Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kalia's Playroom

Most of you guys have seen this picture of my formal living room :


We intended to make this a game room, and were holding onto our old furniture from our old house turned rental property in case we needed to stage the house to re-rent it.  One day I got over it and decided that was silly, and called these guys to come get all this furniture that Chris and I both didn't like anymore.

And did a happy happy joy joy dance as they hauled away all of our unwanted furniture to give to someone who really could use it.  Win win!

I wanted a space for Kalia and her growing toys that wasn't just her nursery.

A space for us to play.

A space to contain the mess.  Easily.  I'm kind of a mess too, so containment is key in our house.

I wanted a space that will grow with Kalia, and that her friends can come over and hang out in that's safe and fun.  I wanted a space free from the TV (we don't let Kalia watch it yet), where we can be creative, loud, and play as hard as we want.

A playroom.  To just be a kid in without any of the adult stuff getting in the way.  It had to be eye-appeasing because it's the very first thing you see when you walk into our house.

It's still a huge work in progress, but here's where that room, our old formal living room that we rarely used, and now Kalia's playroom stands today :

For the most part, we worked with what we had.  We moved the extra daybed from the daybed room (which is now just a sewing machine room) out into here.  Eventually we'll want a couch and perhaps  storage shelves or something that goes vertical along that wall, but for now, the daybed provides seating and the three baskets are great for storage.

Kalia's got a lot of generous grandparents and aunts and uncles - and Christmas already happened, so she has lots and lots of toys.  She plays with all of them in here though, she really does love them!  We talk about what colors they are, read her books, dance to her music things, and make believe with her dolls in here.

Well, she really just throws her dolls around and we build with blocks and play with trucks and trains too.  She's a tough little girl already!

I have three favorite things that I've bought for this room.

This lamp from PB Kids.  It was on sale for 50% off, then free shipping, then they sent me a 15% off promo code, and I had to get it for her.  It's cute, practical, and unique.  I love it.

These stools and table are a lot of fun to beat on and sit at.  Kalia's just starting to want to get up here and sit with me.  I'm working on coloring with her on paper, which is fun to do up here.  The best thing about these tables and chairs are that they clean up easily, and are that material that is water proof as well.  These might find their way out to the pool deck one day.  They're from Serena and Lilly.  I got them when they had their 50% off their sale priced items.  Sale on top of sale, that's my way to shop!

And lastly, I have out two of these baskets.  I have a third, which I'm guessing we'll bring out after her birthday party.  They are amazing for just tossing her toys in and everything being clean in no time.  They're huge, and Kalia actually climbs in the one I have for stuffed dolls and plays around in there.  They're from One Kings Lane and the brand is Colonial Mills.  They're the large 24" ones.  I've seen them on sale a few times through them.  If you've never heard of One Kings Lane, or aren't a member yet, if you use this link to sign up, you'll get $15.  As a full disclosure, if/when you make your first purchase, so will I :-).

I don't love the empty walls, but they'll get stuff on them eventually.  We're working on another project in there this week too, so stay tuned for another update on Kalia's playroom shortly.

So what do you guys think of it?  I jokingly call it Kalia's prison yard.  I don't love the look of baby gates everywhere, but Kalia's is into everything, so they're absolutely necessary!

Hope everyone's having a great week so far!

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  1. Wow!!!! I was totally not expecting that when I scrolled down. It looks amazing! What a fun pop of color - and so very practical! I wish I had a space in my house like this!

  2. Thanks so much Karen for the sweet comment!

  3. What a cute playroom! It looks easy to pick up too. . .love the gates to keep her in and allow you to get a few things done with keeping an eye on her.

  4. That's a kid's paradise! Your daughter is so lucky. I really like how you did that daybed too. I would love it if you would consider sharing this playroom with some of my readers. I'm sharing a linky party with another blogger so it would be linked up on 2 blogs. Here is the link.


  5. Hi Kara, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  6. What brand is the gate? Thanks for sharing, Kalia's playground looks amazing!

  7. What brand of baby gates are those and did you have to buy multiple? More info on them pretty please. I need to set something like this up with our crawler.

  8. What kind of baby gates are those?

  9. I know this was an old post but I too am hoping to know the brand of gates. Ive been searching online for so many different ideas as I desperately need to baby proof and section off my living room.

  10. Here's a link to them on Amazon. We actually have them listed on Craigslist for anyone in the Dallas area, we have officially outgrown them!

    Happy shopping and baby proofing ;)!

    1. Thank you so much! We are actually starting all over with two little ones whom we are fostering (kin). So back to baby proofing we go! :) Merry Christmas ♡


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