Thursday, October 4, 2012

This Little Corner of Mine…..

… the living room where I keep my grandsons’ play things looked like this yesterday.  002

Well today it looks like this!


I brought in a china cabinet that had been sitting in the garage that Charlie and I purchased several months ago.  I’m using it to house some of our grandsons’ toys, books and games.  


And also an old family chest for all of their match box cars.  Let me tell you, that chest is full!


I surprised myself in that I was able to fit just about everything in the china cabinet and the chest.  That is, after I sorted through all of their play things.   I even had room on top for a few of my things! 


Now when I’m sitting on the couch, I’m looking at this.   


Instead of this! 


Much better don’t you think?


Now, I need to organize/clean the garage.  Between their toys and my “stuff” we have taken over the garage!!  Poor Charlie hardly has room to park his truck in there…and it’s an over-sized two car garage. 

For those of you who live in the Southern Maryland area, I’ve listed some items for sale.  You can check them out by clicking on the Items for Sale tab under my blog header. 

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week. 



  1. Love it, Gail!! I definitely know what you mean about taming the toys! I have a 3 year old so I am always trying to find ways to hide them in pretty things. :) Looks great.

  2. Toys rarely look pretty but a little "lived" in look keeps it all real. You concealed the toy area nicely. What a cute grandma you are.

  3. Actually looks like you have more room now! Good use of an old piece, I love that!

  4. Oh that is so much better, Gail. Not only did you contain it all, but you made it look so pretty in the process. You really did a fabulous job!

  5. Gail, that hutch is beautiful. What a great storage solution! It blends wonderfully into your decor!

  6. Very nice, Gail! A great improvement for sure! Looks great.

  7. Clever idea !!
    And if you didn't want to look at the toys inside the cabinet you could use double-stick tape on the inside glass and put a pretty piece of fabric !!
    Hey- think I gave myself an idea !!

  8. Hi Gail! Oh, honey, you've been busy! I love how you're using the cabinet which is lovely, by the way. Doesn't it make you feel great to get so organized? :)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I'm so glad to be back to blogging!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. I really love the cabinet and trunk. It's so pretty and the trunk with the sweet little quilt looks so cozy. Ready for fall!

  10. I love the hutch and what you did! Looks great!

  11. Yes, I like the new view better. Cabinets are great for cleaning up the mess. I'm looking for a few of them for my craft room to get myself organized too.

  12. I love it. How wonderful that you didn't bring that hutch in to fill with old antiques...but to fill it with the things your grandkids love. That must make them feel so special.
    I was just thinking I need to move our stack of toys out of the living room...might rethink this and give them their own cherished place of honor...instead of the spare laundry basket.

    :) Pat

  13. Well my toy cupboard was never as grand as this! It looks great.

  14. I love that you chose a china cabinet-
    no bending!
    What a great idea.
    I can't tell you how many lego pieces I have stepped on barefoot when my grandsons visit-
    but I wouldn't trade a thing.

    White Spray Paint

  15. Gail,

    I love the cabinet and it was a clever way to hide all the toys.


  16. What a great idea, Gail! I have the same thing here and I only have the one grandchild right now and she's only 2! I have been looking for a console table with a bottom shelf to hold the baskets I use to keep her toys and books in. I could fit one in the sunroom {where we usually hang out}. I think it will look so much neater with the baskets corraled that way rather than just sitting on the floor.

  17. What a super idea. I love the china cabinet, and the chest, both are gorgeous. Seems those toys just grow and grow. Great solution. Hugs, Marty

  18. Gail yes it does look much neater and prettier! What a cleaver idea.And you did not have to shop for it either! I used some creative ways to hide my daughters things when she was little too.I hate looking at a messy pile of toys!

  19. Gail, you solved that storage issue in a beautiful fashion. xo, olive

  20. Much better....I have a trunk that is full, FULL to the brim of legos! My grands head straight to it when they are here.

  21. I love your new cabinet and trunk! They look beautiful and most of all serve a great purpose. Isn't it wonderful when those two things happen simultaniously?

  22. That is a fantastic piece of furniture and transformed the toy corner. Just told my kids the other day I have more little kid stuff in the family room now with only 2 grand kids, than I did when all of them were at home and small. I need to do this.


  23. Wow, what a change! Such a beautiful piece of furniture and everything looks wonderful. I know you're enjoying it!


  24. What a stunning transformation! You should join Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphous Monday. I just found your blog from Pinterest. Love it.

  25. The before picture looks like our corner in the family room. Love how you have housed everything. Love it!!

  26. Looks much, much better! I would be doing the same thing, sitting down, smiling and thinking what a great job!


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