I’ve already shared the story behind the sunny yellow birch-forest feature wall, which (in case you’re new around here – hi there!) is not wallpaper, I painted it using a stencil. (You can read all about it here!)
I added Ikea Branäs baskets to hold toys, and installed cupboard fronts onto the unit to hide some of the clutter. I went for a random pattern with the cupboard fronts, based mostly on which bits I wanted to hide. I didn’t want a solid row of cupboards at the top, because I thought it would look too top-heavy, and I also didn’t want to alternate (one door, one open), because I had too much stuff to hide. It kinda turned out looking like a game of Tetris. The OCD in me is still really unconvinced about this look.
Unfortunately, the lazy girl in me is equally unconvinced about removing cupboard doors and re-installing them.
What do you think??
On top of the Ikea Expedit unit, I’ve added some chalkboard-fronted wooden trays (purchased at Pillow Talk) to store some of our frequently-accessed craft supplies, and puzzles that are too large to fit on the shelves.
I like how the woven baskets compliments the natural texture of the sisal floor rug. Other than that, to be honest, I haven’t been thrilled with the ‘ole Branäs baskets. At almost $20 a pop, they quickly add up to be a bigger expense than the unit itself. Which would be okay if the quality matched the price-tag, but sadly, I haven’t found that to be so. The bottoms keep falling out quite suddenly and dramatically, dumping a basket-load of small toys all over the floor each time and causing small children to cry. (And perhaps Mummies too, on occasion.)
It’s an unfortunate design flaw. I’m thinking of reinforcing the bottoms with zip-ties, but it’s a shame to have to cobble them together already when we’ve only had them a few months. I’m also noticing a bit of wear-and-tear and catching of the fibers as the baskets are pulled in and out. Nothing major, but I’m wishing I read a few reviews before forking out the bucks.
The cushions in the window seat are from One Duck Two. The yellow chevron cushion is a cheapie from Target. As you can see, I’m going for a yellow, navy, green and red colour scheme. I wanted it to look colourful and cheerful, as fitting for a playroom, but also not too kiddish, because this window seat is quite a visible feature from the dining room.
TO-DO for Playroom:
1. Install a cork pinboard-gallery for kids artworks
2. Paint a chalkboard feature wall
3. Paint some frames for A4-sized artworks and install them as a gallery wall
4. Add shelves to the reading nook
4. Label baskets with pictures of toys, to assist with packing up