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A Playspace For Both Girls & Boys

by Faith

Our playspace was fun to create. It was our second time setting one up. The first time had been when our oldest daughter was just 18 months old. Since then we've added 3 more children to the mix, another girl and 2 boys. We relocated about a year ago and that gave us the chance to really start fresh with the room. Our new room is much smaller than the old, but I think we've done well in keeping it fairly minimalistic and open - important if you actually want them to have room to play!


On the left is their play kitchen - a favorite spot for my 2 year old twin boys and perhaps my favorite piece in the room (it's just beautiful - I wish the picture showed it off better). In the center we have our original train table which we simply use as a platform for imaginative play. Figures on top are a combination of store-bought wooden people, animals, and structures, as well as handmade gnomes that a dear friend created and several wooden animals that my husband made for the kids (his first efforts at toy making - they love them!). These days the boys love sitting on top of the table and pushing their trains and cars around. We keep several woven baskets under the table to store small play things - usually figures of some sort.

Our playstand/canopy no longer fit in the new space so we re-purposed one side of the playstand along the back wall to hold their trains and other toys. There is a doll bed along the wall and not pictured is a dollhouse bookshelf that was custom made for our eldest many years ago by one of my husband's co-workers. We keep our most prized books out of reach on the shelf up on the wall or in the closet (not seen) since my boys still rip pages. The closet also houses their puppets and puppet theater, which hangs in the door frame. We removed both the french doors leading into the room and the closet door to really open the space up. I lazured the walls with green and blue paints over a light tan base.

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Aug 17, 2008
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Yes!
by: Anonymous

YAYAYAY! This one was my first choice because I love the blue colors and the openness of the room, very play friendly. So glad you won!

Aug 17, 2008
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Congrats
by: AngelaWatts

Congrats mama on your winning entry! SOOOO pretty!

Aug 14, 2008
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lovely!
by: paige

what a happy room!

Aug 14, 2008
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inspiring space!
by: Sara

As we prepare to move, seeing your beautiful playspace has me motivated and inspired to set up something wonderful in our new home!

Aug 14, 2008
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Where Imaginations Can Soar!
by: Elise

What a nice relief to see a play room that is about playing and not about storing things! I love how there is plenty of room to play, explore, and dream! I'm sure your kids love it!

Aug 13, 2008
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Love it!
by: Anonymous

What a gorgeous playroom. I love the colors, the toys, the layout!

Aug 13, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Anonymous

What a lovely space! Plenty of thought to organization and accessibility, and still leaving quite a bit of free space for play.

Aug 13, 2008
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Soothing and welcoming
by: Nia

What a lovely space you've created. The color really sets a peaceful and cheerful tone. It really looks inviting and I bet your children have so much fun in that room. Great design!

Aug 13, 2008
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JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
by: sea

I love the colors and the natural toys! The room looks so soothing and inviting! I want to go hang out and play, too! I love the open, simple arrangement - a great use of space! Just beautiful and inspiring. Makes me want to go reorganize my rooms!

Aug 13, 2008
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Very nice!
by: Cindi

I love the calm tones and open play space. It's not overly busy or jammed with single-purpose toys--so much is open-ended, which is nice.

Aug 13, 2008
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Lovely
by: KB

What lucky kiddos!

Aug 13, 2008
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Just lovely
by: Katie

I really love your wooden kitchen! I also think it's great that the room is not jam-packed full of toys, allowing plenty of open space for your kids to play and use their imaginations!

Aug 13, 2008
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Love the colors and the layout.
by: Mary

I love the way you've maximized your space. The room is open not only for the kids, but for you to easily see what's going on with the doors removed. Utilizing the closet for the puppet area is a great idea. I'm sure the kids love it!

Aug 13, 2008
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Great room!
by: Heather

I love how much space you have left for them to play and use the room. I also love the toys and organization.

Aug 13, 2008
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Love It!
by: Amy

You've done a great job keeping it appropriate for both genders & I think it is the perfect amount of toys to inspire play & not overwhelm kids with choices.

Aug 13, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Nancy

I love all your natural wooden toys. I also like the color you chose for the walls and the nice natural lighting. It is a beautiful place for the kids to play. :)

Aug 13, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Anonymous

Love how you were still able to use part of the playstands!

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