Two Story Cottage

Where We Play

Dear Friends,

Today I’m showing you where we actually spend half of the day in our house. I’ve shown you pics of the dining room multiple times and yet I spend 0 minutes a days in the dining room. Unless you count lunchtime when I reach around the corner to grab a bag of chips. We have a giant box of chips in the dining room that Mr. C had left over from an event. It’s okay – we’re weird & proud of it.

Anyway, let’s step away from the chips, shall we?  Back to the playroom.  I was seriously paint happy in this space.  I am just now showing you because I have finally just “finished” tweaking it.  The mural was nearly complete when Reid arrived a month early but the rest was not finished.

Our playroom is basically a large bedroom.  It isn’t over the garage or anything so it isn’t technically a bonus room.  My vision was for the room was to have a bit of a classroom feel to it but it had to be a happy, cheerful space. I have a three year old and a one year old so primary colors rule here!
Yep, that is a giant city mural.  The buildings were from a kit from Pottery Barn Kids that I got on clearance last year.  Serious clearance.  Like the marked down 75% kind.  They were black & white and very basic and went up like wallpaper. My sister & I painted them and I added all the details (trees, clouds, sun, helicopter, airplane, awning, steps, flowers, etc)  with black permanent marker.  It was great having it as a guide but now that I have done it I’m thinking I could do it without.
My sister made the handkerchief pillows.  So fun!  The suitcases are from Land of Nod.  They were featured on a recent Catalog Thursday.
Oops – price tag 🙂

This is the back wall of the playroom.  I like to think of that area as the country as opposed to the city. 

And a playroom wouldn’t be a playroom without toys!  I have it set up in little stations.  
No, it does not usually look that neat…

 A map of the United States leftover from teaching days
Beanbag chair was $19 at Garden Ridge two years ago.

Window Mistreatments!  Made with fabric glue and an iron.

 Love that they play together now!  Always moving, those two.  Keeps a girl on her toes that is for sure.

 Oh, and I am sharing this with Melissa over at The Inspired Room.   I haven’t done the blog party circuit in forever so I’m hitting a few this weekend.  🙂



  1. Precious! Love the bright colors… such a cheery space! 🙂

  2. Seriously adorable!! Such a great mural idea!

  3. Wow, your kids must LOOOOOVEE this room! So happy and fun and playful!!! Great job!

  4. Oh my gosh, I am drooling over your playroom! I am a mom of 18 month old twin boys and a 6 year old daughter. I am in the process of developing our basement and a large playroom is part of the layout. I am seriously inspired by your delicious colours! Fab job.


  5. PS – I just took a little tour of your home, and I just LOOOOOOOVE it! We have very similar tastes. I am now following your lovely blog!

  6. Love it!

  7. Grace in TN says:

    I love the mural! That must have been so gratifying – it turned out wonderfully. What an inspiring room for children :).

  8. This is amazing!!!!!!!! Absolutely love it! So creative and whimsical!

  9. i. love. it. i totally wish we had enough space for a play room. but **sigh** we don’t. my son’s bedroom is essentially a playroom since he sleeps in our bed. you can come check it out if you want.

    i love the primary colors as well! and the play areas are great. i’d love to arrange his room into centers like when i worked in early childhood. but i can’t get over how cute this whole room is! sorry for the novel. you’ve got a new follower in me. off to check out your other house pics! 🙂

  10. SO so so adorable! Loving the colors (:

  11. Hi, Erin! I fell in love with your playroom this weekend. I featured this post today! 🙂

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you’ll stop by Serenity Now again soon! 🙂

  12. Wow your hard work paid off it is beautiful!

  13. Love, love, love the mural and the personal details.

  14. Super cute! Don’t show my boys, they will think I need to do something like that in our playroom!

  15. Erin-

    Great work. All parents should ask former teachers for input on designing learning spaces!

    Sharing at Pinterest…

  16. totally amazing!
    may i ask..which type of color did you use?
    thanQ very much 🙂

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