playhouse fun

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

playhouse inspirationMy super sweet and talented friend Sara Harper visited us one morning to snap some photos of the girls having a fun time in the playhouse.  The pictures are just gorgeous, with the dappled light bouncing everywhere! (If you want to see the details about how we turned the old shed into this sweet playhouse and for more info on the paint color, those darling doors, and more, go here!) playhouse The playhouse has sort of a store front feel.  It’s part restaurant / theater / kitchen / whatever they decide to dream up. playhouse ideas The inside has a little pink kitchen prep area for tea parties and such. tea party I found those chairs on etsy – they are vintage from the 60’s – and paired them with an Ikea roxo stool, which is perfectly child-sized!  Vivi’s dress is a ballerina recital costume I found at a thrift shop.  It’s actually an xxs adult size, or something like that, and it’s meant to be knee length, but it’s ball gown length on a 3 year old. playhouse stage On one side, the deck functions as a stage, complete with shower curtain (I added pom pom trim) curtains so our little performers can dance and sing to their hearts’ content.  So far the curtain has held up really well in the rain, and the trim adds just the right bit of fun! playhouse ideasplayhouse deck The windows are screened, so there is plenty of ventilation, and it makes the space feel really open and airy. playhouse inspirationtoddler reading nook The girls love the svinga – it makes the perfect little reading spot! playhouse ideasplayhouse inspirationplayhouse ideas Drama comes natural to Vivi.  I promise I don’t walk around the house all day posing like this. playhouse inspiration Brigie, my little cuddler, is taken with the gilded frog and the pink flamingoes. pink flamingoesplayhouse inspirationballerina pig This is the little poster I made for Vivi (prints available here).  She is into pink these days. playhouse inspirationplayhouse inspiration We added a chalkboard on the side to write up the weekly menu / performance schedule / doodles, and it’s been really fun for them. playhouse inspiration   I’m so happy to have this little bright spot in our backyard for the girls.  We worked super hard on it, but it was so rewarding.  It feels good to pour your heart and sweat into something and see your dreams turn into a reality.  It has inspired me to want to do more of these kinds of things!  Thanks so much, Sara, for the sweet captures, and to the Home Depot for making it happen!! playhouse inspiration

35 responses to “playhouse fun”

  1. Michelle says:

    Joni, you’re such a great mom to these little girls. Vivi and Brigie are so lucky to have such a caring mom who encourages creativity and dreaming.

  2. Dee Harper says:

    Oh how precious! Sure wish my girls could have had one! Awesome!

  3. Diana LaLuz says:

    Great pics! My three year old wants a dress just like Vivi’s!

  4. Sarah says:

    This is the cutest playhouse Joni! The shower/stage curtains are just brilliant! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now (I live in Columbia and have a 3 y/o girl and 10 mo old boy) and yours is my absolute favorite when it comes to amazing inspiration for littles! <3

  5. Emily says:

    Adorable! I remember how special I felt when my Dad build my brother and I a treehouse, very similar in size and structure to this! They will cherish it always.

  6. Ashley says:

    I’m pretty jealous of this little playhouse!!!!

  7. Maggie says:

    Hi Joni! This is the coolest playhouse I’ve ever seen…I’m 33 and I want to LIVE in there! Can you tell me where those great planters are from?

    • jonilay says:

      Thanks, Maggie! I appreciate it!! I bought the terra-cotta planters from Home Depot, and taped and then painted the bottoms white and gold!

  8. Teri says:

    I have those exact chairs (came with a table as well) and I bought them new…this is telling my age, in 1985.

  9. Chelc says:

    This play house is INCREDIBLE! Every kid should have a place to escape like this!

  10. This is just beyond beautiful. Something so special that they will remember forever. To be young again!

  11. Emily says:

    Seriously the sweetest thing ever I’ve ever seen. I wish we had a backyard to do something like this!

  12. gina says:

    this must have cost a fortune but if u can do it definitely worth it. it’s beautiful.

  13. Jen says:

    Beautiful !! Can you tell me what color of paint you used ?

  14. Alle says:

    Absolutely adorable!! This is perfect place for memories.

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    LOve this so much! do you have the plans?

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  24. Alison K says:

    This play house is a dream! I would LOVE to make this play space for my girls! You did an amazing job, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the white!!!

  25. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful playhouse! I would like to learn how you added the windows and doors. For some reason the link for the doors is not working for me. Did you purchase the shed from Home Depot? Any construction tips, materials and tools list you can share is so helpful. Thank you!

  26. GiGi says:

    I love this. With the windows being screened, how do you keep the rain out?

  27. Marissa says:

    I’m having trouble getting to the link with the products used. This is so so cute. Can you tell me what doors these are? Thanks so much.

  28. Megan says:

    This is so adorable! Do you know the dimensions? We are drawing up plans for our own little playhouse and this looks like just the perfect size.

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