house tour {playroom & studio}

who’s idea was this house tour anyway?  oh yeah.  nevermind.

catch up with the living roomdining roomkitchenthe girls’ roomsilas’ room, the guest bath, and the master bath.

today i’m taking you into our most used room:  the playroom!

 located just off the living room, the playroom is the real heart of our home.  its where we spend most of our days – playing, homeschooling, crafting and working.

 thanks to my husband’s business, we have these beautiful built in storage units and desks.

 each of the kids have their own desk and set of drawers.  their chairs are from ikea.  great on the wallet, not so much on the buns.  they aren’t super comfy, but i think they only cost like $15 each.  the coffee table was a hand-me-down and the rug is old from target.  wall color is the same as the kids’ bath:  christopher robin’s swing by the disney collection at home depot.

 our playroom is constantly evolving, changing furniture configurations to best suit our current needs.  at one point we had a couch in here.  i loved having somewhere to sit, but a love seat is more of the size we need.  a couch is just a little too tight.

the built-in armoire is the real work horse in the room.  it hides so much!

 this is a picture of it on a good day.  it looks much worse now!  but it hold all our kids friendly games and misc stuff.

the drawers below are all full of toys: hot wheel tracks, polly pockets, puzzles, playmobile, stuffed animals and dolls.  i love that everything has a place, and that it can all be concealed.

 this is lily’s desk.  it used to be gracie’s but i moved her next to me since i work one-on-one with her more than the others.  surrounding lily’s desk is some of my miscellaneous work stuff:  scraps, baskets of posy pins fabric and petal pusher fabric, ribbon for pull tags and bloom belts…  the woven baskets are from land of nod and the locker baskets were thrifted locally.

 this other desk doesn’t get nearly as much action as it should.  this is where we keep all of our important papers and house stuff.  the shelves also hold lots of crafting goodies like glitter and stamps, and also some of our home school curriculum.  i got the red boxes on the wall years ago from pottery barn.

 ah, the workbox wall!  i used bulldog clips from staples to hold the art on the wall as well as the map (from amazon).  the chair was thrifted years ago.

the pocket door on the right leads to our closet and the laundry room.  the door on the left goes out to the living room.  the paper chains are kind of overboard for me, but i couldn’t bear throw them away after lily and i put so much time into them for gracie’s art party.

 and now to my “studio”.

next to the kids’ desks is my own desk, cutting table and storage shelves.

 when i want things neat and tidy, i put these little curtains up with tension rods.  but its not functional for me so most days they are down.

i spend hours and hours at this cutting table, cutting all of my products and making prototypes and pairing new fabric combinations.

 next to the cutting table is my desk.  if my sewing machine isn’t being used, my computer takes it’s place.  when i have a long night of emails or blogging, i hook up my computer to the giant monitor and watch a few shows on hulu.  the big ol’ machine on the right side is an accuquilt studio die cutter for my posies and petal pushers.  i used to cut out each one by hand, but my wrists will pay for the rest of my life for that mistake.

 this is my happy place.

for more details on this space, go here.

 although the desk is rarely clean, the shelves are always organized.

the little basket on the counter collects all my scraps for future projects.

the lights are from target.



  1. 1

    Beautiful! I love that you incorporated your work space and kid’s space! Great idea!

  2. 2

    It’s just gorgeous I love it.
    I wish I had such a lovely area like that.

  3. 3

    i love that you made your space WITH your children’s space! i think that is what it is all about! incorperating your kids with your other passions. what a neat place to learn, grow and have fun while doing it! could you help me with my space?! :)

  4. 4

    this has given me such GREAT ideas for my kids “play place”! Unfortunately I don’t share it with a work space, but with our dining room table! We only eat dinner there as a family so I figure why not just combine the two! Love what you have done!

  5. 5

    I LOVE IT! Bright, “clean” (on a good day, right)? plenty of storage. *swoon*

  6. 6

    I love it. I am so jealous of your and Gussy sews studios … I have a closet, a whole closet I’ll be you.

  7. 7

    What an amazing space! Seems the perfect place to be the “heart of the home!”

    Cathy @ Room Rx

  8. 8

    OMG! I love this! This inspires me so and can’t wait to have a room just like it one day! Thanks so much for sharing. Love every bit of it. :)
    xo, cat

  9. 9

    i’ve been loving your house tour! it’s so fun to get a peek inside other people’s houses without having to be a peeping tom :) this space is great, my sewing area is also right there where my kids can be which is just fantastic.

  10. 10

    love this room, lindsey! what a happy place to create!

  11. 11

    Great inspiration! I have loved seeing your entire house… I want to get cracking on my own!

  12. 12

    What a beautiful and organized space! I love it! I just bought my daughter a desk chair from Target (in their decorating your dorm section) for 15.00. They come in bright colors (she got citron green), raise up and down and swivel and cushioney (I don’t think that is a word). That might be an alternative to your IKEA chairs if their tushies get sore:)!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. 13

    Beautiful! I love that the kids and you work together in the same space. Great idea! I love the white with colored baskets.

  14. 14

    This is an amazing space! I am getting ready to move and redo my studio and the kids playroom and this gave me a lot of ideas!

  15. 15

    I am absolutely in love with your home and styling. Have you ever thought of printing off kinda a blueprint of your home? I will be building a home in a few short years and love getting ideas. I will definately be coming back to your site for tips. Love your stuff!!

  16. 16

    Love it! I NEED one of these rooms.

