It does not matter what season it is – even in the summer time every kid needs a space to play and throw their toys around on the inside. We’ve been stuck inside a lot lately, this summer seems to be a magnet for rain. And with fall right around the bend (sorry folks’ its a fact) we knew we wanted to establish a place downstairs where the boys could play and we could keep an eye on them at the same time.
At our old house, the basement was the hot spot for all playdates. It was a perfectly plush carpeted area, that we carefully child proofed and felt at ease letting them play for hours on end. Here, we are lacking a finished basement – and it will probably be that way for years to come. Upstairs, the boys have large enough bedrooms to play in, but having them on separate floors is not ideal 99% of the time.
So – we were left to find an empty space and work with what we had. Our large white cabinets in the back of our family room had a decent chunk of space right in front of it that was longing for some type of definition.
Oh, isn’t she lovely?
Once we repainted, and added our furniture the space actually felt even bigger than it was. Which seems impossible because this back addition is a big one.
What’s hiding behind this giant couch was a perfect nook to toss a rug down and start defining the space!
This rug is a 5×8 Home Goods find that I held onto for months during the purchasing process. Never we would of thought to toss a rug back here – we feared that the traffic from the french doors to the outside would welcome dirty footprints 24/7. Thankfully – not a print in sight! We’re getting way lucky over here!
The kids love it – maybe because when they are behind the couch it feels a little hidden from mom and dad? The white cabinets are currently storing 30% of their toys so it makes for an easy peasy cleanup when the toys scatter.
And yes – pants are optional in our house. At least for stubborn potty training toddlers 🙂