Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lets Create a Play Area

I said at the start of the year that after 8 years of living in the same house, it was more than time to start making our house more of home. I'm talking anything drastic as unfortunately we are renting so can't do an awful lot, but a few changes here and there are definitely needed. Last month Layla's room got a Minnie makeover, so this month I thought it was only fair that I did something for the other girls, well it includes Layla too. They tend to play up in their bedrooms but I like to see and hear what they are up to so I made the decision to create a little play area in the living room for them.

This is the area that I chose to redesign :


As you can see, it was empty, plain and boring. It now looks like this :

indoor play area

Lots of lovely colours, a lot more welcoming.

We have a comfy reading area. I plan on changing the books on a weekly basis so they don't get bored of them.

read corner

And we now have separate tubs for toys and dolls. Making it a lot easier for the girls to find exactly what they want to play with. The tubs were a bargain at £2.50 each from Morrisons.

storage tub

toy tub

My favourite part of the play area has to be the rug. I found it in Pound Stretcher and it cost a small £7.99. I thought it would perfect to help the younger two with learning their letters, numbers and shapes.

letters and numbers play mat

The only thing I want to add to the play area are some wall stickers but I'm not sure on where's the best place to get them from, any recommendations would be much appreciated.

So what do you think? Do your children have a dedicated play area?

xxxx

20 comments:

  1. This looks great - very welcoming! I love the rug, what a bargain :-)

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    1. I quite fancy having a play there myself :) x

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  2. This looks brilliant - it's amazing what you can do with a little bit of space and a few accessories.

    Have you looked on verbaudets website? I have not tried their wall stickers, but I purchased most of the items for our boys playroom from there and it was lovely quality.

    I hope you children enjoy their new play area :)

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    1. Oooo thank you for the recommendation, I shall take a look x

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  3. This looks great. The rug is brilliant and what a cosy little reading area!

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    1. My eldest has claimed the little reading area as her own :) x

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  4. looks grat Im constantly trying to organise our play areas but it ends up ust being the whole house !

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    1. lol there is always more mess than organisation with the kids around!!

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  5. B&M have some lovely cheap wall sticker but it tend to go on what your looking for. Lovely reading area :)

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    1. I shall have to have a look, just want something to tie in with the bright colours :)

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  6. Looks fab Chantelle and a great place for the girls to sit together and play. Well done x

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  7. It looks like you've made great use of the space. We don't have a dedicated area for playing, we've got a small 3 bed house with eight people so it's a bit of a squeeze! We rent as well so there's not even the possibility of an extension :(

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    1. We rent too so just trying to make the best of what we have. You make the house a home as they say :) x

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  8. It looks lovely.
    Lucky girls. Half my front room is turned over to the kids.

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    1. Lol they have a sneaky way of taking over don't they!! x

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  9. Wow it looks so good! What a great idea with the baskets, I have a big pink one for washing but I rarely use it so Sienna could have it for all her toys! Thanks for the idea :) x

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  10. Wow - well impressed. Love the mat and the colours are fantastic! :) x

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  11. Its the colours that made me buy these items :) x

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