do you have a room you call a "playroom" a spice rack OR a feature wall?

(283 Posts)
MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:10:11

if so: you lose

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:10:46

fucker grin

tiredemma Sat 13-Oct-12 18:10:56

no. am i still in?

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:07

or kitchen accessories

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:21

lol at g

VivaLeBeaver Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:35


cornsconkers Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:41

or a nursery?

germyrabbit Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:43


MirandaWest Sat 13-Oct-12 18:11:44

No no and no grin

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:12:00

GOD yes
do you coordinate your kettle?

usualsuspect3 Sat 13-Oct-12 18:12:38

None of the above

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:13:19

wort i ahve seen is pink everything, toaster /kettle ..even the smeg fridge!!!

seeker Sat 13-Oct-12 18:13:45

I have a spice drawer and a feature wall. do I half lose?

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 18:13:51

Yes to playroom but absolutely bloody no way to spice rack or <<shudder>> feature wall.

Sariah Sat 13-Oct-12 18:13:52

Yes, no, Yes

What's wrong with a playroom? It is what it is. hmm

LolaDontCryOverSpiltBleach Sat 13-Oct-12 18:14:46

I have an 'accent' wall AND a spice rack.

Why do i lose, i didn't even know i was in a competition sad

I want to know what accessories you can have for a kitchen though, like spoons?

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 18:15:06

Just realised that, like Seeker, I do have a spice drawer.

What's the problem with playroom? The other two I can understand.

JollyJackOLantern Sat 13-Oct-12 18:15:22

Define a feature wall....

One of the walls in our living room is a different shade to the other three. They are all grey, but one is darker. Is that a feature wall?

We don't have a spice rack but I want one smile

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:15:43

a playroom is as naff as calling your babies room a nursery

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:16:35

I have a box full of spices to keep organised and a feature wall with.. great massive silver flowers!

TaGhoulaTwinkle Sat 13-Oct-12 18:17:23

No, no and no.

Do have: 1 small house with 5 of us in it, too many toys, would Love a playroom.

Spice rack, feature wall - meh

seeker Sat 13-Oct-12 18:17:29

My feature wall is plastic and has a light inside it. And a vision gap in the middle.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sat 13-Oct-12 18:17:55

What's uncool about a nursery or a playroom? Makes no sense.

We have none of the above but we do have a lego room. Does that count?

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:17:56

or calling the dwonstairs loo the cloakroom

cornsconkers Sat 13-Oct-12 18:18:02

what is a vision gap? Is it a hole?

schmee Sat 13-Oct-12 18:18:31

What are you supposed to call the playroom if not that?

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:19:08

lol at brandy - you are veering close to "twigs and pebbly shit"

Vagaceratops Sat 13-Oct-12 18:19:19

We have a junk toy room.

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:19:42


Viviennemary Sat 13-Oct-12 18:20:29

Years ago when I was growing up we had a neighbour who used to call her baby daughter's bedroom the nursery. And to add insult to injury it was a tiny tiny room. I've not got a playroom a spice rack or a feature wall. Though I did fancy the idea of a mural in DD's bedroom once. But I think they've gone out of fashion now.

Can we add 'family room' to the list. It makes me feel stabby

Thewidewideworld Sat 13-Oct-12 18:20:39

None of the above but I have a bloody great vase with twigs and fairy lights in the corner of the living room.

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:20:58

I have a pebbly shit with pot purri vase LOL and I don't care <<sticks tongue out>> Draw the line at twigs! I aslo have matching photo frames in the hallway.

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 18:21:06

Hmm. So what should we call a room full of toys, books and games in which the DCs play? It isn't their bedroom, we don't generally hang out in there as we have separate sitting room (in which only books and board games are allowed because I want one room in the house which isn't full of Star Wars shoot me).

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 13-Oct-12 18:21:43

My kettle is the same colour as my aga - is that ok wink

peggyblackett Sat 13-Oct-12 18:21:49

No, no and no

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:13

I would love a play room, it would be full of kids stuff and comfy sofas. Then I would have a parlour for any posh guest who come round LOL and I could escape from the DC!

Thewidewideworld Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:24

Oh yeh AND a canvas with my children's footprints on it over the living room fireplace.

Am I the biggest loser?

Sariah Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:27

So what is the proper term for a playroom then or is it just the fact that people have a room that is just used for the kids toys the problem? I have a press full of spices which would probably be easier to find and organise if I had a rack.

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:30

brandy do you have plug ins

* closes eyes and adopts prayer position *

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:35



MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:22:49

i obv have a SPICE room and a playrack

that gets the mums talking

My kettle is the same colour as my car. Have I taken it too far????

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:24:04

Blurgh hell no they are vile. I do spray a mix of water and fabric conditioner on my rug that is on laminate and curtains. <<luffs the smell of clean washing>>

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:24:38

you spray your rug?

hmm wink

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:09

hahaha ..@ spiceroom...but do you have a sign in french for it

<< someone tell me the frnech for spice room>>

MrsWolowitz Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:37

A spice rack is just good sense. Organisation and all that.

I have a feature wall.

I double lose as my playroom is in my <gasp> conservatory.

<eyes spice rack, feature wall and playroom fondly>

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:45

Yup the smell stays in it luffly. It's like walking into a lenor bottle every time I come home. grin

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:54

i have S P I C E R O O M spelled out in big letters

and geri halliwell begging to get out

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:55

brandy-I'm afraid you need help

UsingAPsuedonym Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:01

Er. Where do you keep spices in a small kitchen then?

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:14

la chambre des epices?

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:15

hahahahahah you're ona roll

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:33

in a drawer

yes www i have spicy drawers

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:36

your H is in for a treat to night

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:44

I renamed the "shoe cupboard" the "boot room" last weekend. I decided I was of an age where I should have a boot room. And to be fair we have boots and coats in the shoe cupboard. <<delusions of grandeur>>

<<realises is absolutely the biggest loser and leaves thread>>

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:53

LOL I know... I do have a lot of books in piles everywhere to even it out.

