Friday, March 29, 2013

decorating: under-the-stairs playroom

i was at a friend's house consulting her on what to do with her extra bedroom and as she was showing me around her house she told me that her neighbors made a playroom under the stairs.
 at first, i thought that was kinda weird....
but a couple days passed and as i was organizing the kids toys in our closet under the stairs, it hit me. 
why not make our closet that is under the stairs into a playroom? 
we used the closet for most of the kid's things anyways, so why not make it official?
so we did.
 i decided to paint the inside of the playroom the same color as the foyer to keep some consistency between the spaces
i also used some of the same accent colors such as mustard yellow and black
i used chalkboard paint on the one wall so the kids could draw 
and so i could write some friendly reminders!
i added three long coat hooks into the room as well so the kids would have a place for all their jackets!
our small hall closet was BLOWING up and we could barely fit guest's coats in there
i hung up lines of string using yarn and some eye hooks to hang the kid's artwork up with clothes pins.
kyler always asks where his __ (fill in the blank)___ art project is and most of the time i ended up throwing it away. 
now the kids have some space for their projects to be on display before we rotate them out.
 this makes the space more personal and helps with my need for visually clean living space.
i used a tension rod to hang up a curtain panel on the inside of the door frame to bring in our accent color and help me feel less guilty about shoving the kids in a closet
{ apparently harry potter was in the same situation and even though things turned out alright for him, as a mother i can't live with that kind of guilt } 
 overall, the playroom is a great use of space! since we don't have a TV in the living room having the playroom allows the kids to watch a movie on a laptop while mom and dad are having adult time in the living room.
 i added plenty of shelves into the area since it was otherwise useless space because of the low and awkward ceiling height.
i also made sure to add some blankets and extra pillows in there as well for cuddling and playing on the floor.
Aspen and Esme' playing with ABC rocks
the playroom is also great storage space for all the toys that the kids don't play with on a daily basis. 
this lets them discover toys they forgot they had so it seems new and exciting- especially important for all those rainy winter days.
once the room was complete, i noticed that i was more excited than the kids... but hey, i'm still a kid at heart!






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