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post #141 of 639
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Originally Posted by veggijessie View Post
Those are beautiful rooms! But I am so confused... Do any of you have very spirited children? I would love to put something together for my kids but it would be destroyed in like 10 seconds. Do the rooms always look so put-together? I so admire the space, please just tell me how it works.
I really need to post pics of our play area but I keep forgeting. I have *very* active boys and our area works very well for us.
post #142 of 639
I really like those IKEA ideas. I'm going to have to think on that. Here's my playroom as is right now

View from the door (due to lots of mirrors in the hall and the room, I can see her from the kitchen or living room which is really nice).
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-42.jpg

The right side of the room- her bench (a puzzle and an activity block on it), musical instruments, a pull toy (also doubles as bowling, which is neat), stacking rings. The round basket holds kitchen accessories like wool and wood food. You can see her playsilks in the basket by the door.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-38.jpg


Left side of the room- the paintings you can see have dragonflies on them.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-69.jpg

A peek into some baskets- stuffed animals (many from www.wabisabiwonders.com) & waldorf dolls, finger puppets, blocks, mis natural toys (wooden animals, knitted snakes, etc.). In front of that last baskets are her cars.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-70.jpg

Her cozy corner.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-44.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-28.jpg

And this is her crafting table, which is in the living room now. We also keep a couple more puzzles in it.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...n/DSC02494.jpg

My playroom has come a long way the last few months
post #143 of 639
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Originally Posted by JJJJBlue3333 View Post
I really need to post pics of our play area but I keep forgeting. I have *very* active boys and our area works very well for us.
That would be great! I think this week I will get my "before" pictures together and then come up with my great plan for how to improve. We started with a serious Enki day today where I really tried to follow the kids' rhythm and catch the wave so to speak of where they were and when they needed the next thing. The more I watch them and become aware of their patterns, the more I'm convinced the room is not working the way it is. My older daughter set up a whole "stage" area with a stuffed animal audience and paper doll "actors" with my help this afternoon and we did a sort of puppet show for DH, but it was all in the dining room, which is right next to the giant playroom. It makes no sense. So something is not working there and inviting them to play. The lighting thing really is big too - I have to get more of a natural light feeling in there, esp with winter coming, since there are no windows!!
post #144 of 639
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
I really like those IKEA ideas. I'm going to have to think on that. Here's my playroom as is right now

View from the door (due to lots of mirrors in the hall and the room, I can see her from the kitchen or living room which is really nice).
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-42.jpg

The right side of the room- her bench (a puzzle and an activity block on it), musical instruments, a pull toy (also doubles as bowling, which is neat), stacking rings. The round basket holds kitchen accessories like wool and wood food. You can see her playsilks in the basket by the door.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-38.jpg


Left side of the room- the paintings you can see have dragonflies on them.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-69.jpg

A peek into some baskets- stuffed animals (many from www.wabisabiwonders.com) & waldorf dolls, finger puppets, blocks, mis natural toys (wooden animals, knitted snakes, etc.). In front of that last baskets are her cars.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-70.jpg

Her cozy corner.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-44.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...lyon/b5-28.jpg

And this is her crafting table, which is in the living room now. We also keep a couple more puzzles in it.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...n/DSC02494.jpg

My playroom has come a long way the last few months
Thanks for posting all these. It really is great to see everyone's ideas. That's a great little ledge you have under the window to display things. I hung some of those Ikea ledges in my girls' room and they're great! And so much cheaper than all the pottery barn stuff!
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Kens, Can I ask where you got your playstand? I love that it has a chalkboard! Oh, and the bookshelf/rack- it's cool too- I love that it's so big!

-Manda
post #147 of 639
pixiesmommy, my husband made the playstand. Basically he used 4x4s and L brackets to put it together and then put a shelf in the middle. The chalkboard is a piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint (this was a huge hit, my daughter loves to create her artwork here). The bookshelf is from Pottery Barn kids. It was a little pricey, but I splurged, and it was really worth it. I love how much space is in it and we rotate the books every so often.

Kens
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post #149 of 639
Thread Starter 
the links werent workign for me

wait i think they are workign now
post #150 of 639
Thread Starter 
its so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #151 of 639
That play-, study room looks very nice fluttermama!
I really like the simplicity of it.
post #152 of 639
Okay, I just realized this is probably in the wrong forum, but I am slowly changing over my conventional playroom into a waldorf/montessori playroom. Consider these the before pictures. I'm going to a huge craft fair this weekend and home to come home with some handmade wooden toys to re-do the playroom in.
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ATM, I realize it's not looking too waldorf-y, but it will be more so by years end.
Well, a mix of waldorf and montessori, anyway.

When I get pix of the natural things, I will update with them. But the layout will stay the same.

And yes, that is a TV in the middle of it all. It's just used primarily for PBS kids shows and movies if at all. It was our old one from the family room.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom1.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom2.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom3.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom5.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom4.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom6.jpg

And then of course, there's the outside "play" room...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/DSCN0215.jpg
post #153 of 639
NoCalMom; I saw your post and just suddenly had this image, so I felt I should share. Now that I've thought of it, I'm thinking about doing it in my new apartment in our office room, to be playroom come christmas.

