Alright. Here is the adda of Abhi and Achu. The place we call Abhi and Achu’s play area. Most of the drama happens here. Of course, the drama these days is not restricted to this area, but still this is where it all begins.
This is actually supposed to be our family room. It is right next to our open floor plan kitchen. When moving in, I had no doubts in my mind that this room would not be Abhi and Achu’s play area. Because it has direct view from the kitchen, meaning we can supervise them while being in the kitchen (not that we are allowed to be in kitchen for longer than five minutes). Its big enough for kids to play and hold all their drama props aka toys. So, family room became the play room. And what was supposed to be dining/living room became our TV/couch/different kind of drama room.
This room had gone through various stages of decoration. I have more changes coming soon, but this is what I would like to call phase 1. Here is what it used to look right after we moved in. This was almost a year ago on kids second birthday.
And here it is now.Now, please do note that the room never looks this clean during the day. Whenever Abhi and Achu go to sleep, that is when we cleanup. This was taken during the time when kids were away for a walk with Murali.
The couch is comfy enough for us to read books or just sit and snuggle. When we were moving in the couch, Abhi and Achu realized that the cushions come off. And so now, kids and the cushions travel to all corners of our home. Sometimes they are dumped on the floor to pretend that they are jumping on the leaf pile. End of the day, I have to find where they were left.
See the squash on the bike. It went for couple of rides, I believe. 🙂
Now, here is the latest addition to our play room. A little library for Abhi and Achu. This book stand was my first purchase when we moved to our new home. See, how neatly the books are stacked. Yeah, it never stays that way. The wall decor is a list of Dr.Suess books arranged like in book case. Bear and Haathi take their obvious positions. There is also a little bunny seat on the side that is not a big favorite, still we don’t dislike it. 🙂
(One thing you will realize when you see our home is that I have a thing for wall decorations. I love filling every wall with some kind of decor. Murali doesn’t like it that much. He prefers an empty house :P, so he is never informed of what is coming 🙂 ).
Number of books in here is only half of what we have for kids. I stopped giving away most of books we get for kids. I store them for reading later unless it is really a baby book. Oh, our library and books addictions surely deserves another post.
Aargh! the fire place. I had such high hopes for our fireplace. I had plans to decorate it based on the season, a sun burst mirror on the wall, etc, etc. Only it is getting totally injustice in decoration department. Except for the home sign, nothing on there is what I wanted to be there. I couldn’t find any other safe place to put the booth or the vases and I didn’t want them to end up in the garage, so I literally dumped it on the fire place. I was going to make my own sun burst mirror (you know, otherwise, they are ridiculously expensive), but didn’t get to it yet. This room being a play area, I don’t know if the fireplace should be kid-themed or otherwise, it might look odd in middle of a play area. Haven’t decided yet.
Some tea parties and drawing sessions happen over the pink table. I have plans to paint that table into something more neutral. Slide is one of kids favorite toys. Did you know that when you put that slide upside down, it looks exactly like a treadmill? We neither; Until Abhi and Achu did that. Slide is upside down now, most of the days and kids exercise on it than slide. I just hope that with all that jumping they do, it will hold.
You can see our sun and earth in the corner. Playroom rules is on the wall. Of course, you know, no one reads or follows it. 🙂
Let’s get to the boxes to store their toys. You see, how many shelves we have. Crazy thing is those bins all together cost more than the shelf itself. Well, at least they do a job of not having the toys spread all around the room. Kids are allowed to take one box at a time (not that they do that all the time). I still have to get more bins for the shelf. I save on credit card points to make purchases like that, otherwise they make no sense. Even after this much storage, there are toys that just don’t fit in the small boxes, so they go to the orange and blue boxes (If given a chance, all toys would go in there too). I thought it was a waste to find storage for soft toys. So they get dumped on the shelves. Pink teddy you see here… I made it…long time ago. 🙂
So this is where all the fun happens every day. This is also the most messiest place in our home, of course (I have to say, kitchen is coming close).
I read a lot of DIY/home décor blogs and writing one about our room is making me feel like one too. Maybe I will start one too. 🙂