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One Room Challenge: Week Two Progress

October 9, 2013


So not a whole lot of glamorous progress has been made in my room this week.  I spent a good deal of time removing the nailed down tack strips from the old carpet around the perimeter of the room.  That was a fun task.

This was the latest progress in the room.  Our old dining room table turned art table.  I think this would be a perfect room to use as an art studio because of the natural light but honestly we need a play room more.  I need to spend some time cleaning up the room above the garage and make that my studio.  I've found that too many uses for a room typically means you're not effectively using the space for anything.  My intent for this space is a playroom that won't scare off adults.

I went on several scouting trips to Homegoods and even randomly popped into Ikea twice.  Much to Matthew's dismay, I have already started procuring some fun items for installation day!


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 And then I got stuck.  I'm still stuck on two major decisions which will affect the entire room.  Flooring and seating.  Keeping it real here friends, the process of designing a room on a budget doesn't always comes quick or easy. 

FLOORING
Option 1: wall-to-wall carpet
Pros: 
It's soft, looks lovely, and lays down a nice clean base.  I like the way white carpet looks.  I can't compete with the barefoot comfort level of sitting on the a nice padded soft floor.  I can easily add small sized area rugs for an limited expense to change with the season or as I tire of a look.
Cons:  
Carpet + installation eats up a significant chunk of my budget.  White will get dirty so quickly.  This is a playroom with a main exit to our deck and backyard so inevitably dirt will be trekked in.  It also covers up our gorgeous slate floor.

Option 2: large scale sisal rug layered over the original slate floor
Pros:
Visually this looks fitting for a sunroom.  The slate floor is stunning.  I also like that it's earthy and ties into the outdoors better.  With four walls of glass it feels more at home in our tree house look.  I will still have a large portion of the room covered to encourage sitting and playing on the floor.
Cons:
It's not cozy.  I worry this is more form for a sunroom and not function for a playroom.  It's a large room and I want my kids to be able to utilize every square foot without looking for a soft place to land.

SEATING
Option 1: White Slip-covered Club chairs

 As I mentioned earlier, I went to Ikea twice on Sunday.  I hadn't planned to go at all and then a last minute photo-shoot brought me right up 95 and I slipped in on the way there and again on the way home.  I wanted to sit in the Ektrop Jenny Lund Chairs and try them on for size.  

Pros:
I love the look in pictures and the price point is right for chairs that are living in a playroom.  They have a slipcover for easy washing and a nice white background perfect for sprucing up with a fun pillow.  They offer the look and size and price point I want.
 Cons:
They honestly weren't that comfortable.  I guess I shouldn't have expected so much for a chair that costs less than two hundred dollars.  But I've seen so many amazing images of them and countless owners all over the internets so I assumed I'd love them more than I did.

Option 2: Gray Wicker Chairs
 Pros:
I fell in love with the BYHOLMA gray wicker chairs on the Ikea show room floor.  Both times.  In fact, my sole purpose in returning later that day was to see if one or two could be squeezed into my sedan.  They were so much more comfortable than the Jenny Lund Chairs and I really like the size and shape.  The gray wicker is perfection.
Cons:
I'm just not sure this is the look I'm going for in this space.  I think they'll look fantastic in the room but I'm not sure eliminating the upholstered chairs altogether is wise.

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83 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what you decide to do. I almost think a rug will be better since the door leads to your outside, I am afraid white carpet will get really dirty especially if you let the kids do arts in the playroom too, What about getting something patterned that will hide stains- you could even go to a carpet store and have them cut and bind a rug for you would save money from having the carpet installed. We used to have a sisal rug in our den and while I love the look it was so hard on our feet and no comfortable especially with a crawling baby so we ditched it. I love both chairs, maybe you could in corporate both? Or check out Target too.

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    1. I bought a pair of chairs from Target several years ago and I'd say the comfort level or the idea chairs is on par with those. I did think about getting all 4 chairs but that would blow my accessories budget and my wall space!

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  2. what is the name of that fabric. so pretty

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    1. schumacher chenonceau. one of my all time favorites!

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  3. Have you checked out World Market for chairs? I feel your pain about the Ektorp. I bought the loveseat 7 years ago and it quickly earned the name "the Flintstone sofa". Its a clothes catcher in my teen daughter's room.

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    1. That's good to know. I swear every one has them. Do they just not care?

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  4. This is such a fabulous space to work with. You've got some good dilemmas going on…I put a seagrass runner on our stairs and my kids do complain that it's not very comfy on their bare feet (but it's crazy durable!!) However, layered with a huge area rug would give your babes a lot of soft space. Love your vision for this and I'm looking forward to seeing where you take it!

