Estela & Ada's "Waldessori" Playroom & Enchanted Sunroom

Names: Estela Luz and Ada Maria (2.5 and 9 months)
Location: Takoma Park, MD

Danielle has two wonderful spaces to share with us today: her daughters' "Waldessori" playroom and their artsy sunroom: Ada, our little one, is on the move. Today I turned my back and found her in the middle of a large pile of tiny slobbery bits of paper and decided it was time to re-think the playroom - shift everything up a level and create some inviting play spaces for both girls.

I'm by no means an expert when it comes to designing learning/play environments for young children. I don't have a teaching background or an unlimited budget to go wild with. I have, however, read a lot, browsed many inspiring internet sites, become a pro at thrift and yard sale shopping and gained some experience through my first child.

I call our playroom style "Waldessori" because I've borrowed a lot of ideas that are both Montessori and Waldorf inspired. Mostly though, it's what has come together through trial and error and thrift store karma.

The "Enchanted Sunroom" is our messy, artsy, colorful, light-filled playspace. Our beautiful sunroom was nothing but a lovely place to store firewood until we decided to turn it into a playspace for our two girls.

We wanted them to be able to engage in outdoors-type activities (gardening, hammering, watering plants) even in the winter months and we wanted a space that encouraged them to make art with wild abandon. I think we succeeded!

Thanks Danielle! Readers find Danielle at Mama & the Music Man.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.