When planning a nursery or young child's bedroom, we usually think crib/bed, dresser, rug, and a shelf for a few books and toys. But what fun it would be to create not only a beautiful sleeping space, but a fantasy playroom in the same room.
Are you still trying to find space for all the gifts from Santa? We've done well, for the most part, because we did a toy purge in anticipation of Christmas. There was, however, one gift that we're still trying to squeeze in.
It's a theme I blog about often here at Ohdeedoh - incorporating children into your space. Although I do marvel at my friends' homes where the childrens' things are never seen, my ideal is to have our home reflect the way we actually live, which is with little ones underfoot in every room.
Color Inspiration: The room was inspired by a children's book author/ illustrator Laura Ljungvist. She uses bold colors and accentuates the geometry of objects in a unique and graphically dynamic way. Her "Follow the Line" series of books are fantastic.
If you love your job, it's incredibly satisfying to share what you do with your child. Jennifer even went so far as to carve out space for her daughter in her workspace so they can create side by side. She shares: I run a letterpress printing and design studio, and my daughter Jo is very often in the studio with me. Effort was made to keep this area looking like it belonged with the rest of the studio while still being a fun work/art/play center.
By a certain age, kids long for a secret hideout, a place all their own to play and imagine. If you want to create such a space in your home, there are tons of options - temporary forts made from sheets, teepees, tents, playhouses, clubhouses and treehouses. For the architecturally blessed, there is this.
We love when design decisions embrace how a family is living right now and Rylin's need for a playroom is a perfect example of this. Angela shares how she rethought this space and made it super special for him: When the toys in my living room outnumbered the books on my shelves, I decided it was time to convert our underutilized office/guest room into a playroom for my son.
There is something to be said for a playroom dedicated entirely to the children. It contains all the toys and you can just shut the door when not in use. On the other hand, it's also nice to have a shared playroom/living room in the house where the entire clan can congregate.