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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Playroom Reveal!!

The playroom has been done since Easter!!! Or at least almost done!!
It has been a busy couple of months around our house so there was a delay in getting the images posted.
I am finally doing it today, whether it is totally ready or not!!!

As many of you already know I have three grandchildren that I get the privilege of having visit my home, and stay with me from time to time. I have a designated room for them that we call the playroom.

Hubby and I recently did a make over on the playroom. The kiddos are getting older and needed a hang-out room for older kids!! Since I have two grandsons and one granddaughter the room had to fit for both genders.

Today I will show you the room done with the boys in mind. This is actually how I keep it most of the time except when my little girly-girl comes to stay, and then PINK is added!!!

Remember all of these fabrics? I already had the pillows. The top pillow is from Tarjay. The second pillow is a Nautica pillow sham on clearance for $5.99 from Homegoods. The next pillow is also from Homegoods. 

The large polka dot is from Ikea as well as the small dotted fabric on the bottom shelf. The awning stripe and plaid are from Robert Allen fabrics.

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All of these fabrics turned into this………. 

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Notice I finally made a choice on the letter, “P” color!! Not navy, not cobalt somewhere in between!! The little love-seat turns into a full bed for sleeping.

Reading Nook
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Everyone’s favorite spot, the reading or sleeping nook!! The curtains close for a little hideaway spot. You will notice no hardware on the drawers. We did this intentionally because that would create a ladder for little feet to crawl on, and would eventually compromise the integrity of the drawers.

The base is actually a portion of a captains bed that my hubby made for my oldest son on his 9th birthday. My son will be 39 years old this year! It is a sentimental piece for our family so we were so glad to be able to use it.

I found a special surprise on the platform of the bed when we took it apart. My son had written his name. Like my hubby said, “It is part of the family!” One more piece of molding is going to be added on the wall to the right to make it more finished looking.

On the right side of the nook you will see frames with artwork from each of my grandchildren. This has always been here to honor their creative side!

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(these are their latest creations)

Above the rail I am getting the word, “read” in cursive. I am not sure if I will be painting it white or the same blue as the big two foot letter,  “P” above the sofa. Right now I can display books on the top rail…..
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A close-up of the pillows. I will be changing the tie-back it is too harsh for the curtain fabric. Still thinking about that one!!!

fINISHED PLAYROOM Guest room 012 (800x600) (800x600)I had the cushion custom made with a lime green cord welting. I love the pop it gives to the crisp navy and white awning stripe.

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(notice the one basket with the striped cuff? I still need to make the cuff’s for the other natural colored baskets) 
This is looking from the door. The book shelves will change according to which guest is spending the night, adult, boy or girl. On the right of the sofa it is set-up for an adult guest, see the towels?

I added baskets for storage, and to add texture to the room.  I chose a natural weave and a fun lime green basket. I also have some blue tin buckets for storage to add another texture.

I am a lover of numbers and letters. Throughout my home you will see the letter, “P” displayed. The “P” is the first letter in our last name. I purchased these darling zinc numbers 1-2-3, because I have 3 son’s and 3 grandchildren!!!

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I purchased these from My Sparrow Stylish Responsibility

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  (you can see a glimpse of the floor pillows that match the nook cushion perfectly. I purchased these from Ikea at $14.99 each!! I did a happy dance when I found them.) 
I keep this pillow combination  for most of the time except when I have a little girly-girl staying, then we bring out the pink!!!! I will show that set-up in my next post!!!!

All the grandchildren saw the play room at Easter, and I must say that is what made it all worth it. They made comments like, “awesome”, “this is so cool,” and “It is like our very own little living room!” 
My granddaughter grabbed a book and opened the closed curtain of the nook only to find my oldest grandson inside already there!! She promptly got in there with him!!

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(my oldest Grandson reading Nate the Great)

When I took my youngest grandson in to see the room I told him, “Do you want to see your new room?” We went inside and he started giggling and jumped up into the nook with big smiles.

