A few months after Olivia was born I realized that unless I wanted toys constantly strewn about the house, we were going to need a playroom. Luckily, Matt agreed that turning our hardly ever used "work-out room" into a playroom would be a good idea. It's been a very slow process getting this room together, but it's finally finished and I'm so happy to have a place to put her toys. Even if it hardly (okay, never) looks quite this clean. If you've been following my blog for a while, you might remember the Playroom inspiration board I put together about a year ago. While I didn't end up using anything from that original board, the overall look and color scheme are fairly similar.
The first thing I bought for this room were the Zigzag Curtains from West Elm. Next I knew we needed some storage. A lot of storage! I was inspired by some of the Pottery Barn storage units but they were way too expensive for my budget. I decided on the Borgsjo Bookshelf from Ikea and put three of them together to create one big wall-to-wall storage unit. You can choose to add doors (it's nice to have some storage you can close off) which I did on two of the units. Then I simply added boxes and baskets for organizing toys. I wanted a pop of color and I'm really into lime green right now, so I painted the back of the bookshelves with a satin finish Berh paint from Home Depot. The whole thing was about a third of the cost of one of the Pottery Barn units.
The red locker from Ikea is a fun addition to the room. They have it marked as a TV media cabinet but I think it's the perfect storage item for a playroom or kids bedroom. The Ekby Karl curved serpentine wall shelf (also from Ikea) gives me a great place to display Olivia's favorite books. I was searching for a contemporary kids table and I ended up going with the Perch table from Room & Board. Since I'm not a "matchy matchy" girl when it comes to putting furniture together, I didn't care that the table didn't come with a set of chairs. The walnut rocking chair in there was mine when I was little, so it's more sentimental than anything else. I found the vintage school chair on a recent shopping trip for antiques. It was already painted yellow and I fell in love with it right away. I finished the room off with a small bold striped area rug from Land of Nod. It helps tie in the lime green color on the back of the shelves and it creates a nice space in the center of the room for the table and chairs.
Now that we have baby number two on the way I'm even more convinced that we made the right decision turning this room into a playroom. And now that it's finished I feel like I can finally start working on my next decorating project. A nursery for our baby boy!
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