Thursday, July 20, 2006

The playroom is done

In all the excitement over the last few weeks over here at suburban casa de cul-de-sac I have shamefully neglected to post some pictures of our little home addition project. It's done, finally and it is divine if I don't say so myself. Which is a good thing to think when you are sporting a nice home equity line bill, yes?

The landscaping bill came in high, so we've mostly decided to skip the $2000 to pop in a flower bed and do it ourselves in all our spare time this fall. Nothing like transfering hosta with a 10 month old on your hip. The Muffin Man is insisting on a gravel walking path done professionally, more pictures of that when it is complete, look for those shots somewhere in 2008.

I present...the new playroom. I know it sort of needs curtains but the windows are so pretty I simply can't bring myself to cover them just yet. When you have lived 15 years with crummy cheap windows and you experience the sheer joy of quality in a window...curtains are not your first priority.

















See the "baby" gate? It is really a doggie gate. Apparently cinnamon stained maple somewhat resembles outdoor grass when you are a 14 your old Lhasa Apso. We will have to figure something else out when Liv comes home since it is not bolted to the wall.

All in all it took only 3 1/2 months which included a stamped concrete patio. It is 18'x20' of sheer playroom bliss. I hope the girls will like to play there...a lot...as in for the next 20 years.

25 comments:

Stephanie said...

WOW, it came out beautiful!

Lisa~~ said...

It is beautiful and the girls will love it!!

Johnny said...

Very nice!

Jacquie said...

Delurking to say...... playroom my ass..... that is gorgeous!

T-shaped Girl said...

I'd like to come over and play in there. It's fabulous!

Enjoy!

Space Mom said...

Excuse me, I am coveting your playroom. Wow!

Sheryl said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! One question...where are all the toys? My gosh, I wish my playroom looked like that, I dont know that I would let my kids in there to play!

Perrin said...

The toys are stashed in the armoire and in the window seat which is a nice sized toy box. (My only huge asking point to this project was lots of places to secretly stash Barbie dolls.) And there are some baskets hidden from view in these pictures which have toys and books. Now that there is a place for the toys it is so much easier to clean up.

Julie said...

Wow. Can I come play in there?

That looks like my ideal place for a scrap room. Great light! Love the window seat.

Nice job!

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Perrin,

Well done! What a beautiful playroom.

Amber

Traci said...

Very, very pretty Perrin. You have some lucky little girls to be able to play in there. Isn't storage great? It's the key to happiness. ;-)

Traci

Wendy said...

Very beautiful. I feel the same way about new windows, it is a shame to cover them up.

Susan said...

Looks great. I wanna come play, too.


Susan

jaj said...

Well done! Looks great!!!

Magi said...

That's a gorgeous room. I think it's nicer than any room in my house. :o) BTW, I'm another lurker coming out of hiding.

Anonymous said...

Do not cover those beautiful windows that let so much needed light into the room. I own a wondow covering design business. Pick out some fabulous fabric and have a cornice board or simple valance made. Install honeycomb or roller shades for privacy at night. (Have them installed inside the wondow frames.) Both will raise full height during the day to open up the room to the outside world. This should not be costly. If you want to tackle a cornice board yorself, there are DIY instructions on-line.

Anonymous said...

PS Install the cornice or valance close to the ceiling. Only cover the headrail of the window treatments you choose.

Anonymous said...

PPSS. Sorry...Have cushions made for the window box and use the same fabric you chose for the cornice or valance. Toss a couple of colorful pillows into the window box.

Anonymous said...

OOPs...Me again... Duplicate the color or your cornice or valance three times in the room. You can match the fabric with pillows on the couch, a color-match vase, candles,lamp shade...anything. You will have the perfectly decorated play room.

kikalee said...

Asbolutely gorgeous! I don't blame you for not putting curtains up, I have bay window envy!

Lisa and Tate said...

Gorgeous!!! I can just see you Muffin man and the TWO girls enjoying this space!!!

Lisa

K. said...

gorgeous!

Carrie & Family said...

Beautiful!! Nice, big and especially bright!

Good job.
Carrie

Canada, NB

rubyiscoming said...

Playroom for kiddos or adults? I wanna curl up in that window seat right now with a good book! Beautiful room :)