peanut’s playspace:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

playroom inspiration and ideasFinally, I am so excited to be done putting together Peanut’s playroom!  I’m so glad to have the basement turned into a very useable and useful space.  It has been through several iterations, from Chip’s office when he worked at home, to a movie room, to a project room for myself that pretty much just stayed a disaster all the time because I couldn’t find the time to keep it organized.  We have been craving some wide open space in the house for Vivi to run free, and she is loving her new place.  Plus, I think it will be great for her to be able to play while I am tending to the new baby.  I have also wanted to be able to have other kids and mom friends over, and now I feel a little better about knowing there is actually something for them to do!  I’m always a little intimidated by those with older kids who seem to have a better collection of “activities” and hang out space.  We tried to do this without spending too much; we didn’t do any re-painting, the sofa is the one I purchased right out of college, and the bookcase used to be in the nursery before Vivi’s kitchen moved in.  The big purchases were the rugs and the bigger kid’s table and chairs, and the printing of the artwork.

playroom inspiration and ideasI love how the artwork all came together.  I plan to share a little more about it later, but the large picture of the little girl is my mom in her tap dancing costume, and the photo to the right are Chip’s grandparents.  I have always loved this nursery with the hot pink Elizabeth Taylor artwork, so this is my take on another version.

playroom ideas and inspirationI am also really excited to finally have a teepee made.  I was stalling because I was contemplating purchasing one, but then I was inspired that Jen made it happen and the tutorial she recommended was very helpful.  It was surprisingly quite easy, and I made it one morning while my mom was here playing with Vivi.  I highly recommend trying it if you have been considering such a project.  The dropcloth was about $25 and the poles/sticks were less than $1 apiece, and I used extra fabric I had for the details.

playroom inspiration and ideasVivi loves to color and play with play-doh, so that has been our main activity so far.  The little table we made is perfect for her to perch beside for coloring and crafting.  So far, we have really been enjoying this retreat and it is so nice to have some dedicated playspace!  (There are quite a few links in the pink margin for corresponding resources.)

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84 responses to “peanut’s playspace:”

  1. Wendy {Weswen Design} says:

    This is so cute. Way to create a space that will allow her to use her imagination! I’m sure a lot of great games will take place here!

  2. Rebekah says:

    Where did you purchase your ‘after college’ couch?

    • Joni says:

      Hi Rebekah! I bought it from Macy’s. One of the stores in Atlanta has a furniture section. I’m not sure the brand, and I bought it about 8 years ago but I remember them having a pretty good selection at the time! Hope that helps.

  3. pewter + sage says:

    Amazing!! So beautiful and fun and whimsical!! You guys are going to have such a good time here:) Very inspirational – its good to know that a play room can be done with such style and sophistication…there doesn’t have to be plastic toys and primary colors everywhere:)

  4. Molly says:

    Wow, what a huge space! It looks incredible. I love it! How great it must feel to have it all finished. I’m totally making a table for Zoe… thanks so much for the tip! I love the oil cloth you found. Isn’t it the perfect solution? It’s durable and cleans up so well. One question: did you treat the plywood or sand it at all?
    Congrats on a job well done! Hope you’re feeling well! 🙂

    • Joni says:

      Hey Molly! Thanks so much!:) As for the table, I did sand it and painted a cute striped pattern on it. However, it kept getting so dirty that I found it easier to put the oilcloth on top, and I also found packing paper that is 24″ x 24″ (the same exact size as the table top) and it’s perfect for coloring! I just put the whole stack on top, and we remove the paper as it gets used.

  5. Laurel says:

    What a beautiful job!! I love the pop of colors everywhere (and I am a sucker for polka dots!) Your rooms are always such an inspiration, thank you!

  6. mitchandlu says:

    What a lovely space! The teepee looks awesome, thanks for the link to the tutorial, I think I’m going to have to try it for myself!

  7. This is adorable!!! I love all of the details, especially the family photos. Not to mention, you sew? Just to add another to your list of talents. 🙂

  8. Coryann says:

    Jaw dropping…this is phenomenal! Vivi is one lucky little gal ; )

  9. Lynne says:

    Love, love, love it. You are one talented mama! Can not wait for the artwork post. Your taste in art is my fave!!

  10. Kathy says:

    So cute and fun! Where is the “toys” metal basket from?

  11. ashley @ the handmade home says:

    YOU are amazing.

  12. akennedy says:

    Where did the “toys” wire bin come from?

  13. Dina @ Honey + Fitz says:

    I’m dying to make a teepee and have totally been stalling too! Thanks for the link and inspiration.

