playroom reveal

ok, this reveal isn’t a completed one, but i’m sure you’ll forgive me. and putting all these pictures has taken me a ridiculous amount of time, dare i say wasted time! but here you go, lots of before and after pics with plenty of info on each pic that you may have never ever wanted to know.

welcome to our playroom! this room also functions as our home school room and the home of the pleated poppy (aka my work space). and it stores a bunch of stuff, too.
#1 – i’ve had most of this luggage for years and seem to keep acquiring more. they store a few things, like high school yearbooks and memorabilia, old magazines i can’t seem to part with, and some are empty because i like to use them in my booth displays for shows.
#2 – this door leads to our main living space and is usually covered in artwork that the kids are displaying. that and dirty fingerprints.

ohh, this is a very raw “before”! i can’t even believe we were able to function like this! this was long before my husband and his team came in and set up all our storage solutions. see that block of wood on top of the plastic drawers? that was my sewing desk! and my office desk, my catchall, my…
but there are the locker baskets, waiting to be used to their fullest potential…

and here we are today. much better, much more organized, much more stuff! the stuff part kind of kills me, but i’ll justify it my saying a lot of it has to do with homeschooling and most of it is for my work.
#1 – my “office” desk, i often call it. it still pretty much is just as messy and chaotic. i can never seem to get it right.
#2 – see these tall skinny pockets on either side of the center section? right now i use them to store wrapping paper, but soon they will have 2 HUGE doors that will slide in and out of those pockets and cover over the tv area, making the middle section look a bit more like an armoire. where will i put my wrapping paper then? i have curtains tucked up high that i drop down when i want to cover it all up, but really silas just yanks them down, so they are pretty much always up like that.

here is a closeup of the area that is a little organized.
#1 – these are the kids’ art supplies, mostly for home schooling. i’ve learned thay need to be out of reach from 2 year old hands.
#2 – in all these boxes i store paper things, like envelopes, label paper, invite paper, and little crafty things.
#3 – i used this hat box for this shower and now it holds miscellaneous party supplies, like party hats and banners.

this shot is also from when we first moved in. ahh, i just noticed you can see the old birch trees out the windows. they were so pretty – we’d lay on our backs on the ground and it would feel like we were in a tree house, and little finches loved that tree. but sadly they were diseased and died. we left the trees for the birds until one fell down, then we cut the rest down. so sad! now we don’t have any trees in our ugly front yard. oh, i should show you our front yard sometime – it is embarrassing! all weeds and clumpy and unkempt. my parents want to nominate it for some yard disaster show. it’s that bad.
#1 – this is where my fabric desk was built
#2 – this little vintage crib is now on our porch. i’ll have to fancy up my porch a little more and show you that, too.

here’s the same area a little (ok, a lot) further along. my sewing desk was not enough space for me to do all i needed so i set up the table behind to temporarily act as a cutting table. the extra space was great, but it killed my back to bend over the low table.

#1 – the bottom 4 locker basket were full of scrap fabric before the great purge of ’09. now i have just one basket of scraps and one for covered button scraps.
#2 – this table was great, but just not enough space to function properly. it was for sewing, laying out projects, and cutting.

aaahhh, much better! now we have one long continuous desk under the windows. under the shelf with all the jars i plan to cover the little wall space in cork so i can use it as an inspiration board.

all my jars lined up in a row above my desk, filled with trim and buttons. this makes me happy!

we have these castoff cushions from my mom and they are great floor cushions. and they happen to fit perfectly under the desk in the corner and makes the best place to sneak in an after-nap cuddle or read a book together. i actually fell asleep there today!

this was our attempt to make the room more functional. it worked better, but not great.
#1 – this was gracie’s school desk. i covered it with a vinyl tablecloth, and all her supplies were in the cubbies in font of her.
#2 – this was my cutting table. see the fabric on top? that is for the pillows i started making at the beginning of the summer. i have a tutorial partially done for them…
#3 – there are those floor cushions again. we found they worked so much better than the little crib as a daybed, for some reason.
#4 – the dresser and 2 side cabinets were treasures from flea marketing long ago. i *love* how they look together, even though they don’t “match”. they reside happily in my room now (another room in desperate need of a makeover).

doesn’t this look like this holds the potential for serious productivity?
#1 – eventually this will be silas’ desk. for now, he just likes to disobey and climb on the desk to jump off it.
#2 – this is lily’s desk
#3 – this is gracie’s desk
#4 – and this is my desk, where i can check emails, blog and sew to my heart’s desire (yeah, right!)

and here is my beautiful new cutting table! the added extra inches are so helpful for getting the right angle to cut fabric with a rotary cutter. and all the baskets are so nice for the storage. and they come with a bonus: they aren’t full depth so i have secret storage shelves behind them!
#1 – as much as i love this map i found at our local flea, its going to have to go (temporarily). for school we really need a map of the world, and also gracie will have a rather large timeline hanging up there as well.
#2 – for now, these alphabet cards will stay, which i still love, but since before we even built this house i knew i wanted the walls in here to look like these (you have to look waaay in the background to see them), with the brown giant ricrac stencil and deep turquoise above. i even have the paint, just not ricrac stencil. eventually i may brave it and make it myself.
#3 – for now i have 2 cutting mats together, but i’d like to get one long one. see the yellowy one? how it’s wavy? don’t put your laptop on your cutting mat!

