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Playroom Progress + Lorena Canals Rug Review

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The need for a dedicated play space wasn't on my radar at all until pretty recently. This room has been Ben's office since we moved into the house. He 1000% needs a work space, but this room has felt like so much wasted space. He uses his desk really hard, but the rest of the room was just hodge podge of random things and it just didn't look great. Especially with it being at the front of our house, I was always super discontent about it. Simply because of it being a room that I didn't love, it often became a dumping ground for random things that needed to be dealt with. Not great. I'm not sure when it clicked, but I started daydreaming about turning the room into a multipurpose office and playroom. As Beau has gotten bigger, I started to see how great it would be to have a place for his toys, even if we are mostly on the more minimalistic side of toy having, haha. 

Before I get into the details, I want to say that in the month or so that we've had this area set up, I've been able to be so much more intentional during my time with Beau. Y'all have heard me talk about how being sick during this pregnancy has left Beau with a ton of independent play time, and a guilty mama laying on the couch feeling horrible. Now that I've been able to predict times of the day that I'd feel better, it has been SO nice to leave my phone in another room, and head into the playroom with the goal of just spending time with Beau. Playing blocks, reading books. Laughing together. I love the margin in life that this room has begun to provide. It's going to be so sweet to bring sister in here with us and set her up for tummy time or whatever. 

The chair pictured has been on vacation from our lives (haha) for about a year. My brother and sister in law borrowed it when we moved into our new house because it didn't fit comfortably in Beau's nursery (where it had been in our old house) and they needed a chair for feeding my nephew in his room. He just turned one, and it was right at the time I was wishing for the chair for the creation of this playroom, so it was perfect. The chair is super wide so it's become where we do family bedtime stories. As you'll see, the bookshelf is right beside it. I bought the storage shelf and baskets from good old Target, and hung three frames that we already had. Redoing a room on top of finishing the nursery in my third trimester came about kind of all of a sudden, so I have a bunch of details to still work out. But for now, we have a sweet and very functional space. I don't know what I want to do in those frames art wise, but I imagine with the arrival of our girl I might want to put photos of the two sweet siblings together in the frames. Right now two of them are winnie the pooh prints from Beau's nursery, and one is a photo of Ben and I in Paris, haha! 




The one detail that has pulled the room together the most for me is our new Lorena Canals rug! While planning for the nursery my friend Megan mentioned the company to me. They make natural, machine washable rugs for children's spaces. The brand was also selected by Vogue as the top baby product for celebrity nurseries- fancy! What blows my mind is that this rug can literally be put in my washing machine. It's made me so much more laid back with what we enjoy in this space. It's pretty common for us to sit on the rug after Beau's nap with his snack, and it's so nice to know that I can just pop it in the washing machine if I need to. I imagine with sister coming too, it will be nice to know that no amount of spit up will make this rug have to retire haha. With something very kid focused like this you'd think the designs would be pretty bright and crazy and silly with like roads printed on them, but the styles are SO cute. I had the hardest time picking which one I wanted, and kept sending options to friends and going back and forth. I was really really drawn to the ones  with scalloped detailing or interesting cut outs. They're just so unique and fun. They're also really cute layered. I wondered about what the quality of the rug would be like knowing that it would be rolled up to be able to fit in the washing machine but it's so soft and as I think you can see in the photos, pretty thick.   I’ve already washed ours a few times and have been really happy with how it’s held up and washed. With a new baby coming anything that I can wash is just a huge praise hands all around. The rug that we chose was obviously geared towards a children’s space.. but what I loved about the selection at Lorena Canals is that so many of them you would never associate with being for children’s spaces. Meaning that you could have a living room one that could be washed when children and pets wreck them. AMAZING! Anytime I ever buy a rug it feels like such a stressful process, knowing they can really make such a difference in a space and being a pricier item, you want to get it right.. but I can honestly say that adding this rug to the playroom has been my least stressful rug experience!





As you can see, this space has a long way to go, but I wanted to go ahead and share my progress, and to get tips from y'all for things you've included in a playroom and loved! There are so many wild ideas on pinterest but I'd love to hear from you! :)

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I received product from Lorena Canals rugs, but as always, all opinions are my own. :) 
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