Esme & Heidi's (National Award Winning)  Playroom

When I fell pregnant with Esme I had these idyllic fantasies about maintaining a stunning home whilst still providing my baby with everything she needed. I would create some clever storage solutions and of course, all of the toys I bought would be tasteful wooden items that would only add to the charm of my interiors.
Then two months after Esme was born it was Christmas and BOOM goes that plan!.We were swimming in a sea of multi- coloured plastic and flashing lights.



Don't get me wrong, Esme and Heidi are lucky girls with lots of doting family members who've bought them some really thoughtful gifts but they're not always so complimentary of our decor.
But babies and children need what they need, to aid their development and of course to bring them joy.
So plan B was implemented and project playroom was a go! For a couple of years it was just a place for Esme ( and later Heidi) to just let loose and be kids-nothing special, no frills. Just a room to store the plastic fantastic and to let them do their thing! Besides, I was busy with other rooms and projects.

But of course, I had bigger plans for that space. I was dreaming up a colour explosion. Bright and bold murals, quirky materials and a large injection of FUN!

The playroom is situated on the ground floor of our townhouse, with French doors opening onto the garden. It's a big room with lots of storage and best of all; it backs onto our garden. It's kinda prefect for them.


One of my favourite features is the tree mural. It's hand painted and whilst I'll admit it was very time consuming- it was pretty easy to achieve. You can find loads of inspiration on Pinterest as I did and if you don't possess much artistic flare then choose a really simple design with clean lines and make your life easier with a reel of Frogtape.
This cute little duo was also hand painted but they were just so much fun! I love the way they are clinging to the Ikea wall lights as they gaze at one another- they're totally whimsical but this is a playroom after all!

...and as for the Macaw, yes, more whimsy quirks but he seems to make everyone smile.
OSB is, in my opinion, a winning material. It is super versatile and the fact it looks great is just the cherry on top!.
I used it to cover an existing, high gloss melamine cabinet- it was drab and boring but the storage it provides is super handy. So- off with the old doors and on with the new and hey presto! It's taken on a whole new dimension as a cabinet/ memo board.

Not all notice boards need to be cluttered with letters and old receipts- you can find nifty ways to display artwork, pictures and postcards. Don't be afraid to stray away from the traditional drawing pin either- wire mesh is bang on trend right now as is Washi tape- which works perfectly on this fabulous material.

I've always wanted to experiment with painted ceilings and the playroom was definitely a space where I could have some fun and just go a bit mad- I'm so glad I did
You may think that painting stripes on a ceiling might make the space seem cramped and small but in actual fact it has the opposite effect- drawing the eye up and thus creating a sense of space- it's a winning feature in this room and really gives it an edge. You can get really crisp straight lines using Frogtape and a laser level. 
In June 2017 this playroom was awarded the National Prize in the 'Styled by Me' competition as judged by Sophie Robinson.

Anything else you want to know about this room makeover? Head over to my CONTACT section where you can post a question and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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