We still have a lot of work to do on this house, but took a little breather the past few months. We’re starting up again in September with the gym and basement bath (see post here) and while we’re at it, may try to tackle some of the playroom. The space is awesome, and the kids love it down there, but we need to really flesh it out to make the best use of it. I’m keeping the wall to wall that is currently there, and it was painted a neutral when we moved in – so the shell is good, we just need to make it FUN. So here’s what I’m thinking for the space – a bold green sleeper sectional (so it can act as a guest space as well), built ins and some fun little touches to perk it up. Click items for links, other than those noted below.
Items not directly linked: art // playmat // grasscloth // paint: Ben Moore Wind’s Breath
Here is the stairs down to the playroom from the family room, which needs carpet BADLY.
Something like this (Landry & Arcari)
When you walk into the room you have this nice big bank of windows (the rear door goes out to the patio – so nice to have this be a walk out space). Also, if anyone wants this train table Henry never uses it and it’s huge – free if you can pick up!
Don’t mid my janky photos, I didn’t even pick up for you guys – ha! :) The back wall is pretty big but has this bump out at the bottom and we had to run our radon remediation system in the corner, so hoping to do very simple built ins to conceal the pipe and use up the vertical space for storage. Also we need to create a small desk space to the left where the treadmill is now (moving into the gym when we start that project in September). Andrew now works from home and needs a space that is down here as eventually we will lose the office we have now when we create the new master suite. Also, please feel free to ignore the elderly dog in a diaper.
A quick sketch of what I’m thinking. The lower part would be fixed panels and the new sectional would go right up against it with the chaise on the right hand side. I’d put the grasscloth behind the built ins and art.
A view from the doorway (that leads into the bath/hallway)…
This is such a great space currently chock full of crap. ;)
That closet is HUUUGE – you can’t see here that it goes WAY back to the left! It’s amazing to have for all the toys!
So that’s the plan! I hope to get this all done before winter but we’ll see…. with shipping and material delays, probably not, but maybe I’ll make a little headway.
Thank you for showing a “real” photo! It is nice to see that even designers with gorgeous homes need to have a closet stuffed full of excess toys :) Can’t wait to see how it all comes out, will be beautiful I am sure!
The storage cubes you have are great for displaying toys in Montessori style. I did this with my granddaughter’s toys and she is able to find what she wants and to clean up afterwards.
Gorgeous! Most sophisticated playroom I’ve ever seen. And you’re right – how nice would it be to walk out to terrace….
What an amazing space and it has windows and doors to outside- such a unique bonus. Love your choices. My guess is this area will be a favorite spot.
Love your plan but am wondering have you had luck with West Elm sectionals? I have had two and they were/are both awful. West Elm finally took back the first one after Apartment Therapy readers all had the same problem. The one they replaced it with is worse. The pillows are made out of the cheap stuffing that I used as a kid for craft projects. It is so uncomfortable and the covers do not stay in place so the seems do not sit where they should. It is in our playroom so I do not have to sit on it but I would never buy furniture from West Elm again.
Agree that the quality of West Elm has seriously fallen! And Pottery Barn sectionals too are garbage at holding up. We got a PB Cameron sectional less than 2 years ago and it is the WORST. Lucky that they replaced yours- I tried but had no luck with their customer service. They do not warranty their custom furniture. Once we are through the toddler years, we’ll be replacing ASAP. Never ever again.
agree pottery barn and related are garbage.
Did you already offload the train table? If not, what are the dimensions
LOVE the stair carpet! What a great, big space. Wow. And hello to the sweet pie “elderly dog in a diaper”!
I am compelled to comment that your pillow choices made me audibly gasp. So. Good. No. Words. I have a borderline unhealthy relationship with pillows and rugs, and you fed my pathology today. :-)
I have that cloud painting paired with the one of the roof tops and love them!
I need to do similar built in storage/bookcases. Do you have a contractor you work with/recommend?
I love that carpet for the stairs! I’m looking for a stair runner and am worried about children and grandparents missing a step. Do you have any thoughts about whether vertical stripes (perpendicular to the tread) are easier to read visually than a horizontal pattern (parallel to the tread)?