guy. {You can find more details and instructions on this previous post}

Because this room is visible on our main living level, hidden storage was a must. This cubby and drawer wall unit combo is the perfect solution for neatly concealing everything a three year old could possibly dream of.

A combination of espresso and vanilla woven baskets fill each cubby and we have managed to pack them all full of goodies.

A chalkboard tag hangs from each basket and {because I am too conscious of my own handwriting} I printed out the alphabet with a typewriter key font to label each one.

Extra space on top provides a perfect area to display some rustic, vintage inspired favorites.

I have a love for all things oversized, unique, and unusual.

I am always on the lookout for these and have a hard time passing them up.

The activity table in the center of the room is used for just about everything under the sun. It provides a great work space for my sons therapies {as well as arts & crafts, trains, cars, you name it}

The lower shelf stores easy to reach train tracks, rails and cars.

And you can’t forget something for their cute little bums…

…though my little guy prefers to stand {on top the table at that}
I can officially say we have one room that is completely finished without any to-do’s…except to have fun! Enjoy!

I wanted to add a ‘before’ picture of the room taken during one of our walk throughs. {excuse the sellers items and our realtors little girl} I knew as soon as we viewed the house for the first time that this would make the perfect playroom for our little guy and I’m thrilled to see that dream come true. Thanks for letting me share this space!
                  

Comments

  1. This turned out great, Stephanie! So many creative ideas in one space!

  2. Stephanie, Each picture is so inspiring! What a wonderful playroom and I love how it is a room that can grow with him! Going to go back and look at the pictures again :)
    Have a great Sunday!
    Wendy

  3. That room is a nearly-perfect blend of great design, fun, and functionality. GREAT job!

  4. What a precious playroom !! Your little fella must LOVE calling it his own !!

  5. Wow,this is total perfection.I love it!

  6. This playroom is AMAZING! You are so blessed with a gift of decorating.

  7. Love this! You did such an amazing job :) I am starting to work on our sort of Rec/Playroom and I can only hope it turns out as nice as this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. This is a fabulous space. So many thought out elements! My absolute favorite is the alphabet on the wall. Pretty and functional too. Great job!!
    Jane

  9. I love how this turned out! Great job on all the DIYs. So creative! I’m sure you’re little guy will just spend many hours in there!

  10. I LOVE it, just precious and so unique. I’m going to be on the lookout for some wooden bowls!

  11. So jealous of how put together everything is. I have a 3 year-old and a 2 year-old boy, and our living room is not near the oasis yours is!!! Off to check out the amazing handprint art. I really love it!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Love it! I really want to try the artwork.

  13. Wow, it really is a beautiful playroom. I never thought you could say “beautiful playroom” together. Fantastic Job!

  14. What a beautiful playroom!!! I love everything about it!

    Nicole

  15. The playroom is awesome! Love everything about it!

  16. You have a very lucky little boy…the room looks great!

  17. Love the room! I really love all the rustic containers you used for the toys. Great job!

  18. Super cute and super functional ! I bet your little guy loves it !
    Kammy

  19. I love that you did not do the usual primary color playroom- great job!

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  20. This has to be the most beautiful playroom I’ve ever seen! I love all of your creative storage solutions and the artwork is so personal and wonderful!

    Kat :)

  21. A fantastic playroom with lots of style and function.

  22. I’m new to your blog. I love your taste! Where did you get that marble run? That is great. I love the hand print idea as well. My kids play room is lacking character. You’ve given me some great ideas! Thanks!!!

  23. What a fantastic playroom! Love all your storage ideas, and will be back often to see what you’re up to!

    I hope you’ll drop by AtticMag and see what Jane posted for Met Monday.

  24. Thank you everyone – I greatly appreciate all the kind comments!

    Kasey – The Marble Run is a Wooden Quadrilla Set by HaPe. They are a ton of fun for all ages! You can find them online.

  25. WOW. That room is AMAZING. We have a lot of the same toys for our boys…gotta get that grill though. I way prefer the nicer wooden (safer, too) toys over the plastic walmart toys. If I can just get everyone else to understand that. LOL

    Thanks for the look inside your home!

  26. This is awesome! You did a great job on the room!

  27. what a GREAT room. i love all your ideas.

  28. Wow, what an amazing room! I’m visiting from Someday Crafts & just wanted to say I love the project you featured over there! Love your blog, too!

  29. What an amazing room. I’d love to play in there! Every little detail is simply adorable.

  30. Love your room – amazing storage. It looks pulled together but with room for fun.

  31. Too cute. Love the playroom!

  32. That is, hands down, the most amazing playroom I’ve ever seen! What a lucky little man he is and I love the wooden grill!!!

  33. What an amazing room…I am envious! Haha! You did such a great job, and it looks like a wonderful place to play and learn.

    Blessings, Grace

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  35. What an amazing room. I especially love the canvas art! Thanks for linking up today!

  36. You did a FANTASTIC job … the room turned out AMAZING!! Thanks for linking all the projects from within your blog too; that way we can jump right to the individual projects!!

