This week on my home tour series is Molly’s playroom! Or I guess I can’t really call it a room because it’s really just a nook at the bottom of our staircase. It doesn’t have doors or anything. I’m so excited about the space because when we moved into this house, I didn’t think Molly was going to get a designated play area. We have five bedrooms in our house – our master bedroom, Molly’s room, Riley’s room, a guest room and the fifth one I use as my office. So because each bedroom serves a very important purpose, I was bummed that there wouldn’t be a space just for Molly’s toys. Which basically meant that her toys were just gonna be all over the house. And for those of you that know my husband, that would drive him absolutely nuts! He is the biggest neat freak I know. He’s the type of person that as Molly is eating in her highchair, he will be wiping her tray as she’s eating throughout the meal. That’s just how he is and I love him for it.
Anyway, as you can see we have this random nook at the bottom of our staircase. When we moved into the house, I had absolutely no idea what we were going to do with the space. I thought maybe we could put a chair and side table in there and it would be a little reading nook. But let’s face it, as a mom to two young children, I’m not getting much reading done these days. The space basically would’ve been completely wasted if we had done that.
This is where Veronica came in to save the day! For those of you who haven’t read my past home tour blogs, you may not know my designer Veronica Valencia. So let me just quickly say that she designed almost every room in our house and she is an absolute rockstar! She’s the one that suggested that this space at the bottom of the stairs be a play area for Molly and I am so grateful that she thought of that!
It’s perfect because it’s right off the kitchen and family room so Molly can go play in there while I’m making dinner or doing whatever around the house. If we had put her play room/area in my office (which is the only first floor bedroom) she would be completely cut off from the rest the house when she wanted to play. Which also would’ve meant that I would have to sit in the downstairs bedroom with her all day while she’s playing instead of getting things done around the house. What parent has time for that all day everyday? And as any parent knows, the absolute best time to get things done around your house (besides naps) is when your child is quietly playing by themselves. So if any of you have a random space like this in your house that you’re having a hard time figuring out what to do with, I highly suggest using it as a play area if you have kids!
Let me also say right off the bat that Molly’s play area does not look this clean EVER! Ha! You should know that we cleaned it up and staged it to take these pictures. There are way more toys all over the place 99% of the time. We do try to pick it up, especially when we’re having guests come over. And having a good toybox for that is essential. Plus we now have some canvas baskets in there that we use to put her toys in as well as a storage ottoman to keep some of the toys hidden away.
Also just an FYI, we plan on taking this lamp out of her play area and putting it somewhere else in the house. We didn’t realize how much it was when we got it. It’s a gorgeous lamp and it’s going to be beautiful somewhere else in our house. But at it’s higher price point, it’s not the best piece to put in a kid’s play area. Ha! You live and your learn 😉
My absolute favorite piece of furniture in her play area has to be her little white table and chairs. She loves sitting at this table and having a tea party with her stuffed animals or reading all of her books. You guys know that Molly is a huge reader and this table is almost always covered with all the different books she’s reading. We also plan to have her start eating her dinner at this table. She’s still in her highchair and we’re going to keep her in there for a little while longer, but we think it’s important that she transition to a big girl table soon. She’s really good and well behaved (for the most part) when eating at a table when we go out to restaurants, but at home we have kept her in a highchair because it just keeps the messes in one place. But this table will be perfect for her to start eating at very soon. Plus the rug we put underneath it is washable. It’s from Lorena Canals and you can literally throw it in the washing machine which is going to be essential when she starts eating here. Food will get all over the floor and all over this rug.
She loves playing in her little white kitchen as well. We got it from Wayfair and I was actually pretty surprised to see all the kids stuff they have on their website. I just didn’t know they had a huge children section. But I highly recommend you check them out if you’re looking to furnish spaces for your kiddos. Daddy does all the dishes in our house so when she’s at the sink she always says “daddy do it” – which I find super cute. This kitchenette also has a vintage feel to it which I really love. However, I will say that it’s more of an off-white color then a pure white. Which is fine. I just want to let you guys know in case you want to get one.
We put a faux fiddle leaf tree in the space in a small basket. Molly has the same tree in her bedroom so Veronica and I added it to this area too because she not only loves it, but it helps make the space feel a little bit nicer which is important to us since it’s open to the rest of our house. We obviously wanted the space to be a play room where Molly can be creative and make a mess, but we also wanted it to have some sophisticated touches since you can see it no matter where you are on the main floor of the house. Adding greenery helps. Like the faux fiddle leaf tree and a copper pitcher on top of the kitchenette with greenery in it.
And that’s really it. We added some pillows to the floor for her to sit on when she’s reading and filled the space with her favorite stuffed animals. As you can see she really likes pink bunnies. And the art above her kitchenette is by my dad. He painted it and I love that it’s displayed in an area that Molly can see every day. He sells his beautiful artwork HERE. And since this is Molly’s space, her picture is proudly displayed above her toy box. Once Riley is a little older we’ll have to add his photo here too since it will be his space as well. By the way, she’s wearing her elephant Halloween costume in that picture and I saved it so Riley can wear it this year. I can’t wait to see him in it and get this exact same picture of him! Maybe I’ll hang the picture of him wearing it right next to her picture.
Oh and the clock in our stairwell above her play area is by West Warren clocks. It’s a replica of the one that’s in Chip and Joanna Gaines house. We love it, so I’m linking it here since it’s in these photos.
Ok that’s all I have for the play area. What do you guys think? Do you have a play area in your house? Where is it? What would you use this space for?