House Calls: Play space that spans time


With two daughters, 8 and 4, who love dress-up and crafts, and a son, 2, with lots of toys, Jeannette Haynie of Alexandria needs help decorating her basement. She wants the space to be comfortable for all her children as they grow. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
November 6, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

With two daughters, 8 and 4, who love dress-up and crafts, and a son, 2, with lots of toys, Jeannette Haynie of Alexandria needs help decorating her basement. She wants the space to be comfortable for all her children as they grow.

THE SOLUTION

Christopher Boutlier gives the Haynies a gender-neutral playspace with longevity by choosing a sophisticated color scheme, easily movable furniture and much-needed toy storage.

Boutlier, of Boutlier Design (202-431-4707, www.boutlier.com), is based in the District.

A versatile seating area will grow with the kids, becoming a place to entertain friends, study, watch television and play video games.

Maximize floor space for play by storing books on wall-mounted shelves.


Jeannette Haynie, center and her children. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Dress up the small windows with white wood blinds, which still allow natural light to shine through.

Blues, oranges and yellows found in the rug create a color scheme that is cheerful and gender-neutral.

Store items worth showing off on an open bookcase. Hide everything else in colorful storage bins.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Chill media console in white ($449), Botao armless sectional chair in New Leaf ($699) and City Slicker side table in white ($199), all from www.cb2.com ; Parker play chairs in various colors ($69 each, www.landofnod.com ); Parsons bookcase in white ($289, www.homedecorators.com ).

Accessories: Lourdes Sánchez bull’s-eye wool rug ( $349 for 6-by-9-foot rug, www.westelm.com ); Straight and Narrow book ledge in white ($22), Chalkboard It Up wall decals ($58 for set of four), Landscape floor bins in various colors ($36 each) and No Monsters Allowed wall art ($89), all from www.landofnod.com; Hovet mirror ($129, www.ikea.com); Northern Heights wood blinds (prices vary by size, www.blinds.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Eames LCM chair in tangerine fabric, walnut and chrome ($1,219, www.hivemodern.com).

Min table with steel top ($1,495 for large, www.dwr.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Strand chair ($249, www.cb2.com)

Compartment Department play table in white ($449, www.landofnod.com).

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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