Playroom Reveal | Farmhouse Playroom Decor

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 Playroom Reveal | Farmhouse Playroom Decor 

The start of the New Year, actually the day before the actual New Year we decided to finally do the overhaul on the front living room. Years ago, we decided to turn it into a playroom. I had 2 toddlers under 2, & I needed a room without toys. Plus, it was ideal to have it on the main level so I could keep an eye on them. So our main living turned toy free & I had an area to corral toddlers while I got to do things on the main floor. 

However, this room didn' always give a great first impression. It's the first room you see when you walk in. And like the rest of our older home, there is no storage anywhere in sight. So the plan was to put in as much vertical storage as we could. We also had to re-evaluate the room as the girls were getting bigger.

We ditched the toy kitchen & laundry set. We looked at their needs & wanted to turn this room into less of a playroom that screamed playroom as soon as you walk in, but also was a room where they... play.

The room isn't completely finished yet. I need to buy pillows for the couch yet. I am having the worst time finding floor lamps, & the ceiling light still hasn't been installed. But this is where we are!
The whole room was inspired by Laura's Playroom at!

Before we get to the reveal let's take a trip where the room started.

Here is a listing photo from 2009:

Here it is in it's full out playroom glory in the toddler days over 6 years ago

For vertical storage, the plan was to make the built-ins custom like our living room. But, I was able to talk Brandon into buying IKEA Billy Bookcase & beef them up to look like they were custom built-ins.

The middle piece ended up being custom made because they didn't make anything to fit in that area. We didn't take into account that there was a vent on the floor, but Brandon is a genius & rigged the bottom of the shelf to have an airtight airway that we put a vent on the front out of. It works perfectly!

Making storage function and pretty was key. This utility laundry cart was perfect for all their stuff animals & dolls!

I wanted to keep the decor functional, I used the toys they already had to decorate the shelves. I put things like their polly pockets, music instruments, magna-tiles & blocks in jars for storage & they look so cute! We also have a TON of books so I used them as well. On the end cap shelves, I rainbow coordinated the hardbacks for a fun pop of color! Of course, we added some Disney flair as well.

We took out the plastic IKEA kids table as the girls knees were starting to not fit & Brandon made a PBK table look alike, the height will work for them for a long time. 
The use it so much & love having more room & it being more comfortable to sit at!

We wallpapered this back wall for a pop of full, then Brandon also made the girls these half desks on each side. They are amazing for separating for homework!

I know you probably think I am nuts for a while couch in a kids' living room, but I promise it is stupidly easy to take care of! I can throw it in and bleach it & spot treat it with peroxide. 

For the art above, it is lyrics to the song "forever young". I was/am the biggest "Parenthood" fan. Beyond obsessed and grossly attached and in love with every character of the show. I always wanted a big family, so it was my dream world. The theme song has the best lyrics that I truly love & it was the perfect piece for in here!


Bookcases: IKEA Billy Bookcases

Questions to ask after school instead of "how was your day"

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 Questions to ask after school instead of "how was your day"

Do you get the same answer every day when you ask "how was your day" after school to your kiddo? Try these instead! You could even print & put in your glove box to pull out after picking them up!

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Virtual learning School Cart | Homeschooling Supply Cart | Homework Cart

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Virtual learning School Cart | Homeschooling Supply Cart | Homework Cart 

Virtual Learning Organization Ideas

We don't have a ton of storage for school supplies right now to be out at the ready for the girls. We have  a "craft closet" but I really don't want to mix the two. Especially because our craft closet is always a disaster area. The girl's desk set up is in our front living room/playroom so I wanted something that would be right there. 

These carts I love so much. We also have one for our lunch stuff! {Ill link that here if you want to check it out} So I thought it would be great to keep all of their school stuff on one, too. That way they can move it in between their desks & put it away when needed. 

I also did not want to mix school supplies with their normal crafting supplies. These children will use 50 glue sticks on one "project" and all the crayons somehow come up missing 😜 So our rule is, anything on the cart is used for school and school only. If you need glue sticks or pencils or crayons, it's gotta come from the craft closet. This way I can also visibly see the inventory of everything, as well.

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At the top of the cart, I used these to hold all of their notebooks, school curriculum books & clipboards. We use clipboards for so much. {I get them at the dollar tree}  Having everything on top and easy to grab has been so easy.

The second shelf, I used non-slip shelf liner so everything doesn't move when they move cart & keeps everything in place. I just used simple Ball glass jars to hold everything & small pails for scissors & crayons. The pail makes it super easy for them to grab & put on the table/desk & put back.

On the last shelf, I used these containers for extras. I bought this box full of like 250 pencils that were super cheap, to keep on hand to restock their pencils. I also keep this timer in there. A huge portion of their work is timed & timer is huge to see how much time is left. I originally got it as their clean up timer so they could see, but it works great for school too. It has magnets on the back.

Lastly, used this pencil sharper to mount right on the side. It works out so great & is sturdy on there. I used 3m hooks to hold this paper organizer to holder their folders as well as loose notebook paper, construction paper & copy paper for easy grabbing.

There you have it. This cart could be used for really anything. Just for crafting, a homework cart, the option are endless.

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