The Dastrups' Step-Down Play Room

The Dastrups' Step-Down Play Room

Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 21, 2010

When we paid a visit to the Dastrups' here in Kansas City, it was sheer bliss to photograph their home. Usually when we shoot homes with children it can be tricky to not have them hamming it up in every photo we take, but not this time. Tuli and Elijah stayed in their step-down playroom happy as could be and we don't blame them one bit — have a look around!

This playroom sits just off the kitchen and the rear entrance to the home. It's filled with tons of light from the setting sun and is an ideal place to play while Mom and Dad are making dinner. You enter up high on a landing and step down several steps into the space, making it quite the grand entrance. It has the feeling of "what happens in the playroom stays in the playroom" because the area is sunken. Very cool!

The children's bedrooms are both up 2 and 3 flights of stairs so this space is a great place to keep toys centrally located without them feeling like they need to drag everything down into the main living areas (though it does happen). It's a great place for kids, cats, dogs and parents to all hang out equally and enjoy each other's company.

You can view their full home tour at Apartment Therapy Chicago

Thanks Dastrup Family!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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