As a mom of twin toddlers, a designated playroom is something I am thankful for every single day as we spend so much time in here. Since it is one of the first rooms you see when walking in the door, I wanted to coordinate it with the rest of our home. I used a soft neutral palette when creating this room since all of their toys are so bright. This room obviously doesn’t always look this clean and put together when they are playing in it (quite the opposite), but since everything has a place, they are pretty good about cleaning it back up at the end of the day which has been wonderful to this organizational control freak mama. I originally had one of the popular plastic play kitchens in here; however, my twins never played with. I’ve definitely learned that they, like most kids, prefer more realistic toys like mommy and daddy use, so I bought Ikea’s kitchen and made it over in to our own custom kitchen. This was such a fun (and easy!) project; you can see the DIY plans I created for it HERE. I originally had a teepee in this room, but they just take up so much space for what they are. I switched it out for this canopy and like it so much better! It doesn’t take up much room, and my little ones love reading and playing in it. It comes in every color you can imagine! So many people recommended a magnetic board in our playroom, and I’m so glad I took their advice because my twins love it! It’s been such a great way to work on letters, colors, shapes, and animals with all the various magnets you can buy! I knew I wanted a really large board for them to use together, so I made my own which is also a chalkboard! They love to scribble on it for now, and it’ll be a great way to practice their letters when they are older. You can see exactly how I met this board HERE. Their magnets are various colors; however, I spray painted some of them black to match the rest of the room as well. The one thing I didn’t want was magnets all over the playroom at all times, so I added this rail bucket system from Ikea, and taught my twins to keep the magnets in their “home”. It’s worked great, and we don’t have magnets all over the house now!If you’re going to have a chalkboard in your house, these steel chalk holders are a MUST! They prevent the chalk from breaking and also keep it off their hands. We also only use this dustless chalk, so we don’t have chalk dust on everything. This “Let’s Play” sign is one of my very favorite items in the room! It’s from Hunt And Gather Goods, and I can’t recommend them enough! They have lots of options and the quality and customer service is incredible! I like to shop small as much as possible and love that this house shelf came all the way from a sweet lady in Lithuania, and the little handmade raccoon who we named Archie is from one of our favorite shops, Hazel Village. I used window valances instead of full curtains, so I wouldn’t have to worry about my little ones pulling on them when they were younger. Eventually I’ll probably change them out, but for now they work great! This large white shelf is the one from Ikea; however, I wanted to have an open shelf look rather than using baskets that take up each cubby hole. I added a backing board to get the look I wanted which was very easy to do! (DIY post to come soon!) I take the “less is more” approach to toys as my little ones tend to “treasure” their toys more when they can focus on one at a time rather than being overwhelmed with piles of toys everywhere. We have a playroom closet where a lot of their toys are kept in organized bins. They can choose the toy bin they want to play with and know that we have to put it back before getting out another toy bin. We also rotate toys out every few months so that the toys feel new to them again. They toys we do keep in the playroom are organized in baskets which makes cleaning up easy and quick! My (almost) two year old twins know which toys go in which baskets, so they are able to help in the clean up process and also know exactly where to look when they are wanting a specific toy. Books are the one “toy” we don’t limit in our house. While I like to keep the toy number under control, I will never limit the amount of books in our home! I’m currently sewing a book sling to go on the wall which I will share; however, for now books are kept in a basket. My little ones are getting these Anywhere Chairs for Christmas in a few weeks which I know they are going to love! The bean bags in the photo were way bigger than I expected, so I’ll be putting them in a closet for awhile until they grow in to them! When we bought our house, the owners had just put in new carpet in order to sell it. This would have been amazing if they hadn’t chosen such ugly carpet – ha! Since this isn’t our forever home, we don’t want to put a lot of money in to it, so I found this huge shag rug to cover it up. I also have it in my boy’s room because it is so thick and soft! It would be also be great to use if you have wood floors in your playroom! This has been such a fun room to watch these two sweet and crazy kids grow up the past two years. It has definitely evolved from when they were wee little to now as I’m sure it will continue to do!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray