Room To Lounge

There is one room in our house that is in constant flux. The playroom. I’m ALWAYS in there cleaning, picking up toys, rearranging things to accommodate our (quickly) growing children. It seems like every few months the kids’ needs change, and thus, so does the playroom.

I’m so grateful we have a room to use just for the kids to play in. Especially since we don’t have a finished basement and our bedrooms are all upstairs, it’s nice for the kids to have a safe place on the main floor to play where I can keep close watch of them. I’m especially grateful for it this Summer because it has been too hot to play outside some days, like this ENTIRE WEEK. While it has been so hot, we’ve been having afternoon movie time. I turn the lights off, close the curtains, make a comfy pillow fort, grab some snacks and lay down and watch a movie, or two. This movie time is awesome because 1. it’s a cool distraction from outside and 2. both kids usually fall asleep!

I noticed that the rooms current layout was not very accommodating for movie time, or even just lounging, especially for us adults when we are in there. The room is large, but has two large picture windows and two large door openings. Our t.v. has been on the wall in the corner which made it tricky to comfortably place a sofa without it being in the center of the room. The t.v. placement was one of those decisions we made hastily when we first moved in, without really knowing where we would need/want it.

Here is a look at the previous layout. Basically the sofa was in the middle of the room, and the four corners were separate little play areas. I liked this layout while the kids were smaller, because they could both play with their own toys in separate corners. These days, they are more into the same toys and need more room to spread out and play.

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Since the room is somewhat long and narrow, I decided to split it in half and dedicate half to a ‘lounge’ area and half to the play area. This required moving the wall mounted t.v. and praying that the cable cord would reach to the new spot. Luckily it did with a little finesse.

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I moved all of our toy storage onto one wall and painted the old bookshelf a glossy white to make it look more like one unit. I got really lucky that it all fit nicely onto that one wall and then centered the t.v. above it.

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I also got lucky that our sofa/futon just barely fit along the back wall.  I wish I had a little more room for an end table or two, but I may end up finding a long narrow table to go behind it. I’m not too worried about it right now, because the futon will be replaced one of these days when the kids are older. Right now though, we are loving having a futon in this space for movie watching, naps, and when we have extra guests staying with us.

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I love that it feels cozy, but there is still plenty of room for the kids to get out their toys in this area. Lots of Duplo building goes on in this space. We had a hard time getting our tent out without moving things around before, and now there is plenty of room for it.

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Hollis did end up losing her painted house mural, but I promised I would fix up her little kitchen area as a compromise. The Ikea kitchen needed some paint touch-ups and while I was at it, I just ended up giving it a whole new farmhouse makeover. I still have a shelf to hang for her baby doll accessories and I let her pick some artwork to hang along the walls.

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Bowen is a big fan of the kitchen lately too. I have plans for a little tool/garage area for him on the opposite wall. He is getting a workbench for Christmas this year so I have a little time before I focus on that. I’m sure Hollis will enjoy it as well.

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I’m sure this room will change again, but so far I’m really happy with this new layout. The kids seem to be really happy with it too. It just feels so much bigger and more open. I love makeovers that just require a little furniture rearranging and minimal paint…and that are totally FREE!!

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Ikea is coming! Ikea is coming!

I know, I know.  Ikea is not new by any means, but it is one of my favorite stores. I’ve driven many, many miles to get to one of their stores.  So, it’s just my luck that we get an Ikea in Kansas City as soon as we move to the middle of nowhere Kansas. BUT it gives me yet another reason to visit my family in KC! I will take the 3 1/2 hour drive over the 10 hour drive we previously had endure to get to the nearest Ikea.

The new store is set to open this week in Merriam, KS (although it keeps getting pushed back) just a few blocks from our old house. Really, our moving away is probably for the best…at least as far as my bank account is concerned. I will probably avoid it for a couple of months until some of the newness wears off. That place is going to be a zoo for a loooong time. Luckily we took a trip to Minneapolis this weekend for a friend’s wedding and I was able to pop into the Ikea there to get my fix to tide me over for a while.

Well…I thought it would tide me over, but in reality, I was just making a mental list of things I want to get later when the store near us opens. If our car wasn’t already full of luggage, I probably would’ve come home with a few more things.  Here are a few things I picked up on our trip and few things I’m patiently waiting to get. ikea homeIkea PS 2014 storage combination, LACK side table, PREMIÄR wall map, BESTÅ BURS console, RANARP work lamp, IKEA PS cabinet, VILMAR chair

I’m loving the Ikea PS storage units, they come in many different configurations and I LOVE the natural/mint green combo. We picked up the LACK side table for Hollis to use as a play table. It’s the perfect height for her to stand and play with her toys. I’d like to add some stools or chairs for her later on so she can eat a snack or color at it. We are looking for tv consoles right now and I love these two options. The Ikea PS cabinet has the ability to lock the doors which would be great for keeping out curious babies. I’m also daydreaming about my someday office and I NEED that VILMAR chair and RANARP work lamp.

textilesNÄVVIVA and KNAPPSÄV cushions, Ikea PS 2014 rug, and LJUDA striped place mat.

My favorite part of Ikea is the textiles. I am a textile junkie and they have some really fun prints for super cheap so I can afford to switch my place mats, tablecloths, pillows, etc. often. I grabbed some pillows for Hollis’ new room (which is slowly coming along). I can’t wait to go back for bedding and maybe a new rug…or two.

ikea kidsEKORRE rocking moose, MATA 4-piece dinnerware set, SMASKA 3pc flatware, SKYLTA children’s market, DUKTIG play kitchen, LÅTSAS 11pc shopping basket, MULA 24pc building block set

Another thing I’m super excited about is the kid’s stuff! Our daughter is at the age where she is really getting into toys and I want to encourage her playing and learning. One week she is obsessed with dolls, the next it’s trains, it gets expensive keeping up with her phases. Ikea has a lot of cute, affordable toys that are also pleasing to my eyes as well as hers. I really like that they are not noisy and full of buttons, they are good for helping kids  use their imaginations. They also have a lot of great toy storage options to keep all the clutter at bay.