Our Amazing Playroom

Apr 20

Welcome to our playroom…

Wouldn’t any child love to play in a room like this….for hours on end, all day, every day?

I would and I do!

We are grateful to have the space in this home for such a fun and imagination-inspiring playroom…and all of their friends. The built-in playhouses are so much fun – for kids…and adults too.

There is a girly pink cottage…complete with windows and wooden shutters. Inside our daughter has her toddler toys and lots of play food. The kids love to play grocery store in this house, so we have a pretend cash register and shopping carts too….

The table in front of the cottage is a Thomas Train Table that I transformed into a doll house table. My daughter received a Calico Critters doll house for Christmas and needed a space for the doll house / various pieces. Since the boys weren’t playing trains very often, it became a doll house table for very little money. You can read more about that transformation here

 

 

On the boys side is a fun cabin…

There is a hook to the right of the door where the boys can hang their cowboy hats after a long day out on the range. Inside the cabin they keep loads of cars, trucks, planes and whatever their current favorites happen to be…

Between the playhouses is a table with colorful chairs where the kids play games, color or eat snacks…

I brought in the outdoor slide during the winter…

There’s an easel that is currently set up as a spelling board…

I found the magnetic white board at michael’s for $15. Works well sitting inside the melissa & doug easel tray so the kids can create words with letters or play with their word whammer.

On the opposite end of the playroom is a play table for the boys, an indoor basketball hoop (that extends to 6 feet in height), a drum set, stuffed animals and balls. There is also a comfy place for mom to sit while the tornado of activity goes on around us. 🙂

That dark room on the end is the kids tv room

You can also see in the above photo how many odd angles there are in this space. This space really shouldn’t have been a space to live in at all. It’s technically an attic. The living space is all on one level, and this is the only space on the 2nd level of the house. The far end of the playroom shown above is above our garage and that is why there is very little natural light/windows. The closets and attic also have odd angles.

If you plan well, you can turn an odd-shaped space into something incredibly fun!

There is a lego area tucked away in a corner…

I chatter about lego organization here.

The door to the left of the lego table is a game and dress-up closet, which can be found here.

Here is the view of the playroom from the kids tv room…

Of everything in the playroom, I have to admit what I love the most is the amount of open floor space. Open space is just as important as the items you choose for a playroom. I love that the kids can run and go crazy, especially when the weather doesn’t allow for running outdoors. I also realize the square footage of our playroom is more than most homes, and we are so grateful to have this space – but in any space you build out for playing, keep in mind that open space is an important factor. My kids spend more time in the open space than they do in the playhouses. 🙂 It’s true!

There is a bathroom up here as well as one additional storage closet, which I’ll be re-organizing soon. And because I hope you understand my playroom hardly ever looks as tidy and clean as the above photos, I thought you would enjoy seeing this…

How this space usually looks on any given day. And is just one of many photos I have on record to show exactly how much this playroom is loved.

🙂 And it really is loved.

We spend a lot of time here and have created many memories. The contents change with the age and seasons.

 

comments +

  1. This is seriously the best real life playroom I have ever seen. Ever. I want to come and play and have a sleepover!!

    xoxo,
    Jen

    • hey there! just figured out how to reply to my readers comments. 🙂

      thank you so much for the sweet comment about our playroom! we love the space too and have loads of kids over at our house all the time. it's a really fun place to play, which is why we created it – all with the kids in mind.

      thank you again!

      samantha

  2. Staci says:

    Love this playroom! The playhouses are awesome! I just organized my sons legos and this is what I came up with… I am so loving it!

    http://smeiers.blogspot.com/2011/10/lego-solution.html

  3. What a lovely playroom! We have that Block Sorter Box and just so you know, it's only useful up to a certain amount of Lego. Once you have a TON, you've greatly outgrown it. 🙂

  4. Heather says:

    wow!!! love the playhouses – very cool!!

  5. Amy says:

    I just featured your playroom today! Please come over and grab a FEATURED button! Thanks for linking up!
    Amy@homehappyhome.blogspot.com

  6. Hayden says:

    WOW! Love love love this amazing playroom!! I have to ask-did you have a contractor build the little playhouse/cabin or did you build that yourself? Was it easy? Expensive?