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    1. Love a layered rug look! Would three be too many? ha!

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  5. The flooring is such a hard choice. We have white carpet in our family room and it has a worn path from walking in and outdoors (use to be the only way to the deck until we added a door in our kitchen). So I wouldn't suggest it for your playroom.

    Our playroom floor is a speckled cream & blue/grey Berber. It isn't terribly comfy but it hides stains wonderfully and the kids can ride/push their toys over it. I have pics on my blog if you're curious. The basement was finished when we moved in and for cost reasons we just worked with what we had. It has turned out to be the perfect choice. Perhaps a neutral Berber bound as a rug would be a better alternative to hard sisal. If you want to snuggle on the floor, you could layer it with a cozy sheep skin rug.

    Amelia

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  6. Will definitely go check it out. My sister inherited a brown berber in her basement that is perfect at hiding dirt as well!

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  7. I have the wicker chairs from ikea and LOVE they.they're in my living room now, but since they're originally intended to be outdoor furniture, I can move them to my patio if I want...absolutely recommend these!!

    Http://pinkflamingostyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I love them too! Do you have any pictures on your blog?

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  8. Super frustrating about the chairs! I like the idea of a rug since it's attached to the backyard and a playroom. If it was us, a light carpet would be trashed a drive me crazy every time I looked at it. Maybe a large sisal with a light soft one layered over it in the grown up lounge area? Love the direction you're taking this space. I want to do the same in our new place. Oh, and my mom just picked up that same striped Dash and Albert rug while she was down here visiting. Loved it!

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    1. Thanks for your input. It's great to hear so many other people struggle with the same flooring issues!

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  9. Your comment about not having a room serve too many purposes really resonated with me. Smart advice. Really curious to see what you decide w/the flooring.Have you ever considered Flor tiles?

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    1. Good advice with the Flor tiles. I'll look into that. We certainly have the luxury in this house to devote certain rooms to specific activities but our last house was half the square footage and I still think that principle applies. Sometimes you have to eliminate a use in order to actually use the room more. And there is nothing wrong with asking your guests to sleep on an air mattress a few times a year :)

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    2. Julia, Dina at Honey & Fitz used Flor tiles in one of the rooms in her new house.

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  10. That Schumacher fabric is a favorite of mine. Have you checked out the Ektorp chair? It's larger and more expensive, but I like the lines more and it is very comfortable. I love Ikea and I love the Ektorp line. The gray color in it is beautiful and doesn't show dirt and would be wonderful with your fabric. Did you check out that black and white striped flat weave rug at Ikea? I've been dying to use that in my house.

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    1. That's a really good consideration Beth. I'm going to look into that for sure. The lines were so much bigger that I didn't even sit down in the regular Ektorp while I was there. I may have done myself a disservice by not considering it. Yes, that black and white rug is awesome!

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  11. We have hardwoods in every room of our house and each time I swiffer I cringe at what carpet would be hiding.....although we do have lots of area rugs. Just my 2 cents....plus I think the floor is fun.......area rugs would give the kids plenty of space to play....and some toys do better on a hard surface anyways depending on what they are into! Such great advice about keeping the focus of the space in mind.....love where this is headed.

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    1. Thanks for your input Susie! I think you're right. It's a large room so a few inches of hard flooring around the border won't hinder playtime.

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  12. You know i'm loving your fabric choice and you've found tons of great stuff for the room! As for the floor, I really do love the slate too and if that room is a big thru to the backyard, I think I'd go for a rug. And those wicker chairs are perfect. I think they will look great!!

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    1. We have our main access off of the family room but we do still come in and out from the playroom a good bit too if we're already in that room.

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  13. Just a heads up that I have the Jennylund chair and the seat cushion drives me nuts because it tends to slide forward in this weird way. Have you checked out Target? They've had some good deals on uphostered chairs lately. I really like the wicker ones you're considering though too. Maybe a large flatweave for the rug? We got one from RugsUSA for our family room, and I love the way it looks, it cleans up well, and the price was right. I like the berber idea too. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for your input on the Jennylund chair! I do have two chairs from Target that seem to be on par comfort wise with the ikea chairs.

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  14. What about one of those indoor/outdoor rugs that look like sisal? If it gets messy, you can take it outside and hose it off. Plus, I think they are somewhat comfortable. That's what I am contemplating getting for my house. You are right about the carpet being so much cozier, but I think it would just get trashed.

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    1. I think so too. I'm not too concerned with needed to hose it off but I think installing white carpet is just asking for trouble!

