When we bought our home two and a half years ago we were a little perplexed on what to do with the conservatory that was unceremoniously attached to the back of our house.
I must admit, it’s never really been something I’ve wanted, though it wasn’t a deal breaker having one either. We just struggled to know what to do with the space. It’s a large area, but with it being colder than the rest of the house in the winter, and warmer in the summer, it’s a difficult space to use.
For a long while the room was used for storage or like an over sized cupboard of junk and miscellaneous home items. Then we discussed turning it into an adult den/escape, filled with plants, a little storage and seating. However we finally decided to combine the last plan into a playroom too. The playroom we had upstairs wasn’t really practical and would eventually become a second bedroom. Plus we got the rabbits and decided to house them in the conservatory too, so playroom/conservatory is what we’ve created.
And it’s fast becoming my favourite room in the house.
We have our old sofa against the side wall, and lots of storage for toys and crafts. So far we have some IKEA bits with a work top secured on top which we’re going to have books and odds and ends all over. Underneath we also have our old wooden chest, which is currently housing Dann’s tools. We’ve even managed to keep Dann’s old oak wood table made by his Grandfather in the room, though it is pushed away to the side to keep it safe from little hands. I’ve updated the sofa with blankets and cushions.
As for decorating we have all our (OK Dann’s) trophies as well as my plants. The walls are being turned into gallery wall, made up of family photos and art work. We’re even blue-tacking some of Henry’s home and nursery paintings to one of the side windows, and it will probably cover the doors too. We’ve also strung up a set of fairy lights around the room, because what kid (or adult) doesn’t adore fairy lights?
For warmth, we’ve moved our big Ikea rug from the living room into the conservatory and will likely layer it in the future. We’ve also gone around with sealant and filled in every nook and cranny (no lie this conservatory was a bit of a bodge, but it’s sound now) to help regulate the temperature and also keep the bugs at bay.
Of course, the bunnies are housed here too (anyone else love the smell of saw dust and hay?) and they’re blocking the second set of doors out to the garden – don’t worry there is another door to the side that you’ll see in the photos, and we also have a kitchen/garden door too.
For the future, we’ve got a whole stack of new toys – a certain little boy is getting very spoilt this Christmas so we’ve leaving space for those. I’m also currently besotted with the Jali Sheesham collection from Lifestyle Furniture*, especially the coffee trunk boxes which I think would eventually replace some of the storage in the room. Oak furniture just seems to last so so well even against small but mighty hands!! We also have plans for adding some sort of blind system, especially for the roof which we haven’t done yet. We’ll have to have it done for next Spring as it gets really hot in there over the summer and we, of course, want to keep the bunnies safe.
Basically it’s still a bit of a work in progress – purely because we have so much coming for Christmas – but I think this room might just be my new favourite space! Plus I get to look out on my garden which we worked so hard on over the summer (which you can read about here).
What do you think? Are we missing some playroom essentials? Suggestions for more decor always welcome!
*this is a collaborative post, all opinions and thoughts are my own
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.