  7. I am so glad i found your blog, I especially love the weekly shopping posts that you post how much you saved!!!

    i love your blog!!!
    I am so glad I found it!

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  8. Hi I just found your blog on blog hop and I'm loving it! 🙂 This playroom is amazing. How fun! I love the playhouses, those are so cute!

    • Hi Allie! Thank you so much for coming by from the blog hop. I'm making my way around too. Thank you so much for the sweet comment too! Appreciate that so much! We do love our playroom – maybe even more than the kids 🙂

      Best,
      Samantha 🙂

  9. Shannon says:

    I just stopped over from the blog hop, and I am dying over this!! This is my DREAM playroom. Someday….you did a fabulous job!! I am a new follower, I hope you can stop by my blog.

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

    • hi shannon!

      thank you so much for stopping by from the blog hop – i will definitely be coming your way very soon!

      thank you also for the sweet comment about our playroom. we do love it up there – maybe more than the kids 🙂

      thank you again!!
      samantha

  10. Stephanie says:

    What an AMAZING space! I love this!

    New follower from the blog hop 🙂

    Stephanie
    http://www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

  11. So pretty! I love the two play houses. It's amazing!! You did a great job!

  12. wow! i would've died for this room as a kid! following from the blog hop! can't wait to catch up on your posts 🙂

    • hi!

      awe, thank you! i know – my husband and i remind our kids of that all the time. we never had a space like this – it was the great outdoors and our imagination! 🙂 thank you so much for stopping by from the blog hop. i am making my way through the links too and will be over to your blog to check it out.

      thank you so much!
      samantha

  13. Wow, So.Much.Fun! Totally jealous!!! I'm sure they have a blast in there!!

    • hi eva,

      thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! i know – super fun playroom and we love it! we definitely don't take the space for granted. don't be jealous – come over and play!

      thanks again,
      samantha

  14. Cooool!! That's so amazing! Great Job!

  15. Oh my goodness!!! I can only hope to have a playroom like this for my kids when I become a mom. I want this room for me! I can only imagine how my kids will feel! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

  16. Angela says:

    So cool! My kids would LOVE to come over and play!!! LOL

  17. Leslie says:

    Hi there! I came over through the blog hop and could definitely use more organization in my life. This playroom is amazing…and I thought we had a relatively large playroom! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Pamela says:

    Samantha what a huge space that is! We have a game room but it is not that large. I love how you built the castle and fort! My boys would LOVE that! Thanx for coming and sharing at THT! Hope your week is going well!

    • hi pamela! thank you for coming by again! 🙂

      yes, it is a large spread out space…that was really an attic space to begin with. it's been so fun having this space for the kids…and us :-).

      thank you so much again for coming by and leaving a comment!
      samantha

    • Patricia says:

      Hi Samantha,

      This play room is unbelievable! LOVE the play house! My girls would love that. Did you hire a contractor do build it? Is was really pricey?

      Patricia Kuba
      hhtp://kubafamily.blogspot.com

    • hi patricia!

      thank you so much for the sweet comments! when the house was built, our builder built it out. the houses are real walls in the house – just like every other wall. 🙂 a professional painter did the playhouse painting.

      so glad you like it and wish your girls could play in the houses! they are fun!

      samantha 🙂

  19. Kia says:

    Bouncing over here from Thrifty Decor Chick's Inspiring Kid Spaces (http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/06/inspiring-kid-spaces.html)

    This really is a most awesome Kid's Space and even my hubby had to come over and take a look and has fallen in love with it too.

  20. Samantha, this is a great playroom area! I'd be thrilled to have this as a kid! I bet your kiddos are enjoying the space so much!
    Love, Olga
    P.S. your newest follower!

    • hi olga!

      thank you so much for stopping by and now following me over here on the blog! i appreciate it very much!

      yes, our kids really enjoy the space up there – we do too!

      thank you again,
      samantha 🙂

  21. Oh my word.

    Wow. Just wow.

    We live in Chicago, so space is tight. This post is a lovely daydream for me.

    🙂 Sharing @ Pinterest…
    N

  22. My kids would love that space. Great job and thanks for linking up!!

  23. […] have been a topic of organization discussion in here before (here and here). i know Santa and several family members plan to send Lego sets this way for […]

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