  37. LOVE the DIY art in this space! Some really amazing ideas here! I may have to incorporate some of these for my son’s playhouse!

    http://cutest-little-things.blogspot.com/2009/09/little-boys-playhouse-revealed.html

    Judy@cutest-little-things

  38. It’s just BEAUTIFUL! What a fantastic playroom. Great job!

  39. Your son’s playroom turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :)
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah :D

  40. I seriously ADORE this room!!! And am turning green with envy that you have a playroom!! (Stuck in a tiny apartment for now!). Love the rocking horse, love everything!!

    Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

  41. Wow! What a fantastic job!! All of the elements are really great looking and you pulled it together beautifully!

  42. Oh.My.Goodness. I am drooling over this gorgeous room. And all the little details! Absolutely beautiful.

  43. Hi, I am following you from Our Frugal Family and I really like your blog. Thanks for sharing. Great idea. I am glad that I found your blog. Your playroom is awesome. I can’t wait to read through your other posts! I am your newest follower.
    Bonnie
    http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/

  44. You did a fantastic job!!

  45. oh my … drooling!!! THIS Is waht I would love for mychild care to look like *sigh*

  46. I love your playroom!!!! I am going to get some ideas from you.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Emilia
    Fun Playroom

  47. SERIOUSLY…. AMAZING.. EVERYTHING!!! love the wall unit best! JUST DARLING! JGG

  48. I love everything! My fav is the handprints picture!

  49. Where have you been hiding?! I’m so madly in love with this room, I can’t stand it. Every detail is wonderful! Great job!

  50. I.love.this.room! It is spectacular. I adore all the little details. The hidden storage is the best!

  51. This is a fabulous room! Seriously, I’m going to be analyzing this for awhile!

  52. Amazing. The room looks so great. Each corner has something interesting to look at. I also love your pictures. You get such interesting angles!

  53. wow! This is such a beautiful room! I love the storage unit wall and I love how you use antiques in unexpected ways :)

  54. Wow! What a wonderful place for your little guy to play and create and dance on the table :)

  55. Wow!!! I don’t even know where to begin. It is an amazing room, pure perfection! I don’t think there is a single thing I didn’t absolutely love! You did a beautiful job! I wish this room was in my house! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  56. OK, in a zillion years I never would have thought of a dough bowl for matchbox cars! I use mine for fruit. In the kitchen. So clearly I am not using my noggin like I should. ;)

  57. Outstanding! This looks like a high end display in a furniture store. I’d love a personal tour through your home.. sigh.

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  58. Just amazing! This is by far the classiest Playroom ever.

  59. What a beautiful room. I enjoyed your photography as much as the room. Wonderful composition. The cars in the dough bowl and the marbles are my favorites!

  60. This is wonderful. I would love to feature it in our Fall Magazine. Thanks so much for submitting it. I have a feeling you have many other great projects to share. Hmmm??? Would love to see more. Can we talk about getting your images for the magazine without the watermark? I would feature this as a playroom article. Thanks.

    I would also like to feature you as a Guest Blogger on Sunday 3 p.m. if you are interested. If so, Please email me at the below link and include a paragraph about yourself for the post. I will just copy your existing post, pictures and text for the Guest blogger. It will include your about you and a picture of you as well as a link to your site and post.

    You will also want to grab a I was featured button.

    http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/contact.html

    Thanks again. Have a great evening. Tara @ Trendy Treehouse

  61. Im am almost speechless, what a fabulous room!

  62. GREAT, great room..you show some really great ideas!

    Suzanne

  63. amazing space. i’m a sucker for creative storage and falling in love with your kiddos space, since we live in it, especially at their age!
    I very much enjoyed your site, grabbed a button, and plan to be back soon.

    Blessings,
    Anna

  64. First time here and now a follower! What a great room! I am gonna hang out and look around! Stop by my painting blog and say hello sometime! Jennifer

  65. Your playroom is beyond fabulous. Really – I love it!!!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!

    XOXO
    Jen

  66. I absolutely LOVE this! Our “playroom” is a section of our great room and I love how practically, sophisticated and beautiful you made your space. I’ll definitely be using this as inspiration to perk up our play space! Thanks for sharing!

  67. What a fabulous room! I want to play in there!

  68. I just found your blog, this post specifically and wanted to say how wonderful this playroom is. I really like how all the items in it are sensory oriented. The unusual baskets/containers for the toys are fabulous. My favorite piece is the large wall storage (where did you find it?). I’m a Kindergarten teacher and I would love to just step into your pictures and start playing. :) Again, great job!

  69. This playroom is amazing! I love all your storage ideas and the vintage accessories. The boys must love it! Thanks for sharing.

  70. Your playroom is wonderful!! Great job!

  71. I just love the way your playroom turned out. The oversize paper roll on the wall is stunning! What a fun way to incorporate art to learning. Love it!

  72. Amazing! Breathtaking! Adore!

  73. absolutely perfect!!!!! WOW!!!!
    where did you purchase the wall unit?

  74. This room is awesome and belongs in a decorating magazine. I just signed up to follow you cause I love your blog.
    Carey

  75. I remember seeing one of your posts on another linky party. Consider me a new follower! I don’t want to lose you again!
    I love the children’s hand art. Everything looks amazing!

