a playspace at the farm

Monday, December 8, 2014

playroom inspiration

Our family has a farm in South Georgia where my grandparents, parents, and other family members live.  It’s where we go to spend time with family, and get some fresh air, and we have a farmhouse there where we stay and have family gatherings for birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and such.  It’s such a happy space, and we love being there, but with the recent additions of more small family members, we have had to re-work the space a bit to accommodate the little people!

(shown above: l’ecole adjustable play table, pascal camp play chairs, zig zag weathered denim rug,  workshop storage bench, fordson steel large pendant, surplus play tent)

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I was thrilled to get to work with RH Baby & Child to create some spaces that blend in with the rest of the house, while also providing kid-friendly details that will keep them entertained while we cook, visit, or work on projects.  Their aesthetic is perfect for this part of the house, where we have lots of heart pine, spruce lined walls, and a huge brick fireplace.

(sources: white illuminated star, dandelion bean bag,  mini club chairs, spool side table,  raccoon portrait, cloud wool rug,  cream chunky braided wool rug, faux fur throw, wood book display shelves)

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In the center of the main room is a large brick fireplace and mantel, flanked by columns from my great-grandmother’s house.  We have two couches, which are great for visiting, and that weller game table is the perfect centerpiece.  I can see us having lots of family board games here – they will definitely be on the Christmas list!  The girls (Vivi especially!) are taken with the chalkboard top, and she and Chip have been having endless tic tac toe tournaments, her favorite.  The cody denim rug is just gorgeous, and I have no doubt it will hold up well to the heavy traffic and hard playing that it will endure!  The night sky map is also a favorite of mine, as we can see the stars so well down there because of the lack of city lights!

(If you like that print over the fireplace, it’s from a vintage postcard I’ve been holding onto that I printed out large format.  I’ll be sending out the file in the newsletter this week so you can make your own – so sign up if you haven’t!)

I’m also pretty crazy about that gorgeous portrait of my mother.  It’s just beautiful.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how we added Christmas touches to the mantel!

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Behind the couches, there is a little nook under the stairs that we weren’t really using.  We turned it into a little reading/playspace, and it’s so dreamy.  Putting down that rug made all the difference; it is so cushy and wonderful for lounging.  We added that cloud rug for a little extra coziness, and the littles seem to love that it’s a space just for them.

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My father helped me make that shelf similar to this one and it’s so great for storing little treasures.  I didn’t intend for this to happen, but it’s short enough for Vivi, but too tall for Henry or Brigette, and I think she is grateful to have a little space only she can reach.  (I might have to do this at home, too!)  How cute is that vintage style camera?

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Of course I can never get enough of Sharon Montrose’s art, and that little guy is perfect, since we have quite a lot of them around here.

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I made that little chalkboard with plywood, and my dad made the frame.  I love the schoolhouse green color, and it goes so well with the book shelves!

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And aren’t these chairs just adorable?  The girls love that they are their size!!

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Lastly, that star is so magical!  It makes the perfect glow, especially at night.

playroom ideasOn the other side of the room, behind the kitchen, we put together this little crafting/play area.  It’s also a super cute place for them to have snacks, and they love it!  The camp chairs are just adorable for the camp-y feel, and the play table is adjustable.  It comes with two sets of legs, so when the kids are taller, we can switch them out, and it will still be just the right height.

(also shown: you are my sunshine print, synonym flashcard art)

playspace inspirationThe storage bench is great for holding extra books, craft supplies, and what not.  It’s easy to just put things away when playtime is over.  RH Baby & Child also put really nice rubber pads on the bottom, so there are no worries about the metal legs scratching the wood floors.  I strung up a clothesline across the window, which is perfect for displaying artwork!

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playroom ideasI think this rug might be my favorite (although it’s hard to say!).  The colors are just so beautiful, and it works as a neutral, even though it has so many pretty shades of blue in it.  It’s a great playroom rug!

playroom ideasThe tent is also such a fun play space, too, and the twinkly little star lights are the perfect touch (I’m pretty much crazy about these lights!).

playroom ideasWe are so happy with how it all came together!  Come back tomorrow to see all the Christmas touches we added!  I can’t wait to spend time here over the holidays.

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Thank you so much to RH Baby & Child for working with me to put this together!  We are so grateful, and I love getting to the opportunity to work with brands who inspire creativity and imagination, especially among the little set.

(Products were provided by RH Baby & Child for this post, and all the thoughts, opinions, and enjoyment had putting this together are my own.)


41 responses to “a playspace at the farm”

  1. Eryn Houck says:

    You’ve done it again! What a great collaboration! Beautiful space.

  2. Carli Eklund says:

    PERFECT! I love it, so cute!

  3. Cat says:

    What is the framed music piece in the last photo? (And the source, please!)

  4. Megan says:

    Where did you find the hoop art that says “find adventure”jQuery21107868119908962399_1418092038353 Love everything if only I could afford it all!!!! Your so talented!!!

  5. Christina Lowry says:

    Just beautiful! I love the club chairs and the game table especially! Now to start saving up ūüôā

  6. Lyn says:

    What is the musical scale print over the window? These spaces are incredible!

  7. Laura says:

    Where did you find the wood mountain range above the chalkboard? That would be the perfect addition to my little Henry’s nursery!

    • Joni says:

      Hi Laura! We made that little shelf. I was inspired by this. It’s just plywood cut out with a jigsaw and tacked together with a shelf and triangle brackets. It’s super simple, and I love how it looks unstained! Hope that helps!

  8. Jackie G says:

    What a beautiful space! Thanks for linking the products. I really like the vintage spool side table.

  9. sarah bragg says:

    really love all the details you put into it!!

  10. Mandy Volpe says:

    Wow! This is so beautiful!

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi Joni – where are the throw cushions with the yellow swiss crosses from?

  12. Bridgette Chambliss-Thomsen says:

    Okay, so while my daughter (also Vivi!) is napping I have found myself in what I like to call a “blog blackhole” today. I think I’ve been on your site for a good hour now. Seriously. Am obsessed! Love all of it but this playroom is especially charming. So sweet and fun for the girls and other young family members. Well done! You have me feeling mighty inspired today; thank you. ūüôā

    • Joni says:

      Haha, aww, thanks so much Bridgette!! Makes me so happy to hear, and that is so fun about your names! The most beautiful names, in my opinion.:)

  13. Jennifer says:

    Joni! Absolutely beautiful! Would you mind telling me where the pipe shelving is from in the very last picture? Thank you!

  14. Lindsay says:

    I love, love, love this! Perfect!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I love this and am currently working on a camp themed/outdoorsy playroom. Wondering where the camp pennants were from? Thanks!

  16. Suzanne says:

    I’m not sure which is my favorite…the storage bench, the nook under the stairs or the teepee? wonderful.

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    Ah! Where’d you find that push horse! I had that same one and learned to walk with it 28 years ago!

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  25. Nicky says:

    Hi there! I absolutely love all that you’ve done in this space! I’m copying a lot of what you did, I hope that’s ok;) I’m currently working on the chalkboard and the color is driving me nuts because I love the color of yours but I’m having a hard time matching it! Can you tell me what color you used and if you used a primer on the wood first which one you used? Thanks so much!

    • Joni says:

      thank you so much, Nicky! I just used the rust-o-leum chalkboard paint from Home Depot that is already tinted a green color. It’s the perfect vintage schoolhouse chalkboard color!

  26. Jadis says:

    Beautiful space, may I ask what color paint is on the shiplap?

  27. Jess says:

    I love everything you’ve done with your space!

  28. Cory says:

    I love everything about this space. Please talk to me about that perfect creamy white on the walls.

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