Thursday, September 26, 2013

I had to share this adorable vintage inspired playhouse by Bridgette Davis of BD Photography.  What a wonderful summer project, not to mention a great location for a photo shoot!  

"This place is like bees to honey for the girls AND boys in our neighborhood.  Our 2 year old little man, and 9 & 11 year old girls have had countless hours already, playing with friends in all sorts of creative scenarios. This place is like a portal to imagined worlds.  It makes my heart sing to watch, and it makes the other countless hours we spent as a family rehabbing and decorating it that much more special."

Many more gorgeous photographs and details can be found on Bridgette's site.

It always makes my day to see a family enjoying a handmade playhouse!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Chalkboard Playhouse

Our new Chalkboard Playhouse line is now available 
through the A Place Imagined website!   
  • Made in America
  • Eco Friendly Materials (Sustainable & locally sourced premium birch plywood)
  • Encourages creative expression
  • Quick easy assembly with no tools
  • Stores flat when not in use
  • High pressure laminate chalkboard roof
  • Durable tough finish
  • Rounded edges for safety
  • Heirloom quality

The Story: (the long version)  
As a mom of an infant, I remember rating toys based on how long they could hold my son’s attention.  A mobile with a battery (as opposed to a wind up) would buy me just enough time to take a shower.  The kids are older now, and I started thinking about designing a playhouse for them that would hold their attention.  I scoured the market to see what was available.   My blog is embarrassing proof of my relentless research.  There are some great products out there, but nothing exactly like what I was looking for.  With a background in architecture, I am cursed with ridiculously high design standards.  I also grew up in a DIY household, so simply purchasing something would be way too easy.  I wanted the perfect indoor playhouse for my children, and set out to create it.  I became so dedicated (sounds better than obsessed) with this idea, that I resigned from my corporate job.  Designing kid’s playhouses is much more fun than designing big buildings, right?  Notice I said more fun, not easier.  What seemed like a simple task turned out to be a fairly complex process.