09 July 2009

The Tour Part 3: The Play Room/School Room

Welcome to the play room/school room!

What I really love about this room is the way I've finally gotten all of the children's books in one spot. I am working hard to foster a love for reading in my children and I can think of no better way than to surround them with great books.
Even before we had children I was collecting favorites from our childhood to save. Series like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, The Bobbsey Twins, Brains Benton...the list goes on and on.
This room is where we plan to do school when we start back up in the fall. I've picked up these desks here and there and have plans to paint them. I just can't decide on a color. So leave me a comment if you have a thought on that!
This bench/chest was my toy chest when I was little. My dad built it for me and I still love it! It's very versitale and I've used it for all sorts of things. It's getting back to its roots though and is housing toys once again.Some of those toys are a very random collection of puppets. Do you like puppets? Our kiddos do and Vince is actually pretty great at doing voices for them, too. A couple of Christmases ago he built them their very own puppet theater. For the occasional performance, you know...

Just above the puppet theater is a wall-mounted tv for the kiddos to watch their videos on. Can you tell we are into space-saving ideas around here?!
The last feature of this room is the closet. I put a bookcase inside it and have it stuffed full of games of all kinds. This is definitely a room that we will be using a lot. It's a small space, but it's being used well.

Thanks for dropping by!

13 comments:

Kari said...

Have you thought of using chalkboard paint on the desk tops? =)

Lisa said...

I am really enjoying the tour! Your book collection is marvelous! I feel the same way about my own kids. I want them to love reading just as much as I do...and I can never pass up buying a good book! I can just imagine Vince doing puppet voices :)

Lisa said...

You could paint the desks red. Red seems to be my favorite accent color right now. You do have a few bits of red on the bookcases, so it would tie in there.

Lora said...

Kari~
Yes, I am already planning to paint the desktops with chalkboard paint no matter the color of the desk! I think that will be so cute!

Lisa~
I like the red idea! I love red anywhere:)

Song Lee said...

See, what you need to do is paint them crimson red. So, you'll always have a painful reminder of Alabama! :) Why not let the kids pick what color they want their desks?
I love your classic book collection!
I can't wait to come play games with the kids.
I miss you guys!

Angela said...

Looks great! I love the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. I read those endlessly as a kid. Loved, loved, loved 'em!

Vince Farrell said...

Oh, Song! "Let the kids pick".....hahahaha you crack me up!!!!
We don't wnat any painful reminders of AL....we want to hold on to the good ones. ;)

steviewren said...

Lora, you have a wonderful collection of all my girlhood favorite books. I hope your kids will enjoy them.

Melissa said...

Laura,
Angela Venum Lensing is co-owner of Keep It Gypsy. She started painting school desks last year. She does them in themes. I love them and want one for each of my girl's rooms. One she painted to look like an OU Sooner's wagon. Other's she's done in cowgirl theme, pink/black theme, baseball theme. Maybe you could do each desk that coordinates with something each kid loves.

Lora said...

Thanks for telling me that Angela is doing that. I haven't been in her shop since I've moved back. I'll have to check it out & get some inspiration for my kiddos' desks:)

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beds said...

If you plan to do a school in that room then oakwood color would be best. You should paint that room with oakwood color. It will look cool.

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