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Play Zone

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Play Zone

Want a playroom that’s bright, organized, and fun? So did mom Juli Smith. Our redo of her family’s cramped attic space holds lots of ideas for you, too!

“My playroom challenges? Storage (what storage?), seating (old futon), decor (oh, dear), lighting (one dim bulb), safety (two low windows). But it’s a funky little room with tons of potential!”

– Juli Smith, Room Makeover winner

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“The kids love the new space — and whenever I walk in there, I smile. Now instead of ‘Mama, can we watch TV?’ it’s ‘Can we go up to the playroom?'”

– Juli Smith, Room Makeover winner

Keep cool with a ceiling fan. Harbor Breeze Halston fan, $99; lowes.com.

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Invest in sturdy, classic pieces. They’ll stand up to kids and look good for years. Cameron Creativity double-door cabinet with corkboard front, $169, and four-square cubby and open base, $139 each; potterybarnkids.com.

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A quick-change system keeps pace with kids’ output. Bird
clip set, $10; landofnod.com.

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It’s easy to find things (and clean up!). Cameron artwork boxes, $22 each; https://potterybarnkids.com.

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Colorful rug tiles are soft on feet. Toy Poodle tiles by FLOR, $14 each; flor.com. Bruce Hardwood oak floor in Cinnamon, $6 a square foot; lowes.com.

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Kids can doodle and display art on magnetic chalkboard squares, $29 each; potterybarnkids.com

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This mini-storage bench is a place for books and treasures (and a place to sit and enjoy them). Bench, $59, and cushion with zip-off cover, $15; landofnod.com.

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Focus on windows. Plantation shutters that latch are stylish, safe, and energy-wise. Custom-made Sunburst Shutters, from $389; lowes.com.

Retro metal wall clock by Infinity Instruments, $32; target.com.

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Ride-ons and bouncy balls add visual punch. Inflatable Rody horse, $47; gymnicballs.com.

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Kids can make art, make “dinner,” or make a mess! Craft table with paper roller, $219, and storage chairs, $69 each; landofnod.com.

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Install storage. This roomy eight-shelf bookcase is recessed between the wall studs for a custom look — and to save floor space. A peg rack at the top holds hats, toys, and such. It’s all painted a crisp white for a clean, neat vibe. Build your own bookcase! Go to lowes.com/parentingmagazinebookshelf to download simple how-to’s.

Start with wall and floor colors. Pick three complementary shades — here, blue, brown, red. They’ll be versatile but won’t look busy.

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Create a dress-up area. The pegs, plus a square crush can made of PVC-lined canvas, keep costumes handy. Umbra, $20; containerstore.com.

Give ’em a place to sit. Kids can flop on miniature beanbag chairs, $39 each; landofnod.com. Or snuggle up with a big dog: five-foot plush Long Dog by Manuella, $136; shopgenes.com.

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It unifies and declutters a small space. Lightweight open baskets with handles are easy for little hands to grab. Woven blue-and-white bins, $20 for two; containerstore.com.

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Extending blue up the walls’ slope visually raises the ceiling. Consider zero-VOC paint, which emits no harmful fumes; you can color-match any hue. Olympic paint, $17 a gallon; lowes.com.

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Juli and Bryan Smith of Winchester, MA, can adapt their inviting (not babyish) space as Clara, 4, and Greyson, 19 months, grow

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Is your “baby” walking, talking, and outgrowing her nursery space? Tell us about what you’d love for your toddler/preschooler — and you could win a dream room for your almost-big kid that will grow with her for years to come. Enter between March 11 and May 6, 2008.