An Eco-Friendly Playspace in Chicago

Sod Room

Sod Room is a brand new play place in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. Owners Abdón and Cynthia Valenciana sought to create a healthy and fun place for families using sustainable materials and toys. The build out approach was more deconstruction than demolition, salvaging the original floors, repurposing lumber from existing walls into children's tables, and fashioning lumber and metal from the previous structure into retail shelving and playspace railing.

The Valencianas enlisted designer Jen Talbot, and the results are nothing short of inspiring. Many of these ideas could be perfect in a home.

Sod Room features a train table and dollhouse made from old shipping crates, and the cubbies are repurposed milk crates. Jen Talbot's contributions include a huge grassy knoll and the arboretum-inspired light fixture over the reception area. Over 600 corks were collected so that kids can flex their creativity at the megapixel interactive wall.

Sod Room's boutique carries eco-friendly toys and gifts. Stop by if you're in the South Loop, and learn more about Sod Room on their website.

(Images: Sod Room)

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