All About Playrooms: 2 Rooms and 2 Styles

Today, we are talking about playrooms! I didn’t have a dedicated playroom growing up (did any of us?!) but they have become more common in today’s households and to be honest, we love having one. I need everything to have a “space” to go and her playroom is a space in our house specifically for her toys. Of course, we do have a large wicker basket in our living room for toy storage for her to play if we are downstairs, but this playroom definitely serves its purpose. My aunt Brooke has an adorable playroom for her two girls and I asked her if I could include it in this post to show two different styles. We live just 2 blocks away from each other and our girls are the best of friends.

My daughter is 3 and loves all things girly. She loves pink, dress-up, Barbie’s and her babies. However, she also loves wrestling (yes, wrestling. She and her Daddy wrestle all the time)! I wanted her playroom to reflect her favorite things and be light and bright. This is a large room that we chose to add sliding doors to in place of a traditional door so that we are able to see her when we are in the upstairs living room. I’ve mentioned before in this post, that as she gets older, we will probably close it up to a single door and turn this into her bedroom because of the size and huge closet.

black sliding doors

toddler playroom

We had the builder install some shiplap around the room to give it some texture and personality. I still want to order a pretty roman shade for her window, but it has to be custom due to the size and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. The color on her walls is Sherwin Williams Alabaster and for her closet door, I used Sherwin Williams Charming Pink. I just love white walls and an unexpected pop of color on a door. So, I made sure to use lots of pink in the decor since it’s her favorite color. She told me my favorite color is blue, just in case you’re wondering. I told her it changes all the time and she firmly reminded me that it is, in fact, blue. All the time. 🙂

princess dresses

pink door

Animal Heads

The light fixture is from Pottery Barn and I love the brushed brass and how simple it is. Because of her angled walls, I wanted a hanging light instead of a semi-flush mount to draw the eye more to the center of the room. I plan to update the table and chairs (from Land of Nod, now called Crate & Barrel Kids) with a bigger table and chairs since she is outgrowing this setup. 🙁

play kitchen

Kids Condiment Set

play kitchen PBK

The bed is a vintage antique my mother-in-law gave me and I thought it would be perfect in the playroom. My daughter doesn’t sleep in here, but some of her cousins do when family comes in town. She also likes to read books in this little alcove and it’s just a cozy soft spot to play or relax. The white shag rug came from Home Goods. The “wallpaper” is peel and stick decals so that I don’t damage my walls and can just peel them off if I get bored with it. Luckily, she is not aware that is a possibility and completely ignores them. The mint green clock is from Ikea and the white vintage dresser was a Craigslist find that I gave a makeover.

bed nook

Wheely Mouse

bed nook playroom

bed in playroom

Polka Dot Wall Decals

Her gray bookcase, teepee, personalized chair, bedding, and kitchen are all from Pottery Barn Kids and the pink shag rug in the teepee is from TJ Maxx. She loves her Barbie houses and it’s funny that she will only play with Hello Babie Dream House if someone is in the room with her because it talks and that freaks her out.

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Barbie Dreamhouse  &  Hello Barbie Dreamhouse

Brooke’s Playroom

Brooke’s family also recently moved into a new house and they have a huge walkout basement. She decided to use the space to the walkout as the playroom for her two daughters, aged 4 and 8. It’s perfect because it is adjoining to the living space with a massive projector screen that is usually playing a Disney movie. #jealous

black chalk walls

Farmer’s Market Pop Up Shop (similar)

Brooke painted the walls with black chalkboard paint so her girls could draw on it. With the conveniently located french doors, they can easily go outside to play on their playset too. The kids’ drawings on the walls are ever-changing artwork. I love that she added a cute, rustic PLAY sign from letters sold at Hobby Lobby. The adorable pop up “shops” she has are a huge hit with the kids. The French cafe is from Crate & Barrel Kids and the sweet shop and farmers market are from Target. The media console table with drawers is from Ikea and works great for storing coloring books/crayons.

tent in playroom

tepee playroom

Pop Up Shop (similar)

Well, there you have it! Two playrooms, two different looks. As our kids get older, these rooms will evolve as well, but it’s great to have a dedicated playspace for your kid’s toys. Thank you to Brooke for letting me show pictures of her playroom and beautiful girls!

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