a playroom for girls

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

basement playroom ideas

Finally, we have wrapped up the playroom!  I’m so glad to have this space together and ready for the girls to use before baby’s arrival.  The nursery has turned into an impromptu playspace of sorts, and I think they are going to miss it, but I think with a fun place they can have all to themselves downstairs they will be ok with the change. (How fun is that Cat Cone Print?)

Sources: (1) Tiger Capes; (2) Yellow Floor Bin; (3) Cat Cone; (4) Mint Metalwork Bookcase; (5) You are My Favorite Ribbon; (6) Extracurricular Play Table; (7) Little Felix Chairs; (8) XO Rug; (9) Codify Pencil Holder; (10) Confetti Wall Triangles; (11) Felt Ball Garland

basement playroom ideas

I am pretty much smitten over these rugs.  They really make the space.  I tried to keep things pretty simple, letting the colorful rugs add most of the pattern to the room.  My dad constructed that cute little house frame for me; I keep some blankets on hand to throw over it for a quick fort, and the girls love it (especially when it involves a couple of flashlights!).  It’s nice because Vivi gets really frustrated if I can’t build one just right elsewhere in the house, so this was my strategy to be able to quickly make an awesome fort, and so far it is working.

Sources: (1) Yellow Lattice Bin; (2) Roller Rink Rug; (3) Felt Ball Garland; (4) Silver Stripe Floor Pillow; (5) Bonjour Pillows; (6) Hello Sweetie Pillow; (7) Similar Doll Cradle

basement playroom ideas

It was also fun to put together a comfy space where I can sit.  A friend of mine gave me that awesome vintage coral-y pink chair (it was her grandmother’s!) and it will be perfect for nursing or rocking baby sister, and I have a couple of little drawers in that adorable nightstand to stash a few necessities for me.

Sources: (1) Ballerina Pig Poster; (2) Mint Larkin Nightstand; (3) Faceted Lamp; (4) Dot Pouf; (5) Doll Pram; (7) Confetti Triangle Decals

basement playroom ideas

See what I mean about these rugs?!

basement playroom ideas

I also recruited my dad to help me make some adorable little legs for the play kitchen, as it has become too short.  This added about 6″ in height, which is perfect, and has renewed the girls’ interest in it once again.  It’s now the favorite!

Sources: (1) Checkmate Floor Lamp; (2) Honeybake Mixer; (3) Ice Lollies

basement playroom inspiration

basement playroom inspiration

basement playroom ideas

I also love that walnut bookcase!  It’s the best little storage piece, and in perfect reach of littles, so they can put things away easily and neatly.

basement playroom inspiration

The girls also love that easel.  It’s super inexpensive and does the trick for a special art space.

basement playroom ideas

basement playroom ideas

That extracurricular play table is also ideal for crafting or tea parties, and the mint bookcase makes for excellent, easy to reach storage as well!

basement playroom ideas

We also painted the stairs and stairwell a bright turquoise, and it helped so much to brighten the space.  It also doesn’t feel as much like you are walking down into a cave!  I’m crazy about the blue stairs.

basement playroom ideas

You can find the details on how to make a ballet barre here, and how to do that dress up rack here.  They were both really simple projects that add so much to the space!

basement playroom inspiration

I’m so happy with how it came together, and I love spending time down there now!  Brightening up the room has made it so much more fun!

play kitchen inspiration

basement playroom ideas





11 responses to “a playroom for girls”

  1. Susan M. says:

    SOOO cute! I love how it all turned out!

  2. Sarah says:

    Precious! Love the ballet bar!

  3. Leah says:

    Just every little detail is perfection!! The colors are SO up our alley- light, bright, and colorful! Great job mama!

  4. Amy says:

    I am SO inspired by this, Joni! But perhaps mostly because this is a basement, right? Do you have any daylight windows, or is it all overhead/can lighting? It is so bright and fresh! Our basement is so dark but this post helps me see the potential!

  5. Jen says:

    So joyful and exciting! Way to use your talents and gifts for your girls. You have totally inspired me to use my own gifts in our playroom. It’s been a long time since I drew or painted. I can just imagine all the fun memories your girls will make here.

  6. Jen Pollard says:

    Adorable! I love the house cozy nook and the triangle decals. Your girls must love this room! Well done

  7. Tiffanie says:

    This playroom is fantastic and certainly an evolution from the first one with the couch! Are there tips, function-wise, that you learned along the way to pass along?

  8. Alison says:

    Looks amazing!! Love all the little spaces and the fabulous rugs! My girls would be in heaven here. Congrats!

  9. […]  She is spending much more time awake and playing now, and has really been enjoying herself in the playroom with her big sisters.  She is also quite an expert roller, too.  I feel like I turn […]

  10. Olivia says:

    This is just so cute!! Is there a source for the pink polka dot floor cushion I spy in the last picture? Thanks for all the inspiration!

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