Creative Play: Art Room Inspiration

September 11, 2013

As promised, I thought I’d share some before pics of our upcoming basement renos and one of the rooms that I’m most excited to tackle is the art/playroom. Living in less than 1200 square feet with 2 very creative and artistic little girls has been, well, a challenge. Our dining room table is currently the creative centre (the eye of the storm, so to speak) and while I absolutely love watching my kiddos create masterpieces and use their imaginations, it’s become quite the struggle getting them to clean up after themselves. And it’s often felt pretty unfair (some projects just take more time!) but mealtimes sitting around the table together are pretty important too. So, the thought of a separate space that they can spread out in and we don’t have to trip over crayons/glitter/glue/pom-poms/popsicle sticks/etc/etc sounds like absolute heaven. We’ll be delegating our basement suite’s living room as the art studio because it’s a decent size and is the brightest room downstairs. Here’s a quick shot of what the room looks like now…

Not much to look at but we’ll be brightening things up soon with a fresh coat of white paint and it will stay nice and cozy with the gas fireplace in the winter. It’s not a huge room by any means but it won’t take much to bring it to life. Here are a few creative children’s rooms on my inspiration radar…

Micasa via Handmade Charlotte

Mandy Lynne

Little Bird’s Boutique

The Design Files

Livet Hemma

I’ll be sourcing out plenty of storage solutions for all of the little bits and bobs but since the space is in the furthest end of our basement, I’m going to try to be somewhat relaxed when it comes to keeping things spick-and-span. I’m all for a little organized chaos now and then, especially when I’m not tripping over it :) Hope your week’s going well so far!

4 comments

1 Juls { 09.11.13 at 10:27 am }

Can’t wait to see what you do with the place Lily! I can only imagine the masterpieces Sadie will create down there. I like the idea of some type of gallery/display wall where the girls can hang their projects up to be admired by all.

2 Alice Bradshaw { 09.12.13 at 2:18 am }

Great inspiration, can’t wait to see the result !
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3 Jessica Christian { 09.12.13 at 5:43 am }

Very creative and vibrant ideas you have popping out there ;) .. I am pretty sure the Before After transformation will turn out to be very nice. The gallery art wall is a basic and very cute idea. It is going to add both utility and variety to the room.
Way to go, Lilly!
Love
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4 Colleen @ Vintage Home { 09.12.13 at 11:54 am }

can’t wait to see the after! always wonderfful over @ your home!
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