oh, i loved this table. but silas stripped it down to the bare wood. i can’t totally blame him – we never fully sealed it as we intended. book shelf from a great garage sale – remember? its actually a hutch top flipped upside down and it’s base is my sofa table (painted “mermaid’s net”).

not too much different here.
#1 – i need to figure out a better method for hanging art work.
#2 – still love this shelf, but maybe the inside needs a little sprucing with color? i want to leave most of the wood, though, because non of the rest of the room has any wood tones. it needs the warmth.
#3 – as much as i love the way this little easel looks, we hardly ever use it, so i think it may move on out with the big u.s. map.

so that’s all for my little (BIG) tour. i still have lots of plans for it, so i’ll keep you up to date.

and no, i don’t know the wall color name! sorry!



  1. 1
    homemaker Hobbies says:

    WOW!!!! LOVE it!!! I can't believe you home school! I have 5 kids and would never be able to do that!! I still have to at home. Good for you for being able to do that, I think it takes a special kind of person to be able to do that!! GREAT room!

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    Very nice. I think our house could fit in your playroom. I would love to have a place to store things neatly. You're doing great, Lindsey. Thanks for opening up your house to us. I love it.

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    Totally awesome, beautiful and yes, again, very inspiring!

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    Looks beautiful. I am jealous of all your crafting space!

    Have you considered a clothes line type system for hanging art work?

    You can use cute painted clothes pins so switching out pieces are easy. And you don't do any damage to the walls with tape or pins.

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    Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things says:

    i am DROOLING! look at all of your FABULOUS "stuff" all in one, well-organized space. And the desks for your kiddos – LOVE them all lined up together, and you can be blogging away as they're doing their work.

    So well thought-out. So well put together!

    This room is a true inspiration – did you mention your husband built the interior?

    FABULOUS! I'm so going to find a space where I can do this too…might be tough in our small cottage, but where there's a will…there's a way!

    Happy Weekend – Tracy.

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    Oh, I'm so jealous of the space and organisation. You7've got some great ideas.

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    Kelly Langner Sauer says:

    You can see from the photos just how much you're loving this room right now… gorgeous!

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    I love it! My most favoritest part is the little hide-a-way under the corner desk. I would shrink myself and sit there to read and hide and sleep. I used to sleep on a kindergarden mat on the top shelf of my closet. Only fell off once.
    I teach home school girls sewing on Fridays. We made reversible tote bags. Yesterday we made brooches like your's out of the two matierials they made their bags out of to pin onto their bags or wear as a brooch. So cute!

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    Love the fun for you!

    here is an idea for hanging art…it is on Photojojo
    There was also a post ages ago (even before this one) with wires that went horizontal and had little clips…it was really cute too.
    Good luck!

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    You could live in that room – it seriously is making my head spin trying to figure out how I can copy it!

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    Thank you for the wonderful tour… it looks fantastic!! It is so fun to see where people create! :)

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    Mique (as in Mickey) says:

    AMAZING. When can I move in? I could use Silas' desk and I promise I would obey. ;)

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    Looks awesome!!!! wow! I love it. I saw once on Oprah a family that had an issue with hanging artwork and the pros came in a hung carpet tiles that matched the color scheme in a checkered pattern. then you can just pin straight to it. It was so cute! and the kids were so proud of their art (and it was easy to keep current b/c you could very easily change it)

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    Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    i am so jealous! I want a place like this!

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    Lindsey- I am clapping rapidly and giving you a standing ovation. Way to go! This is a fabulous room and I am sure it was well worth the wait! Enjoy and may you "make" many memories while relishing this new space.

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    my head is spinning! so much information!

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    joyful Weddings and Events says:

    it looks great linds!

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    Elizabeth Howard says:

    Really great job with the redo! I love the long continuous desk under the windows and all of the white! Enjoy!

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    oh wow, it looks great! i love your new sewing space too! natural light, ahhh. and that cute little snuggle nook is brilliant! everything looks so organized! what a great before/after tour. i showed my husband and said, "see what she has? that's what i need" and just he said, "oh yeah, cool." and kept watching football. i tried. thanks for the craft room inspiration!

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    i love this room. may i make a suggestion for the hanging of the artwork? i found this blog link and i LOVE it. i dont' have kids yet, but i think it'd be perfect!

    you could paint it the teal and green or brown to match the other wall too.

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    Lovely! All those shelves are wonderful – and the white colour really smooths everything out. I'm sure there will be lots of creativity flowing in that room.


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    I love the top of your round table!!! What is that design on it? i must know!!!!

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    Your room looks so great. What fun to be able to have a place for everything. I love it all.

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    misty – here's a link for the table tutorial:
    and here:

    unfortunately, my son recently peeled all the paper off the top! i'll have to start again…

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    Love your room! Very inspiring. I’m working on our little homeschool area and I was wondering where you got your desk components from. You had mentioned that you built it out yourselves. Where can I find those cabinets under the desks? Thanks.

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    katrina says:

    Where did you find the white 3 drawer cabinets under the desk? Love this…

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