Playroom Inspiration

Now that Kara is a bona fide toddler-wha?!? when the heck did that happen?-I am starting to really think about having the girls share a room and turning the extra room into a playroom/office. Yes, we only have three bedrooms, but the way I see it is one less room to clean! So screw you big houses! Er, sorry, back to the topic at hand. I've been saving tons of images lately for inspiration and wanted to share a few.


Love with a capital L this room. So feminine and pretty. The wall color I think is amazing. Kara's room right now is a very light lavender (click here for pics) and it has become my favorite room in the house. I never would have called myself a purple person, but the shades I am seeing now are just so tempting. The Expedit bookcase in this room is my main source of inspiration. I have definitely decided on using one in the playroom, and this pic sealed the deal. I plan on using baskets in every opening as well.

This pic from Tree fall, via Cardinal Acre is just so cute I can't stand it. Her girls are about the same ages as mine, and she recently combined their rooms. This is a little arts and crafts area she set up for them using two Lack side tables put together and covered in oilcloth. Perfect idea. She also used hanging kitchen organizers also from Ikea to organize the crayons, markers, etc. Yet another perfect idea. Can I just say though, that in my house the reality of this scenario would be a little something like this: Both girls sit down to color. Grab camera and snap a quick pic like the one above. Two seconds later Kara grabs Natalie's marker and throws it across the room. That freaks Natalie's freak and she starts screaming at Kara for stealing her marker. Kara grabs a chunk full of Natalie's hair and pulls so hard she rips out a few strands. I run over, break up the fight, and separate both of them, thus ending peaceful, cute coloring together time. The end.

More inspirations to come...

Have a great weekend!


  1. we only have 3 rooms too, so the toy room is in the basement. not ideal since the kids hate to be down there by themselves! and i just hate to be down there period! ha!

    Glad to know my kids are the only ones that bicker and fight like crazy these days! :)

  2. Ooh that will look so cute! Love the idea of the shelves (maybe only keeping soft stuff in the baskets that are at pull-down level?) And what a great repurposing of the IKEA organizers.

    Uh oh, better not tell me any more about bickering kids before I have my own and it's too late!

  3. Okay, I want/need that rug in the first picture! Those colors are a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

  4. the expedit bookcase from Ikea is so awesome, I have been coveting that too!!!! Have fun doing your playroom, it's something I have always wanted to put together as well. Love that purple color...gorgeous.