A tour of our playroom

Well, thanks for all the congrats on the Ohdeedoh Top Ten….and all the not so subtle hints asking me to get on the ball and post playroom pictures! We have a room that is about 10ftx10ft. It has a small nook and a little closet (as in just a few shelves…no walking into it). The small space means there is not a lot of room for toys and chaos. The main need for this room was lots of open floor space for Legos and a couple of chairs for playing wii. At first I was going for a pink & gray room. That idea was quickly nixed by the Lego Loving boys in the house. So yellow and gray it is. I also wanted to tear out carpet to put in more white painted wood floors. That idea was nixed by Chris.

I know it doesn’t really look like a playroom. My kids do basically three things: play outside, make messes at the kitchen table and play Legos. I could probably give away every other toy we own. I have tried play kitchens and stuff like that, but their only interest right now is in Legos, sword fighting and tent building when they are inside. I’m sure it will change sometime….so will this room.

I told the boys that this clock can tell them what kind of mood mommy is in. It is a $2.00 junk store find. I wanted to keep it as a clock, but the clock mechanism didn’t work and the new ones I bought wouldn’t fit. So I made something else.

My Dottie Angel inspired banner. It is made of scrap fabric, hankies and doilies. It adds a girly touch to the room.

If you are wondering where the toys are…they are in stacked bins in the closet. If you are thinking “for four kids that isn’t very many toys.”

There are a few more in other places in the house, but they don’t need much…other than 5,000.000 Lego pieces.

The burlap curtains behind the chair hide a tv and all the wii stuff….I like it hidden and tucked away. The closet has the toys.

Back when the room was a nursery my mom made these burlap curtains for me. Everytime she came over she’d check to see if I had hung them…I hadn’t. One day she called and was about 10 minutes away. I decided to figure out a way to get them hung before she got there. So I nailed clothespins to the wood frame…not sure that my mom liked it, but in my non-professional opinion I think it works great for a kid focused room.

Once upon a time the playroom was Littlest Brother’s room.

In the post earlier this week about redoing rooms I noticed many of you mentioned how you wish you could makeover rooms, but money keeps you back. It depends on your taste in regards to how much $ it takes. If designer labels and name brands are important, than ‘yes’ it would be very difficult to change up rooms on a regular basis. The bigger the changes the more $ it typically takes and sometimes it is hard to even come up with $5.00 to invest in a room – been there, understand that. However, for a large number of us giving a room a facelift can be done on a very small budget. The less money you spend usually means the more time you are going to spend. I thought I’d share a breakdown of a few of the things that went into changing this room from a nursery to a playroom. I got the hanging chair for a steal thanks to a friend, you can find them online new, Craigslist, garage sales and flea markets – just gotta be on the lookout.

Well there’s the glimpse at our playroom. It is small and simple. It has plenty of floor room for Legos and wrestling…which was the main need in this house!

On a side note PoppyTalk (one of my favorite blog for home inspiration…and many other types of inspiration) is doing a feature on our Book Party today.

Warning: if you visit PoppyTalk plan to stay a while!

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  • Tammy Kay - I love how you “see” things!
    My grandparents used to have a clock just like that. I would have never thought to do that with it!
    I’m trying to repurpose more items that are already in my home. You’ve given me so many great ideas.
    It looks amazing and the banner is right up there with Dottie Angel’s!!!!

  • Tammy Kay - p.s. I totally agree with the toy thing. If it were up to me my kids would ONLY have Lego’s, books, ONE doll, and kitchen stuff. That is all. Too many toys are highly overrated.

  • christina larsen - I love the “mommy clock”. I’m sure my kids would love to put it on the needs coffee spot for me. :)Great ideas for cheap. LOVE IT!!!

  • laura - i love it! and you are so right about doing things very cheaply and still make a big impact. love that!

  • Shannon Phillips - Oh my! I was so excited to see this post this morning. You are freaking AMAZING…but you already knew that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Funny my office re-do is in the same color scheme. Can’t wait to see what you do in your living room.

  • Sarah - i love your thoughts regarding toys. my husband and i feel the same way. we would MUCH rather our son play outside. and the truth is, he doesn’t play with the few toys he does have! granted, he is still under 2 so there is still time. but lots of toys are overrated!

