Old Town Artful Playroom and Reading Nook

Over the past few months, I have been working with a really sweet couple a few blocks over from where we live in Alexandria, VA. The clients had a few rooms in their home that needed some attention, however, our first goal was to complete one room entirely, and for her, it was the Playroom for their three kids between the ages of 5 and 11. With the youngest just learning how to read, and the oldest always picking a new book and plowing through it, we knew our small space of a playroom would need to be multi-functional and storage friendly! I absolutely love looking back at before pictures the morning or day before an installation. It becomes easy to forget the many steps its takes to get to the end result, and in this case, we were VERY happy with the way this bright, vibrant place turned out.


It was just yesterday afternoon while out running around, I found a light yellow lumbar pillow with large scale wooden buttons. I thought to myself "this pillow has to be a part of this room." I kept thinking the book bindings would contribute the most color for us, but I also wanted to put patterns and colors together you wouldn't typically see. Last minute accessory finds always seem to really complete the space. 

The walls were painted a medium tone seafoam blue, that was actually chosen weeks after we designed the space and had everything on order. The clients decided they were open to painting and getting rid of the monotonous cream color you see throughout a lot of homes. The chevron rug (indoor/outdoor quality) has a turquoise banding detail that coordinates nicely with the abstract fabric on the roman shades. A few of my favorite pieces were the floral accent chair and the wooden nail head coffee table. Both we great finds for either sitting and working on homework or curling up for a while to read. And those four square aluminum looking things are magnetic boards for the kids to switch out their artwork whenever they please! 

I talk about the before pictures and the importance of seeing where we were vs. where we have come! Needless to say what use to be "office space" is much more inviting and will be used by everyone in the house, including the golden retriever, Abby.

My sweet client, who is also an incredible mother, works from home. We both sat in the playroom today for a few minutes and laughed at how great it turned out and how comfortable it was for adults too! I found myself "petting" the settee that was upholstered in a performance fabric. It was so soft and if I had the time, would have loved to catch a quick nap! 

Sometimes these smaller projects feel the MOST rewarding and are filled with lots of fun and enjoyment. It was amusing looking through all the children's books while placing them on the shelves, seeing some of my favorites surely brought back great memories from my childhood. 

A huge part of me wished I could have waited around this afternoon to see the kids get home from school and reveal their new space, but as the wise Dr. himself once said “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”  Xoxoxo

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