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:27:02

i hear occasional bleats of "girlpower" muffled by the padded walls

MaureenCognito Sat 13-Oct-12 18:27:21

i know, 20 years and they still keep acoming

scottishmummy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:27:36

as it would be naff and social death
worse than artex or banging on about farrow and ball

PickledFanjoCat Sat 13-Oct-12 18:27:37

Lego room - brilliant.

Pochemuchka Sat 13-Oct-12 18:28:11

We have a 'playroom', unfortunately we seem to have lost the lounge . . .

ggirl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:28:17

I need to go and make myself beautiful now
off to my ensuite or powder room

ToothbrushThief Sat 13-Oct-12 18:28:34

The dog splashes my skirtings...does that match rug spraying?

TheFallenMadonna Sat 13-Oct-12 18:29:47

I did wonder what happened to playroims as children grew, but from my extensive reading of 25 Beautiful Homes (blush), it seems it becomes a family room. Like a "sitting room" but with cheaper sofas and a "fun" rug...

livingfortoday Sat 13-Oct-12 18:29:48

I have two rooms with feature walls. biscuit !

I'm even thinking of adding another in the kitchen and updating my painted feature walls to papered ones, so what's the chew with that OP? Never realised it was MN no no.

I do not have a spice rack or a play room but wish I had both actually. Instead I have a wonkyly stacked cupboard and ds has a tv in bedroom blush I'm such a bad parent aren't I. DD has a nursery too.

I have naice ham and got rid of my twigs.

I have a spice rack (but, it hangs on the inside of a cupboard door and our kitchen is ridiculously small) - I only have 3 drawers, can't dedicate one to spices....

Guilty of feature walls. I like bright colours/bold patterns but my house doesn't have huge rooms so painting my entire lounge bright red would be hideous. So I have a red wall in the lounge, and one with stripey wallpaper in our bedroom. I like it [shrugs]

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sat 13-Oct-12 18:31:53

Poche smile same here

lego room is in the cellar
it's no good for anything else, but plastic doesn't go mouldy. Have to limit time ds spends down there, or he might.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 13-Oct-12 18:32:22

Slight tangent but currently getting quotes for something to replace vile upvc conservatory - seems we now have to call them 'orangeries' I mean seriously - I just can not refer to it as that. I will be mocked cruelly by friends if I tell them to take their drinks through to the orangery - my house is 1950's not Downton.

PickledFanjoCat Sat 13-Oct-12 18:34:11

Oh that's hilaaaaassrious!

livingfortoday Sat 13-Oct-12 18:35:35

Mrs - orangeries a v naice. envy

ikigai Sat 13-Oct-12 18:36:44

No feature wall, no playroom. I keep my spices in the back of my cupboard in the shared kitchen.

So, to conclude, i win at this thread but lose at life.

I'll take that grin

Iteotwawki Sat 13-Oct-12 18:37:18

Yes, yes and yes.

The playroom is downstairs - it's a room full of toys, plastic tat in boxes, books etc where the boys hang out. What else should we call it? (everyone else locally calls them "rumpus rooms" but I'm not quite that native yet).

Feature walls - only in the boys' bedrooms.

Spice rack - in the pantry.

Twigs & pebbles - yes, but that's because the driveway isn't sealed yet. Hoping to stop tracking those in when it is.

Love my house smile

GupX Sat 13-Oct-12 18:38:07

We have a nursery AND a playroom.

No spicerack or feature wall.

Catsdontcare Sat 13-Oct-12 18:40:54

I call our conservatory the orangery just to piss of dh and to mock his family who always make up pretentious names for things. "Lime quencher anyone?" Do you mean squash? hmm

bigkidsdidit Sat 13-Oct-12 18:43:45

Yes no no

What I should I call the room with toys in which is not a sitting room?

We don't have any Lego...

Fizzylemonade Sat 13-Oct-12 18:51:28

Am I meant to call the playroom the children's lounge? confused

It is a room, they play in it, it has all their toys in it, plus a sofa where they sit to play on the wii. It is downstairs and isn't a bedroom. Totally confused as to what to call it. Does its location count? If so it would be the front room.

no no and no

WiseKneeHair Sat 13-Oct-12 18:58:17

No, but would like one.

We also have a room called the Snug.

Do I massively and definitely lose? grin

playroom - no because we have no space
spice rack - god no (spices have to lurk in a dark cupboard)
feature wall - no, but we do have a sort of portal to a parallel dimension light fitting/tv thing that DH made in the living room

OwedToAutumn Sat 13-Oct-12 19:10:23

We used to have a feature wall in our playroom.

We no longer have either.

I do have a mahoosive spice drawer, though.

HeeeresThing3 Sat 13-Oct-12 19:14:59

Playroom - I wish! Instead all the DDs toys are in the living room as their bedrooms are like match boxes.

Spice rack - Yes, my kitchen hasn't got enough cupboards and they were pissing me off getting in my way!

Feature wall - No, I rent so the walls are all neutral.

FrankensteinWippery Sat 13-Oct-12 19:17:05

Have a playroom. Am I doomed then?

MrsBovary Sat 13-Oct-12 19:18:07

Yes, a playroom.

No spice rack, and definitely no feature wall.

LynetteScavo Sat 13-Oct-12 19:19:01

Who actually uses a spice rack? I only use cinnamon and nutmeng. My nutmeg is 5 years out of date. The ginger is probably geriatric. I think I bought it when DS1 was 2. He's now 13.

My feature walls don't count. I mean they are different from the rest of the room, but they aren't a feature.

We no longer have a playroom. Which is why the DC's bedrooms don't look like they are out of a magazine.

I have a playroom and a rotating spice rack.
I think you are all a little bit jealous of a rotational set of spices.

Chubfuddler Sat 13-Oct-12 19:23:58

Please explain what we are supposed to call the room with all the toys, a big tv, board games and a big old sofa? I'd rather stab myself in the eye than use the word lounge.