  • Anna Joy - i love this room!! everything about it is awesome. great job!!

  • Sara - Thanks for sharing…

  • shelly@familyblt - Love the room! The clock is funfunfunny! It all came together in such a lovely way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Red Head - I love it! The hanging chair is FANTASTIC and I love the hankies! As usual, your details are amazing!

    ~Red Head


  • Cindy Lou - Where did you find the bookshelf? I want to make one…what are the dimensions?

  • Lisa Johnson - Ashley, everything you do is OUTSTANDING! I love this room. I especially love the clock!
    I absolutely agree with your philosophy on toys. I’ve always said that the best toys my kids ever had were empty boxes, scrap wood, and a tarp!

  • Jamie - You are so good at decorating! Every room you share is so cute. Can’t wait to see the new living room…

  • Christine - That clock is so cute! What an adorable idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m new to your blog, can’t wait to see more!!!

  • Bron @ Baby Space - Love it. Love it all. Genius. Did I mention I love it all?

  • Sarah - It’s so wonderful! Love the room!

  • Carla - so so brilliant!

    and the color scheme is perfect.

  • Moriah - This room is great! Here’s a problem I have…I have too many ideas and have trouble pairing them down. I love the simple look but for some reason can’t get my mind to settle on just a few things. Any suggestions? Oh and we have way too many toys! Very nicely done!

  • Heather - love all the gray and yellow! hooray for the feature on poppy talk!! love, love, love that site.

  • Kristina - Will you come over and makeover my house or at least my daughter’s room? I love your style and everything you show us…love it! Love the clock and the hankie banner. I love to collect hankies and didn’t know what else to do with them except make pillows ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sarah - I love your style and this room looks great! I like that you added the prices. I honestly didn’t comment about remodeling b/c I was a bit blue that $ is so tight I cannot. I mean it comes down to my last $5 – do I buy eggs or gas to get to the store?

    But I love drooling over the possibilities. I’m compiling ideas, and now I know it can be done with little of the green stuff. When the time comes I know that my scrappiness with creating meals with a limited grocery budget, will translate to a wonderfully decorated house on a small budget. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  • Gevay - Perfect! I love the clock-my sentiments exactly! Good job! Need some more exclamation marks?

  • ellen - I think it looks so fabulous! We have three kids and I know what you mean about toys. They only play with legos and a few other things. Honestly, Ashley, I feel like children today have too much stuff. So I support you in keeping it simple.

    I copied you again recently…for a shower for my sister. I made the paper circles garland and the branches with tissue paper blooms. Everyone loved them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • stylefyles - I absolutely LOVE your style. As far as blogs I’ve found, I think your style is one of the closest to my own personal style…..what I hope my home to become (once I’ve finally purchased a home)(and for parts of it…..once I finally have kids, heh, heh).

    I really love the colors you’ve used in this room – it’s just fantastic! And I love that you don’t seem like you’re trying too hard in your crafts…you’re just adding your own personal touch and creating a space that would be fun to live in. My favorite parts of the room (I’m whittling it down to three…no, four) are the burlap curtains, the hanging chair, the flowered thrifted chair, and the DIY clock that reflects mommy’s mood. Each of those pieces adds so much detail and character to the the room.

    really love love LOVE this!

  • Yanet - I LOVE the clock!! I am SLOWLY working on my boys’ playroom now. Thanks for the inspiration. BTW, thanks to yours, I recreated a BIG chalkboard of my own. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.


  • emmylou - A friend gave me the best tip for cleaning up Legos. Before they dump them out, lay a sheet down on the ground. Then when they are done playing you can just pour the Legos off of the sheet into the container. I love the room!

  • Tessa Brooke - I love all the yellow in the first picture! Especially the yellow clock! It’s gorgeous! And that hanging chair, well, that’s just awesome! You’re kids are so cute! I have two nephews so I’ve seen the legos all over the floor before! Little boys just love their legos! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the picture on the wall too! Okay, I might as well just say I LOVE the room or else I’ll be going off all night! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tessa Brooke

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  • Rachel - Love the chair!

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - Everything you do to your house is a huge inspiration…I love your taste! And I think our kids would get along great…my 8&5 year old boys have a ton of the same toys and even shirts as yours, they enjoy looking at the pictures with me. Too bad we are in NY, haha.

