We started dreaming up Guinevere’s playroom in November. We got a head start around Christmas. And I’m embarrassed to say that now, on July 24th, I’m doing a post reveal. Thats not to say she hasn’t been using it – because she has, every day. The first thing she asks each morning is to go in her playroom, and the first thing she does when we walk in the door from picking her up at daycare. It makes me SO HAPPY that we decided to sell all of our dining room furniture and make her a little space all of her own.
Its open from the front door (which you can see from some of the pictures) and has another open entrance to the kitchen/garage. I can see her from the kitchen while I cook dinner, and I love how it looks when you walk into my home. This space is exactly as I imagined.
Ironically, when I took these pictures, I thought it was “done” – its not. I just started two more art projects for this room that I hope to share next week. But in the mean time – I’m “mostly done” done.
Tyler installed the crown molding, extra high baseboards (how GORGEOUS are those?!) and framed in the window. The white wooden plantation shutters were installed last year, and are one of our best investments in the home yet – I love how luxe they look. He also built the bookshelves under the turtle shell.
The little table and chairs (a fourth is upstairs in her bedroom) are from Ikea. Mr Cheetah and Mr Bulldog sit waiting for tea parties at all times. They are also easily tossed aside when friends come over to play 😉
Since Guinevere comes home from daycare with new art work every day, I liked the idea of a little spot to hang her latest masterpiece. I found this wooden cutout frame at Michaels and painted it. Washi tape is perfect for adding the drawings.
I debated long and hard about art work for this wall, and realized I had the best – free – artwork readily available at my fingertips. So all of the cute pieces she brings home will just be added up here!
The green frames are Ikea – I used a staple gun on the back to make three rows, and printed some Instagram pictures out to hang. The ADORABLE clothespins are from Michaels. I’m not loving the paint job of the green (its already chipping) so these will probably change in the near future. But its SO CUTE to hear Guinevere go up and point out her cousins and other members of the family.
The “PLAY” plaque was also a Michaels find – I painted the letters on.
On top of her kitchen is a play beauty set, her coloring supplies, and paper towels. Which surprisingly get a ton of use in here. I plan to paint or cover the brown art supply display.
Next to the kitchen are two little hooks (Ikea) to hold necklaces and her purse.
Above the armchair in the corner (Ikea) we hung an old Pottery Barn birdcage. Lacking any stuffed birds, we added a fox.
The side table used to be in Guinevere’s nursery, but was moved out when she switched to a big girl bed. For us, “toddler proofing” meant removing anything that could be climbed on or knocked over. So it came downstairs. The owl lamp seemed perfect against the birch forest wall.
The statement wall is my favorite part of this room. Our Aunt Carol painted it (she has a local company, and is who painted our powder room and Guinevere’ s nursery – if you’re ever looking for faux paint, contact me and I will give you her information!) We added the 3D butterflies for some extra dimension. They aren’t very noticeable but when you do see them – I think they’re lovely. I keep debating painting them..
The cushions were made by my mother and godmother. We originally considered a couch in here, but wanted more floor space. But after a few play dates, I knew more seating was necessary. I love that these custom fit the storage drawers, and that they can easily be tossed on the floor for movie nights, or stacked up so that the tops of the drawers can be used for cars or castles or whatever else little minds dream up.
This is a happy room. A room of love, created in love, and where all you feel is love when you spend time in here. Best decision we ever made.
And the people aren’t the only ones that love coming in here 😉
Ladybug floor pillow: Ikea
Bird cage: Old, Pottery Barn
Green frames: Ikea, painted
Purple scroll frame: Michaels, painted
Red dog hooks: Ikea
Ceiling light fixture: ZGallerie
Wall-hung tortoise shell: Target
Wall stencil: Cutting Edge Stencils
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