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  15. Oh girl this is going to be so good!!! I say do a large rug, not sisal it's so not comfy!! Look on overstock, that where I got Taylor's big white rug for cheap!!! As far as the chairs I like the look of the white slipcovers better, and really they don't have to be super comfy for a playroom, give those mamas some wine ad they will not even notice haha!

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    1. This is exactly what I'm talking 'bout ;)

      I'd veto them and never look back if this were for our family room. I'm patiently saving up for some nice comfy swivel gliders. But this room really is just about getting my butt off the floor and offering a friend a place to sit down!

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  16. I agree...white wall to wall is just gong to be frustration for you trying to keep clean. Have you heard of this new Mohawk stuff that you can poor red lemonade on and it comes up like a dream? I have read about it on some blogs. Maybe a piece of cut yardage out of that stuff is the way to go!

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  17. What about the faux hardwood options that are out there? There are some great, inexpensive, beautiful gray washed ones that a lot of my friends are using in basements, etc. OR a sisal wall to wall patterened carpet? I used one in our last home and will in this new home, going up the staircase and it's beautiful and very functional=low maintenance!

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    1. The slate is way too un-level for this option. It was the first one we explored, but we'd have to essentially pour concrete over the existing flooring which would ruin it forever. I hate to make such a permanent decision.

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  18. So fun!! Love the area rug idea. Carpet is such a pain!! Can't wait until next week! Xo, K

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    1. Om, that implies I'll have more progress to show by then.... ;)

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  19. I can't wait to see the finished product! We have white carpet on our entire second and third floor. It's beautiful but we had to invest in a carpet shampooer cleaner. It's very difficult to keep clean and it's not even right as you come in from outdoors!

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    1. so good to know! Carpet is so hard to keep clean. This may not be the best option for this room afterall!

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  20. I would go with the rug on top of the slate for the flooring. I hate carpet (well, the cleaning part of carpet)!

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    1. I despise cleaning carpet. I think that should give me my answer :)

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  21. Have you looked at all the indoor outdoor rug options at rugsusa? A lot of those are SO comfy on your feet and so easy to clean!

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  22. I'm not a huge fan of the Jenny chair, but have used the Ektorp several times, it's a bit more $, but more comfy! I'd love a rug that allowed you to see some of the slate, it's such a unique feature it would be sad to cover it up ~ I'd go for a something cozy in a pattern that hides life with kids! :)

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    1. Agree about the slate. It's beautiful so I hate to cover it up and don't want to do anything that will jeopardize it for future use!

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  23. I like option two for the flooring...the wall to wall carpet in a playroom is going to get so dirty in no time. With paint, glue.....I would go for a temporary and less expensive solution and in say 5 years when the kids are older go for a more definitive route....there will be less spills then.

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  24. If you love the look of sisal, try jute. It's a little more comfortable. I would still do a small area rug for play though. As for the chairs, I like the wicker ones. I think that the color would go great with the slate floors! And as someone else said, it's not your living room or den so give that mommy some wine and she (and you!) will be perfectly happy!

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    1. Yes, exactly! I'm saving up for nice swivel gliders in our family room where comfort and durability are really important. This room that need just isn't there. I just want to get my booty off the floor! Good advice on the jute!

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  25. Jute with a really good carpet pad from overstock. Done!

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    1. good carpet pad....would you be shocked to know that none of my large rugs have them? I need to make that investment

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  26. I think a rug in that room would be great (and much easier to deal with/keep clean than white carpet). My only thing is sisal rugs definitely aren't the softest. My mom got the one from Pottery Barn when we were younger and I think it last 2 weeks. It was the hardest, meanest, prickliest rug I've ever touched. It literally felt like our feet were being stabbed. Since the kids will be using it as a playroom, I think finding a run that will be soft for them to sit on is key.

    I love those Ikea wicker chairs! I spotted them last time I was at Ikea and I desperately want them for our patio area next year. Super comfy and the price is great too!

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  27. Umm I think that I like the look of a rug, maybe not a sisal one, maybe a wool one? Patterned? As for seating, the first ones look like more playroom appropriate, the other ones I would use in the patio, but that's just my thinking ;)

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  28. My daughter has a big, white area rug in her room which is upstairs. I thought that since it was upstairs it wouldn't get dirty as everyone has to walk a bit before they get there. Still, it has an obvious "trail" of where people step onto it and walk. Very annoying! Love the fabric!

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  29. My daughter has a big, white area rug in her room which is upstairs. I thought that since it was upstairs it wouldn't get dirty as everyone has to walk a bit before they get there. Still, it has an obvious "trail" of where people step onto it and walk. Very annoying! Love the fabric!

