I wanted to share a few more pictures of the spaces we spend most of our time in during the day. We’ve set up our living room area with a traditional couch seating facing the tv with a smaller conversation space near the windows.
We have a table and chair set that is just the right size for Graham and Miles where we spend time having snacks, coloring or playing with stickers. The tables are lack side tables from IKEA and the chairs are from Community Playthings. The chairs were a bit of a splurge but I really REALLY wanted them and they are so well made they’ll last through several kids (perhaps one more of our own and our niece can use one too).
The area behind the couch creates a little nook for the boys to play with toys out of the ottoman (often they’ll sit IN the ottoman and play) and provides another spot for snuggling down with some books.
We keep a selection of books on the bottom shelves within easy reach for Graham and Miles to pick out their favorite titles and the green couch is perfect for an adult to sit in and pull a kid on their lap for story time. We picked up the bookcase at Costco and use the bins for various things, art supplies for the boys that I want them to use with supervision (so they’re easy to grab but out of Graham and Miles’s reach) as well as diaper supplies for quick changes and cook books and household supplies for our use.
Back up in our playroom, here’s a closer shot of the “PLAY” decoration we have hanging on the wall.
Our puzzle wall uses a bookshelf from IKEA turned on the side, the bins are from the dollar section at Target.
We also have bins from IKEA containing a lot of our other toys. And I’ve found the boys like to play with various boxes and containers too. We have a collection of different boxes, baskets and bins and they’ll stuff pom poms or cars in them and carry them around to different spots in the house. When they were younger these were great for motor skill and object permanence practice.
Miles says “CHEESE” next to the book collection.
And here’s a close up shot of the IKEA spice rack turned book shelf.
Graham didn’t want to be left out of all the picture taking so he jumped in for some shots too.
The shooting alley behind the couch is great for practicing your shot or having a private place to line up cars.
These bins have worked out great for collecting all our cars, they fit in our cube shelves when we want to put them away. They’re from Target and have sturdy sides to hold up to all the abuse of dumping and tossing cars into them.
Miles usually has the play house under construction, just like the houses outside in our neighborhood.
“I want to see that!”
More bins from IKEA, these currently house all our little people, animals and objects the boys use for their imaginative play.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. It’s been nice having the space to set up areas for different activities, puzzles, books, large motor skill play.