Sunday, January 22, 2012
AKA the post in which I show you how we turned a formal living room into a playroom.
Our new house was built in the 1970s, so of course, we have a smaller, cozier family room AND a formal living room. When we first looked at the house, then bought it and moved in, we figured the living room would be kept quite empty for a while. Buying furniture for a room that we didn't plan to spend much time in was pretty low on the list of priorities when it came to spending our money.
At first, the room was an "overflow" room. And when we were ripping down drywall and the family room was under construction, we had all of our family room furniture in the living room. It was a mess. But once we had things under control, we moved everything into its rightful place and the living room was left with... a toybox. So it became a makeshift playroom for Nora.
Over time, we began to embrace the idea of a first floor playroom. And finally, we decided that if we were going to make it a playroom, we should put the effort into "decorating" it as such. We started collecting pieces for the
formal living room playroom, and now, we are finally done.
The color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. We actually chose it (and painted it on the walls!) before we even really knew what we were going to do with the room. Looking back, that probably wasn't the right approach, but I think it turned out to be the perfect color. I love it. It's a lovely blue-gray color and really makes this room light and airy.
Toy box is by my dad. :)
I know this type of thing probably isn't everyone's cup of tea. Like I said, this is one of the first things people see as they come into the front door of our house! A lot of people would prefer to have playrooms that can be hidden behind closed doors, and toys that can be tucked away. But for us, it was about creating something functional. Instead of furnishing and decorating a room that would be rarely used, we went with something that is utilized on a daily basis.
In this room, Nora can play with all of her toys just a few steps away from us while we're making dinner. When we have company over (almost all of whom have children of their own), our kids can play together in the next room while we enjoy some adult conversation. We envision that this room will get a lot of use during our years with young kids. At some point, when they're a little older, we'll move the playing into the finished part of our basement, and this room will transform into something else. Until then, our little girl enjoys it every day. See?