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  30. My daughter has a big, white area rug in her room which is upstairs. I thought that since it was upstairs it wouldn't get dirty as everyone has to walk a bit before they get there. Still, it has an obvious "trail" of where people step onto it and walk. Very annoying! Love the fabric!

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  31. what about a shag or flotaki? Ikea has them pretty cheap, u could sew together to size. checks all your boxes - white, comfy, budget friendly, complements the slate. good luck! can't wait to see how your room turns out.

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  32. Tough choices. I think you spelled out the pros and cons perfectly. I don't think I'd want to cover up that slate floor completely. How about a chunky wool off-white rug? I'd go for the upholstered chairs. maybe keep scouring home goods?

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  33. Love the fabric you picked! This West Elm rug is soft and beautiful, maybe it could work?

    http://www.westelm.com/products/jute-chenille-herringbone-rug-natural-ivory-b944/?pkey=crugs-flooring&cm_src=rugs-flooring||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

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  34. I vote to use a rug because your floors are so pretty. There is one from WE that I have used several times and it is soft enough to play on. The hi-lo colors hide dirt fairly well. Love the wicker chairs & have them in our office/sunroom.

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  35. Loving your choices. No wall to wall because kids are going to trash it. Area rug is an easier to replace option for sure. Cannot wait to see more!

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  36. I've had byholma chairs at my kitchen table for the last few years and they've held up well. I also purchased a thicker seat cushion from IKEA with a removable slip for washing. The price point was around 29 for the cushion. Love seeing the progress on your sunroom!

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  37. Don't do the wall to wall carpet! You may end up going to the loony bin or Betty Ford trying to keep it clean. What about Overstock.com for a rug with a geometric pattern or something? Or actually have you tried Canterbury Carpets on Clay Street in the city? I haven't been in a while but they have tons of remnants and sisals.

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  38. I'm sure someone has mentioned this, but why not do a bound piece of wall-to-wall carpet in whatever size the sisal rug was going to be? I don't find sisal that comfortable for sitting on, which the kids would surely be doing, and if it's not wall-to-wall you don't have the installation issues. And as for the chairs, I wouldn't buy anything you don't love.

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  39. Hi Julia

    You are so right about those Ektorp chairs and sofas! I will never believe anything I read on the internet again...they are horibly uncomfortable! I love the wicker chairs. Go with a thicker cushion and they will be fabulous!

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  40. Have you been to the rug/carpet warehouses at Green Front in Farmville? Our dining room rug, as well as the rug in my son's room, are actually patterned carpet that we had cut to size and bound. It was really affordable. Our dining room is a tan/gold damask-like pattern (and our DR is a perfect square, so we were able to get exact measurements for a square rug - rare!) and my son's rug is tan (like sisal) with big cream colored stars. Which could be really cute and different for a playroom!

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  41. Area rug over the floor for sure! Can't wait to see progress!

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  42. Glad I'm not the only one struggling with decisions on major design elements. You have an amazing space to work with Julia and I have no doubt you'll pull of an amazing transformation.

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  43. i love those grey wicker chairs! they would look so good with the celadon striped D&A rug you bought (i think?)!!!!!!!! and i love the idea of sisal under the D&A - does that fit in the budget? a large sisal and a tad bit smaller dhurrie? and the braided jutes and sisals will majorly hide dirt and are softer underfoot. i cannot wait to see how this comes together. what a beautiful indoor/outdoor room!!

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  44. I've had a Pottery Barn jute/chenille blend runner in my foyer for the last several years, and it is very soft underfoot and has worn very well. I think Emily Clark for the same rug for her family room about a year ago and has loved it.

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  45. I absolutely love the slate floors! I'd go for an area rug (and even another softer rug on top for play...don't think that would be too much!). Also, those wicker chairs from IKEA are awesome! Maybe consider a few of those in addition to some upholstered. The location of the room in the house can definitely hold the wicker / sunroom style of those chairs even if the primary purpose will be for the kids' play area. oh...and I LOVE the little chairs you have for the kids (I think that's what's pictured above!) and of course that Schumacher fabric is amazing! you have such great taste that you'll figure it out and it will look terrific. it's just hard to consider all of the options when' you're in the decision making process! can't wait to see how it ends up!

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  46. What about having a large remnant carpet cut so it will be soft and give a layered look? I love those Ikea wicker chairs.