  76. The room is great!!! I especially am so excited about recreating some of your wall art…I love it!! Thanks for posting tutorials. I am now subscribing to your posts….Love your blog and ideas…Thanks

  77. Wow! I know a thing or two about little boys, having had three of them myself–and I can say with absolute confidence that any little fellow would love this play space! And that’s nothing compared to how much his mom would love it!! You did a wonderful job here. Way to go!

  78. Okay, SERIOUSLY!! The playroom is to DYE for!! I’ve been working on ours and have been trying to decide what to put on the walls. I LOVE all your wall art and am going to do the handprint one! Oh, I am SO excited!!!:):):)

  79. Love this room! Amazing! I think I saw this over at Just A Girl. I have four boys so I am always looking for inspiration…and you certainly provided it. There is so much to take in. I love the canvas wall art. You are so crafty! Thank you for linky up to my party.
    Blessings,
    Traci

  80. Beautiful space! Where, oh where, is your large cubby from – PB? Love it! Gonna have to go to Knock Off Wood for directions to build one for myself – it’s fantastic! Your decorating elements really bring a sense of warmth to the space. Very inviting!

  81. Wow that is AWESOME!! I love the alphabet art! Such a great idea. What a fun space.

  82. Amazing job! the room looks great and yet so useful.

  83. What a fantastic space! I love that it’s playful but not chock full of bright primary colors. Can I come over and play?

  84. I adore the whole room! Awesome.
    Where did you get the shelves and baskets (pottery barn)?

  85. Just wanted to let you know I featured you today on Tot Tuesday. Have a great week!

  86. Wow! That turned out amazing! Love it!

  87. I love your playroom. where did you get the cubby and drawer wall unit? You inspire me :)

  88. Where did you get those Cubby Units? I have been looking everywhere for something like this!

  89. This room is gorgeous!!!

  90. I wish I had the talent and tenacity to design a room like yours. A space that children AND adults can appreciate. Where do you store things like the big oversized trucks little boys (like mine) like to play with?

  91. Wondering where you got the baskets? Love your playroom–its fabulous!!

  92. I love this playroom! You did a wonderful job with it. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  93. I love this playroom! I especially love the hard print art work. Just beautiful!

    I’d love for you to share this at my party this Thursday!

    http://www.houseofhepworths.com

    xoxo

  94. I love this room! What a fun and beautiful space!

  95. This is BEAUTIFUL!! I want to come live at your house!

  96. Love your storage unit and accent decor – I like the big / bold / unusual pieces as well (and I have 3 of those red / white / blue things that I have decided are like decorative juggling pins like yours! I love them). They’re at my vacation cabin :-)

  97. Wow…I thought I was organized. My husband makes fun of me because I have bins for all the different toys that our littlest daughter has and I had him installed shelving to place them on. You put me to shame!!! I love everything about that room…its so cool too because you have a boy. I have 4 girls and 1 boy who is now 11 but he did pass on his matchbox cars to the 3yr old. Great job! And I too LOVE hidden storage, its all over my house in EVERY room. Hey can we set up a playdate….lol

  98. What a great piece of work!
    Even though children need it, there are some grown persons who did not have such a necessary spot when children.
    I won’t stop struggling until I manage to create such a appropriate environment for my children, just the way you accomplished!

  99. Love your playroom, my kids would too :) So many beautiful things, I especially love the roll of paper, that is so stinkin clever and cool looking!

    Thanks for visiting me :)

  100. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. This is one of the best playrooms I have ever seen!

  101. Wow…Love it. Wish I could be creative enough to have my son’s play room look like that! Where did you get the shelf/cube thing and baskets?

  102. WOW!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! So many great ideas. Definitely looks like something out of a Pottery Barn catalog! :)

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  105. I love your blog! I have been looking for a cubby unit like this for our play room. Can you PLEASE tell me where I can find this?

  106. Where did you get your furniture (i.e. cubbies, bookshelves). Love this room, want to get something similar!

  107. Really you have done great job,There are may person searching about that now they will find enough resources by your post.I like this blog..

  108. wow! what an amazing difference. that puzzle organizer is crazy full!! i wish that we had an extra space to convert to something like this! wanted you to know that i’m featuring this and a few other of your posts on a new post of mine. the post is celebrating my 1st feature and giving a few of my fave posts from you. if this isn’t ok, just let me know. andie @ crayonfreckles

  109. Hi there…i love ur blog, and i had to borrow the words of wisdom that you have posted above-i pinned it on pinterest-i hope u dont mind-thanks:)

  110. I just stumbled upon your blog, and it is great! I absolutely love this playroom. Where did you find your wall/cubby unit and bins? We have been looking for something just like this for our living room/play room :)

  111. Hey! Can I just say WOW!!! I am LOVING your blog!!!!!
    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to know where you got the baskets and chalkboard tags you have attached!!!! Any way you can remember that and have the time to either post a reply or Emil me?? :-)
    Thanks so much for the inspiration you give me!

    Debra
    [email protected]

  112. I love your playroom! It is awesome!

  113. Wow, what a really creative space. I wish I had a large enough room to create something like this for my little one.

        

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