Daily Covet: A Playroom with Room to Play

We need a playroom with some room to play.  Is that asking so much?

Last night, we decided that since my youngest has been wanting to sleep in the “guest bed,” which also is located in his room, it might be time for him to actually stop sleeping in his crib full time.

While my oldest begged us for almost a year for bunk beds, he declined the opportunity to finally sleep in the top bunk, as we had originally intended.  So we had the surprisingly easy task of taking the beds apart so that each boy has his own little twin bed.  In the same room!

The task we didn’t foresee was that of what do we do with everything that had it’s place before the room had two twins bed in it – unstacked.

I've been dreaming of this look since we've found out we were having our 2nd boy!

However, we are now missing an entire wall of formerly well-used real estate in the room.  Enter the need for a separate playroom, and that comes with a hitch.  That room also has to suffice as our family room in our basement.

Playrooms… playrooms…I perused google images for some ideas… and while it’s not this bad (from www.realsimple.com):

It's not this bad… YET.

It’s also not this good (from kencangbanget.com):

Great playroom, but my kids are not getting a nicer TV than me!

And let’s not talk crazy talk here (from http://www.roemahku.com):

Right… that'll happen.

But maybe something a little more this speed (from apartmenttherapy.com):

So this would be a nice room...

Why does a mixed-use space have to be so hard to create?

Daily Covet: Tranquility in the form of a chair.

Yep, another covet for today… who knows?  Maybe this will become the “hourly covet!”  Eh, probably not…

But I had to post because I have this desire to redecorate… or decorate… or purge… and add.  You would think I was nesting.  I can assure you, I’m not.  However, I am looking for some space to call my own.  Some space to work, to be inspired, to be alone mostly.

When I saw this chair at Crate & Barrel, I started envisioning a small place in a my room with an antique writing table (which I already own) and my new chair.  My bedroom is already Tiffany blue, white and a hint of navy in my asian-inspired lamps.  So why not throw in this crisp white chair, juxtaposed with a very modern navy frame?

The combination of blue and crisp white is so appealing, that it has practically taken over my house.  I may want to consider something hot pink, red or bright green… but not today.

Carly Chair with Cobalt Blue Frame, Crate & Barrel $399

Sun Room, Option #2

Yesterday, I posted “Option #1” for my sun room turned play/TV room.

Because my living room is blue and the sun room is set off by French doors with windows, another option is to just continue the color into the sun room.  See “Option #2” for a beautiful new space.

Sun Room, Option #2

“Haralson Settee, Ballarddesigns.com $949

5×8 Surya “Rain” Rug, Rugs-direct.com $345

“Sea Coral” Throw Pillow, Pillowdecor.com $39.95

Sawhorse End Table, Ballarddesigns.com $149

Turqoise Glass Lamp, Pier1.com $65

Vintage Tin Tiles, set of 3, Potterybarn.com $99

Logan Storage/Console Table, Pier1.com $269.99

Daily Covet: It’s time to put MAC to work!

HGTV Home Design for MAC, apple.com $49.95

Last Christmas, my darling husband surprised me with a Macbook.  I wanted one specifically to pacify that creative side in me.  To date, I have yet to use it for anything remotely resembling create and design!  As I was looking around for some software that would allow me to dig my heels in, I came across this HGTV Home Design for Mac software.

I have previously done some virtual room design and redecorate on sites like Lowes.com or EthanAllen.com but neither was very intuitive and I usually ended up giving up before I had accomplished what I really wanted to.

So today, I am coveting this seemingly awesome software so that I can put MAC to work!

Daily Covet

If I didn’t already have the most fabulous little boys’ room around, I would consider trying to copy this…. but I thought I would share (click here for room view #2 as I couldn’t copy the picture directly from website!)

While virtually visiting one of my favorite websites, called OneKingsLane.com, I found that they had some ideas for sprucing up children’s rooms.  I ran across this adorable room that wouldn’t normally be my “style” but I just thought it was such a nice way to be ranch-y and rustic while still being traditional and tailored.

Notice the pale, blue walls… my all time favorite… such a great way to create calm in a room.  Also the ironic use of bucking bronco fabric in the curtains… not such a calming effect?

The headboards are custom, I’m sure with animal hide-like print fabric and the bedding is clean and unfussy.  I love that there are some small punches of red in there to keep the predominantly white and pastel colors from becoming too bland.

If someone ends up recreating this room, please notify me immediately with picture proof of the adorable results!