I'm now going to provide you with some of the words we use for rooms in our house. You may hurl:

Drawing room
Dressing room

There aren't any feature walls but only because we haven't decorated yet. There are no twigs or pebbles but yesterday DH out a pair of painted antlers up on the stairs and I love them.

beachyhead Sat 13-Oct-12 19:28:26

We have a den and a spice cupboard, no feature wall as such... One wall in said den is slightly darker than the others!!!

ravenAK Sat 13-Oct-12 19:31:37

Bugger! We have a playroom.

One of my mates was enthusiastically telling me all about his playroom last night - we were at a gig & I'd mentioned that other friends were staying with us 'in the playroom'.

Mutual embarrassment ensued once we established that I meant 'the room in which we keep lego & tatty sofas' & he meant 'the room in which I pour custard over latex clad models & take photographs of them for specialist publications'.

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 19:32:45

No to all.

I have a drum room though wink

ATourchOfInsanity Sat 13-Oct-12 19:33:03

No no and no.
I also don't say Poorly sick, which someone has just updated themselves as on FB. I literally did a throttle sign with my hands whilst rolling my eyes.

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 19:35:51

Oh dear god I hate poorly sick. Such a wet and pathetic turn of phrase.

ATourchOfInsanity Sat 13-Oct-12 19:37:34

And it is a policeman who used it <sigh> what is the world coming to?

SaraBellumHertz Sat 13-Oct-12 19:39:48

I have a friend, a partner in a law firm, who referred to herself as being "poorly sick".

I should probably kill her

FrankensteinWippery Sat 13-Oct-12 19:40:31

SBH - you should. I'm quite shocked that you haven't already tbh.

SaraBellumHertz Sat 13-Oct-12 19:40:36

Although I have a playroom...people in glass orangeries...

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 19:41:18

I use my spices every time I cook. Don't you ever cook?

missorinoco Sat 13-Oct-12 19:41:31

I have two spice racks! Alarmingly these are about fifteen years old, and pre date my marriage, hence we have two. I have a sneaking suspicion one or two of the orginal spices may still be in there. Gulp. Also have two shelves of a cupboard full of spices, but can't bear to chuck my rack cos my Mum bought it, and DH won't chuck his because that would involve thinking about it.
Is there a declutter thread? I should go off to find one, especially as the spice racks are full of empty bottles.

But no feature wall, all magnolia are equally bland. No playroom, I wish, come back sitting room I know you are there under the toys somewhere.

Gah, MN, now you have me thinking I should really sort of my kitchen cupboards.

FrankensteinWippery Sat 13-Oct-12 19:41:48

Cook? That's what the staff are for.

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 19:43:56

If I had a cook, I would also have someone to spray my rugs sad and have a playroom a parlour a rumpus room and a boot room. sad

beanandspud Sat 13-Oct-12 19:44:13

I have a room with a treadmill (mostly used to hang coats on) and a yoga mat (rolled up in the corner).

Can I call it The Gym?

Willabywallaby Sat 13-Oct-12 19:44:33

I would love a feature wall, unfortunately our house is mostly unchanged from when we bought it 6 years ago, so has a middle aged look blush

WiseKneeHair Sat 13-Oct-12 19:44:54

We have a drumset in our playroom. wink

VerityClinch Sat 13-Oct-12 19:46:13

In our house we have

Living room

In the house we should exchange on next week we have

Living room
Snug (not study, that's upstairs)
Entrance hall (bigger than the snug and deserving therefore of a name - apparently - according to the "property consultants" (note, not estate agents))

But no spice rack or feature wall.

ATourchOfInsanity Sat 13-Oct-12 19:46:52

Sara you could just ask her if that is worse than being sick sick? Or has she not vomited?
My mum would have gone spare if I ever said I was 'poorly'. Funny how these things are passed down. It's because of her I have no spice rack, feature wall, vase of twigs or a play room. Also no lounge, settee, etc etc. It's like a secret language, isn't it?
My dad really couldn't give a toss. Most advice I get from him is "kids are meant to be dirty" whenever I try to wipe DD's face hmm

No, but I have a sister with all those things...AND she uses Glade plugins. what does it mean?

MrsShrek3 Sat 13-Oct-12 19:47:46

oi. I've got two spice racks. (minus two then?)
no feature wall cos they're chavvy
no play room but we have something far far worse....
a MUSIC room shock grin (minus how many for that then?)
Why do I lose then? [curious]

VerityClinch Sat 13-Oct-12 19:47:48

And a kitchen obv. blush

amillionyears Sat 13-Oct-12 19:48:12

Used to,previously was a lounge,now a bedroom. My rooms change use over the years.

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 19:48:23

If we didn't have a full sized acoustic kit it would definately be a junk/toy/playroom.

But I have a budding John Bonham that I have to cater for wink

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sat 13-Oct-12 19:48:28

I have 4 spice racks <pins on loser badge>

I don't use them anymore but they are Habitat ones,they are quite nice really, but now they're stuck behind a fridge freezerconfused

No feature wall here, that would involve decoratinghmm

Or playroom, that would involve a bigger house.....

VerityClinch Sat 13-Oct-12 19:49:59

I still don't see what the problem with "playroom" is.

Unless those of us with two reception rooms, neither of which needs to be a dining room, are supposed to jam all the sofas, tv, kids crap into one room and leave the other one empty?

ouryve Sat 13-Oct-12 19:52:46


There's 8 walls in this room. How on earth would I choose one to cover with oversized stylised flowery wallpaper and call it a feature?

VerityClinch Sat 13-Oct-12 19:55:08

You live in an octagon?

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 13-Oct-12 19:56:24

No no no
I have a pull out spice cupboard thing which is excellent and a games room which is full of Lego and snooker table.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 13-Oct-12 19:59:03

By my reckoning a standard Victorian terrace front room with a bay window has 12 walls btw, but four of them are tiny and three are mostly window.

My chimney wall is a feature wall.