  14. Katia Agnew says:

    What a perfect playroom! I would love to hang out there- even without my little one! Extremely well done!! 🙂

  15. This looks amazing!! What a lucky Peanut 🙂 I love the teepee especially.

  16. Jenloveskev says:

    It look s great. Well done momma! What a great place to play.

  17. Cami Dettmer says:

    This is amazing! I’m loving the big space and hope we can do something similar for our little one.

  18. Lizette Schapekahm says:

    Gosh, this is amazing! I love the attention to detail! Love your blog as well…

  19. zhing says:

    ooooo am loving the ikea (?) bookshelf with gold dots! its sooo special! 🙂

  20. hailey says:

    this is too cool! love it!

  21. sarah cowan says:

    i hope you tell us how you did the hot pink prints because i have been dying to find a way or a place that will do them for a good price. thanks!

  22. Meghan says:

    I absolutely loved ‘The Color Kittens’, it was one of my favorite books as a child! Your post made me run to the bookcase to be sure I still had it, and I do! 1984, only $0.89 🙂 Thank you for reminding me to share this with my daughter.

  23. Emily says:

    I agree – I would love to know how you edit the photos to make them hot pink. Those prints and the tee pee totally make the room!

  24. Julie says:

    So fantastic! I love the rug and am considering the same one for our living room. But let’s not mince words — I have a cat who pukes. Does it seem easy to clean? Thanks!

    • Joni says:

      Hi Julie! I love the rug. I will say it is kind of shedding a lot, but I’m guessing that will stop after it has been vacuumed a few times. It is recommended you spot clean, but I was also drawn to it because you could probably spill coffee on it, not clean it up, and then not ever notice the stain because of the pattern. It’s really great, and perfect for a high traffic/potential spill area. My husband also convinced me to go with the grey/blue rather than the cream, which helps even more. Hope that is helpful!:)

    • Tasha says:

      you purchased the natural slate or the natural ivory; it looks like the natural ivory but i can’t tell. Thanks!

  25. Ashley McG says:

    HOW FUN! Loving the Eames inspired mini-chairs and pops of yellow. The placement of your mama’s picture overlapping the bead board is PERFECT! Looks so good, Joni.

  26. Kori says:

    You’ve got to be the coolest momma on the block! This looks fabulous!!!
    Bellies, Bundles & Taxi Cabs, Owner
    “Re-routing traffic for motherhood”

  27. Brooke says:

    Love the room! Quick question- what is your brown paint color?

    • Joni says:

      Hi Brooke! We painted it when we moved in 5 years ago, and the paint line we used no longer exists – it is very similar to Sherwin Williams’ “Nuthatch”, though! Hope that helps!

  28. Kelly says:

    Hi Joni! Love, love, love Vivi’s play room! I’m in the process of planning our twins’ nursery; could you tell me where you found the little wingback chair? Thanks!

    • Joni says:

      Hi Kelly! Thanks so much, and congratulations to you on twins! So fun! I found the little chair at an antique shop locally. They had it sitting on the sidewalk, and I got it immediately! I wish I knew of another place to find them, but if you keep your eye out, I have seen others at vintage shops/antique markets/etc!

  29. Katy says:

    Hi! Where did you find the “little bitty pretty one” print? I love it!

  30. Kate says:

    Love this space! We have a huge above-ground unfinished basement that I have dreams about inexpensively fixing up. Do you have previous posts about painting the ceiling/finishing the walls/floors? Love the exposed ceiling look!

    • Joni says:

      Hi Kate! So fun! I don’t have any posts – the room was already done when we moved in, and the exposed painted ceiling really drew us in, because it stood out from all the drop ceilings we saw in other basements. It really gives the room an entirely different feel, and I’d recommend trying it, although I don’t know much about how to do it! The floors are actually engineered hardwoods, so they aren’t real hardwoods, which also makes me feel better about it being a playspace as it can take quite a beating without ruining gorgeous wood floors.

  31. Kristin Rauch says:

    Oh my goodness, this space is adorable! Great job mama! 🙂

  32. Leah says:

    I’m drooling. This is the most amazing playroom ever. Gorgeous and functional! I wish you could magically design this for my home and almost 2 year old!

  33. Mary Straton Smith says:

    Hi, Joni! I’m such a huge fan of your blog! Vivi’s nursery is actually the inspiration for my little Eleanor’s nursery (she’ll be here in December)!
    Could you tell me how you did the gold dots on the bookcase? So adorable and fun!

  34. Kelsie Rae says:

    Love it!!! You’re blog is a huge inspiration! Can I ask where you got that cute toy basket?

  35. Basha says:

    I love her playroom! Amazing! Did you paint the coffee table in front of the sofa for mama’s? If so, would you be willing to share the paint color? Thanks so much. Your blog is gorgeous.

