Updated: Jan 17
This playroom was designed for my client Sherri-Lynn and her beautiful family. She has two children (ages 5 and 4) and as a former Kindergarten teacher, learning through play has always been very important to her. You can check out her amazing Instagram page @diyteach . Her mother-in-law gifted my e-design package to her last year (how thoughtful) and it was an absolute pleasure working with her and getting to know her! She already had an amazing set up in her basement but requested my assistance with a few specific ideas in mind including: - wall decor - organization - dedicated play areas - a space to display the kid's work - storage solution for large trucks Here are a two pictures of an area that was pre-existing. The only thing I suggested for this space was having a table close to the dramatic play centre as children love to set up vignette's such as cooking and eating meals.
My client intake form gives me an opportunity to really learn more about each family's needs, wants, and the children's interests. I learned that her children love:
- creative play
- open ended play
- dramatic play
- sensory play
- light table play
Keeping these things in mind, I knew that I wanted to transform the long and narrow hallway into something more inviting and purposeful. Sherri-Lynn was open to relocating and donating some toys that were no longer loved as much as they used to be which really helped the process. I wanted this hallway to make the family, especially the kids, smile every time they walked through it.
Here are some of the BEFORE pictures:
I absolutely love how the transformation turned out. It truly feels like a space where her children can feel welcomed, valued, honoured, and represented. Their interests and needs were kept in mind throughout the entire process. I originally had planned for three of the toy storage shelves in the hallway with a table at the end but Sherri-Lynn decided on four units for added storage and it fit perfectly. The large trucks finally have a home and are tucked away but easily accessible for the kids. Leading down the stairs, the children's artwork is framed beautifully and there is a second option with an art rail to simply rotate new creations. The new clear bookshelves are perfect for displaying some of their favourite books and curling up on the couch to read together. I also suggested a floor length mirror near the dress up station as children really enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror. I love how Sherri-Lynn sorted and organized all of the kids materials to naturally invite her children to play. See the AFTER pictures below along with all of my suggested products linked.
Toy Storage Bookcases (these were customized with an added shelf insert)
I also really love these trays she added for smaller toys/loose parts!
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