The chinese paper lanterns give off more natural and diffuse lighting, as well, to diffuse and soften the garage flourescents, you could drape sheer cotton fabric from the middle of the room, and form a sort of tent. We used to do this in our garage/playroom, with a huge sheet hung from a left over hook. If you get a large enough piece of fabric, you could actually make the entire garage a tent, which would deal with you shelving busy-ness, as well as making the garage more inviting and calming. Just put hooks in the corners of the room, and stretch the fabric to hang down from them. It's like a permanent fort. Hang the paper lantern in the middle, and voila! Also, you mentioned they avoided the garage, I would think that making it more cozy and novel would let them feel that it was 'their' space. Maybe put some pillows and/or leftover couch cushions in there, too, to facilitate their 'nesting.'

Good luck, and how cool that she set up a whole puppet show!
post #154 of 639
2+Twins - where did you get your white stove/sink? I absolutely love it. I am not fond of the little pink pressed wood one that I have in our play-room. It isn't well built. I am planning on replacing it, and I really like yours.
post #155 of 639
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Originally Posted by MidgeMommy View Post
NoCalMom; I saw your post and just suddenly had this image, so I felt I should share. Now that I've thought of it, I'm thinking about doing it in my new apartment in our office room, to be playroom come christmas.

The chinese paper lanterns give off more natural and diffuse lighting, as well, to diffuse and soften the garage flourescents, you could drape sheer cotton fabric from the middle of the room, and form a sort of tent. We used to do this in our garage/playroom, with a huge sheet hung from a left over hook. If you get a large enough piece of fabric, you could actually make the entire garage a tent, which would deal with you shelving busy-ness, as well as making the garage more inviting and calming. Just put hooks in the corners of the room, and stretch the fabric to hang down from them. It's like a permanent fort. Hang the paper lantern in the middle, and voila! Also, you mentioned they avoided the garage, I would think that making it more cozy and novel would let them feel that it was 'their' space. Maybe put some pillows and/or leftover couch cushions in there, too, to facilitate their 'nesting.'

Good luck, and how cool that she set up a whole puppet show!
We must've been sharing a brain! Over labor day weekend we hung curtains all the way around the garage to hide the shelving. There is nothing on the ceiling yet, but I'm thinking of hanging some gauzy fabric and lanterns and mobiles to lower the feel of it. Thanks so much for the ideas! I love the tent concept. That could be really cool in a kids' room too... hmmm. I got the curtains from Ikea and it didn't even cost that much to do it even though it was 6 curtain panels and rods. It makes it easy to access the shelving that way too, because we can just pull back the curtains to get what we need. I don't think I'm imagining that the kids are playing better in that room already. They seem much more able to focus on their play and not get distracted or start arguing. It's amazing.
post #156 of 639
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it was a b-day present last year,it's made by selecta though
and good wood has many locations in va.. check out their site: www.goodwood.com
I think you meant to link to www.goodwoodfurniture.com

And now, CounterGOPI, I'm intrigued as to where you live b/c I'm about 25min from one of their locations and I know you've referenced Northern VA. I'm in Fauquier County, close to Warrenton.

Mamas, all these play spaces look so wonderful. I can't wait to go through the kiddos toys and get rid of the cr*p and move to better quality, lesser quantity, more imaginative toys and play space. You've all been inspiring...
post #157 of 639
Thread Starter 
yes! thank you!!!
DH is in the USAF and we are at Langley AFB in Hampton,is that near you at all?
post #158 of 639
Lovely rooms and great ideas! Could you guys list some of your sources? SOme of the toys I recognize as Target finds since my DD has them them too (ex: shopping cart, kitchen) but the rest I don't know about.

I'm in the process of making our screened patio her play room and I'm only at the "build benches" stage so room decor ideas are great for me right now.

Thanks!
A.
post #159 of 639
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Originally Posted by astrophe27 View Post
Lovely rooms and great ideas! Could you guys list some of your sources? SOme of the toys I recognize as Target finds since my DD has them them too (ex: shopping cart, kitchen) but the rest I don't know about.

I'm in the process of making our screened patio her play room and I'm only at the "build benches" stage so room decor ideas are great for me right now.

Thanks!
A.
I'm not sure if I mentioned it in this thread yet (i think i did) but we got rid of that Traget kitchen. its made from MDF not wood and the paint chips like crazy exposing everyone in the house to the toxin formeldahyde. BAD STUFF! and who knows, since it was made in china it may have lead paint too!
we have a kitchen from willow toys as well as our play stands. most of our toys are eitehr found items in nature our bought from:
www.visitkinderhaustoys.com
www.novanatural.com
www.threesisterstoys.com

our wall cards are from:
www.eeboo.com

hth!
post #160 of 639
Mama's those rooms are beautiful, I think I'll do some revamping and than I'll post pictures. I'm very inspired! Off to clean
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