Well, it’s finally official! This little blog is off and running as of right here and now and it’s pretty much all thanks to the One Room Challenge. I’ve had so many plans for posting since I got this site up a couple of months ago but time always seems to slip away when you’ve got two toddlers to wrangle. Case in point…they’re both standing right behind me in tiny straw hats arguing over a tea set as we speak. Lord help me, these two are the sweetest but man are they keeping me busy. Which brings me to our current topic…THE PLAYROOM!! Decisions were made recently, so in exactly 23 days and counting the girls will be leaving part-time daycare and back home full-time with me. There were so many factors in play for this decision, but suffice it to say saving money and avoiding the germ factory that led to a mindbending slew of sickness last winter were top of the list.
We made the decision just three short weeks ago and since then I have been trying to figure out how to manage the upcoming change which will mean continuing on this journey of building a successful interior design business while being a SAHM. Seems doable enough… unless you’re my husband who is convinced I’m going to straight up lose my mind. So, now I’m in a mad dash to figure out some sort of way to keep these girls entertained so I can get work done at home. Currently, the only tricks I’ve got in my book are setting them up with a movie and a snack or unloading an ungodly amount of stickers while they’re stationed in their highchairs. The former is nothing I’m proud of and doesn’t always work and the latter is turning into a financial commitment of sticker buying that our wallets can only handle for so much longer. A playroom, I imagine, will be just the ticket to the peace and quiet and sanity I need to get things done. Probably a reach that it’ll solve all those problems, but I hope it’ll at least help immensely and also give me a place to wrangle the daily mess of toys and books.
As luck would have it too, we’ve got just the blank space that’s been sitting and waiting idly without purpose to make all our playroom dreams come true! It’s the room right off the entrance into our home and meant to be a formal living room or office space. It’s large and in charge and the perfect spot to fit all the goodies the girls have collected in their three short years on earth. Long term, my dream of all dreams is to turn it into an office where I can meet with design clients, pitch my designs and store all of my books and samples, but until things are successful enough to designate the space as such, it will live out its days as a playroom. If everything works out as planned, the girls will outgrow their playspace around the time my business is really taking off and then we’ll make the switch. Dream big or go home, I guess…
For those who don’t know how the One Room Challenge works, let me give you a quick rundown... It’s this super awesome community of people and designers who get together twice a year to revamp one room in their house and chart the process from start to finish across 6 weeks. I’ve been a major fan since my old school blogging days before the girls were born, but this is the first year I’m actually participating and it’s just the community and motivation I need to stay focused and actually get this project done in time for the girls to be running my life full-time again! Plus it’s given me the kick in the butt I needed to start blogging again so double win!
Unfortunately, I missed Week One of the Challenge taking care of two sick babes (shakes fists at daycare), so I’m already behind and this project’s going to be a grind to finish on time. With that said, I’ll introduce you to our little blank slate and let you in on a few ideas I have in place so far…
The lighting in here is awesome! Thinking the bay window area will make a perfect sitting area with two chairs, ottomans and side table either to read books with the girls or for me and my husband to chill while the girls run in circles around the room.
Across from the entrace of the room is a giant 15’ x 9’ blank wall which is a little overwhelming to think about covering, but I’m leaning towards a giant gallery wall with art, some of the girls’ art from school in frames and other fun memorabilia and a bookshelf for storing toys and books. I’m also thinking about putting their teepee off to the right where the entrance to our dining room sits.
Directly across from the soon-to-be gallery wall is this nook area, complete with tiny child in a straw hat (you thought I was kidding about the kids in tiny straw hats, but I wasn’t). This spot is probably giving me the most challenge so far but I’m thinking a pretend play area with a play kitchen they already have will be perfect here. Just need to figure out how to finish off the area in a way that feels complete and not like an after thought.
Another view of the little nook and ever moving tiny human. Ignore the mess in our entryway, I’ve been shifting stuff around all day trying to get everything in order for this project. And actually, now that I think about it…I see where they get their nonstop tinkering gene from…
So there you have it! The future home of our playroom! I’m excited about this project. I’ve kept it fairly low key in most of our other rooms so far to maintain some semblance of an adult vibe, but I’m planning on living out my color and pattern dreams in this space. Stay tuned for more and I hope you enjoy following along! To see what else we’re up to in the world of design meets motherhood, check us out on Instagram or leave a comment below (because it might be the only adult interaction I get today, for real though…). XOXO, Rach