Playroom Diaries

When I got the call to transform a living area into a playroom for little Charlotte’s 1st Birthday, I knew it was going to be a memorable project. Then I met Charlotte in person, and oh-my-gosh, it was love at first sight! She is just the cutest little human with the quirkiest personality (it was a struggle to contain my broodiness!)

The Brief…

To transform an unused section of the open plan living room to create a fun play area for Charlotte. Mom wanted the look to be ‘mature’ and functional with lots of storage; something that would really blend in with the rest of the neutral palette in the living room. Working with a limited budget, we carefully sourced the most cost effective options, choosing to omit things like a table & chair set until Charlotte is a little bigger.

The existing walls were a neutral beige, so I chose a beautiful pastel silver for the playroom section, which both complemented the rest of the lounge and created a soft pastel canvas for the play area.

Next we set to work on the confetti dot feature walls, with a sprinkling of polka dots in white, mint and gold. The effect was just magical!

Taking pride of place in front of the feature wall is a natural calico teepee, guaranteeing hours and hours of fun for little ones (and peace for mom and dad!)

Charlotte has a beautiful selection of books, which were set off beautifully on the natural birch book rails (I always suggest mounting at least some of the book rails low enough for little ones to reach themselves, it’s amazing how it encourages them to start reading!), together with a collection of special affirming quotes which were framed in white.

Two factors influenced our decision to do the beautiful bespoke window seat: 1) the lovely alcove underneath the window was unused space, and created the perfect spot for some seating, and 2) a window seat always brings with it some welcome storage! The natural timber benchbox was stained in my favourite shade, silver ash, and it was remarkable how well this fitted in with the timber floors. It was perfectly finished off with a full length seat cushion in a durable mint fabric.

Gorgeous belly baskets in aqua, silver and coral were introduced for additional colourful toy storage, and the coral was picked up again in the oh-so-adorable Tooshi cushions and bespoke bunting from Moo Cachoo.

Pretty final touches were added in the form of aqua lanterns, the most angelic star light, and cute pastel house frames that became home to Mr & Mrs Bunny Wabbit…

Textured scatter cushions and a touch of bling highlighted the palette, tying in with the accent colours.

The Verdict? Charlotte absolutely adores her playroom! Another mission accomplished xxx