 Afterward he started opening all the other bedroom doors. When I asked him what was he looking for, he replied, “Where is #1 grandson’s and my granddaughter’s room? He thought it was just his room. Honest mistake, I did say “your” room, didn’t I?

All three of my grandchildren have always had this room to play and sleep in since they were infants. First it was a pack n play and now we have graduated to a sofa and a reading nook. Life goes on and it is wonderful!
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Aaaaah!! Now this is how it should be!!!
Kathysue is……

Enjoying the process of:

Watching my grand children grow and play in my home.

 PS....Many have asked about the paint color. I used
Martha Stewart's Lemongrass sold at Home depot

I am linking to Emily Clark's Linky Party

I am linking to Sherry's  Open House Party 


Anna White said...

Kathy Sue you have done an amazing job...what a wonderful grandmother you are..such a bright , happy and playful room indeed...Love it!
I have purchased a pair of those little blue ink spot cushion covers from Ikea also..for my little Jacqs room..still under construction at the moment..lol x

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

It's wonderful, Kathysue!The colors are so cheerful and the reading nook...the perfect touch! But...my favorite photo is the last one. You are right...just as it should be! :-) Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

The enchanted home said...

Wow...I love it!!! So beautiful. The colors, the fabrics, its all so fantastically done. I LOVE the reading/sleeping nook. It is so incredibly cozy....and your choice of fabrics for all the pillows was spot on! Appreciate all the details like the contrast piping, the framed personal art work...you really did an amazing job! Enjoy....

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful, Kathysue! I knew it would be.:-)

Privet and Holly said...

These kids are
I would have
adored a room like
this as a child.
You actually have
me thinking ahead
to my own grammy days : )
It's simply
beautiful, KS!
xx Suzanne

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Oh, it is better than I even imagined. I know they must love what you have done for them. Maddie has her own room at my parents house and she and my mom have had so much fun talking about how there will now be a "big girl" bed in there when we visit in June (there was a crib). The colors are great, it is a place that you can use when the kids aren't there as well because of the way you have designed it. And I love the reading nook and the piece of history your son left behind. Fabulous! You have some very lucky grandchildren!

Karen said...

Everything is perfect and the colors aren't juvenile so the grandkids will be just as comfortable there when they are in their teens than they are now. The reading nook is my favorite.

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Whoa, I want a playroom!
Kathysue, this is gorgeous and how smart making it in colors for both genders! Love it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathysue, this is just gorgeous. I know they enjoy having this space so much. I love how well it turned out and so pretty. All of your colors are fabulous. Hugs Marty

vignette design said...

Can I come and stay in your playroom? I love the reading nook! Everything is gorgeous! Your attention to detail and careful thought process that went into designing this room just says LOVE! Love it all, from the colors to the texture. Great job Kathysue! ~Delores

Proper Hunt said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I especially LOVE the reading/sleeping nook! And the fabrics you chose are chic and modern but still kid-friendly. Great job!!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

The whole room is beautiful, but the nook stole my heart! Perfect for their ages - it will be poignant the first time you see a gangly teenager still trying to pleat his body in there!

laxsupermom said...

Gorgeous! Well worth the wait. I love seeing how all the fabric choices came together. The reading nook looks like the perfect space for curling up with a book, and even taking an afternoon nap for a kid who's been having fun at grandma's. The blue you used on the P is perfect. I liked the original yellow, but the blue is just right for the room. Can't wait to see the "girly" version. Thanks for sharing.

lizziefitz said...

Worth the wait!!! Fabulous reveal :) I love the fresh color s and fabrics. It flows with your new living room rug;) I keep picturing really primitive rope knots as drawer pulls s, single holes with a single knot? Little and big feet wouldn't have a loop or handle to grip onto?Thanks for sharing.

lizziefitz said...

PS maybe the same rope could be a tie back for the awesome reading nook? ;)

Kathysue said...

Lizzie, great ideas!! I am going to ponder on this one for awhile, thank you!! KS

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

This is beyond adorable and how precious you have made a space to welcome them into your home! I love this!! Enjoy them, they look like they are enjoying the playroom! Janell

The Buzz Blog said...

