Friday, July 9, 2010

B & Miles' Play Area

I've always loved the idea of play rooms that are centrally located in a house. It creates a sense of togetherness, while maintaining boundaries between the kid space and adult space.

The only trouble with centrally located playrooms is that you have to look at them all day. So I wanted something that would be fun for the adults too.

Our play area makes use of an otherwise dead space behind the stairs in our 1980s split-level home. It's adjacent to the kitchen and "grown-up" seating area in our family room, but also tucked out of sight from the main living spaces upstairs.

We defined the space as separate from the rest of the family room with carpet tiles from Flor and some fabric bunting that I made. The table is an activity table we had from Pottery Barn Kids (it's actually a chalk board surface, and it has drawers for stashing puzzles and toys). The toy bins/cabinet are from IKEA, and the art easel was a gift from Grandma (not sure who makes it). But the biggest "indulgence" in the whole space is the 6-inch felt play cake that I got from an artist on Etsy. It looks so delicious, and B has used it to throw birthday parties for her dolls every day this week. At $28, it was more than I spent building the play kitchen, but worth every penny.

I love that the kids can entertain themselves down there while I'm preparing dinner....I can hear them, but they're not underfoot.


  1. What a wonderful, welcoming, creative space for Miles and Bronwynn's imaginations to run wild!

  2. Found you via Ohdeedoh :)
    I have been searching & searching for something similar to your cabinet beside the play kitchen .. any tips?!
    Love the whole space, it looks fantastic!

  3. @emma: Thanks! If you mean the cabinet with the green and white bins, it's from IKEA and it's called Trofast. It was around $70. If you mean the white-front cabinet (the play fridge), that was something I stumbled across at a flea market. I painted the front white and traded out the knobs so that it would look more like a fridge.

    I know Ikea (and maybe Target too) has nighstands that are a bit taller with door fronts that might also work well.

    Good luck!

  4. correction: The IKEA Trofast cost $40....

  5. Thanks Gina!
    It was the play fridge I meant - it looks great! I found your other posts on it & the kitchen too.
    Hoping I run into a similarly perfect piece soon :)

  6. re: the trofast..
    Really? I live in Australia, and the frame alone starts at $149 for the trofast!

  7. What a lovely space. Glad to have found your blog through ohdeedoh. We too have thrown out the parenting's liberating.

  8. Well, I painted the front white and traded out the knobs so that it would look more like a fridge. thanx for all this.

  9. Very Informative Article. Thanks for the great share.

  10. Wow! This is Superb! The pictures are wonderful! Nice post!

  11. oh so cute! I love the toaster and wooden butter, may I ask where you found them? thanks!!


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