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Shared Sophistication Playroom

I wanted a play space for my own children that represented and inspired themselves. We previously had limited toy storage, most of which was dark wood that made our basement playroom even darker.  I opened up the space with a tree mural that was bright and inviting.  I added acrylic bookshelves to it to change out seasonal books and to entice reading. I had a custom wall unit created to display some of our favourite toys and decor. It had lots of closed storage to hold all of our books, puzzles and games and drawers and cupboards for toys. Investing in a piece like this was important to me as I know it will transition well past our playroom years and function for our family. A small kitchen and table were added along with some additional storage bins for stuffed animals and a slide!

Finding Nemo inspired multi-purpose playroom and homeschool area!

We wanted to transition our crazy toy-filled playroom into a multipurpose room…key word, PURPOSE!  We wanted to use it in as many ways as possible.  Since our kids are 11, 9, and 3, they each need different things when it comes to a space.
We knew we antes an additional homeschool area for the big kids so we could all be upstairs during the school day together.  We also wanted to keep our reading nook included in the space, so it seemed natural to put the homeschool area on the same side of the room.
We also needed a craft area (hence the big craft table!) and storage for supplies (cabinets on wall.)
We still have toys-various blocks in the cabinets, stuffed animals in the big armoire, and trains in the armoire drawers.
The biggest project was definitely the 6 bunk beds!  We often have lots of guests and knew this would be a neat place for them to stay if we had larger families come.  We also loved the idea for slumber parties and hanging out/reading during the school day.  My husband built these from scratch!  They took months-he doesn’t even own a table saw!
We truly wanted it to be able to be used in multiple ways, even simultaneously…we have achieved just that!
I should also mention-It’s Finding Nemo themed 🐟
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I’ll do my best to tell you where everything is from:
 
⭐️Paint color: Sherwin Williams, Aquaduct
✨Table: IKEA
✨Desks: IKEA build your own desk, LINNMON top (78inches) and ALEX drawer bases
✨Shiplap on walls: planks from Lowe’s, painted and installed by us
✨Green table chairs and red desk chairs: Amazon
✨Pink rug: Amazon
✨Circles rug: RugsUSA
✨Comforters: Society6
✨Sheets: Walmart.com
✨Red kelp pillow cases: Amazon
✨Wishables: shopDisney and Disney Parks
✨Wishables shelves: two sizes, Amazon
✨Curtains: two sizes, Amazon
✨Stuffed animal storage armoire: used by us, converted by husband
✨Bunk beds: husband
✨Twin mattresses: Amazon
✨Picture frame for Nemo: yard sale and painted
✨Nemo photo: file from Etsy, altered by me and printed
✨Red clock: IKEA
✨Desk organizers: IKEA
✨Jellyfish: me
✨Bookshelves: my dad
✨Dress up dresser: used by us and converted
✨Yellow chairs: Kirklands
✨Plaid pillowcases: Amazon
 

Colourful Playroom + Kid’s Work Space

A common dilemma that most families encounter with playrooms, is a lack of storage space. For this project with Caron from Roo Parenting, we found a way to neatly tuck away and hide toys, sports gear and craft supplies for her three children. Instead of multiple smaller storage pieces, we selected a large wardrobe system for one side of the room, filled with drawers and shelves that makes it easy to keep everything organized! We then incorporated a cozy reading nook with the most beautiful tassel pendant, and side-by-side wall desks to give the two older kids a spot for drawing and doing homework. This space was completely transformed into a fun and colourful space the whole family can enjoy, for many years to come!

Surfer Boy Playroom

When a repeat client comes to me and wants help turning a “toy/storage/catch all” room into an actual playroom, the answer of course is always yes!  I always start my projects with a design concept and after a bit of back and forth with the client, we aligned on “surfer boy” as our theme.
The space needed to be practical, comfortable and of course, playful for these sweet three boys.  I instantly new of a few products that would work but before I went into the details, I had to find my design moment.  Meaning, there is typically a point in the process – researching, dreaming, brainstorming – where I have an item, a color, a pattern or something that is the centerpiece for everything else in the room.
In this case, it was the wallpaper.  After a mishap with a previous wallpaper I had sourced, I decided to design my own, specific for this client, these boys and this room.  Waves, my first wallpaper collection, was birthed and will be available in  May!  And the best part is this wallpaper is customizable – it has the ability to be monogramed with 1 letter and here we have it with an “e” as all three boys’ names start with an e.  SWOON!
Once I had the wallpaper as my muse, the other pieces came naturally.  I love the Crate and Kids storage piece.  And FLOR carpet squares are always a hit for kids spaces because of how practical and durable they are (plus their designs are amazing).  The lounge-y cushions that act like a sofa are a perfect place for reading and, ahem, wrestling because come on, it’s a boys playroom.  Add some sharks, art and bookshelves and this room is complete!

Classic Clean Playroom

When we moved into our new home, we were blessed with many things including an abundance of windows for endless amounts of natural light. We chose the conservatory for the prime place for our girls’ playroom. The room is entirely windows with no wall space for wall art, but I’d choose this happy light any day! This room is visible upon entering our home, so I wanted to keep the color scheme classic and calm. Our family enjoys many hours each day in this room and hopefully will for many years to come!

Modern Playroom with Pops of Color!

This project was one that came together so seamlessly! The starting point was definitely this incredible Sandberg wallpaper, which sets the vibe for the entire space. I wanted to keep a strong ‘tone on tone’ colour direction with tons of white and grey, but loved the idea of juxtaposing it with hints of rattan and pops of warm colours.
We went with a very light ‘abc’ theme by adding in some fun artwork, a machine washable rug from Lorena Canals and a fun book library on display for easy access. From a functional perspective, we did a full wall of toy storage using IKEA units. I love these particular ones because the various bins make it so easy to keep toys neatly organized. We also wanted to set the boys up with a nice workspace area that they could grow into with this wonderful table and spindle chairs from Pottery Barn Kids. We even added in a fun blackboard to spark creativity! This space is now a laid-back and inviting room the entire family can enjoy together; it’s as easy as A, B, C.

Modern Playroom with Rainbow Decals

It seems as though children’s interests change every week, right? Well over the course of the last few months, I was finding that our play time had become less focused and somewhat chaotic. So I decided it was time to take a closer look at the function of our playroom. It all started by rotating some toys out of our repertoire, which we try to do every 6 to 9 months. This allows us to highlight toys that will keep the kids more motivated to learn, explore and play in every stage of their development!
We have a fairly large basement which now functions a million times better for us, thanks to a few space planning tweaks and designated zones; a ‘chef’ nook complete with a pantry shelf for food storage, an activity table for drawing and tea parties, a dreamy camp-out tent and simple storage for books and select toys. We keep puzzles, blocks, art supplies and larger plastic toys neatly put away in a wardrobe the kids can access at any time.
A muted colour palette with some pops of light wood tones is what I envisioned for this space, so am really loving the overall bright yet warm vibe. I worked with most of the pieces we already had and simply added a few unique decor elements to create a more cohesive look. I love the gorgeous lemon, pear and rainbow art prints from Pretty in Print, they are the perfect addition to our little kitchen area! The fun lion head wall hanging brings so much texture to the room. And I just love how these beautiful rainbow wall decals totally transformed the room into an a dreamy space for my little ones! We’re ‘over the rainbow’ about it all…