My little spice rack sits in the mini alcove where the little doors are, originally there so one could pass through dishes from the kitchen into what was originally the living room/diner but they are now hid by an overly large TV and the dining room is in the extension. hmm

I don't do play or rooms dedicated to, when they are not in school./nursery they are kept in cages in the garage.

noisytoys Sat 13-Oct-12 20:08:13

I only have a jar of mixed spice it would look a bit lonely in a whole spice rack all by itself

HumphreyCobbler Sat 13-Oct-12 20:08:40

No to spice rack, playroom or feature wall.

But I do have a dairy. Do I win?

baskingseals Sat 13-Oct-12 20:08:54

i have spices in an old roses tin. does that count as a spice rack, or am i not trying hard enough?

DillyTante Sat 13-Oct-12 20:09:13

Not only do we not have a nursery the baby's room is still known as the spare room.

HoopDePoop Sat 13-Oct-12 20:16:06

'The Snug' hmm arghh makes my teeth itch just typing it, so twee!

forevergreek Sat 13-Oct-12 20:17:42

Playroom yes ( they share a bedroom so all the mess is contained to one other room)
Spice rack- several, it's erm where the spices are! But they ate in the cupboard as make too much clutter. We also use every day, it's called cooking!
Feature wall- nope

skandi1 Sat 13-Oct-12 20:19:08

I have magnetic spice jars on a kitchen wall. I have a playroom with a feature wall.

Am going to go and stick the magnetic spice jars onto the DCs magnetic board in the playroom with the feature wall.

I do believe I win. grin

cheesesarnie Sat 13-Oct-12 20:25:27

have a play room and study but no to spice rack as wouldn't know what to do with them and no to feature wall as we rent.

playroom is so that spoilt dcs have more space in their rooms and so that i can close the door and hide the tat.

trixymalixy Sat 13-Oct-12 20:36:27


Although I would like a playroom, so I can have the lounge back.

QueenBeebread Sat 13-Oct-12 20:36:30

I have a playroom, a nursery and three (count 'em) feature walls around the house.

I say poorly.

I have a dirty kitchen bin too and I don't care

CaffeineDeficit Sat 13-Oct-12 20:36:35

We don't have a nursery. DS's room is known as the ratbaggery

horsebiscuit Sat 13-Oct-12 20:36:41

I had a friend who once trilled "I don't know how I would live without our playroom!"
I don't have a play room.
My flat is about one twelfth the size of her house.
We don't hang out much nowadays.

QueenBeebread Sat 13-Oct-12 20:37:03

Oh and I want a spice rack. A nice walnut one.

trixymalixy Sat 13-Oct-12 20:37:58

Oh actually I lie!! I have a test tube spice rack that was a wedding present. I forgot about it as it never gets used.

I don't think tere is anything wrong with a playroom though.

clippityclop Sat 13-Oct-12 20:41:35

Spice racks are daft 70s showoffy things. Dried herbs and spices should be kept in a dark cupboard/drawer and in small quantities otherwise they lose their flavour and go off.

TheCatInTheHairnet Sat 13-Oct-12 20:42:52

I've got 2 playrooms! I win!!

Caerlaverock Sat 13-Oct-12 20:43:07

Loving this thread, time we had an update on twigs and pebblely shit.

People with play rooms DEMAND you remove your mum boots before entry

DialsMavis Sat 13-Oct-12 20:43:49

I win.... But have just moved house and do have a 6ft wide serving hatch from kitchen to dining room. It's amazing! As are the fake pink marble double basin arrangement in the bathroom and the huge 'brut aftershave box' green 80s fitted wardrobes in my bedroom.... grin. At least my house doesn't look like a page from the Next Directory though <shudders>, well not one printed in the last 30 years at least wink

Caerlaverock Sat 13-Oct-12 20:44:37

Play rooms = cream carpets and sofas and ocd

AnnoyingOrange Sat 13-Oct-12 20:45:54

We have a play station room. It's supposed to be the dining room and does have a dining table in it

No feature wall or spice rack though

MeFour Sat 13-Oct-12 20:47:27

Maureen what are we supposed to call the room with all the children's crap in it?
I guess technically its the Dining room but as we've never had a dining table in there but it is chocker full of toys

I do have a spice rack's in the larder blush

Caffeine- I love it! grin
<steals term for own use>

echt Sat 13-Oct-12 20:56:40

No, no and no to OP.

Up thread someone mentioned family room. Uurgh. That's what they're called in Australia and I hate it. Both of ours are what I'd call living rooms as neither is formal.

I've never seen a feature wall here, but then bunting's only beginning to catch on.

Hulababy Sat 13-Oct-12 21:01:20

Downstairs room was a playroom I guess. Now not. Had DD's desk, bookcase, computer, stuff, etc, in so more like a children's study really.

No spice rack - just have a shelf in a cupboard for herbs and spices.
And no feature walls.
No nursery either.

booki Sat 13-Oct-12 21:06:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HappyTurquoise Sat 13-Oct-12 21:10:22

I have spice drawers on either side of the cooker and I store tea towels in there. (Don't want to store spices right next to the cooker). The other day I was looking at buying a spice rack because there isn't enough space it the cupboards and so the jam sugar sits on the counter...DH reminded me we have perfectly good Spice Drawers hmm so now the top bit of a Tea Towel Drawer has spices in it. I keep forgetting they're there. Our food has been a lot less interesting this week.

October1st Sat 13-Oct-12 21:30:51

I have a feature wall and my living room is gorgeous so ner

piprabbit Sat 13-Oct-12 21:34:02

I have a dining room. Well, once upon a time it was a dining room.
DD remembers eating meals in there, but the table was shoved against the wall shortly after DS arrived.
Ds look bemused when I say something is "in the dining room". I have to qualify my instruction by adding "you know, the room with the toys in".

But it is not a playroom.

DizzyHoneyBee Sat 13-Oct-12 21:34:57

yes...and a music room...and cloakroom. Shoot me now!

JoInScotland Sat 13-Oct-12 21:40:29

We used to have a study full of all kinds shite - boxes of old documents, computer disks, tat, you name it. Then we had DS and simultaneously had the house renovated (tiny loo put into the boiler cupboard upstairs, study carpeted - instead of bare, gaping floorboards - and turned into "playroom"). The playroom does not have cream carpets, it has hardwearing, stain-resistant carpets and the same rather faded curtains the study had because new curtains are expensive. Our spice rack is screwed onto the inside of a kitchen cupboard, which was wasted space anyway, and I love it.

