Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Garden Whimsy

I am so excited to finally share pictures of the playhouse I've been working on!  Just in time for Christmas too!  This whimsical playhouse featuring curved walls and a storybook style door is now available and at a great price.  The playhouse pictured above is going for $3,200 + shipping to the first person I hear from.  If you are interested or have any questions, contact me at or use the contact page here.  After that, I will be taking orders on my site for $4,200.  Why is this one significantly reduced?  It needs to be moved, so I can start on the next design!  Hopefully very soon we'll be in a large shop, but for now we're working in a small space.

The playhouse is constructed with quality materials and should last for generations if maintained.  The base or floor is treated wood, and the roof is stained cedar.  The front and back walls are painted tongue & groove.  The rounded walls are grooved to overlap and then caulked and painted.  Overall exterior dimensions are:  6'-6"wide, 6'-8" long, and 7'-8" high.

A bench and kitchen counter is built into both of the curved walls leaving more floor space for playing.  The interior floor space measures 4'-5" x  5'-8."  Interior walls are painted beadboard.  I love the light airy feel of the white with blue accents.  The triangle pendant banner pictured above was crafted specifically for this playhouse and is included.  It coordinates with the curtain that hangs under the play kitchen counter (also included).  Unfortunately, my vintage sock monkey, doll bed, and quilt are not included.  Thankfully my mom kept all of my playhouse furniture, and now I have it to pass on to my children.

Chalkboards line both sides of the play kitchen.  They have been a hit with the children that have inspected the playhouse.  The picture below shows the distressed stained wood floor.  It is built similar to a deck, allowing any water that may find it's way in to drain.  The window will have shutters to match the color of the door as well as a window box on the exterior.  (That's on my to do list for tomorrow, but I just couldn't wait to share these pictures).  I'll post more pictures of the back wall and window soon!  Oh, the apron hanging on the back wall is also included!  It's killing me to let go of that apron, but it really belongs with the house. 

My son, 4 yrs. old,  is pretending to wash his hands in the sink. The highest part of the inside of the playhouse is 6'-3" high making it tall enough for me to stand up in, but still approprietly scaled for younger children.  This playhouse should fit well into most back yards and is a piece that will add a touch of whimsy to your garden.

I love this ceiling!  The tongue & groove boards are painted blue with the exposed structure painted a nice shade of green.  This is by no means the most efficient way to paint a ceiling, but I believe it was worth the time.  

I can't wait to start the next design, but at the same time, I am going to be sad to see this one go.  I have enjoyed every minute working on it.  I know it will make some lucky children very happy.  Oh, the memories it will hold...

Making A Playhouse Your Own

If you are playing in your play kitchen, you'll need an apron, and not just any apron will do. It must coordinate perfectly with your kitchen and looks great on.  As a mom, I'm very aware of how fashion conscience a four year old can be, and how once they find something they like they will wear it every day.  (My son wore his Captain America Costume for a solid week after Halloween...yes we washed it).  This apron was designed to be very durable as well as fashionable.  It is fully lined, and there are no unfinished edges.  The neck strap is Velcro, making it easy for little hands to get on and off.  
It's a fun way to dress up a pair of jeans and boots!  I may need to make this in a larger size...

It's impossible to design a play space and not think about all of the details including furnishings and accessories.  I opened an Etsy shop that I and my elves (mom & granny) are working hard to stock.  It's a bit sparse at the moment, but eventually will be full of handmade aprons, baby doll quilts, and play furniture.  In addition to the handmade items, I'm always on the lookout for vintage items that will give your playhouse personality and make it uniquely yours.   

I'll be adding more aprons, doll quilts and pendants to the shop between now and Christmas, so check back if you don't see exactly what you're looking for.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bed Room

A room within a room!  Both spaces by Duch based Kids Factory.  What a great place to nap or daydream...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cardboard Coffee Shop

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about making something like a play kitchen or fully stocked  coffee shop you might want to get started soon.  I was blown away Millz Coffee!   Check out 45 Wall Design for tons of pictures and inspiration.  Did you notice the custom logo and the functional cardboard espresso machine?  Love it!   Oh, and the vintage cash register...wonder if mine is in mom's attic.  If you're on a tight budget but have some time to spare this (or something similar) would be the perfect Christmas present.  Feeling a bit intimidated, start with something a tad more basic, and who knows you may surprise yourself.  Don't forget to send me pictures!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Twisted House

Twisted House by John McNaughton located at the Indianapolis Art Center. 

According to the Indianapolis Art Center, McNaughton's goal with the work is to show viewers that sculpture can be interactive and touch heavily into the imagination.

I think I'm going to start a file of images to serve as inspiration for whenever I hear "You can't build that," or "You're going to do WHAT?"    I truly admire those who are successful in transforming the imaginary into a tangible place.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkin Houses!

I realize I'm a day late with this post, but there's no way I'm going to file it away till next year! Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Don't worry, it's not too late to check out  this years Story Book Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum.  (You have till November 14th). The exhibit includes four walk-through houses that represent a pumpkin based children's book.  I love this idea...what else could I make a playhouse out of?  Ideas anyone?