A few weeks ago, I shared with you my work in progress front room space that we are using as a creative playroom space for the kids. It included all the details on the “magic light trick” for my overhead light and all the lighting choices I made for this area, as well as posts on the DIY engineered prints and DIY Playroom Signs.
Now finally, FINALLY I’m finished with this space and can’t wait to share with you all the little details that put those little finishing touches on this space for the kids
**Note: We have a finished basement that is a crazy mess of toys for the kids. We have some toys upstairs but we keep the majority of them in the basement and in Jackson’s room. This space is for reading, writing, drawing, and just being creative with no distractions with their other toys**
Prior to construction, this space was closed off with a wall separating this front room from the living room. Even though it had large windows, it just seemed dark and small. Now that it’s open, it’s a wonderful space for the kids to make it their very own, spread themselves out, and take on projects that we can start, stop, and leave for days without them being in the way. I’ve adored so many of the spaces since our home remodel, but this space is the one that makes me so warm and content for the kids.
The wall that shares the stairway upstairs was the perfect space to setup a small gallery wall. I snagged a slew of 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 frames from Michael’s during one of their frequent BOGO sales. And I ordered online and picked up in store with a 50% off price instead since I varied the sizes. Always check in store sales versus the buy online deals because you can sometimes save some major cash that way.
And for some added gallery wall inspiration, check out these beautiful gallery walls that always give me so many ideas on how to organize and assemble photos.
This neutral chair was the glider that we had in Jackson’s nursery wayyyy back. For my little man turning four this month, this chair has seen its fair share of late night feedings, stories being read, and so many snuggles to count. I couldn’t part with it when it just no longer fit in his “big boy room,” so moving into this space was a natural fit.
And having a small wall bookcase for our favorite books was just what the kids and I needed.
I snagged this metal wall basket from Home Goods recently in their office section, but I found some great alternatives at Kohl’s that have that perfect modern farmhouse feel to them.
I like to change out our books in this area with the time of year to keep them fresh and new for the kids. Right now, it’s filled with back to school and fall themed books for the kids. As soon as it’s filled, they are all pulled and all read around the room. And having a space that the books face OUT so you can see the covers makes them just so much more appealing to the kids.
I’ve tagged this cabinet above, but I do have to say that having a cabinet full of shelves to hold all of our art supplies has been a total life saver for me. There are wonderful storage pieces built for playroom toys and books, but having doors that hide the slew of paints and chalk, ribbon, and markers keeps this area built for kids, but nice enough to have right off the main entrance. A win-win for all!