California based Kaila Walls certainly knows a thing or two about bringing together a space that combines style and practicality. She is the writer and curator of the chic and snazzy blog These Blonde Walls where she shares her beauty and fashion tips as well as her family’s lifestyle. When she set out to design the playroom for her son Dawson, several practical and design-related issues needed to be taken into consideration. She kindly shares them with us as well as some useful tips for parents about to embark on a playroom project.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THIS PLAYROOM?
I always wanted the room to be very inviting for both kiddos and adults, so I kept it super casual with a hint of mature elements. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house because it’s just so bright and exudes this feeling of play & freedom, which I believe every child craves. It always feels a little ‘undone’ which I love, to me it means it’s used, and loved, and lived in.
WHAT WERE THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS THAT YOU FIRST HAD TO THINK OF BEFORE DESIGNING IT?
Practically speaking, it also needed to be my office work space, so designating a corner that wasn’t ‘playroom-like’ was crucial; It had to flow but still be separate. Also, the high ceilings were also something I needed to contend with. They’re 14 feet, so the scale of the furniture, shelving, etc needed to balance out, making it feel welcoming.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER PARENTS CREATING A PLAYROOM FOR THEIR CHILD?
Make it livable! There’s no sense in making a pristine, perfectly posed room if your child is afraid to touch anything or even worse, can’t find their toys. Also, have fun with it. It’s not everyday you get to create a space made especially for play, so why not just go for it!
WHAT ARE YOURS AND DAWSON’S FAVOURITE ELEMENTS IN THE PLAYROOM?
Mine is the natural light, each morning there’s a stream of sunshine that just explodes from that entire side of the house filling up our hallway and room. There’s just something about a.m. sunshine that does me in. For him, it’s easily the tee-pee. He insists on having as many friends, family, and pets join him in it at once so we can read books. He loves it.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE PLAYROOM WILL EVOLVE IN THE FUTURE?
That’s a great question. We designed our floorplan with such evolution in mind. I foresee it being a playroom for quite sometime, with the toys gradually maturing with our babies. Eventually growing from a sleepover spot, to a hang-out space for teenagers. But one day, my husband and I hope to reclaim it and make it into our dream library with tall built-ins and low moody lighting for evening reads- sigh, we shall see!
Hexagon shelves : handmade I Teepee : Tucson TeePee I Watercolour wall hanging: The Painted Press I Curtains : Restoration Hardware Teen I Animal print art : The Animal Print Shop I Pouf : The Land of Nod I Playtable & Chairs : Restoration Hardware Kids I Firetruck Rider : Restoration Hardware Kids I Toy box: The Land of Nod I Blue & White photo frame : World Market
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