Family Friendly Playroom in Venice

Family Friendly Playroom in Venice

Dabney Frake
Feb 14, 2013

Project by: Tess Bethune Interiors
Location: Venice, CA

Tess shares the story behind her work on this project:

This playroom belongs to a creative family of four that includes two small children. They wanted a play room that was fun and kid-friendly, while also being a place where the whole family could enjoy spending time.

We started with an extra bedroom that had great bones: a large open closet, a tiny closet under the stairs, a large window and a dutch door to the back yard for natural light. Our design inspiration came from vintage classics, starting with a wallpaper that would relate to kids as well as adults. Everyone loves stripes! Throughout we chose affordable items that could stand the wear and tear of children but also fit into a modern eclectic home.

The children are very different: a older boy (age 4), who LOVES trucks, trains, and airplanes; and a younger girl (age 2) who LOVES her dolls, plush toys and play kitchen. Separating the room into different zones and play areas allows each child to focus on what they love without being on top of the other and gives them both the feeling of having their own space. The floor and lower shelves of the large closet are the "garage" for all the trucks, trains, legos and building blocks. We built a kid-height shelf that is more like a work table. It's perfect for trains, plane landing strips, and car racing. Up above we stored toys that need supervision, such as art supplies. The curtains close and the area became a stage for a willing audience on the window seat. The tiny closet under the stairs is perfect for the play kitchen. Inside we stored the grocery cart, baby carriage, and baskets of plush toys as well.

A built-in bench along the window is great for parents to hang out and observe, or read, or cuddle. We added storage underneath for bigger toys and covered the cushion in a soft outdoor fabric for easy clean up.

We left a whole wall open for art and hanging costumes, jackets, and bags. We used birch tree hooks to add a natural texture to the space. The built-in bookcase holds vintage family toys, record player, books, and a growing collection of characters painted for the children by a far-away grandma.

Thanks for sharing Tess!

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(Images: Tess Bethune Interiors)

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