As the boys get older the amount of space they take up in our small home grows. We bought our new build semi detached three years ago, as Lucas was coming up to his first birthday. It was perfect for us then and we thought if we had another baby it would still be a good family home for a few years. We didn’t plan for the possibility of twins, I would never ever change the way things have worked out but it has left our home feeling a little crowded at times.
Everything that the boys own just spreads throughout the house and although I don’t have a problem with their toys being out, I quite like it when you can tell children live in a home, they do tend to end up strewn into every room. Often our evenings are spent hunting out toy cars from the bathroom and kitchen. We have fairly decent storage in the living room which means everything can be put away but sometimes I think it would be nice to have a separate room to hide it all away in. This room could be as messy as they liked and if I wasn’t feeling up to the tidying and the end of the night, I could easily shut the door and leave it for another day. Some nights I come downstairs, look at the mess and wish I would just pretend it wasn’t there!
There is so much I would love to put in a children’s play room and I do a fair bit of day dreaming and pinning to fuel my fantasy. Every room in our house is put to good use it so it would mean a fair bit of building work to be able to make my dream a reality. I found some great loft conversion inspiration that I think would be just perfect for a children’s playroom. Having a room bathed in that much light would be lovely for little ones to play in, in fact I’d be tempted to hide out in there myself with those big windows.
It would be nice to have more space to do creative things with them, especially as the twins aren’t due to go to nursery for another 18 months. I feel like I need to up my game when it comes to arty activities. Our living room has a corner that has become a makeshift art area; they have a small desk squashed next to our own where they can colour and draw. It does the job but a proper children’s art area is another big dream of mine. I would love to have a big desk so I wouldn’t be as scared to get the paints out or a blackboard wall like this one! A peg board would be perfect for hanging baskets or pots off to store all arty supplies, I love this one from So You Think You’re Crafty. There are a few more ideas for art areas and playrooms on my Pinterest if you’re looking for more inspiration.
Now the sun is shining, our garden becomes the playroom; it’s just like an extra room when the warm weather comes around and I’d forgotten just how long they can play outside. All the toys get tours of the garden with them and it is lovely to hear them pottering about outside. It won’t stop me dreaming of a playroom though.