With the arrival of a new piano, we’re currently making some changes in our playroom. It’s always been a second sitting room, with a big squashy sofa and lots of room for playing. Just lately though, it’s been becoming a bit unloved and unused. And the more unloved it becomes, the messier it gets. We used to spend a lot of time in there together, now it often feels like a dark and dingy Lego-strewn hole.
Now the boys are getting older, it’s time for the room to grow up a bit. We’d like to turn it into more of a doing room – where fun musical things can happen as well playing, watching TV and reading.
Before we start our re-jig, I’d like to share some photos of the room as it was…
The little Ikea table and chairs that nobody ever sits at. The kitchen table is always where they want to be. There’s also an Ikea shelf ledge – I love these and want to have lots more.
Alongside the boys’ books, the bookshelves are full of cookery books – I’d like to move some of these into the kitchen to free up some shelf space. Here, also, is our beloved Ikea Ektorp sofa, which has been with us in all three of our homes. I always remember it having to come up all the stairs into our London flat. But, do we really need three sofas in our house?
The door is a great place to display art – I’m so glad I finally discovered washi tape.
This is my Ercol sideboard, which is definitely staying. It stores most of the Lego and lots of craft things.
This Ikea Expedit has had many different incarnations. It used to have baskets in it with all the boys’ toys. More recently, we bought little drawer and cupboard inserts to go in the gaps. There won’t be space for this once the piano arrives, so it’ll need to find a home somewhere else in the house.
Here’s a bit of our picture wall. The boats were a bargain from an auction and the dogs are David Hockney postcards. I’m also very fond of the vintage Underground leaflets you can see on the right. The wall colour is Ball Green by Farrow and Ball. It was here when we arrived – I quite like it, but I’m not sure if I’d have chosen it. I like the textured wallpaper less, but we haven’t got round to stripping it off yet.
I really like the idea of replacing the sofa with a couple of armchairs. I really like these ones from Ikea:
What do you think? I need some fun ideas to give the room some new energy and purpose.