Last month, we introduced you to a new project we were working with World Market on–an indoor playhouse–and are so excited to share how it all turned out today! We found the perfect space to makeover, a small 5×9 room in our friends’, Preston and Corine’s, basement. They had been wanting to turn the small space into a playroom for their kids eventually, and were happy to turn over the design reigns to us. This is where we started:
And this is how it looks now!:
It’s the sweetest space and is already getting a ton of love from the little ones. While we won’t go into all the building details (since it was already a room to start with), I made a gif that shows the transformation of the outside of the room that we made to look like an actual little house. The icing on top was the shaker siding they had leftover from their own home–so it’s a nice detail that everything kind of goes together.
We took a lot of inspiration from these images we shared when we first started the project and thankfully Preston took lead on a lot of the building and DIY aspects of the playroom since we’ve had our hands full with a new little baby. Inside, we hung this fun peel and stick wallpaper before building the loft play area.
It wasn’t a tall space to begin with (the ceilings are under 8′ down here) but the loft area adds another layer of imagination and allows additional play underneath, too. It’s like the room was made larger because we designed vertically, too–a great tip for small spaces.
We added a chalkboard underneath the loft and a couple wall baskets that are currently holding a roaring pez collection and figurines, but are perfect for all sorts of toys. Their son routinely takes them off the wall and carries them up to the “fort” to play, so I love that they have a nice handle on them.
We also wanted to make sure there was a space to sit in here–for kids to lounge and read or parents to read to them, or to just sit and hang out. This small sofa (available in 3 colors) was the perfect fit! It’s just under 5′ wide and I love the playful pop of color it brings.
One of the last details we added were simple window boxes to the outside, filled with faux succulents that can’t be killed by even the most curious little fingers. Ha!
I know not everyone has a whole room they can dedicate to play, but I hope the transformation of this tiny 5×9 space inspires you! I have seen similar transformations in under stair closets, even (something we have been eyeing ours for). And if there’s one thing this project has taught me, it’s that kids love little little spaces. Their imaginations don’t need entire floors or excessive square footage–just a small area to be a kid in.
Loveseat | Chindi Area Rugs | Rhino Animal Bust | Springbok Animal Bust | Striped Lumbar Pillow | Fringed Pillow | Chalkboard | Toy Guitar | Wall Baskets | Faux Succulents here here and here | Fringed Tote Basket | Giraffe Print | Peel and Stick Wallpaper | Embroidered Kids Drawing
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