This post has been several years’ in the making, as the girls’ play room has continued to evolve ever since we moved into our house nearly four years ago. It’s one of my favorite rooms! It has great natural light and I sometimes take conference calls in here when I’m telecommuting. Join me for a peek inside?
When Mr. G and I bought our first house in Reno, I had a craft room, and I painted three walls a light green and the fourth wall with chalkboard paint so I could write on it. That room later became Pumpkin’s first bedroom. In our current house, we have more but smaller bedrooms, so we opted to give the girls the smallest rooms for sleeping and use a larger room for them to play and store the majority of their toys. The play room is a nod to that craft room in our first house, painted with a similar shade of green. Mr. G and his dad made a magnetic chalkboard by painting a large piece of sheet metal with chalk paint, and adding crown molding around the edges.
I love the chalkboard, but probably my favorite part of the room is the gallery wall I’ve been adding to, bit by bit, for the past four years. I started with the girls’ birth announcements and a collage frame with photos of them together, and it grew from there. I picked up prints or frames here or there over the years; others were gifts. (Sources at end of post.)
The love seat? Maybe not the print I would have selected, but we got this from a friend for a steal, and it has a fold-out twin bed, which comes in handy from time to time. It’s also a great place for me and the girls to sit and read.
And kids wouldn’t be kids if they didn’t also take advantage of leaping off the furniture every now and then.
To keep organized, we got the Kallax Shelf Unit from IKEA, and added drawers and bins to keep everything tidy, considering all the odds and ends that kids accumulate. We have a drawer for card games, one for puzzles, and another for play jewelry. The bins hold blocks, cars and various miscellaneous toys that otherwise don’t have a place – like party favors and trinkets from carnivals. Open shelves hold larger-board puzzles, books and more.
The kitchen, a birthday present for Pumpkin when she turned 3, continues to be one of the most frequently used toys in the play room. The girls love to take our orders and serve us food. Pumpkin uses this as an excuse to practice her writing.
Not everything in this room coordinates, and it’s not picture-perfect on a day-to-day basis, but that’s what I love about it. It’s a room where the girls make memories, and it holds personal touches – like the Frida-inspired headpiece I made Pumpkin for Halloween costume in 2016 that now hangs in a shadow box on the gallery wall, and the Suns pillow made by my mother-in-law for my husband out of a rally towel when he was a kid that he passed down to the girls.
Quail print from Copper Quail Style | Frida print from Lady Noel | Floral prints from Hello Lovely People | Bunny print from Dani Ives | Sisters print from Purplecatscorner| Do Your Best print and Arizona postcard purchased from Frances Vintage | “Though She Be But Little She is Fierce” from Emily McDowell | | Little Bo Peep purchased from Made Art Boutique | Flagstaff postcard from P.J. Chilcottage | Donut print from The Aestate | “I’ll love you forever” sign gifted from Rod Works |