A while ago I wrote a post about creating a play space in your living room that is not only fun for your child but also blends with your decor and doesn't just look like you have a creche in the corner of the room. I recently put the finishing touches to the space I created for Ruby, and this is the last area of the living room to show you - you can see the rest of the room here and here.
I went with mainly neutral colours - black, white and beige with a few pastel colours thrown in. It's often tricky with kids as they are naturally drawn to bold, garish colours, and of course Ruby does have lots of these toys, but I've added baskets and the Ikea PS cabinet so that these can be tidied away after play time.
She got the John Lewis play kitchen for Christmas last year - again I opted for the neutral design - although I'm sure she may have preferred a hot pink one, but hey, parents rights! There are so many gorgeous products for kids these days that there is no need to end up filling your home with plastic tat, particularly when it will be in your living room! Ruby loves this little table and stool from Nubie (I think I may love it even more!) Yes, it is a bit more pricey than others I looked at, but it is really sturdy and will grow with her. The rug is by Ferm Living (I bought via Trouva) and just breaks up the floor space a little.
In the little alcove next to the fireplace I created a reading nook for her. This gorgeous bean bag from This Modern Life, fits seamlessly into the space and is super comfy - she often drags it over to watch telly on too. I've just used a wooden crate on its side for storing some books and the owl planter I picked up in Homebase.
We added this large mirror from One World to try and help reflect a bit of light into this corner as it can sometimes be a little dark. The dolls house is actually Ruby's 3rd birthday gift which is in a few weeks, so I need to hide it again! I found it on eBay for £40. I love it's simplicity and the pink details should keep Ruby happy! The little pink picnic basket came from Deco Baby (we went to their pop up shop at &Hobbs in Shere recently - it's on until 2nd July, and is well worth a visit if you can!) The sleepy bear storage bag is great for those tiny toys kids seem to accumulate & is super cute. (I think I got that from Tea and Kate ages ago)
As I've mentioned storage baskets are essential. They are easy to move around and you can chuck everything in at the end of the day. These ones are from Oliver Bonas and are perfect for things like Lego, and fit right under the Ikea cabinet. The tall bag in the corner is from Hema, and again so handy for throwing everything in to.
So there you have it! I'd love to hear what you think.... here are a few more images and sources of anything I didn't mention above.