If you have followed our journey, you will know that we have been updating Ava’s garden playhouse. From the outset, I wanted to create a space that invited play, imagination, learning and also relaxation. For those that missed it, the first part of the redesign can be found here.
After the addition of a couple of fantastic pieces from Pottery Barn, I’m excited to share that the second part is now complete. I’ll detail the entire process below and how we designed and styled each of the different zones in her playhouse. I’ve also added our mood board at the end, which we used as a guide when creating our toddler’s new playhouse, I recommend this step to anyone redesigning a space as it a great visual cue of what you would like to achieve. Hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we did putting it together.
Toddlers love imaginative play and when we came across the Chelsea All in 1 Kitchen, we instantly knew it would be well received. It was quite easy to assemble and is very well made. It comprises of three elements in one unit, an oven, a sink and fridge with plenty of cupboard space.
The neutral colour scheme works well with our playhouse décor and the knobs turn, as do the sink facets and taps. The shelving is great to store pots and pans and is a hit with our little cook. Next to it we placed an Owl Storage Wicker Basket for our toddler’s kitchen essentials. The basket is a fantastic large size and adds a touch of fun to the space with the sleeping owl painted face.
I was also after additional storage, and I find you can never have enough toy storage baskets as I also have a few scattered around the house for wayward toys and books. With this in mind, I also ordered the Knit Bear Storage, both the small and large sizes which look great as a pair. Not only are they incredibly cute but they are handcrafted from recycled plastic (PET) polyester. PET polyester uses less energy to produce, keeps plastics out of landfills and is resistant to stains, fading and mildew.
In another corner we created a cozy space to both play, read and create. We achieved this with the My First Table and My First Chairs (set of 2) which provides a multipurpose play zone for our toddler.
The smaller table and chair set is the ideal size for toddlers, and the set arrives fully assembled which we appreciated. To create a cozy atmosphere, we placed a Tulle Dot Canopy over the table and chairs, evoking a hideaway feel where our toddler can get lost for hours creating, learning and playing. The canopy is made from a lightweight mesh, which isn’t heavy – the versatility of this piece means that you can also place it over a bed too.
To separate this space from the rest of the playhouse, we added a Mercer Rug. This rug is oversized and measures 152cm in diameter. The thicker hand-woven weave makes it ideal for high traffic areas like a playroom. It is also made with environmentally safe dyes, is super soft underfoot, and has a natural ability to resist staining, and soiling. Wool fibre is also naturally flame resistant, which makes it perfect for children.
In a playroom you can never have too many cushions, so when I came across these two adorable cushions, the Fox Cushion/Pillow and the Emily Meritt Cushion/Pillow I knew they would work and also compliment the space. They add a fun and decorative element to the playroom and are ideal for lying on when reading books or having a little nap.
If you have any questions about our playhouse or the pieces we choose, do pop a question for me below.
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
**This is an honest review by way of a collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids UK.