  17. 17

    Oh my! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! The interior designer in me says two thumbs WAY up! =)

  18. 18

    What a treat getting to see your studio! Lovely, lovely, lovely. I arrange my fabric by color too :)

  19. 19
    melesa garrison says:

    I’m so impressed with your organization and I”m impressed with this wonderful space that you have been blessed with. Thanks for the tour, it’s just lovely!

  20. 20

    I love this room because it’s so bright and organized! The wall color is beautiful, especially with all that natural light! Love it as usual!

  21. 21

    I love all of your rooms!! Especially this one. I looked through this post and your other post on your studio and I LOVE your cutting table with all of those drawers underneath. I am so sorry if I missed it and don’t mean to bother you, but where did you get that table??? It’s exactly what I need (want). haha

  22. 22

    my husband built the table. ok, actually his employees built it. he owns a storage solutions company – lucky me!

  23. 23

    I heart the house tour :) It was/is a great idea, just saying! Thanks for sharing!! ~C

  24. 24

    that room is so amazing.

  25. 25

    please feel free to come decorate my home! i love how your home is warm and inviting!

  26. 26

    Wow. Amazing. Thank you for the great organizational ideas! Love it!!

  27. 27

    Wow! Your house is so amazing! I love how bright it is – and ORGANIZED! Teach me your ways! Lol! Love your blog :-) xox

  28. 28

    love your space, it is so inviting and so neat. I just want to sit there and look at all the pretty things! can you come help me make mine pretty!

  29. 29

    *swoon* I absolutely adore this. I am going to have to put cabinets in ours. That is just so awesome! And I love your map wall. I wish I had picked up the map I saw at the thrift shop yesterday!

  30. 30

    Wow! So very lovely…I can see how you would want to hang out in this area of the house all the time. :-)

  31. 31

    Hey! Love the craft portion of the room. Ok, I love the whole room! Where did you get the mannequin type thing next to the cutting space? I don’t know what those are called, but I need one. Any good ideas on where to get one?

  32. 33

    What a great looking room! Good for you for home schooling, you are such a smart mom. I love the organization of everything in here and it is done in such an attractive way as well.

  33. 34

    You have inspired me to organize my fabrics and everything else haha. I love this space!

  34. 35

    Hey Lindsey, this is my favorite room by far :) I may have missed it, but is this on a 2nd story level or are is your house just situated up on a hill? Just curious :)

    • 36
      lindsey says:

      we are up on a hill! it has afforded us some beautiful views and a lot of privacy from neighbors – so nice!

  35. 37

    Love it ALL! All the organization in this post gives me goosebumps…totally up my alley! :-) And homeschooling while running a business involving sewing? You’re totally my hero! Thanks for all this inspiration!

  36. 38

    This room makes me want to homeschool. I didn’t read all the comments, so perhaps this has already been answered, but when the house was built, what was the intention of this room? Its so perfect, I’m thinking you built the home with this in mind?

    • 39
      lindsey says:

      when we built this house my oldest was only 3 1/2 and we had no idea what we were doing for schooling at that point. i just knew i wanted a playroom/craft room!

  37. 40

    So cute and tidy. I love the cabinets and desks.

  38. 41

    Everything looks so clean and organized. I love the white wood desk chair. It looks like Pottery Barn. Where did you buy it?

  39. 42

    Such a great room–beautiful and functional!

  40. 43

    Wow I wish I could keep mine so clean and organized!

  41. 44

    Okay. It’s official. I am moving in! You have tortured me with your home’s beautiful imperfect perfection, and I must take up residence! Your bathrooms make me drool, and now I know what my mental dream room workspace will look like. Thanks for the fun look and lovely inspiration! (Good news. We live in Texas and I probably won’t make it your house anytime too soon, so you don’t have to pack up yet!)

  42. 45

    Your playroom/workroom is fantastic! I love that you can share the space with your kids! Very fun! Thanks for opening your home up with us, I have enjoyed it! It has inspired me to do my own home tour :)

  43. 46

    pinning this as my dream playroom ;o) I love that all the toys have a place!

  44. 47

    This is the greatest space ever!!! I love it!! What an amazing work space and I love how organized it all is with all the bins and cut out spaces. So cool!! Lucky girl!! :)

  45. 48

    I’m in the middle of purchasing a new sewing machine. What do you use?

  46. 49

    What a great space1 Love the storage and the natural light. :)

  47. 50

    Wow! What an amazing room! Great job! I’d love to have you link this up to my current linky party for homeschool havens/spots/organization ideas! :)

  48. 51

    Amazing and inspiring! Found you at the Nature Of Grace party! I am hosting a back to school party if you’d like to share over there!

  49. 52
    Emily Fontes says:

    ZOMG which company makes these white cabinets & drawers? I’ve been looking for ones like this everywhere! I would hire your husband’s company in a heartbeat but we live in Seattle.

  50. 53
    Margaret says:

    What a beautiful area your family can have for your homeschool :-) I really like how you put the room together with tons of storage options.
    I am trying to make a homeschool work area in my home.

    What type of counter top did you use for your desks?
    What size drawer cabinets did you purchase for the desk bottom?

    Looking online I noticed that a good cheap alternative is to buy kitchen cabinets but the height is too high for my kids. any suggestions?

    Thank you for your time :-)

  51. 54
    Lesly Goudy says:

    Oh my goodness! I have big sunroom for our schoolroom and this is just inspiring! When we moved in I knew that was the schoolroom but we are still using folding tables after 3 years. I want to know the same at #53. What would be a great alternative to the shelving? I am thinking Ikea hacks. How deep were your desks?


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