Our Art Playhouse and Our Fav Things to Keep In It

19 Feb

Art PlayhouseWelcome to our art playhouse! I’ve been wanting to share it for a while and finally have the chance.  It’s 80 degrees in LA so we’ve been spending a lot of time painting, glueing and spraying in the playhouse lately.  I feel so grateful to have this incredible space, built by my husband and our cousin Ted from the ground up.  Yup, they’re amazing.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Art PlayhouseArt PlayhouseArt PlayhouseIt’s definitely an anything goes space.  We paint the walls.  We paint the doors.  We paint everything.  I have a few go to art tools in the playhouse that keep everyone very happy and I pretty much keep them out year round.  We love nancy bottles from Discount School Supply. They are softer than regular bottles, making them really fun and satisfying to squeeze for little ones.

Art PlayhouseArt PlayhouseArt PlayhouseI am also a huge fan of rollers.  We have a ton of them.  You can get them at Discount School Supply, Michaels, or if you’re lucky a local thrift store.  I try to get as many art supplies at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets as possible.  I picked up some big shells on my last visit to the Long Beach Flea Market and we use them to hold everything.  I love them! I also like to keep random little things in the playhouse that engage little kids.  These birds I picked up in a clearance rack at Michaels are so perfect.  We’ve painted them, taped them, stuck them in clay, you name it.  They look really delicate but they are pretty sturdy.  Love these little guys.  Spray bottles are also a must in an art space.  We spray constantly.  Sometimes I fill them with water and a little food coloring, other times I put liquid water colors, other times just plain old water.  Regardless, my girls love to spray.  They could spend thirty minutes just “cleaning” the walls of the play house.  Spray bottles are great for fine motor strengthening too, which is great.  We keep them hanging on an easel from Ikea.  They’re only 14.99 and really nice and clean looking, well, at least it used to be.

Art PlayhouseArt PlayhouseEvolving canvases are a staple in our playhouse.  Every once in a while Aaron’s Brothers has this crazy sale where oversized canvases are like 7 dollars.  It’s crazy.  Whenever it happens I buy three or four and it’s so worth it.  If you can’t find a sale, you can always pick one up at a thrift store or hang up a sheet or canvas fabric.  We paint over them for weeks and it always blows my mind how beautiful they come out.

Art PlayhouseArt PlayhouseArt PlayhouseOur playhouse isn’t reserved for art only.  We play drums, sing, dance, cook and clean.  It’s a magical space I am so proud of.  I’ve always wanted to have my own atelier, and somehow it manifested in my backyard.

Art PlayhouseArt Playhousereggio inspired playhouse for little ones

44 Responses to “Our Art Playhouse and Our Fav Things to Keep In It”

  1. Jeanette Nyberg February 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I’ve caught glimpses of your art playhouse from other posts, but it’s so great to see the whole thing. It’s amazing. You and your kids are so lucky to have such a magical, open-ended art-making area like this, and my favorite part is that it’s not inside!

    • Meri Cherry February 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks Jeanette! It’s so much fun to play in and I love that it keeps changing over time. Come over!!

  2. Stephanie Haass February 20, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    I am so in love with this post, and basically with your life in general. I want an art playhouse SO BAD!! Just beautiful😉

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Thank you Stephanie!!! Wish you could bring your kids over for a play date!!

  3. Rachelle February 20, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    This is such a gorgeous, inspiring post, Meri! I’m so glad that you shared it.

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Thank you so much Rachelle. I appreciate it. Thanks so much for sharing it with your readers. You made me AND my husband very happy.

  4. Stacy of KSW (@stacyofksw) February 20, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Can I just come and move in here? You’ll hardly even notice me …:)

  5. 2craftand2create February 20, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I want one in my backyard. Already allerted the husband, he asked for plans…. Thanks for Tinkerlab on sharing this post on Facebook.

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      Awesome! I’m sorry we don’t have the exact plans to share. My husband and cousin just kind of designed and built. I don’t know how they did it but I am SOOO grateful! Hope you get to have one too!

