Explore Georgia Kousoulou’s summer playroom scheme
Star of ITVBe’s Baby Steps and The Only Way Is Essex, Georgia Kousoulou teamed up with Wayfair to transform an unused space into a practical and stylish playroom, the perfect place for her one-year-old-son Brody to play, learn and develop
With input from Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, Good Homes shares how Georgia was able to create her dream playroom.
Georgia’s home style is predominantly monochrome, with calming creams and soft greys balanced against pops of black. Nadia explains: “It was important for the playroom to feel consistent to tie in with the rest of the scheme of the house, whilst adding pops of colour and fun. Brody’s very own playroom has been built around similar tones as the foundation for the space.”
“I think the colour palette has really helped to achieve a fun and engaging space that blends in with the rest of the house,” says Georgia, who has used a mix of pale woods, whites and teddy bear browns for a contemporary look.
“Texture helps add a layer of cosiness to a room, which is ideal to create a snug space for little hands and feet. Touch and texture helps babies and toddlers to learn about their environment and adds another dimension to the overall styling. We used a mix of knitted throws, faux furs, rattan and squishy bean bags to offer the ultimate comfort when settling down to read Brody’s favourite story or picture book,” explains Nadia.
As any parent will know, storage is definitely key to help keep a space tidy of toys and general clutter. Nadia agrees: “Georgia’s built-in wardrobes are a brilliant space to do just that, but the addition of a selection of handy storage baskets and boxes in different sizes means everything can now be easily kept organised.
“This was a simple way to find Brody’s favourite toys, books or extra blankets, we used a variety of styles and textures, keeping to the colour palette of the main room to ensure everything blends together nicely.”
Georgia describes her interior style as laid back cool. “My overall scheme is very neutral, minimal and stripped back. I love to combine earthy stone colours with contrasting black tones and this is something I’ve tried to apply throughout our house. I’m all about subtle, cosy style and a look that is very pleasing to the eye.”
“Alongside neutrals, the playroom provided the opportunity to invite some extra colour into their home. Painting natural wooden stools is a simple DIY upcycling idea that gives you flexibility to have some fun and get crafty. We went for pretty pastel shades in sunshine yellow, white, baby blue and mint green, using a simple scandi design. Alongside the activity table, they are a brilliant transitional piece for Brody to play, make, colour and paint from as he grows,” reveals Nadia.
Pop-up garden playtime
Brody’s playroom has lovely bi-fold doors that open out onto the garden, filling the room with plenty of natural light whilst also making it a great space for outdoor playtime. Nadia adds: “The patio provided the ideal place to extend the playroom, with portable pieces to make this super quick and easy to set up. We included a practical teepee style playtent to provide a shady spot, filled with cushions for extra comfort.”
Georgia adds: “I love that the playroom strikes the perfect balance between being stylish and functional. My favourite item is Brody’s teepee, it’s so easy to pop up inside or outside and store away afterwards. It’s a great little den where we can read together and get cosy.”
Georgia wanted to create a fun and interactive space to relax as a family, but also somewhere which would be loved by Brody’s friends when they come round to play. The minimalist design of the Monserrat Playhouse fits in seamlessly, with individual blocks which can easily be moved around. Perfect for use inside the playroom or out in the garden when the weather is dry, the built-in ball pit is sure to provide endless hours of fun.
Georgia is over the moon with Brody’s indoor-outdoor playroom. “Our home has always been such a social space, where family and friends mix. It was really important to us that Brody also had an area of our home where he could play freely with his friends. It’s such a great, transitional space which Brody can grow into and use for many years to come.”