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  47. It's going to look amazing - love the fabric and the idea of the large sisal rug sounds perfect to me. Since I love slate floors, I would want to still see a little of them. Kristy, my daughter, has a room so similar to this one in her house - totally glass with French doors, slate floors, and painted brick on the one wall and it's the greatest room, warm, cozy and perfect for morning coffee!!

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  48. Hi Julia. I used to live in your part of the country. Have you considered taking a drive up to Farmville, Virginia? Green Front furniture and several other outlet furniture stores are there, its sort of like what they have in North Carolina, but on a smaller scale. There were so many great brands and choices there. I think save your money, don't do the Ikea chairs because you are not in love. $400 is a lot to spend on something you don't love. As for the carpet, I think leave your slate floor and get an area rug. I love Dash Albert or what about a soft shag carpet remanent and have it bound. I tried the sisal and love the look, but my boys begged for me to send it back- and I did. We like hanging on the floor too. Good luck. Can't wait to see what you come up with and no matter what you should go see what Farmville has.

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  49. I love where the room is headed! I like the idea of a large sisal rug. I ordered one from home depot a few years that is actually pretty soft. And it doesn't show anything! Now for the chairs...I agree with you-prefer the upholstered/slipcovered look for the room.

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  50. Julia, my playroom is very similar to the one you're creating :) I have a brick floor in my sunroom/playroom with a large jute rug (actually two put together) and a cotton dhurrie on top to make it more playful and I love it. I also had the ikea slipcovered chairs in there, but one ended up in the trash :( and the other in my daughter's room. As for the white carpet, I currently have it in my living room and it's a nightmare with two children and two dogs! It looks great right after it's cleaned, but it's gross about two days later :(

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  51. I hear you. Sometimes it is so hard to make a decision. I am stuck on fabric with my room. Good luck. I am sure you will figure out which will be the perfect items for your room.

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  52. Hey Julia,
    I just moved into my new house and we had planned on using our sunroom as the play room too. One thing I have noticed though with the three walls being sliding doors the temperature of the room flucates a lot. Our sunroom has heating and cooling vents, but back when we were having 90 degree weather the sunroom felt like it was 100. I am assuming it will feel cold in that room in the winter time too. There just isn't much insulation with all glass walls. I am not sure if this is an issue for you or not, just though I would mention it. It is making me reconsider my sunroom/playroom plans.

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    1. Hey girl! Thanks so much for sharing! We are so lucky to be surrounded by huge trees over the house so the sunroom never got that bad during the summer. I've really thought about scrapping my desire for a pretty light fixture in favor a much more practical ceiling fan so help keep it from being too hot in the middle of summer. So for winter we battle the opposite problem. That's one of the main reasons I want wall-to-wall carpet, to help with the cold floor. The plan is to utilize base-board heaters and get a separate free-standing heat until this winter and see how it goes. I can imagine it will be pretty chilly in the mornings or evenings but it's not really used then anyway. How is your new house?

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    2. I have wall-to-wall white carpet in my sunroom that is only about a year old. I don't think I would have picked WHITE carpet for the room, but since it's so new I will leave it down until it needs to be replaced (next year). I really like the earthiness of the slate in your sunroom, but you might want an area rug (something thick and soft) that will warm up the room this winter. I LOVE having the sunroom as my playroom because its right off my kitchen so I can see little baby in there while I cook, and at night I can just close the door without having to pick up 800 toys!

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    3. That last sentence is why I am 100% willing to wear a coat in January or sweat my butt in August off to make this room work as a play room!

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  53. What a WONDERFUL post:) your blog Is SO inspiring and Im now following on pinterest.

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    Have a great weekend dear

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  54. Your comment on a room having too many uses being unusefull for anything is soooo true! I love multifunctional spaces but I never thought of them as a downfall of a space. It's really changed the way I think and really explains why my study/craft/playroom/library/coat closet is awful to be in! Thanks for the insight ;)

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  55. Julia, I have white carpets upstairs in our main residence, and I am about to swap them for hardwood floors. I will put sisal and antique Persian rugs over them. The people that owned the home prior to us had a young child, and even with only one child, the carpets are a mess. We have had them cleaned, and they are still not up to snuff. Opt for another color.

    I also am cringing at the thought of little children running and falling on a slate floor. Maybe that is because I just fell on a masonry surface and got hurt. Granted I am probably your Mom's age, but I would still worry about falls on a masonry surface, and you know they will rough-house in a playroom because that's what kids do.

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  56. P.S. I like where you are going with this. And in terms of chairs, have you ever thought about making slipcovers for chairs you find on Craig's list or at a thrift shop? Betsy Speert has a tutorial on her blog about making slipcovers. You are so clever that I know you could do this, and it might give you another alternative.

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