Monday, June 10, 2013

A New Playroom for Ruby (and her Mommy)!

We had SO much fun this weekend installing a playroom for an AH-DORABLE little princess! Jacki & I (and the oh-so handy hubby, Patrick) went over Saturday morning and got to work. We kept some of the details secret so the reveal was extra special. If we had a film crew and producers, we could've had our own HGTV show for this one!

We loved the room but we loved everyone's reaction to their new space the most!

The room was being used as an office/guest room before we arrived on the scene.

Our client wanted the room to function in several ways:
  • a playroom where multiple children could imagine and play
  • Ruby's arts and crafts area (creating, storing and displaying)
  • a place the family could watch tv
  • a place for overflow guests (when the guest room is full!)
A few weeks ago we showed you our plan:

Since it is a place the whole family will use AND Ruby is a sophisticated four year old, we didn't want it to come off as TOO juvenile. A room that will grow with Ruby as she does was essential. The trick was to design something that was bright, playful and FUNCTIONAL for everyone!

Our budget was ample but we had a lot of ground to cover. It was a large room with multiple "zones".

We started with paint. If you can do nothing else, PAINT! It makes a huge impact. We originally thought we would use two paint colors with one as an accent wall. With so many elements to fuse, it just ended up being easier to have one paint color and use accessories for dimension. The paint color we finally chose (after much hand wringing) was Benjamin Moore's Majestic Blue. Jacki is THE BEST at choosing paint colors and of course it turned out beautifully.

Check it out! We're full service...we even vacuum!
We planned to do most of our shopping at IKEA but knew we still didn't have enough room in the budget for a sleeper sofa and decent coffee table. 

Enter our resident Craigslist troll (aka Jacki). 

BEFORE we even got the homeowner's permission, we scooped up one of these in like new condition for less than half the retail price:
We knew she would love it!
Then Jacki found this ugly duckling and saw its inner swan!

You can read all about the cocktail ottoman makeover here.

With the major furniture pieces out of the way, we headed to IKEA. They have a lot of goodies that didn't break the bank.  We chose the Trofast storage system for toy and art storage,

 the Janette curtains,

What can I say? We got cRaZy at Ikea!

the Linnmon table with Vika Kaj adjustable legs for room to grow,

and for seating around the arts and crafts table: the marius stools. A great value and the color was almost an exact match to the Majestic Blue wall color.
We tied the room's colors together with the catalina cove rug from Pier 1. Bonus: It's indoor/outdoor so spills will clean up nicely.

It was important to our client that ALL the arts and crafts gear have a proper home. A peg board with  by-gel rails and baskets and the bygel container cups worked perfectly. Look at all the cute colors the cups come in:

I'm in love with all this organization!
A spot to display masterpieces and corral stuffed animals. Mr. Squirrel makes sure everything is put in its proper place.
The arts and crafts display area might be my favorite thing in the room. It's simple 1x2's cut to size and giant binder clips screwed into them. We found the inspiration for this project on Pinterest:

And last but certainly not least...the dress up area! The room had an over-sized closet that fit the bill. The mirror came from Craigslist and got a coat of Krylon Citrus green spray paint.

Some cute little hooks from world market to hang up hats and purses make this space fit for a princess...even the tee-ball-playing type.

BONUS: You can close the doors after a hectic day of being a princess!

I love all the special details! The vinyl tree is awesome and the art Jacki created is super sweet!

Yes, if you're four, bunnies and turtles CAN live in trees!

Jacki and I REALLY enjoyed the entire process but the BEST part was mom and daughter's reaction(s) to the room. While Mom squealed with excitement, our smallest client gave her seal of approval by putting the room to use immediately!

High praise indeed!
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  1. We are so thrilled with the finished product! Ruby adores showing the room off to her friends and I love knowing the room is fun, functional, organized and beautiful at the same time!

  2. I love the playroom and the ways you have made it easy to keep organized! Also, like the happy colors and can see them in a teen room as well.

  3. I love the colour of this room its so happy and would be great for a boy or girl! Those curtains would totally make a rocking outfit to ala Sound Of Music style :) Great job!

  4. Good Job! What little girl wouldn't love it!?

  5. This was a complete transformation. I was amazed at your starting point in the space. How did you start to plan the project? Pick a color? design an organizer? Count the many needed zones?

  6. Thank you for all your wonderful comments!

    @Joy- the real credit goes to Jacki since I was moving during the planning process.
    I will say we looked on the ikea website and got alot of our inspiration. We also kept in mind that Ruby LOVES arts and crafts so we needed plenty of work and storage space. And definitely take a list when you go to Ikea. That place is a maze--seriously!

    Please join our site if you haven't already! We're trying to build our street cred!

  7. What a great transformation, I love everything about this room. I'd be happy to have it as my craft room! You did a fantastic job, and what a calm blue you used on the walls. Barb

  8. so fun! i can't wait to have a playroom

  9. Great job!! What did you use to label the IKEA buckets?

    1. Tanisha, That was a stock photo with the labels on the buckets. I'm sorry for the confusion! Catherine

  10. Wow - what a transformation! The dress-up closet is too cute. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Emily, Thank you for stopping by and commenting. We're big fans of yours! We love your link up parties, thanks for hosting!

  11. How did you attach the bygel rods to the pegboard?


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