Loving the colors and cozy combinations! What is the paint color you used for the walls? It's perfect for my son's room...

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathysue, this is so cute. I love the colors and all your fabric combos. I know those kids love that reading nook. They all love to hide away. Great job.

Linda in AZ * said...


My husband is into "details" (and I am SO "NOT"!), and when I say that, he says "Honey, you have to have KIDS FIRST!"... Yep, that's so true, so I truly DO envy~ with great warmth, tho~ all of you gals entering Gramahood (OR Motherhood, for which I am TOO OLD now, that's for sure!)!!!...And WHAT A WAY TO DO IT, KS!!!

Lucky, loucky children, each and every one... this space, "just for them". is SIMPLY STUNNING, and shows great love because you took the time to think it all out so well first!!! The colors? Soooo HAPPY & CHEERFUL!!!...

And the fact that your son wrote his name on the bed? P*R*I*C*E*L*E*S*S!!!!!

Warmest hugs,
Linda in AZ *

Linda in AZ * said...

*** P.S. I LIKE "LIZZIEFITZ'" thinking~~~ I just saw her comments above, & that's what YOURS TRULY was thinking!!! Ooooh, goodie! Somebody who thinks like ME! (Now THERE'S a scary thought! Grins!)... XO, Linda ***

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Such a precious room...and so versatile too! I can imagine how much the children (and you!) enjoy it. I love that you made the effort to "girl" it up too...no stone unturned. Lovely work, KS!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Clappind and cheering! That nook !!! WHat a great place to go! LOVE it Kathysue!
Have a PRETTY day!

Anonymous said...

Adorable room. Love your colors and mix of patterns and that nook....yes please. Would love to see a colorful upholstered cornince over that window with some cute button tufting!

Stacy CUrran said...

Oh my, I just wrote a comment meant for this post and I think it ended up in the next one because I couldn't stop reading to post in the appropriate place! Anyway, i think this room is just perfect...love the colors, the nook/daybed, everything about it!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wow,you did such a beautiful job in this room.... loved all the colors... sooo soothing... and all those pillows... the fabrics used..simply gorgeous... my favorite is the reading nook and the white-framed children's artwork. This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing with us. Very inspiring!~Poppy


Julie Richard said...

Very Cute!

Unknown said...

This post really warmed my heart. You are a WONDERFUL grandmother to create this oasis for your grandchildren. They will WANT to come and stay with you.

I love the blue, white and green color scheme and the various pattern you seamlessly weaved together. That reading nook is majorly adorable and I'm sure will encourage quiet afternoons of reading.

Well done!!!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

This is fabulous, Kathysue!! I love every caring, loving, thoughtful detail about it. It's just perfect, and I sincerely admire the energy it takes to change things out depending on the guest. I knew this room was going to be something to drool over :)

At The Picket Fence said...

What an absolutely wonderful space you have created! You are one cool grandmother! :-) I can't believe I have never been to your lovely blog before and I can't wait to peek around a bit. I'm your newest follower now!

Jemsmom said...

That is absolutely one of the best kid friendly rooms I have ever seen! I love every single inch of it!

traci zeller designs said...

That is super cute, Kathysue! I love the colors ... and I have that very same green Target pillow in my boys' room. What a fun space for your lucky grandchildren!!

Anonymous said...

You did such a great job... I love everything about it! Our basement is finished and my son and his friends basically "live" down there. They love having their own space. xo

Unknown said...

So great! Love everything about this room..the color and the accessories and really love the reading nook! Congrats on a great job!

Trish @ A dream house for Trish said...

Kathysue, what a wonderful use of pattern & colour, I love it!! So bright & cheery, I bet you cant help but stop & admire your playroom every time you walk by!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I LOVE this room! You've done a brilliant job. All the details just make it look amazing. I'm following right along! I love your blog!


Pam said...

