I received Mohawk flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.
A few weeks ago I confessed that the upstairs has been experiencing a ripple of makeovers after giving Sweet P’s bedroom a makeover this summer. It’s hard to start one room and not have it impact other spaces so it has been a domino effect of room updates. And I am not mad about it AT ALL! First, we made changes to Sweet P’s room-giving him a functional workspace and some great storage solutions. From this makeover, the LEGO Building Nook was born. And now here we are with the next room to get pulled into the mix- THE PLAYROOM!
For the past three years, this playroom has served us well housing toys, toys, toys, and more toys. Basically, it was an explosion of toys AT ALL TIMES and a room I could never seem to get a handle on. Which is why you have never before seen this space here on the blog!
Are you ready for this? Here is the before:
I mean COME ON. Horrifying, right? I am SO appreciative to have this dedicated play space, but honestly after three years of this nonsense I just started closing the door and had completely given up on it.
That is… until recently! Welcome to our new and improved Atlanta Sports Themed KIDS CAVE PLAYROOM!
This summer the boys turned 9 and 6 and I realized that how they were using this room had drastically changed since their needs when we moved in. (they were 5 and 2 then) No more Paw Patrol. No more Thomas the Train table. Sniff Sniff. It’s sad when they no longer play with the big train tables and large plastic toys but also always feels nice to purge that stuff when they grow out of it. We had moved more on to gaming, watching sports and just generally hanging out with friends. Now before you get too sad that we got rid of all of the toys for them to play with- never fear! There is a closet in this room that is still STUFFED with toys that can still be pulled out as needed. (and admittedly I kept the Thomas the Train collection because I can’t bear to part with it quite yet)
Once we realized it was time to get this room to function more appropriately for their ages, it was time to purge! So we purged and purged- and then purged some more. It was apparent that it was time to purge because even the boys were getting in on getting rid of stuff which is a miracle! Once we had a clean slate, it was time to get the furniture in place. The gray sofa needed a new home since it used to be where the now LEGO Nook is and after lots of trial and error they landed in a sectional format. It isn’t perfect but hey- we already had these sofas – and these kids don’t care!
Once we had the furniture decided on, it was time to upgrade the rug. AND I JUST LOVE it! This is the Mohawk Paragon Rug and it’s a beautiful cream color that really brightens up the room. I love how the diamond shapes add lots of texture to the space without competing with the rest of the room. It really does make such a big difference in adding elegance to this room and instantly made it feel more put together and grown up in here.
The other bonus for me was that it is made with Smartstrand technology which makes it stain and soil resistant and can be spot cleaned with detergent and water. SOLD!
Here are the details on this Mohawk Paragon Rug :
- Diamond lattice motif of the Mohawk Paragon Area Rug in Ivory Bare Essence Cream
- Tufted with the worry free comfort of Smartstrand Silk triexta yarn which combines the legendary stain defense of Smartstrand with a smooth silk feel
- Built-in lifetime stain and soil resistance of Smartstrand, making it durable and beautiful!
- Due to its stain resistance power, this area rug is even ideal for high traffic areas of the home. Simply spot clean as needed with a solution of mild detergent and water.
The boys are also always known to be down on the floor doing their school work, reading, praying and cleaning. HA HA HA- sometimes I crack myself up, just making sure you were still paying attention! It’s more like playing, wrestling, rolling around, practicing their Jedi Ninja moves …you name it. So while the rug itself is super comfy, we also added a cushy rug pad under it to allow for extra padding and to help keep it from sliding. This rug pad really helps to make the rug extra comfy and it is even supposed to help reduce noise. YES, PLEASE.
It’s funny how just by having this beautiful rug arrive, I was instantly motivated to finally transform this room into a stylish KID CAVE space!
We all love our Atlanta sports teams so it was easy to land on an Atlanta Sports Theme for the room. I thought long and hard on what art to add to make it kid friendly but something that the boys could really grow into for years to come. Ah- ha…. framed jerseys! I had these three old frames on hand just waiting for a final destination and the boys were happy to “lend” some of their jerseys for our art installation. Framing the actual jerseys went more smooth than I thought and I love how all of our teams colors look great together! They aren’t perfect but hey- they were free and these kids don’t care! (do you sense my theme here?)
The one issue with my framed jersey idea was that the wall behind the sofa has a closet door smack dab in the middle of the wall. This is a door to a storage attic that has all of our Christmas decor, so it doesn’t need to get accessed very often. I pondered this random door for several weeks because I wasn’t sure how to make it less weird that a door was behind the couch in the middle of the wall. Ultimately I decided to just mount a framed jersey right on the door to help it blend in. So far we have the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech representing! I plan to add my University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta United Soccer on the other half of the room in the next phase.
There is still quite a few things to tackle in here- ahem- you might notice that I am not sharing the other half of this space. But, WOW, have we come along way already! Now off to watch some football with the boys!
Thank you to Mohawk for partnering with me on today’s post and thanks for supporting Southern State of Mind sponsors. All thoughts, opinions and excessive petting of my new rug are my own.