the kids playroom in our new apartment is most definitely the room our entire family is most excited about! and i’m really thrilled to share with you all the details today! thanks for being so kind and sweet about all my apartment posts lately!
it has always been important to josh and me that our kids have a bright and playful space in our home to call theirs, which is why we gave them the biggest bedroom in our old apartment which we called their nursery. i want them to feel like they can run and play and be kids in every room in our home (well, except maybe not in the new work space?), but while still wanting them to call most of apartment theirs, i wanted them to have designated spot to really get comfortable creating and playing and being kids.
lots of photos and info below in-between the photos!
we decided to put the yellow piano in the playroom! for those who remember, i painted it yellow a few years ago with chalk paint and we really love it so much (even if it was the biggest and longest pain to paint). the kids are currently taking piano lessons each week and i’m secretly hoping that by having the instrument in their play space, they’ll be more encouraged and motivated to practice their music each day on their own. ;) it’s actually been working! i love hearing them plop down throughout the day and work on their chords.
josh plays the piano as well, which our family really loves. it often turns into singing parties or dance parties as we gather around it, so i’m glad we made the instrument a focal point in our home. my fondest memories from childhood include a lot memories dancing around our home as my dad played the piano and organ for us, so i hope we can create something similar for our little ones here.
in this new apartment, we turned the big formal dining room into the playroom since our kitchen has plenty of space to act as a dining room as well thanks to a little kitchen nook for a table and chairs. one of the things i was most excited about when we found this apartment, were the options each room gave us. as city dwellers, we’re always trying to think of how we can maximize all the space in each room… for example, could we possibly turn this into a bedroom if needed someday or change it up in different ways in the years to come and have it still work for our family’s needs. you all know how much i love shifting furniture around and trying every possible layout every few months, so having options, even in smaller city apartments, is a major plus. this playroom has big sliding wood doors that shut and divide the space between it and the living room (which you can see here), as well as two other doors on other sides of the room, so i was most excited about the options this room gives our family. if we ever want to turn this into a bedroom for one or two of our kids, we can easily do that thanks to all of the doors. i’m thinking at some point eleanor will want her own space (although when we gave her that option as we were moving she did not like the idea one bit and wants to stay sharing a bedroom with her brothers for now), but we can always shift things in this apartment if she ever decides she’d like that. our family is so close knit, i don’t imagine it happening anytime soon. my kids adore snuggling up and sleeping in the same room each night, but we’ll see over time. every family is so different with sleeping arrangements and how they utilize their space. but it’s working well for us to have the kids sleeping in one room together and then having a separate room for all their toys and play things. really the best part is if someone wakes earlier than the others, they can slip out of bed and hang in the playroom without disturbing the others. we have a space without distractions dedicated entirely just for sleep, and a space separate from sleeping with all of our toys and dress ups and art supplies! it’s been a great solution for us right now.
we have the kids school backpacks in an easy corner of the room where they can pick them up and drop them off each day before and after school. they are in charge of taking out their lunch and snack containers as well as any papers they might have in their folders from the day and homework. this is such a fun age of doing more things for themselves and taking on more responsibility.
i found the monogram hooks from HERE.
this green dresser was a vintage find josh and i bought out in lucketts, virginia, when we were living in DC. it was in our bedroom in our last apartment, but it’s working well in this room holding all of the kids puzzles, games, and other larger boxed toys. i actually bought some pink paint when we moved in thinking i’d paint it to brighten it up a little, but i still haven’t gotten around to it and the green is slowly growing on me. sadly, that yellow dresser from their old nursery did not make the move (i was surprised it stayed together for 3 moves over the course of ten years since it was an ikea dresser after all!), but after lots of repairs and about 100 extra nails to keep it together, it finally gave way about a week before our move with two drawers busting in a way that couldn’t be repaired any further. i took the knobs off of it and put them on this green one. eventually, i’d like to paint her pink, but for now, she’s green and i like her.
i’ve been framing some new pieces for our home and framed these two drawings from eleanor’s kindergarten art portfolio from last year. the top drawing is of our family, and she drew everyone wearing their favorite color which i just love so much! i also could never draw an elephant as well as she did in that second photo, so i had to get that one framed as well. i feel like these kids learn so much during their art classes in kindergarten and i am so anxious to start getting some of samson’s art back this year! excited to fill more and more of this room (and other walls in our home) with their art as they grow and do more in the years to come.
we also put 3 of these gallery art rails up to hang more art and drawings they create throughout the week in the playroom to display. it’s a nice solution since you don’t have to use tape or poke holes into the paper, so once we eventually take them down to put into their books and things, the art isn’t damaged. (i struggled with that in our old apartment. i used a lot of tape with their art work and it’d always ruin the back or edges.)
i also bought this moroccan rug from lulu & georgia and it is one of my favorite things we added to this apartment. it was out of stock of the longest time, and i was watching the website like a hawk waiting for the restock. so happy to have it in this space and for what it adds to the room.
these heads are a target find. we dressed them up with glasses, ties and bowties because i saw on the target website the cutest photo of the shark in a necktie and i knew we had to try something similar. i summoned josh to decorate them, and i gotta give it to the guy, he did a great job with those ties!
like in our old apartment, i try to keep the art supplies somewhat organized in separate clear containers, so the kids know where everything is and can keep things separated. we always keep a few jars stationed on the play table with crayons and colored pencils, and then more on the fireplace mantle with things like tape and glue and other craft supplies.
this white bookshelf and the white bins are something else we added to the apartment since our move. they are from the land of nod. my friend sarah just started a cute online clothing shop for kids called pepper, which is where i bought that darling bunny ears hat!
the white playtable was one of the first things we knew we wanted for our new apartment and i love it so so so much. you can usually find eleanor here when she is home working on creating something with her oil pastels she got for christmas last year that she diligently uses. the play table is from land of nod, and the colorful industrial kids chairs are from target.
this dress up bin area is another favorite spot of mine in the playroom. you can almost always find an astronaut helmet or super hero cape on at least one of my kiddos, so this is a very important spot in our apartment. :)
you might remember this green settee from our old apartment as well. it was a craigslist find from about 8 years ago in DC and still my favorite thing we own. once the kids grow a little bit older, i’m going to have it fixed up (there is a bit of permanent marker on one side behind that dark pillow and some glue on another spot), but for now, it’s very very loved with a few little art marks here and there.
just learned i wrote davises wrong. thanks to a couple of my readers for pointing that out and teaching me something i never knew. learn something new every day! and that’s our new updated playroom in our new apartment! if i missed anything you’re wanting me to source, please let me know in the comments! thanks for being so supportive and kind about this new home of ours. we really feel so lucky to have more space, and there isn’t a day that passes by that i’m not saying a prayer of gratitude to my heavenly father that we get to call this space home.
PS. HERE is a blog post all about sleep routines with a shared children’s room, for anyone who is curious how we make that work. and a tour of the living room and our bedroom in our new apartment HERE.