What competition are we in, by the way?

DoIDare Sat 13-Oct-12 21:42:28

We dont have a playroom, but rather a 'Steiner room' as it is very carefully designed to enhance learning through play in a homely environment.

MousyMouse Sat 13-Oct-12 21:46:38

yes (but will be dc1 bedroom in a couple of years)

TerrorNotSoFrightened Sat 13-Oct-12 21:46:47

Does a chimney breast painted a different colour count as a feature wall? If so then...yes.

I would LOVE a playroom. I want one. But I would still call it the spare room smile

I have a shelf with spices on it, but as it also contains chippy vinegar and knorr packet mixes.

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 21:48:20

A steiner room?

I'm sort of scared to ask if you're kidding <bites nails>

livingfortoday Sat 13-Oct-12 22:04:22

Yer know we live I. A new build.

It's hard to see what to put in this house, stuff from next directory yes seems to fit n work.

This really irritates the life out of me that's it's true. Me thinks I've been lazy but when I look at other stuff it seems as I'd it would only look right in a big town house or rustic cottage.

< hoiks bosoms up ready for onslaught>

memphis83 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:04:55

No spice rack or nursery but I have a feature wall in the living room and dining room, considering one in ds's room too.

Chubfuddler Sat 13-Oct-12 22:06:52

I still require clarification of the problem. Is it the name playroom that is unacceptable or the existence of such a room at all?

Downfall Sat 13-Oct-12 22:10:29

I was still chortling at needing a playroom coz only books and board games are allowed in the living room.

But a steiner room? Eh?

<kicks detritus under couch>
<worries about chosen soft furnishing descriptor>

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 22:12:02

As the thread has moved on to consider rooms outside of the OPs original statement, can I add that we also have a study (DH's) and a studio ( suis artiste wink )

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 22:12:08

I still need clarification on the steiner room. <taps foot>

livingfortoday Sat 13-Oct-12 22:13:15

Just googled Steiner wtf?

I might have an educational reference section but that's it. Oh n maybe dining table n pot of pencils on kitchen window sil.

livingfortoday Sat 13-Oct-12 22:14:08

Board games < lazy parent face >

DoIDare Sat 13-Oct-12 22:16:00

Arf, we have a room full of idea crap, an old tv, a sofa and some guinea pigs, but the Steiner room was so much more fun!

But on MN, you would have to check whether it was for real!

Actually, it the Montessori room

Everlong Sat 13-Oct-12 22:16:18

I know what Steiner is just intrigued on the room confused

UntamedShrew Sat 13-Oct-12 22:17:18

We have a playroom, but only because if I say "the DC are in the playroom" then the person with whom I am speaking will imagine an infinitely more pleasant domestic scenario than would be conjured up by the alternative: "the DC are in the cellar" smile

whistlestopcafe Sat 13-Oct-12 22:18:19

I will have a playroom soon.

Off to read the thread and see if it's still a good idea...

GrimmaTheNome Sat 13-Oct-12 22:20:00

Its ok to have a spice rack if you're over 50. <gavel>

We do have a 'playroom' but that's only because the honest name would be 'DDs tip'. 'lego room' doesn't quite fit because while the flooring is often mainly lego, there is usually a top layer of schoolwork.

I surely get points back for not knowing what exactly a 'feature wall' is.

DowagersHump Sat 13-Oct-12 22:21:41

I have a playroom cum futility room.

Am I not in your gang?

Ohsiena Sat 13-Oct-12 22:24:55

Ooh a studio is impressive!

I'd like a boudoir, where I could retire to when I felt period of ennui descending (which would be often).

It would have a bed, a sofa, a telly and lots of box sets of DVDs. Books shoves full of books, a gorgeous French antique dressing table where I would sit and play with different hairstyles and new eyeshadows. There would be a large desk with drawers full of lovely stationery where I'd write to do lists. No one would ever be allowed to enter, once I'd taken to my room there would a family understanding that mummy was resting and should be left alone until I voluntarily reappear reenergised. Of course it would also have its own bathroom, with a bath.
This would be additional to the matrimonial bedroom where I would still probably sleep, most of that time.

As it is, I have a play room and a spice rack. So I lose. (defense my spice rack is inside a cupboard and not ornamental).

Downfall Sat 13-Oct-12 22:25:03

I'm 41 Grimma. Does that mean that in 9 years time I can get the spices out of the drawer and screw them to the wall? And if I don't I will be trying too hard?

SrirachaGhoul Sat 13-Oct-12 22:26:10

We have all three and a mud room, den, 'butler's pantry' <actually vomits...I refuse to call it that) and a family room (but I'm in N. America...that's what everyone calls their lounge/living room). Our houses are huge and ugly though so I think it makes people feel better to have stupid names for things. Would anyone like to admit to having an orangerie, a chill-out zone or a media room?

25 beautiful homes is the best magazine ever.

DowagersHump Sat 13-Oct-12 22:26:16

I abhor feature walls though <helpful>

MrsBovary Sat 13-Oct-12 22:28:53

We have one of those too, DoI. It's just known as "the playroom", but it's a Waldorf playroom. What do you have in yours?

GrimmaTheNome Sat 13-Oct-12 22:30:48

Oh, I'd like a 'mud room' - I guess our utility room doubles as that.

Downfall - no; in 9 years time the upper age limit for legit spice rack ownership will be 59. <duh>. Ideally none of the spices should be the same ones purchased with the original rack in the 70s although some of the jars may be if they're for things you can get refills for (I've only just splashed out on a new oregano jar instead of the original yellowish topped schwartz grin)

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 22:31:04

Ohsenia my studio is also my boudoir and has a sofa on which I recline, pondering George Clooney creative thoughts......

RambleOn Sat 13-Oct-12 22:31:49

Fess up, who's got a media room? grin

Ohsiena Sat 13-Oct-12 22:32:58

Damn, I wish I was artistic.