They will always remember what special place you created for them! It's the PERFECT combination of fun, function and style!

Kathysue said...

Hi Kathysue, I have tried aimlessly to post on your blog. But blogger is giving me a hard time. Love the room. I'm sure the grandkids love it too.
Linda Whiteweatheredhutch.blogspot.com

La Dolfina said...

It's wonderful Kathysue!!!
Just as I knew it would be :)
I love how you took us on the journey in designing it with you...
I especially loved seeing how it's being used and loved. Must make a Grandma proud!!!!
Congrats on a perfect new room where many wonderful memories will be made.


Unknown said...

What lucky grandkids you have! This is adorable and will withstand the test of time due to the crisp colors, fun fabrics and great attention to detail. What a terrific place to spend time with those lucky kids!

Cathy @ Room Rx

Becca Bertotti said...

What a fabulous playroom !! You did an incredible job. Love the colors and yet how crisp it is. And, that reading nook is too perfect !! Lovin' the oversized "P," too. May I come play ?! xo

Suze Yalof Schwartz said...

It Looks AMAZING!!!!! Great job!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This is just so fresh and adorable! I truly love everything about it and I hope when I have grandkids one day I remain this creative and thoughtful!

Hamptontoes said...

You win "grandmother of the year" award! Truly, it is so sweet for you to give your grandchildren a special haven in your home. I'm sure that they love visiting and know how much they are loved. You are wonderful! The room came out great and I love the little touch of history from your son's bed. Well done!

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Kathysue, this is adorable! Love the nook. I'm sure you and your grandchildren will enjoy it for many years. It's wonderful to make a special place for the grandkids. Such a sweet memory with the old bed. :)

Thread In Her Hair said...

What a fabulous room! I want to hang out in there!

Jessalyn said...

Love this room! If my parents and in-laws had rooms like this at their houses, we'd certainly visit more often.

What is the paint color on the walls? Love it!

LiveLikeYou said...

What a fantastic playroom Kathysue!! Love the colors, the reading nook and the crispness. You are most definitely the BEST and the youngest grandmother around!!!

Jessie said...

This playroom looks fantastic and fun! I love the color scheme, the reading nook and the decorative pillows especially the green one from Target. You are such a wonderful grandma, I bet the grandkids are thrilled to hang out in this room! Beautiful blog, now following!


The Yellow Cape Cod said...

Kathysue, this room is amazing. I love everything! The reading nook is to die for. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great! What is the wall color/brand of paint? Thinking of using it for our nursery! Thanks~ Roisin

Unknown said...

So glad to finally see it all finished ... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Great job!

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

what an amazing play room!

A Room For Everyone said...

Wow! Well done Kathysue! The kids must love it so much. I love the reading nook and the colour scheme is gorgeous.. Rachaelxx


WOW! I am back from the beach and catching up on my blog reading...such a cute room and the attention to detail is so "Kathysue".....I love the colors, and the fact that you can change it from Boy to girl with a few pillows and accessories.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathysue, What a fabulous playroom! I love the colors and the hideaway spot. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for joining my party.

Unknown said...

Oh, Kathysue it's amazing!!! I LOVE it. That reading nook is beyond precious. And I love how you added pink in the other post . . . and all of the guest room details as well {working on my guest room details for my mother in law to come tomorrow!}. I am using a similar color scheme for my son's room so I will be looking at this a lot! Wonderful.

Mel @ Georgica Pond said...

Congrats - you've done an amazing job. I'd be happy to have the playroom as my living room. Very cheerful, fun and fresh.

Angel said...

What a great idea and you've done such a great job with it. And you've really ispired me. I live in Australia and I haven't seen many of these here. Well not this cozy anyway.

I'm going to try and talk my boyfriend into having a reading nook instead of a study nook in our new house we are currently building.


Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

This is so wonderful! I LOVE the reading nook. I bet your grandchildren love coming to visit! They must feel so loved!

Emily A. Clark said...

Wow! Love it - especially the reading nook. Great colors too! Thanks for linking up.