“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our dear daughter comes with a lot of stuff — books, toys, dolls, puzzles — even a (faux) kitchen sink. When we were doing renovation triage, we pretty quickly scrapped the idea that we’d be able to clean up/renovate the half-finished basement to give Kate a play space. (Plus it flooded two months later, so it was a great decision in hindsight!) But since we had four bedrooms and only two occupied, we decided to dedicate one to be Kate’s playroom. (For those of you playing along at home, it was Bedroom #2 — the one that almost was Kate’s room.)
My Aunt Cheryl GRACIOUSLY AND GENEROUSLY asked if she could design Kate’s playroom as our housewarming gift. Not only was this an awesome gift, but it made me want to cry because it meant one fewer room to paint! In hindsight, that feels a little silly, but we were just. painting. so. much. For probably weeks before Do-It Day, she was craftily gathering ideas, materials, paint colors and accessories. She had a full-on design scheme for the room and, as a result, it is the only room in the house that looks complete. We are beyond grateful and Kate LOVES it!