DowagersHump Sat 13-Oct-12 22:33:30

We don't have a mud room, we have a sand porch.

SrirachaGhoul Sat 13-Oct-12 22:35:19

C'mon. I know you're out there! Treble bonus points for anyone that has the orangerie with actual (edible) oranges.

I thought of another one too: Granny Annex.

ujjayi Sat 13-Oct-12 22:35:39

Oh and it also has it's own bathroom (technically a shower room but still..)

Way2Go Sat 13-Oct-12 22:36:46

I used to have a playroom BUT I lived in the US. Do I get a free go?

marriedinwhite Sat 13-Oct-12 22:39:20

We have a children's sitting room (which is a skinned and rather dark reclaimed front half of a refurbished manky cellar); I have a spice shelf and a herb shelf in a little infull cupboard in the kitchen; we do not have a "feature wall". We have a few period features though: tesselated floor, bit of stained glass, patch of damp, odd crack, bit of chipped cornice, all the usual stuff, etc..

We also have a study, a utility room, plenty of bogs, a ladder down to the river; a family sitting room and a rather small drawing room which really is better described as a "front room".

If we move, I want a BOOT room grin.

thatlldopigthatlldo Sat 13-Oct-12 22:40:19

i have none of these things.
we have bedrooms, kitchen, toilet, no the other toilet, a living room.
and that's it.

if you have a 'present wrapping room' then you need to seek help immediately.

FellatioNelson Sat 13-Oct-12 22:41:00

Playroom yes, (even though my children are too old to play) spice rack no, and I do have a feature wall now but I've only just done it, so that makes me so far past the trend that I am officially starting it early ready for next time. grin

FellatioNelson Sat 13-Oct-12 22:42:26

I keep trying to persuade everyone in my house to call the playroom 'the den' but it's not quite tripping off the tongue.

Downfall Sat 13-Oct-12 22:43:46

I will always be too young for a spice rack then <pleased>

Mud rooms, Montessori rooms, Waldorf, Media...? I think I'll back away from the thread now, I'm clearly out of my depth...

tara0202 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:44:12

Oh no, I have a feature wall although I don't call it that - its just a wall with wall paper and was here when we moved in.

I also have twigs shock and they have fairy lights on them shock shock

I certainly don't have a nursery, my 5 month old sleeps in his bedroom. I do wonder when a babies bedroom became a nursery? Weren't they at the top of old mansions where the kids were educated etc by a "governess"?

I have just moved and we have a big building thing (oh I hate to describe it), its like a little mini brick house but is one big room - kitted out as a second living room with all DH's shit, xbox stuff etc. I still call it the outhouse. My friends said it is too posh to be called an outhouse and I have to call it a "den" or aaarrghh a SNUG. Oh God, no thanks, it will have to remain the outhouse.

All the kids toys are in the conservatory. I am thankful its a conservatory so I can call it that and not a play room phew.

Ohsiena Sat 13-Oct-12 22:45:10

I'm buying paints tommorow.

Ok, who has Games room, with a snooker or a pool table? C'mon I know you're out there I've seen you.

rockinhippy Sat 13-Oct-12 22:47:42

No playroom,

but I suspect my spice WALL, in faux French dresser style & contrasting recess walls in complimentry prints makes me the biggest losergrin

We also have a computer room & workroom, not sure if they gain or lose pointsconfused

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 13-Oct-12 22:49:05

I have already admitted to a games room - but it is an Edwardisn convertible snooker/dining table, very badly in need of baize refurbishment so currently just a dining table.

SrirachaGhoul Sat 13-Oct-12 22:49:42

Now I want a "ladder down to the river". That sounds v. Swallows and Amazons envy.

seeker Sat 13-Oct-12 22:55:38

I have a wheelhouse and an engine room. And a study/music room called the forepeak.

We have a 'space' called the playroom, but it is just the end of the lounge and not a separate room, so probably doesn't count

don't have a spice rack

don't actually know what a feature wall is....but no probably not

so I more or less pass grin

Yes yes no

Turquoiseblue Sat 13-Oct-12 23:02:04

Ohh guilty ... Have a playroom, and a whole cupboard thing that s a spice rack. But no feature wall, no twigs n pebbles, no cloak room, we do have a pantry

bonnieslilsister Sat 13-Oct-12 23:02:10

what on earth is a feature wall?

no spice rack

mustn't mention the playroom

MeFour Sat 13-Oct-12 23:03:17

Our last house had a boot room, a utility, and a huge coat cupboard.
We also had a playroom and a lego/pool table room. You have to start with poncey names when there's so many bleeding rooms
We now live in a house about the size of the coat cupboard

bishboschone Sat 13-Oct-12 23:28:39

I have a playroom and a feature wall.. I lose !!!

seeker Sat 13-Oct-12 23:38:32

But nobody else has a forepeak!

SrirachaGhoul Sat 13-Oct-12 23:40:38

What is a forepeak, seeker?

MeFour Sat 13-Oct-12 23:46:37

I'm sure you're not the only boater seeker.

QueenMaeve Sat 13-Oct-12 23:50:46

Fellatio, 'den' is not working in our house either the damn dc insist on calling it the movie room, which sounds awful. I am also trying to get everyone to call one of our front rooms, the snug, but dh told me to catch myself on.
What are we supposed to call the playroom?
Also I have a pantry, do I win?

UnrequitedSkink Sat 13-Oct-12 23:54:36

My parents' house has a 'glory hole'. Well it used to, now it's just a cloakroom and downstairs loo.

*nostalgic for the glory (hole) days

MeFour Sat 13-Oct-12 23:55:27

Oh yes the oubliette

Clearing that out to move was fun

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 23:56:10

I have a pantry without shelfs, it's a very wasted pantry storing my mop collection ironing board buckets and brushes. old plant pots broken lamps and cardboard boxes

MeFour Sat 13-Oct-12 23:58:07

What's the difference between a pantry and a larder?

