I’M NOT REALLY SURE why I’m even awake right now. It’s probably the residual effect of the Starbucks grade jet fuel that coursed through my veins for a few hours following my 8 a.m. Target/grocery run. I will likely crash land two minutes before my son starts wailing at me post-afternoon nap.
There are a few things I’ve come to loathe since becoming a mom (e.g, people who park too close to the line in parking lots, the Post Office, going out to dinner after 5 p.m., jeans, underwires and Jenny McCarthy). Today, daylight savings time is topping my list. The loss of the hour of sleep, bringing with it the extra daylight after 6 p.m., no longer seems like a fair trade to me. As the mother of a strange, nocturnal beast I say keep your daylight! Darkness is the ticket to an early bedtime and what’s left of my sanity. Yes. Darkness.
But while I’m riding high from my overpriced caffeine, I figured I’d share some playroom updates with all of you. I usually clean up my son’s playroom twice a day. Once after he goes down for his afternoon nap and then again after he goes to sleep at night. Today the light was too good to pass up so I snapped a few shots of his room after I cleaned up.
After the great curtain conundrum, I’m happy to report that all of the curtains are up. I also have a few new pieces of furniture making a debut today. First is the IKEA Mammut children’s table in celery green. I originally was contemplating getting a few storage ottomans for next to the sofa, but, after I realized how much my son likes to play at the activity tables at the library and his gym class, I decided a tiny table for him was the best option.
I was going to get him a few IKEA Fargglad stackable chairs to go with the table, but the chairs were out of stock. After I got home I realized he really only needs one chair for now (which he has) and the Moroccan poufs work for additional seating when his friends come to play. I still love the Fargglad chairs so you might be seeing those somewhere else, maybe even outside, sometime soon.
And just for comparison’s sake, here is a picture of what this room looked like before we moved in:
You will notice that we still have the gold/white (or is it BLACK and BLUE?!?!?) wallpaper in the adjacent room. Eventually I want that space, which the former owners used as a formal dining room, to be part of an expanded kitchen. These are plans for the future. Think, 10 year plan.
In addition to the table, I also purchased a Trofast step-style storage system from IKEA. I recently learned about this collection, and I am in love to say the least. There are a few options for finishes/materials/configurations. You can also select different colored bins depending on what works with your space. I selected the sturdy and more expensive pine version of the unit. This thing is rock solid and neutral enough that I will be able to move it around the house, add pieces to it to make a larger system in the future and change out the storage buckets to match other color schemes in future designs. I also love how, when placed next to my armless sofa, it serves not only as storage, but as an end table for drinks/remotes and as a display shelf for cute toys.
If life were perfect, I’d have a little bit more space next to the sofa so the storage unit didn’t spill over the doorframe between the two rooms. But if I had a choice between more space and more sleep, I’d choose the sleep. Being a mother has given me the grace to accept that life, and spaces, will never be perfect, and that interrupted sleep is fleeting.
I love how cozy and fun the room feels now that the curtains are finally up. My mom made them for me using the Balmoral opal fabric from fabric.com. I also love the playfulness of the Hopplek rug from IKEA, another purchase I made during my recent trip. The black and white ticking stripes along the edge along with the blue and green stripes/numbers help this educational rug fit right into the space. I also like how the rug breaks up the chevron pattern on the larger black and white rug I purchased from Rugs USA. When left on its own, this rug actually makes me dizzy. I’ve literally almost passed out while vacuuming it.
The room now has plenty of storage for all of my son’s books and toys. My son loves puzzles and I store/display his using a metal dish rack from Target.
The blue Badger Baskets bins on either side of the room are wide and deep enough to hold pretty much any small toy, and I like how easy they make it for my son to be able to access his toys. I also store blankets and pillows in these bins underneath his toys. Land of Nod carries similar storage units, but Badger Baskets fit my budget better. Not only are these bins great for storage, but you can stack them to your heart’s content. I like stacking two. I think it’s the perfect height to double as an entertainment unit/console table. The one beneath the TV serves to hold our cable box and the one on the other side of the room has my son’s CD player and a basket of diaper changing supplies.
I still need to put some art on the walls and get a new floor lamp for the one corner. While I’m sure this space will change and grow as fast as my son, for now it’s feeling very comfortable and functional. Do you have any great ideas for playroom storage you think would work for me? I’d love to hear about them! What do you think about what I’ve done so far? Have your kids completely taken over your home?