    • Joni says:

      Hi Basha! I did paint the table. It is “Kiss and Tell” by Glidden (I think?). I bought it at Home Depot and it was the punchiest pink I could find!

  36. kelsey says:

    how did you do those gold dots??? amazing.

  37. Tonya says:

    Is your ceiling black or dark brown? Such a cool idea…we are working on finishing our basement and have been dreading the whole drop ceiling plan…

    • Joni says:

      Hi Tonya! It is black, and I love it. It’s one of the reasons we were drawn to this house, because the basement didn’t have a drop ceiling. As you can see, all the pipes and stuff are still visible, but all painted black and they kind of just disappear. I’d highly recommend trying it! The previous owners did it, so I can’t say much about the process other than I love the result.

    • Tonya says:

      Thanks for the info! I love the idea!

  38. Elise says:

    Can you tell me where you found the yellow fabric for the pillows behind the pink/orange ikat pillows?

    • Joni says:

      Hi Elise! I found the fabric from Lewis & Sheron – here is the direct link to that fabric: . It is extra gorgeous in person, as the yellow pattern is kind of velvety. I love it so much! Kind of pricey, so I bought just enough for those two pillows.

  39. Jenni says:

    WOW!! This is such a STUNNING playroom! I looked at your blog so much while designing my baby girl’s nursery!! You gave me such great ideas, and now it is one of my favorite spaces in my home! This makes me wish I had a basement 😉 Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Meghan says:

    Hi Joni~
    LOVE it, what a great space for Vivi to play! I was wondering about about the drapes on your window…where did you get them?

  41. trisha_cm says:

    Such a pretty room! Love it!

  42. Erinn says:

    Joni you never cease to amaze me! Hope you’re doing well with baby # 2:)

  43. Meg says:

    Can you tell me where you had the old photos blown up? I’ve always loved the nursery in the link you posted, and your photos as well. I am hoping to do the same with old pics of my mother. thanks!

  44. Steph says:

    This…is killer! We were talking about a lace teepee for Georgiana’s Peter pan themed nursery. Love yours! Non design question. The activity toy box by said teepee?? It looks awesome and Georgie will be at that age soon! 🙂 so fun.

  45. Lacey Coyle says:

    Can I come live in this room? I love it, everything about it.

  46. Aly McDowell says:

    Joni! I made a tepee after seeing yours! 🙂 I added it to Ryan’s room! Hope you and your sweet family are doing well!

  47. Liz Toftness says:

    So beautiful, functional, and precious- the three greatest qualities to squeeze into one space. Everything you put together makes me smile. Thanks for inspiring me.:)

  48. Sarah Husser says:

    can you tell me where you got the chairs for that little table?

  49. Taylor says:

    Just wanted to tell you that you are so talented it’s ridiculous! I want you to come and do my whole house!! XOXO

  50. Chrissy says:

    Hi there. Love this. How did u print these photos w pink detail?

  51. Leila C. says:

    Hi! I loooved what you did with the room! Congratulations! I am sure your little girl will love it! It looks beautiful and magical! 🙂 i wanted to ask you… How did you do the hot pink saturated pictures? I am dying to know, I am working on a project and if its not much to ask for… Could you please help me :)? Thank you! And again… Great job! 🙂

  52. katie says:

    I’m officially obsessed. This is the most amazing space…is it wrong that I kind of want it for myselfjQuery111004919683332554996_1392438272193

  53. Kim says:

    How do you find the links to the items because I do not see them……wanting to know where you find the table #7…. I see where the chairs come from but not the table

  54. Tami says:

    Can you tell me where you purchased the bookcase from?

    • jonilay says:

      Hi Tami! It’s from Ikea – it’s called the expedit. I added the gold circle dots. You can find similar ones at the Land of Nod.

  55. Sara Holt says:

    I am in loooove with this playroom! I need your help designing my daughter’s play space 😀

  56. Tammy J says:

    I really would love to know how to make some of my photos pink. I have vintage and regular. But I must do it!!! So if anyone knows I would love the advice. I’m doing my playroom like this. I’m so inspired!!!

  57. Tiffanie says:

    I don’t see the links or the pink margin. I’m using Chrome.

    Where did you get the snack and puzzle table from? the chairs?

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  59. Erin says:

    Love it! Where did you get the picture of your mom printed off at?

  60. kim says:

    I love the artwork and would like to do something similar–how did you create the effects on the photos?

  61. Sarah says:

    Hi! Have you done an updated post on how you created the pink artwork? I’ve been searching and can’t find one. Thanks for any help!

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