Monday, April 29, 2013

Take a Look at Our New Craft and Play Loft!

 I'm sooo excited about all the space we have now that the man has finally let go of his old bachelor sectional sofa! It was well past time since we were all becoming as tightly packed as a can of sardines in here! And once that sofa was gone, I was able to transform the upstairs loft into a true craft and play room for us. One side of the loft is devoted to the kids and the rest is for my craft storage, table and desk. Despite all the large furniture, we still have plenty of play space right in the middle of the room. The kids looove the space- both upstairs in the loft and downstairs where I've made some changes as well. I've got tons of pics so I won't keep blabbing anymore! Ok- maybe just a bit here and there so you know what's going on. =)

This is the kids corner. I placed the 6-cubby shelves on their sides and placed them back to back to create a "wall" of separation between their area and mine. The caterpillar and butterfly are party decorations from my son's VHC party last month and because my kids have so many pillow pets, I set 3 of them in the corner to lounge on while they read.

The kids took to the new set up so quickly! Now they don't even want to watch tv- they just wanna keep on playing in the new space!

I placed their larger puzzles in a wire tray that I bought from HomeGoods years ago. 

Her side (and some of baby's stuff too).

His side.

Here's an old dresser that I made over so I could use it as storage for scrapbooking stuff. The bottom two drawers hold board games. 

My desk.

I love color. It makes me happy so I put it right in front of me at my desk. The pom pom wall was a decoration from my daughter's birthday party last year. 

A makeshift ironing area at the end of my desk. It works pretty well for small stuff. For the big stuff, I pull out the ironing board from the laundry room, which, luckily, is right next to the loft so I don't have to venture too far.

I love that this north-facing window brings in so much light throughout the day. Makes sewing and taking pictures so easy.

Part of my fabric stash and on the right, a bin of scraps. I keep anything that's 2" wide or bigger. You can make fabric flowers or rag skirts with them!

I love clear jars and glass containers. Anything you can see through is fantastic so you don't have to label everything!

My homemade bias tape...and extra cardboard to wind up more!

This is the corner right behind my sewing/craft table. It holds just about every crafting item you can think of, as well as kid's educational games, my printer, felt sheets...and so much more, I can't even remember! The white cabinet houses the kids' dvds among other things.

I had to place this shelf on top of the white cabinet because my 1-year old would destroy all the bins in seconds! In fact, everything in this craft/play room was designed with him specifically in mind. We nicknamed him the "Lord of Destruction" because when he gets his hands on something, he goes instantly into destroy mode! It's amusing until it's your stuff he's tearing apart! =/

I've still got to figure out where I'm going to put the kid's art easel...or if that's even a good idea since the Lord of Destruction would probably be knocking it over every 2 minutes. Maybe it's best to keep that packed away until he's 2 or 3!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of our new craft/play loft. I'm going to be adding to it in the next few weeks because right now, it's just organized chaos and what I'm aiming for is just organized- not even an ounce of chaos. The life of a perfectionist, huh? Smh!

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