Inneedofbrandy Sat 13-Oct-12 23:58:58

mefour nothing

EmBOOsa Sun 14-Oct-12 00:01:41

None of those, I'm kind of sad about that <sobs in corner>

seeker Sun 14-Oct-12 00:08:46

My father used to refer to the cupboard under the stairs as the "unpleasaunce"

I don't have any.

We painted the wall behind the sofa a contrasting colour (wall opposite the fireplace and alcoves) and I do inward smiling at anyone who says "you should have painted that wall instead" and pointing to the fireplace wall. I score 50 points if, when asked why, they answer "well, that's the fashion, isnt it?" grin

I don't have twiggy shite, but I do have a bowl on the coffee table with a candle and big round twiggy balls round it blush

Seeker, your Father could have done this to make the undersairs so much nicer!

A friend of mine had what we would call Student Corner. It was the little nook inbetween her kitchen and bathroom, and it had a bean bag in it, posters on the walls, a flag up, and one of those long dangly door curtain things in rainbow colours.

Iatemyskinnyperson Sun 14-Oct-12 00:44:45

Wish I had a playroom. Might contain the mountains of plastic junk out of sight.

Or wait, did you mean playroom in the 50 shades sense??? If so, I still don't have one wink

Plomino Sun 14-Oct-12 01:00:23

My whole house is a glory hole!

Have sadly to admit to a boot room , which doubles as the library , and an annexe with the treadmill and office stuff of DH in . Have also sadly to admit to pantry where the offending spice rack resides . And worse still , when builders were doing the mains drainage installing this week, they got the spare concrete and joined all our random bits of existing concrete together , to make a huge fuck off patio, which DH insists on calling a terrace . I don't know if he's proposing a cocktail party next or what .

But at least I don't have a playroom !

Ground floor we have: boot room, playroom (dd also has her afternoon nap her too though), laundry room, study, breakfast room, kitchen, pantry, morning room, dining room, games room, drawing room, loo, and suspected priest-hole. No feature walls, but we do have a spice cupboard......

Agree with mefour, you need the names otherwise it all gets very confused

Curious though, if all toys are kept in one room, where play takes place, then what else would you call it - nursery?

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 07:48:55

When I lived in the UK I had:

entrance hall

boot room/gun room

library/morning room (that's what a poncey estate agent would call it but we just called it the study or the little sitting room.)

drawing room (and we really did call it that, to distinguish it from the....)

TV room

A pantry

A conservatory (the O word never entered my mind)

A utility room (although we would have been within our rights and technically correct to call it a scullery)

Back stairs (for the staff, darling)

attic (a proper one with stairs and windows, which also doubled as 'bedroom 7' and would have once been servant's quarters)

Outbuilidings assorted and various, including:



and the jewel in our crown was a crumbling, half derelict Coach House.


These days I live in a modern rented house but it has a maid's room with an actual maid in it, so I win.

Actually I probably lose, don't I? I have a gym and a pool as well. And a deep coloured feature wall.

OK, I definitely lose. I am the biggest loser.

WaitingForMe Sun 14-Oct-12 08:05:34

We have a playroom but no spare bedroom. When we were planning/allocating bedrooms I realised we have overnight visitors for a total of about 4 weeks in 52. Seemed mad to have a proper bed in there when a sofa bed would be fine for guests. It's much bigger than the DSSs rooms but it seemed fairer to give them identical small bedrooms and have them share the biggest room as a playroom than give it to DSS1 (and have a small room we couldn't do much with).

It's a playroom for the whole family though - I have a gorgeous 1960s cocktail cabinet in there smile

I want that boudoir with the bed and eyeshadow upthread. And I'd also like a red painted library with book lined walls, a sofa and a log fire, with a view over snowy london streets and Rupert Campbell-Black skating past.

I dont have any of the OPs list though- presuming this is the new naff list?

We do have a terrace- and a basement- but it is being converted and will one day be a futilty room/office/granny annex.

What is a boot room?

I'd stab you all for a boot room and a library. In fact, I'd swap my kitchen - sans spice rack anyway - for them. S'not like I cook anyhow.

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 08:15:27

It's a room near the door (found in large, old country houses) where you put your muddy boots when you come in the house. Often next to, or combined with the gun room.

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 08:17:26

The boot room was my favourite room in the house - it was so useful. I never had school bags or coats or shoes luttering up my hall and I always had a place to keep things like umberellys and hats and the like.

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 08:17:57

And tennis racquets, and all that stuff. It was ace.

SoupDragon Sun 14-Oct-12 08:18:08

I have a playroom which sounds better than "Plastic Crap Room". Although now I think it needs to be rebranded as "XBox Room" and needs to be sound proofed so I can hear the sound of a room full of teen boys mining things via Kinect & XBox Live.

See, this is the real downside to being poor - all of our rooms are so fecking functional. We each sleep in a bedroom, sit in the sitting room, bath in the bathroom and cook (sadly) in the kitchen. No spares at all to give poncey names.
Perhaps I could name the stairs? The upwards vestibule? Or the garden - the open air orangery?

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 08:25:57

I have a lovely deep red feature wall in my lounge on the chimney breast. It suits the Victorian features of the room and it looks fab. i don't care if it's not de rigeur. It was before and it will be again you bunch of sobs yo fashion slaves!

Hassled Sun 14-Oct-12 08:28:26

I want a boot room. What I have instead is a corner of the kitchen in which shite is piled - really looks attractive, I can tell you.

I don't have a spice rack or playroom, but my kettle and toaster match. And they're sat next to each other in a "look at us - we match!" sort of way.

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 08:29:18

That would be snobs then.

HecateLarpo Sun 14-Oct-12 08:33:42

No playroom, spice rack or feature wall. But my kettle and toaster are made out of the same thing (they're - is it steel? hmm it's metal anyway) so they probably look like a set.

Is this a thread about things you're not supposed to have grin In that case, I offer leather sofas. I have green and wood ones and for some unfathomable reason, I read on here about how leather sofas are a nono.

Never understood why.

