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Playroom Inspiration and Ideas - Part II

Good Wednesday to you!
Let's jump right back into the playroom eye candy, shall we?  The last post was mostly about storage and the bigger things in the space.  This time it's all about the decor - because what fun is a playroom without lovely things to look at and spark the imagination?  NO fun!
Seriously, the first thing I'm putting in the room is a pink Christmas tree.  Fo' real.  This past Christmas was the first one where Emmy sort of 'got' what was going on, and let me tell you - the tree and the lights were the most amazing things to her - it was true love at first sight.  So I'm going to have a tree in the playroom for us to decorate for every different season and holiday!  And pink just to save the real green one for Christmas. :)  The hubs even agreed to it!  :O

I have no words.  We're getting one.
To counterbalance the overwhelming artificiality of a pink tree, I want to bring in some living stuff.  I think either a cool potted plant or a terrarium!  I'm leaning towards the terrarium because of the scale of it - I think it'd be more interesting to Emmy than a random houseplant.  Here's a really cool set:
Pretty kid friendly!  And we could have many!  Totally dig the painted lid with the critter on top, too.  The only expense for these really would be the plants themselves!  Score.
I'm sure that in time the walls will be covered with Emmys various masterpieces (masterpi?), but until then, the walls'll need some lovin'!  I came across this sort of mini gallery wall below... What struck me was the dress!  I am a big fan of gallery walls, especially ones with unexpected elements; ones that aren't solely framed art.
The first thing I thought of when I saw that was the Sunshine Sunsuit!  It's not going to fit her ever again, so what a nice tribute to hang it on the wall for all eternity, no?!  Plus the bright yellow will be a nice burst of color, since we're talking basement here.  Oh, and I love everything else in the above room too.
Another beautiful space with a dress on the wall:
How awesome is like, all of that?
Even though we are getting the Expedit units for most of the toy/book storage, I am head over heels in love with this idea for books:
 Right?!!  All of her favorites right there for her to flip through!  I think it's genius.  And really, what are we talking here - an old dresser drawer and some legs?!?  LOVE.  Making one.
Now if I've left any room for anything else, I'd love to have a dedicated art area, like this:
Epic, right!?  I think I could make a mini version of this and be just as happy with it. :)
And lastly here's what I'm thinking for a rug.  Since rugs are bananas expensive - the ones I like anyway, I think I'm going to use this throw from Ikea, and just put a no-slip pad under it:
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
It's just a basic black and white striped job, and it's $19.99.  No joke!  I could get two and stitch'm together to cover the whole flippin' basement!  I love how it adds visual interest, but it's still essentially neutral.
So there you have it!  I can't wait to really sink my teeth into this!  I know Emmy's going to love it for years and years, and it will certainly help us stay in our small house much longer!
Have any of you made a dedicated playroom in your house?  Leave a link in the comments - I'd love to see it!
 Much loooooooove!

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