Would you like to check out our playroom?
Well, come on in!
The weather here has been consistently windy, rainy, and crappy for most of this week, so we have been enjoying using our room that is dedicated entirely to having fun in, full of all our toys and books alot lately. So I thought it was a good time to take you on a tour!
It's sometimes very tidy..or sometimes completely trashed and turned totally inside out and upside down. It's a good size room and has alot going on in there (I struggle to keep any room 'minimal' and stark in style!) but I think we do pretty well to manage all the 'stuff' in a fairly organised way and I am mindful to try and keep areas free for playing without too much piling up in an out of control way. Everything (sorta) has it's place!
We do drawing and arty stuff in other areas of the house, and all our Lego is set up on the 'big' table in the living room. It's great to be able to break our day up with time spent in here and things can be left just as they are with no need to pack things up.
How about we start in the kitchen... this is the play kitchen I made a few months back and blogged about it's construction. I am so glad I went to the trouble of making it, 'cos it's such a cool feature of our playroom and gets lots of play. Although I have to admit just the other day the oven door got broken so is now hanging on by one hinge, plus I still have to glue back on an oven knob - so repair work is needed! But that is a good indication of the amount it gets used I guess! It also has plenty of little hidey spots to store other things, so for the amount of room it takes up, it's a bit of a multitasker.
Our little retro Fisher Price radio sits by the sink and we like to crank it up when some cooking fun begins...(it plays 'The Farmer In The Dell')
Here is Billie getting busy whipping up something delicious...
Located on the other side of the play kitchen is Billie's little dolly and baby corner. Not shown is her dolly stroller that gets a heavy workout all over the house and the little green swinging dolls bed I madeover which I had to kick out of the way while trying to take all these photos and it never got in any of them! Once again alot of this stuff is from the op shop including the little dolls house ($3 which included some furniture and people and it even has a flashing ding dong sounding doorbell light!) and the wicker dolls bed, plus basket, the Barbies, Minnie Mouse, some of the other dolls too...all from the op shop. It's amazing what you can find if you go often enough!
In this corner we have all our books (and it's rarely this tidy looking!). Well actually, this is not all of them.....there is a basket full kept out in the living room, plus a pile in the bedroom. We like books alot! Billie loves plonking into the Spiderman chair and reading to her puppy (or dolly) a story. Hanging on the wall is a baby quilt I made for Bon before he was born. I spent hours doing alot of embroidery by hand on that thing! Also on the wall is a section of vintage Snoopy bedsheets hung inside a frame that were mine as I kid.
Next to the book corner is our dress ups.....a large mirror leans against the wall with a hook rack displaying assorted headwear, etc, right by it, and a storage basket from Ikea full of more hats, accessories and weapons, plus other handy dress up stuff. There is a little round hat box on the floor full of 'treasure' - a tonne of beads from our visit to the mardis gras parades in Alabama earlier in the year. The kids love the treasure box! It gets used for all sorts of stuff. The majority of our dress ups have been found at the op shop for super dooper cheap!
....aaaarrr! me treasure!....
Adjacent to the dress up area is this corner where we have a blackboard, some cool playsets (picked up super cheap from either the op shop or local garage sales) a wall with a whole heap of big maps, a little red table from Ikea with two little yellow chairs (I found those for free on the side of the road!) that is a handy place to sit and do some activites at(currently it has a little box of wooden blocks and Buzz Lightyear on it)...under what was once our coffee table is some storage boxes with yet more stuff...
Here is another angle...
Here is a pretty busy wall. Lotsa red storage boxes. The boxes are from Ikea...super cheap ($2.50 each I think?) and they fit perfectly into some existing old pieces of furniture we have had for years to make a great place to store heaps of assorted stuff...some are labelled (using a cut out found image relating to what the box contains stuck on with clear adhesive paper), some aren't labelled...we sorta stick to themes so we have a fairly good idea of where to find important things!
Hanging above on the wall and across the room are lines of string holding up a whole heap of various artistic endeavours, even leftover party decorations as I find it hard to throw anything out!
...and here's what it looks like when those boxes get yanked off and tipped out and it's action time...yep, this is what it's about....fun fun fun!
So there you have it!
Hope you enjoyed checking out our playroom!