the playroom: version 2015

when you enter our home, you basically walk into a big open space that is our staircase, living room, and dining room. this space is definitely where we do a lot of our living, but it is far from formal.

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there was a time when i longed for a playroom like the ones in the pottery barn catalog.

eventually, our living room became a designated playroom.

that was 5 years ago, and it’s changed a lot over the last 5 years.

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it’s still the PLAY room, but it is really so much more than that.

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it’s a place to sit, love, and create.

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in the corner, near the front door, i set up a little workstation for myself. it’s a nice place to keep my laptop and be able to have it out of the way of everything else that is going on in the house.

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the craft table is now in a nice open location with plenty of room to move around it and add more seats if needed. it is also where the kids eat their snack and do their homework after school.

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although toys are not spread all over the floor like they used to be when the kids were younger, this is still the place they play…as in video games.

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it is also a space where they snuggle up and read or watch cartoons in the morning.

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our dining room is our only eating space where all four of us can sit together, so it is far from formal.

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the sofa area is so cozy now.

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this space has always been one of my favorite spaces in the house, but i really love this version of the playroom.

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yes, that is the cat litter box underneath the easel. keeping it real, folks!

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soon, i’ll be posting more details of each area with sources.

home is…the ever evolving playroom.

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{31 days} vintage fisher price

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 ~thrifted~

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Welcome to our playroom.

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It’s a happy place.

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It’s where our vintage fisher price toys live.

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They are classics.

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I found most of them on shopgoodwill.com. Did you know you can shop Goodwill online?

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Well, you can. It’s like an auction. You can choose a local goodwill and pick-up, or pay shipping for items coming from other locations across the country.

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Most of the fisher price items are sold in lots, so you can get some pretty good deals.

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Also, if you know exactly what you are searching for it is a nice way to shop without driving all around town.

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So, now you know one of my thrifting secrets.

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I love the graphics.

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I love the color.

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The kids love them, too. They set up little towns and make stories about the people.

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They are adorable.

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The kids.

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And, the toys.

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{You can also read my original post {collecting} vintage playroom from February 2013}

home is…{31 days} a thrifted vintage fisher price for the playroom.

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{31 days} book wagon

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~secondhand~

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I turned a garage sale radio flyer wagon into a mobile book case in our playroom!

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In addition, Goodwill (and other thrift stores) are a great place to find used children’s books!

home is…{31 days} a secondhand book wagon.

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{collecting} vintage playroom

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When I started thrifting less than a year ago I also started some new collections.

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My collections are of items that I have always had a fondness of, but never knew how to find them…until I started thrifting.

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One of my favorite collections is my vintage fisher price collection.

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These toys come from the days of my youth. I am not sure I ever had any of them, nor do I recall playing with any of them (although I am sure I did at some point), but they take me back to when I was a little girl.

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I say it is my collection, but it is really for all of us…as are most of my collections.

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The toys fill the shelves in the playroom (remember the playroom…something I thought we would never have).

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The kids, most days, will pull the vintage fisher price off the toy shelves before they choose any of the newer toys.

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For me, I love…

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…the simplicity…

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…the graphics…

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…the bright colors…

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…it all just makes me happy!

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I imagine that these toys will go into the attic (or my creative cottage) to be stored until my own kids have children of their own.

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And, just like my kids do when they visit their grandparents in New York, they will play with the same toys that generations before them have been playing with.

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When I come across duplicates of what we already have I put them into colton+cadence or post them for sale on instagram.

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If you are interested in starting your own collection you can follow @coltoncadence on instagram or visit the vintage playroom section of colton+cadence on etsy!

home is…collecting something that makes you (and your home) happy.

dr. suess inspired vintage school map

I recently found a vintage school map of Asia.

I love the look of the map, but have no particular attachment to Asia, so I thought I would get crafty.

I found this font online and downloaded it to my computer.

I typed out the phrase I wanted to use and enlarged it to 650, so there was one letter for each page.

I chose some pretty paper from a new scrapbooking pad I got at Michaels and printed the letters.

What do you think?

home is…inspirational words.

play games

Inspired by this

I decided to do this…

in our playroom.

I am not handy with a saw and I don’t think we even have a table saw. So, I just glued a 12″ x 12″ canvas to the back of each game board and hung them up on the wall.

Originally, I used our more current game boards.

Then, after thrifting, I found some “vintage” game boards from the 80’s that I liked better.

So, I took the newer game boards off the canvases and put some thrifted ones back on.

I got the canvases on sale at Michaels…7 canvases for $20…so that’s less than $3 a piece.

The Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land and Life games were all found at Goodwill for $1.99 each.

We had the Scrabble and Monopoly games on hand.

So, for about $20, I added some colorful and playful art to our playroom!

home is…being playful.

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