I'm not on my own in feeling like it's been January for about three months now right? Will it NEVER get to the end of the month?! So many things I want to do around here, so little money to do them with. I'm feeling all:
Thankfully there really is something in the saying "neccessity is the mother of invention" and I'm almost finished my super cheap (read:totally free cos I only used stuff I already had) downstairs loo makeover so I'll be sharing that as soon as I can get some decent photos!
|There's Elliott in his tank, trying to be all "I'm a super scary snake" even though there's a stripy monkey sitting on his roof like he owns the place.|
Regardless, I have no desire to look at toys once the kids are in bed, so a place to shove them all at the end of the day is a real bonus!
So for about a year now it's been usable, but not very pretty or inspiring. It's basically just a dark room full of toys (and an itinerant snake).
It was on the back burner during that time as we worked on other, more important parts of the house, but now I feel the time has come. I find myself browsing amazing scandanavian blogs, drooling over the playrooms of kids who obviously never coloured on a wall or shoved a teddy down the toilet in their lives. Clean rooms! Functional rooms! Beautiful rooms! Rooms that inspire kids to stop and think before colouring their baby brother in with a sharpie. You know, miracle rooms?!!
Ahem. Anyway. It's time.
So without further ado, here's a little look at what I'm thinking:
1. Feature Wall
|everything emily blog|
2. Bright Ceiling
|a beautiful mess|
I plan on painting the room a soft white to brighten it up (it's at the front of the house, which doesn't get a lot of light), but I'd love to bring in a really vibrant colour on the ceiling. I'm thinking maybe Dulux "Hepburn Blue"? Or maybe I'll go yellow, or pink! Still undecided, all the pics of colourful ceilings on pinterest are so gorgeous, I'll get some testers soon and see what looks best in there.
3. Rope Light Sign
|hus o hem|
A library!! I love how these Ribba ledges allow you to display kids books front-facing. Em loves her books but unless she can see what's on the cover she pulls them all out to look at them before she chooses!
...then I'd be totally happy to spend hours in there playing princess witches (totally a thing) I promise!
6. Somewhere to display kid-art
So there you have it! What do you think? Anything I'm leaving out? Anything you found really helpful in your own playroom that you'd recommend?
I'm planning on getting started just as soon as I can afford the paint and I'm hoping it'll be a pretty quick job, but before that I need to find a new home for poor Elliot, he's an elderly snake, I'm sure he'll be glad to get out of there!
Oh, and just before I go, I know you've all been looking, and wondering, and probably judging, and I don't blame you, so I feel like I should address the elephant in the (play)room, namely......the ugliest lampshade in the world!!!!!
So yeah, basically I saw something beautiful and ethereal on Pinterest, namely a cloud lampshade, tried to re-create it and failed epically.