      • 2craftand2create February 21, 2014 at 2:25 am #

        Thanks Meri Cherry, I’ll just keep begging my husband until he gets enough of me…;-)

  6. Sana February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Hi what materials did you use? This looks amazing! I want one! Haha

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      Thank you so much! My husband and cousin worked really hard on it over a period of months. A lot of wood, hammer and nails involved. My girls are very lucky! And so am I! : )

  7. Lindy February 20, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    awesome!! I love it:) Lucky kids – I will definitely share this post and pin etc. etc. – as every kid should have one of these in their backyard!

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you so much Lindy! We LOVE LOVE LOVE it and yes, agreed, every child should have a space like this. That would be FANTASTIC!

  8. Jenny Keller February 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to know HOW to create a space like this. We are renting, so creating a mobile space or transportable space would be ideal. ANY suggestions to do this at minimal cost???

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      Hmm…mobile..I don’t know. BUT, I did just see this great little cardboard art studio on Blogmemom that was really inspiring and temporary! http://www.blogmemom.com/recycled-crafts-art-studio-in-a-box/ My husband built this so unfortunately I don’t know the exact steps, but I do know he started with a simple frame and then added the floor and then the walls. I think the key for any space, especially if it’s temporary is keep it simple!!!

  9. LJ February 20, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Is that a window in the second picture and if so, what’s behind it? It looked almost like a bedroom for a while there, but after much studying I’ve concluded that’s unlikely😉

    • Meri Cherry February 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      Ha. No, it’s not a bedroom, though I have gotten requests from friends and family seeking to move in : ) It’s just a table with some things on it sitting behind the playhouse. Are you a detective? : )

  10. Stacy@{Share&Remember} February 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    I just love this! I want one!😉

    • Meri Cherry February 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      Thank you Stacy! We love it! It’s 85 degrees in LA today and we’ve been in it almost all day.

  11. Leslie February 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Wow. That’s so beautiful. What a magical place for your two little girls.

    • Meri Cherry February 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      Thank you Leslie!!! You have to visit one day!

  12. Ana February 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    An art playhouse is a fantasy of mine! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas and suggestions, especially the evolving canvas!

    • Meri Cherry February 23, 2014 at 3:33 am #

      Thanks Ana! Glad you like my suggestions. We love our playhouse. You guys have to come over and share it with us!

  13. valerielui February 23, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    What a great idea and special learning place for exploration and creativity.

    • Meri Cherry February 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Thank you so much! So thankful for it!

  14. bar February 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    such a motivating post! you’ve made me realize how much I miss the days when my kids were little. exploring materials is so important and you show and this beautifully with these amazing photos! thank you for sharing and inspiring us all, meri. xx

    • Meri Cherry February 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Bar! Your comments always make me feel so good. Come to California!!

  15. danielle February 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Are you kidding!!!!!! Your studio is absolutely, the most amazing, delightful, freeing space any artist would love. Inspiring!!!!! Well done!

    • Meri Cherry February 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      WOW! Thank you Danielle!!! My husband will be very happy to hear your kind words. Thank you so much. We love it too!!!

  16. Gina February 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    This is just such an amazing gift to your entire family! What a husband and what perfect match. I absolutely love it and what often strikes me when I meet adult creatives is that many mention that, as children” they were given a “space to create for themselves” – you’ve more than accomplished this and the element of spontaneous creation is evident in the work that you share, too! I want to be your neighbor….! Bravo, Meri Cherry!!

    • Meri Cherry February 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Oh please be my neighbor Gina! You are so amazing and your words go straight to my heart! Thank you so much. I just can’t wait till we can play together again.

  17. Dyan February 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    What an incredible space! Wow. Just wow!

    • Meri Cherry February 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      Thank you so much!!! We feel so lucky to have it.

  18. Carin March 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This is such a fantastic idea! I can just imagine the fun that goes on in there! Very clever idea!

    • Meri Cherry March 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you so much Carin. It is an amazing space we feel really grateful to have!

  19. Stacy@{Share&Remember} March 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Are you able to give us approximate dimensions?? Thanks.

    • Meri Cherry March 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      Stacy, it’s about a 10 x 10 foot space with about a 7 foot ceiling. Hope that’s helpful!

      • Stacy@{Share&Remember} March 24, 2014 at 3:04 am #

        Awesome! Thanks so much! Gives us a place to start…😉

      • Meri Cherry March 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

        Baby steps. It took us a while to get here. Have fun!


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