  • karen brown - your shelf is brilliant! and i love how the color scheme relates to the other rooms upstairs…grey/yellow, grey/orange, orange/pink. so thoughtful!

  • ashlee - this room is beautiful! I adore that hanging chair, we had several of them in our home growning up:)

  • emily anderson - fabulous.

  • tasha roe - SO MUCH FUN! gah!! love everything! love that you painted the trim for the color in the room instead of the walls! love the size of that yellow frame! so stinkin’ cool! love the burlap curtains. I started making some for my kitchen pantry out of muslin. your’s are so cool with the clothes pins. love it all! great job!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    ps – they dont grow out of legos either. my 11 and 8 year old are still obsessed with them. have been for about 6 years. crazy!

  • amanda - I love your playroom! I love how simple yet unique it is! Great job!

  • Nancy - Thanks for all the pictures! I wanted them to keep coming. You’re a great inspiration!

  • Heather - I love that blue and white fabric! What’s it called? Beautiful and quirky as always…

  • Kellie Ann - Wow! What an amazing playroom. I love the colors and the vintage furniture. It looks like it cost a lot more than you said it did. Only problem… how did you find a nice-looking upholstered chair for $5? I live in Los Angeles and the shabbiest chairs start at $200-300. Where do you look??

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ok. The clock is amazing. I am so in love with it! And the words you added ~ even better! Great job, Ashley!

  • giozi - I didn’t see the courtain with these clips, It’s a fantastic idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Michelle Gray - SO cute…i love the room! the big yellow picture frame & the clock are awesome!!! I’ve got to try it. I saw this on Etsy and thought of you…since you’re always using lace and stuff for embellishments – http://www.etsy.com/listing/53809381/lovely-pastel-lace-sticky-deco-tape

  • Jodi - This room is amazing! It’s nice to have a place for them to go and retreat and play if they need! Your style is so organic. Love it.

  • Jolie - Thanks for showing us around – I love it! And thanks for the budget tips too – they are always handy…though I wish I could get more paint for $7 (that’s what a test pot costs here!)

    …May I ask – do you have a suggestion for wii games for small people? I may have asked this before…we’re at the tail end (I hop!) of a looong, cold, wet winter and I think introducing the kids to the wii might be in order….do you have games that your kids like, or just do the sports? Thanks!

  • lifeologia - I love this room Ashley. I turned out so great.
    I love the yellow and I was (but really shouldn’t have ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) been surprised that you’ve added doilies to the decor ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s so FUN – I want to redecorate now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • NatashasKitchen.com - That bookshelf would be perfect for my little boys room. Where did you find it?

  • Annie - Ashely Ann how did you get that dirty chair so clean? And I have to say that I just love the playroom. You are giving me inspiration to clean up our act around here. But for us matchbox cars are the can’t live without item to date.

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  • jeanne - I LOVE the way you hung the curtains. I hate fussiness and think windwo treatments get very fussy. That was just brilliant and I love the fabric of the curtains!

  • Laura - I am inspired by your creativity! Love the woodwork you created for the room!

  • Kacy - Fantastic room! Do you have any suggestions for deep cleaning the thrift store chair? I have one that I like, but it is super dirty and I am trying to prevent having to recover. Thanks!

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  • Nicole M. - Can you tell me where you got those cool (and very brightly colored) swords and shields? They look super fun!

    Great room by the way!

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  • Agnes - Everything is just too delightful, what memories your babies will have! Where did you find that hanging chair? I am in love with it.

  • Corinne - Where did you get that chair?!?! I love it!! I wish I could find something like it

  • ERIKA - The swing is SO SO ADORABLE! It doesn’t look like you are able to respond to the millions of questions about where you got this or that but I would LOVE TO FIND a swing like that and the internet isn’t helping me (: Where did you find yours? P.S. – I found your blog through my friend who went to your photography class and it is my new favorite place to browse!

  • Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother - I too have 1.50 yard burlap curtains in my house. I needed to make 6 floor length curtain panels on the cheap and burlap seemed to be my best option. I call my style country chic and I get compliments on them all the time!! So yes, really stylish decorating can be done cheap!!

  • Kathleen - How did you make the hamic chair?

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