Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Game Room

 This is the game room in our house. 
It's where our teens and their friends 
hang out when they come by. 

Since our house is a converted polo barn and stables, 
there is no lower level basement 
to send the kids to
like most homes around here. 
We are on a big old slab.

Found this reproduction train poster 
on Ebay last year. 
What's notable is that this poster 
is advertising the Chicago North Shore Line 
which was the very same train line that brought people 
out from the city to see polo matches in our town
 at the same time when this place was built. 
This place was built in 1939,
and the most famous U.S. polo match ever played
in American history was played right here in Illinois,
 the East-West Clash of 1933.

Old school room clock and framed vintage game box top.

I added bases to the bottom of vintage glove molds to help them stand up. Now they are helping hands.

Put the bookcase up on my grandfather's old harvest table to balance the height of the game closet on the other side of the room.

There is a 1950's bowling game in the corner. My husband and I played with one like this when we were first dating. :)

Vintage game table has old board games and pieces under glass.

Believe it or not, ultrasuede is great with kids.... everything wipes off.

Found this old pinball machine game board at the Junk Bonanza in MN.

My mom sent me this red ruler covered box a few years back.

Wish I could say this was my little red scooter, but it isn't. 

Found this old display case for my vintage horse show ribbon and equine playing card collection.

Curiosity always gets the best of Max.

Love the warmth and texture of a used brick wall.
Wish we had more of them here.

One more thing.....
I just wanted to say
thank you to all of my faithful followers!
I cannot believe that there are more than 300 of you.
Please know how much I appreciate each 
and every time you stop by 
sharing your sweet and supportive comments. 
You keep me going! Thank you all.

Do you have a game room
or a play room where your kids can play?


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison this room is beautiful and that exposed brick is GORGEOUS!! Martina

Emily said...

hi Alison, are you kidding, anyone would love to hang out here. No really, its a great space for anyone and I'm sure all the kids are at your house. Everything a teen would love, beautiful space and lots of stuff to do!
i love the train poster. I love how you tie your home to its past history. I also think its so cool you have the bowling game like the one you and your husband used when your were dating.
Have a great weekend......

The French Hutch

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great hangout for the teens. I bet they love it. If we had that pinball machine my husband would be in there a lot. He loves pinball. Great looking room and love that trophy lamp!

Cindy said...

What a fun room Alison! So warm and cozy too, love all that brick! We've had a game room but with the kids gone we've just given our pool table away to make more room for us to have a great room instead of a game room. Now the room is my "auction dump"...gotta get busy cause it's driving me crazy having it undone!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Alison...this is the perfect room for kids. I loved it when my kids would hang out at our house with their friends. I really miss the comings and goings. Enjoy it because before you know it they somehow grow up! Have a great weekend...hopefully we'll all have some good weather. ~Ann

Designs By Pinky said...

Well, we have a pool room that got use YEARS ago when we got the pool table, now it just takes up space. Our SIL and his brother do like to play when they come over now, so it gets SOME use. Your room is gorgeous, I love all the wonderful elements!!!! The red scooter is one of my favorite things in the room:):) XO, Pinky PS. sure wish I had that many followers:):)

Anonymous said...

I remember this room from the Tour Of Homes. I love the up-close and personal view of it in this post though! This is probably the nicest kids/game room I've ever seen. I really love the vintage suitcases with the stickers on them paired with the globe. Pretty cool idea!! I agree - exposed brick walls are beautiful!

afternoon tea said...

I'm with Sarah Kate, I think that's the nicest kids room I've ever seen. I imagine your kids and their friends love it.


Anonymous said...

Absolute perfection, Alison! Wonderful room!

A Hint of Home said...

What a great space for anyone to hang out. The pinball machine would be a big hit with us.
Love the brick walls, and all your special accessories.

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful room. It just looks so comfortable and relaxing-I could curl up with a book here.

Babs said...

Alison, it's a wonderful game room with so many vintage touches and so many interesting things to see. Love that great carpet, too.
Hope you have a great weekend,

Upscale Downhome said...

There are so many things I love about your room. First of the all the exposed brick is amazing! If I had to pick a couple of items it would be your equine ribbon/card collection, the red ruler box and the bookcase on your grandfather's harvest table. I would definitely want to hang out there! We do have a game room in our home above the garage but now I have turned it into my studio. Poor kids are relinquished to the basement!

Pamela said...

Alison what a fantastic room!!! Looks like Ralph lives here!
I love the vintage horse ribbons and that bowling game.
The exposed brick is beautiful. So well decorated!!
I love Max the best!

Pamela Gordon said...

This room is awesome. I love the brick wall! You have some cool vintage games and the bowling game reminds me of the corner store next to the high school I attended where the boys hung out playing pinball etc. The 'good old days'. :-) Great spot for your kids and friends to hang out.

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Gorgeous game room. That brick wall adds such warmth and character! Love it! My kids have a room in the basement that they use for their playroom and they also have a playroom just off my kitchen (which used to be my office). We started using it as a playroom when they were really little so I could cook and watch them at the same time. Luckily, having two playrooms keeps their toys out of the rest of the house...most of the time!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Alison, I didn't think it could get any better than your beautiful kitchen, but maybe, just maybe I was wrong. What a terrific gathering place for the kids, or for anyone! Love it from the exposed brick wall to the choice in carpeting to your grandfather's harvest table, that awesome game table. You get the idea, I'm in love with it all. I'm especially smitten with the case of horseshow ribbons ~ I only have one, a beautiful pink one, that was gifted to me by another sweet blogger! Love your pinball machine, too!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Jem said...

Hi Alison! As a fellow horse lover I must say I absolutely adore your equestrian tie ins, the print you found on eBay is beautiful - as are the vintage show ribbons in the display case (we call them rosettes in the UK). I always have my eyes open for horse-themed prettiness!! You've gained a follower! :-)

Jem xXx

Pam said...

I love this room. Your attention to detail is amazing! I love the bowling game and the way you've displayed your old ribbons.

What a fun room!


Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful room and great place to kick back!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alison, This is a great room! And you let you kids hang out there? They have quite the digs to spend time with their friends. I love all the attention to detail and your great displays.
The posters and the brick wall is just so eye popping! YOu have a wonderful, easy and very put together style.
Thanks for all the inspiration this fabulous room brins!

All That Glitters said...

Alison, I'm just in complete love girlfriend!!! The brick wall is amazing! I bet you could decorate my boys room so good! I love this room!

Sarah said...

Now this is truly a game room. It looks like a great place to hang out. I bet the kids are at your home all the time. No kids or game room here. LOL
Love the brick wall! ~ Sarah

sharon said...

Just love the theme to this room, what a cool space for your children and their friends, it must be a permanent party!
We adore all things polo here, in fact my daughter has played a little and was hoping to play polo somewhere during her current gap year, but unfortunately that hasn't happened yet!
Have a great weekend

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Alison, what a darling room, I adore the brick! What a great room for teens and adults. I'm soooo in love with the trophy lamp, I have a weakness for lamps, this one stole my heart.
hugs ~lynne~

Vicki @ Curly Willow said...

Great room Alison. I LOVE IT! So warm and charming. Great job!

High Street Cottage said...

Allison, I love your Game Room, it's just amazing as I would expect of any room in your home. I love all your details, the red scooter and ruler box are so charming, as are the pillows on your "chair and a half"? I don't have a game room, I do have an office we've been thinking of turning into more of a t.v. room/den. Since it's just the two of us, there is no need for a place for kids to play, although, our Bird enjoys the office and calls it home ;)