Winsford Playroom


When we first began working with our Winsford Cottage clients, the young couple were just in the early days of their first pregnancy. By the time we completed their final install, little Winsford junior was beginning to cruise around the house and with him came the typical flood of playmats, toys, books, diapers, bottles, and blankets. After a few months of coexisting with beautiful new interiors and a boatload of baby gear, they reached out to us once again in hopes of reclaiming a bit of adult ground for themselves and giving their little one a place to just be a kid. A sunroom located off of the formal living room had been tabled during the first round of renovations, earmarked as a potential home office project for later on.

Sunroom before

Now that the real needs for the space had made themselves known we set about planning a perfectly Winsford playroom.



With so much care put into the transitions from room to room in the rest of the home, we knew that while this playroom had to reflect the energetic, whimsical spirit of its new occupant, it also had to make sense within the overall style of the home. As often happens, we landed on a delightful tiger-print Shumacher wallpaper and built the design story from there.



Subtly tinted versions of cheerful primary colors combine in this room in a way that feels playful and bright, but also lives comfortably alongside the sophisticated living room with its layered cream tones and pops of green and blue.


Winsford Formal Livingroom- Photo by Raquel Langworthy

View into new playroom

The nitty gritty of this project included removing a gas fireplace and the surrounding built-ins, plus taking out tile floors in favor of hardwood flooring that will be a bit more forgiving for toddler play. We took advantage of these renovations to improve the insulation in the room as well.



We designed new closed-storage cabinetry to tuck neatly under the beautiful bank of windows, knowing that this addition would serve a good use through many stages of the room's future life. At our clients request we included an open section for favorite books and toys to stay within reach of little hands.



For furnishings we included a sleeper sofa in a fun bleach-cleanable patterned fabric, a custom ottoman in a playful shape, and a play table and chairs. A low-maintenance rug for padding and some baskets and open shelves for storage rounded out the function of the room. We had a fixed curtain made in a fun fabric to cover the glass french doors leading from the playroom into the living room and painted the door out to the patio in a fun yellow gold to repeat the pop of yellow on the ottoman.


The icing on the cake was the addition of a beadboard ceiling painted a beautiful sky blue for a constant, cheerful hue presiding over the room at all times.


And there you have it, a playroom fit for a little prince! We trust there is much rowdy fun happening in here on a daily basis, and look forward to our next collaboration with these awesome clients!