Good Questions: Creative Ideas for this Playroom?

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Candice sent us a email: We have an old victorian house in Toronto, and use the once formal dining room as a play room for our 18 month old son River. It's a pretty good sized space, but I feel like it's under-utilized. I would love some ideas of how to create a happy, creative and inviting space that includes storage and maybe some sort of play house/nook thing...
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There is a little nook where we keep the stereo, which could definitely be put to more fun use.

The bay window faces the brick wall of the house next door, so we always keep the blinds down. I'm planning on putting up translucent window films, maybe cutting a design into them.

I'd also like to add onto the play kitchen, which was a gift, with shelves and a table & chairs.That is Gomez, the cat (photo 3, from left).

Thanks so much for reading my email, I would love some help!

p.s. I painted those "trees" myself. That's the one part of this room that I love.

Please share your ideas for River's playroom in the comments below...thanks!

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