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Decorating Dilemma

Until recently our kids were too young to navigate the stairs on their own and play downstairs so all their toys including dress-up clothes, toy cars, farm set, Zingo game (similar to Bingo) had to be on the main floor – and there were toys EVERYWHERE!

Our main “playroom” was the living room which didn’t work too well for entertaining since we as adults would be stuck in the kitchen.  While that’s okay for wanting to play games and eat, for comfortable conversation it isn’t the best.

Now that our kids are older and we have renovated our basement we have put the majority of their toys in the basement.

Now come the big decisions – How to turn the living room space into an adult space with a setup to entertain.

First of all, hubby and I have been thinking of getting a large screen t.v. and putting it up on the main wall (husband would really like surround sound too, but we will see). This way the tv would be accessible to all and wouldn’t take up space.

Along with the entertaining came another thought: what about a living room table? My parents have had one for as long as I can remember. It has served as a great place to place drinks and have platters of food or baskets of chips. The problem is, is that I found one that I REALLY love, but hubby does not agree. So we will see what happens.

Another thought has been to get nice new couches and put the current ones in the kids area. Of course there will still be times when the kids are upstairs and at the ages of 5 & 3 I’m sure there will still be accidents and spills 🙂

Do you have an adult space for entertaining?


Young Mum

Sunday 12th of June 2011

Our basement was supposed to be a man cave, but somehow changed into a playroom :( Feel kinda bad about that... We do have nice lazyboy couches down there - but my Daughter peed all over them while potty training... We don't keep a coffee table down there as the couches recline and I can't figure out how to make a center table work with that... We do use side tables though.

Thankfully, I have a bonus room off of the kitchen that is kept nice for visitors and "happy mommy" time, lol. But with baby #2 on the way, I'm sure they'll be more changes a'coming :)

Carrie Dodd

Sunday 12th of June 2011

No adult space yet. My son's playroom is the dining room and his new "big boy" room which left the living room for the most part toy free unless he brought them in. Well I'm due anyday now so now there's a baby swing, bouncy chair and pretty soon, a playpen in our living room. I imagine it'll be a few years down the road and even then we live on one floor right now with no extra room to make a playroom.


Sunday 12th of June 2011

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Sunday 12th of June 2011

I have really pushed my kids to not play in the livingroom. It is my only "adult" space, but they always seem to sneak their way into it. All their toys are in their bedrooms, yet they find it necessary to play in our livingroom ALWAYS!

I have also been doing some TLC to our house, but I've started with the kitchen. It's the first room people come into and most entertaining ends up in the diningroom. One day I'll finish the livingroom, but currently the kids always destroy my organization and tidy space.

Jodi shaw

Saturday 11th of June 2011

We recently just renovated our living space. We couldn't afford new furniture so I bought sone trendy throw cushions a new lamp and we painted our dining room table. We are also creating an office in behind for blogging since I will need a space suitable for work after surgery. The kids toys r in their rooms with buckets and bins from ikea and for once the downstairs is toy free. Now I just have to get the puppy to pick ip his toys and I'll be in heaven.