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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Playroom Reveal!

One of the main reasons we bought our house was its finished basement.  Although children weren't on the horizon when we bought our home, we knew eventually it would make a great playroom/ place to watch tv that is somewhat separate from the "entertaining" space on the main level. 

Like most basements, even though our playroom has windows and an exterior door with windows, natural light is a challenge.  Recess lighting helps, and I also used colors that are light and bright, navy and coral, which work well with larger neutral pieces. 

It's a little bit pattern crazy, but I figure you can go a little brighter in the playroom than elsewhere in a home.  Thank you to the talented Katharine Fuchs for photographing!  If you live in the Charlotte area and want a talented yet reasonable photographer, hire her!

In designing this space, I mixed a few pieces of "high" with a large amount of "low" in this room.  The Brunschwig fabric on the roman shades was a splurge, but window treatments are usually pretty safe from markers and sticky fingers.  The bookshelves and tv stand are all "high gloss white" pieces from Ikea. 

I used Quadrille fabric on the chrome chairs, because it added just the right pop of color.  The C Jere sailboat sculpture hanging over the fireplace was an estate sale find.  The rug is from the Pottery Barn Outlet ages ago.  Expedit bookshelves are a great way to store toys!


My children both have a little Ikea Lack end table desk and baby Bertoia chair where they can color, play with Play Doh, and read.


Pierced blanc de chine lamps add a chinoserie touch to the room- since my husband and I do spend time here, too, I wanted at least one area of the room to be slightly more sophisticated than the rest.  (No, I'm not talking about the giant leather sofa...)

My children love having a wide open space where they can play with their toys and their friends!

Our sweet little redhead approves!

Thanks for letting me share our home with you!

18 comments:

nancy said...

I love this room! 'Pattern heavy' is a brilliant way to go in a playroom, I think, cheery and less likely to show marks [leather is durable so there's that in the sofa's favor].
Your darling girl is so cute, and so big already! Has it really been that long ago she was born?
Thank you so much for sharing. As I looked through the photos, I kept wanting to ask if I could please come over to play at your house. You've done a great job with this room, perfect for its purpose.

Erin said...

That's a fantastic playroom- and such a sweet little redhead!

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

I love it! All the bright colors make me happy. and I love Katherine photograhed it!! You did a great job, be proud!

Julie said...

It looks amazing! What a fun (and stylish!) place to play!

Rachel said...

Hi, I just clicked over to your blog from LGN, and can I just say: Wow, I absolutely adore this room. You have used a perfect mix of color and pattern: not easy to do. I love your estate sale find above the fireplace. Pinning the heck out of these images right now!

Could you share the fabric source for the smaller sofa? I think the leather sofa really works well in here, BTW. It grounds all the pattern and adds a slightly masculine touch.

Melissa said...

Sarah this is beautiful!!! I love that rug-- wish it was still available. What a fun, exciting, play space!

Betsy said...

Looks wonderful! And, I agree with the other commenter- the leather sofa looks good and brings in the warm tones from the coral. It is just an awesome room for kids & grown-ups!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

It's huge!! Wow, you did a fantastic job. You have it feeling so bright and beautiful. I bet you will spend the entire winter down there.

goheels83 said...

The room looks absolutely amazing - love the Jere piece on the wall. I can't wait to come play soon :)

CrptBgr said...

That's one fine rumpus room!

Vickie H. said...

Such a great space! I love what you have done here!!! VERY nice work!!! So light and welcoming!!! GOOD JOB!!!

Meredith M. said...

The finished product looks so great! Still obsessing over those baby Berts!

the Queen City Style said...

Get your pattern on, girl! I LOVE it! You know I need to do mine... how do you find the time to actually make it happen?? Our basement is the exact same form functioning as yours... Come over and HELP ME! ;) Looks awesome!!! Way to go. You must be so proud.
Whitley
www.thequeencitystyle.com

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

What a happy room!! Love the blue/white sofa with all of those colorful pillows. I now have a 3 week old baby girl...and I know we will need a space like this very soon! Take care, Caroline

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Wow! This room looks amazing! I absolutely love the use of color and pattern. It is so stylish and functional. What great inspiration for me as I am embark on working on our little playroom!

Sanity Fair said...

AWESOME job!!! What a great combo of color and pattern - and that RUG. You really made a children's space work for the grown-ups!
-SF

Loucinda said...

Perfection! Especially the sweet red head. I hope she and her brother invite me over to play :)

Melissa W. said...

LOVE this room!!!

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