It was around this time 3 years ago when hubs and I made the decision to sell our first home purchased together. Our 2nd baby girl had moved into the room we had been using as a guest room/playroom/office space and we needed something a little more functional for our family. One of my top priorities with two kids was that they needed a dedicated playroom because I don’t do toys all over the house. When we chose to build the model we did, we purposely chose it because there was a master upstairs. No one was sleeping through the night and the thought of running up and down stairs for an unforeseeable future didn’t sound appealing. Well, what I didn’t consider was that an open concept loft type playroom directly outside the master meant that there was no escaping the mess that would naturally come from having two toddlers.
So in order to not drive myself crazy every time I go hide in my bedroom I had to come up with playroom decor ideas that were functional, but mom approved; that means no character chairs etc. Since moving in two and a half years ago, this room has been rearranged several times. My husband is keeping count apparently because he said: “this is the third couch in two years.” But I am finally in a place to write this blog because I love the space and don’t plan on changing the playroom decor for quite some time. (I can sense my husband’s eye roll from here)
Playroom Decor Before:
We don’t have a closet space in the room so we had to get creative. Down the road, I would like to have something built in along the wall of the TV to add permanent storage space but until now a TV unit works just fine. The cube storage has been a lifesaver for us. They are relatively affordable, easily customizable, and makes keeping toys in their own bins very helpful.
A pink couch is something I have had my heart set on for quite some time. The two prior couches we had in here were a little large and we started running out of actual place space. This couch by Novogratz is amazing because its also a bed so we now have more room for guests to stay the night. I try to find pieces that are multifunctional and the side tables have been used as a coffee table, footstool, and seating. I paid $9 for them and you can read about my secret home store hack here. The table was a craigslist find that I painted white and paired with these adorable chairs. This rug was love at first sight. It has sequins, enough said. And Its been around 6 months and I haven’t lost a single sequin so its super well made too. You can find a similar one here. Clearly, I love rugs and rugs that are also toys make a huge win in my book. Now, this light is what completed this room for me. It was my splurge in the room and I couldn’t love it more.
Clearly, the most important part of playroom decor should be the toys, right? Well according to my kids its is. My idea when deciding toys for playroom are toys that foster creativity and that will foster independent play as well as group play. Clearly, we went a little overboard with the tents, but I died when I saw the curtain and my girls love to entertain and single. Sadly it is not currently available, but hopefully Land of Nod aka Crate and Barrel will bring it back. Did you guys know Crate and Barrel is now Land of Nod? I didn’t either until recently. The dollhouse was something I would have never guessed they would have LOVED until we went to a playhouse and they literally didn’t move from it for hours.