The room that we've been calling a playroom for many months now, is finally living up to it's name. Ever since we moved the dining room table out, this room has basically been a sitting room. We put up some simple decor that we knew would change or evolve in some way as Charley got older, added a couple chairs and a bookshelf, and called it a day. Now that Charley is six months old and a lot more playful, I decided it was time to organize her toys in her new playroom. When I got pregnant, my good friend and colleague Jill said that parenthood is just a bunch of new normals (isn't that the truth). So this is the playroom's new normal, until it changes.
As you can see from the picture above, the brown chair that matches our couch and used to live in our family room, is huge and awkward. For now it works in the space and it provides a cozy spot to cuddle, but who knows what will happen to it down the road.
My main focus in the playroom was the shelf and displaying Charley's toys. She scoots herself all over the place these days, so the items on the shelf needed to be appropriate and safe. I went in search of shallow baskets that she could reach into. Each basket contains one item or one set of items that go together. The big baskets hold blankets to play on and random toys that I can rotate out.
One of Charley's favorite things on the shelf is the set of metal mixing bowls. What's not to love about nesting bowls that make fun noises and show your reflection???
I wanted a simple display that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time. As for the top of the shelf...I sat an ABC book that my amazing work friends made for Charley and a wooden ring toy that isn't age appropriate for her just yet, but adds a bit of playfulness.
I sat a couple colorful baskets filled with board books underneath the table to the right, and on top of it sits a box filled with ribbon that Charley likes to play with. I have plans to paint that table either bright yellow or charcoal chalkboard paint. I'm still undecided but i'll certainly let you know how it all turns out.
So far I love the feel of the room and it's working well for Charley. Of course it will evolve as her needs change, but that's the fun of it!