I also have TWIIIIIIIIIGY SHIT! [unrepentant]

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 08:34:42

Wow! Lots of stealth boasting going on on this thread.

HecateLarpo Sun 14-Oct-12 08:42:05

not really. There's nothing impressive about my twiggy shit and my leather sofas are second hand and held together with glue, nails and a heafty dose of prayer.

My kettle, toaster and coffee machine match. Bought them all on offer at Argooos.

seeker Sun 14-Oct-12 08:48:27

Not stealth boasting at all. I'm very pleased with my plastic feature wall with lights in it! And I would put a picture on profile if my iPad would let me upload pictures! There is a picure of my forepeak there, though............!

Well, there is a picture of my forepeak the way it was 9 years ago when it featured in the Sunday Telegraph. It's now obscured by 9 years of clutter and animal hair. My goal is to restore it to that state by Christmas.

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 08:49:30

Not you Hecate but the ones who have moved away from the subject of the OP to describe their huge houses in detail! Don't suppose they would be interested in hearing about my Victorian terraced.

Ohhh i'm always stealth boasting. My serving hatch (thanks DialMavis for the corrct name!) is the things of dreams. Before we moved the telly we were very fond of popping it open and going "Boo!" to whoever was sitting on the sofa. I just dare you all not to be jealous.

DialsMavis Sun 14-Oct-12 08:51:12

peedoffbird you mean me don't you? I haven't even mentioned the pink floral carpet in the living room, blue and green flowery kitchen tiles or the hideous electric fire and surround yet....

You'd all be green with envy at my fleur de lys moulded coving in the dining room of my 1970's semi.

seeker Sun 14-Oct-12 08:54:59

It's not stealth boasting.............grin.

Actually I've heard some fantastic boasting about Victorian terraces and similar -"oh, yes- we've worked hard to keep the original features and letbthiem live harmoniously alongside the modern restoration.........sooooooo important to keep the soul of the hose alive.........."

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 14-Oct-12 08:55:13

Don't have a playroom - don't have DCs so it would just be odd. Don't have a spice rack - they are just in cupboard. Do have a feature wall in the bedroom though.
My NDN has turned one of her bedroooms into a craft room - that must be on a par with a present wrapping room.

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 08:55:54

Jam ha Amazing! I would be stealth boasting if I had a hatch
<on my way downstairs now armed with a sledgehammer>. Dialmavis please stop! My jealousy is out of control!!

DialsMavis Sun 14-Oct-12 08:55:59

grin competitive awful houses! I raise you crazy paving front AND back gardens

Flojo1979 Sun 14-Oct-12 08:58:00

50 shades playroom? Or a children's playroom?

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 09:02:04

Seeker you've taken the words right out of my mouth!! Although I am rather proud of my original Victorian fireplace which looks smashing against my feature wall. Who needs a boot room anyway! Wouldn't have one if you paid me <self deluded>

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 14-Oct-12 09:33:25

No, Ds has a bedroom which he plays in. It was always called a bedroom, never called it a nursery. Nursery to me is where 30 hyper 3 year olds go for 2 hours a day. Not in my house thank god (or I'd be mainlining gin in the gin room).

No, spices kept in cupboard so they keep longer. We're not in the 70s now and need to be all "marjory" and show off how "sophisticated" we are by cooking with these oh so exotic things called spices (before we wheel our prawn cocktail out on a hostess trolley).

No feature wall. Still on builders magnolia, but will probably go for neutral even when we do as DH and I can never agree, so,will be boring compromise.

Enough with the descriptions of 25 funny rooms and maids, thanks, you posh rich feckers, very envy although only if it came with "staff" couldn't be arsed cleaning all that myself, no way. Would like a chaise lounge to swoon on.

Downfall Sun 14-Oct-12 10:57:24

Oh, there is so much to be envy of here. I would boast like a good 'un if I had a boot room.

My stand out favorites so far are Plomino calling her DH's terrace a 'fuck off patio', and Fellatio's 'maid's room with an actual maid in it'.

Bloody marvellous.

SoupDragon Sun 14-Oct-12 11:23:23

There's a fair bit of unstealthy chip-on-shoulderism too.

Himalaya Sun 14-Oct-12 11:28:25

No, no and no.

We have a room that I call "my office" and the kids call "the Xbox room" you can imagine that doesn't work out too well.

Anyone got a scullery?

I would love a futility room.

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 11:29:58

Lol at scullery.
What wankers.

Kinora Sun 14-Oct-12 11:32:23

playroom - no
feature wall - yes
spice rack - no, but they're all tidied away in the cupboard in an old quality street tin.

seeker Sun 14-Oct-12 11:36:03

I would love a mud room, though. However, I appear to have a mud living room.

I have a spice rack and a feature wall. Why do I loose?

usualsuspect3 Sun 14-Oct-12 11:38:29

I have a little room with the computer in, I never know what to call it.

The Study sounds a bit too poncey grin

QueenMaeve Sun 14-Oct-12 12:02:36

According to wiki a larder is a room for keeping things cold in, before we had fridges. A pantry is just a room to store food and linens in.

SrirachaGhoul Sun 14-Oct-12 12:27:14

Oh!!!!! <lightbulb moment> Seeker you live on a boat? <dunce>. That is wicked.

soupdragon your x-box room sounds suspiciously like it's morphing into a media room.

I could have great fun with a hatch. In fact it would be quite useful to have them in every room for frightening people and silently making ominous objects appear out of them. I have a very frightening doll with wonky eyes that likes to randomly appear in places like DH's sock drawer and the kitchen cupboards etc. Bwahahahaha.

In the 1980's lots of people here had intercoms in their houses so that you could summon children etc. from three floors away. They seem to have gone out of fashion but I could also have great fun with that too pretending to be Jesus and what-not.

SaraBellumHertz Sun 14-Oct-12 12:56:20

Most impressively I have two story pillars... This can only be appreciated if you understand the concept of Arabian style

Trills Sun 14-Oct-12 13:00:26


MeFour Sun 14-Oct-12 13:43:14

Thank you QueenM

Trills Sun 14-Oct-12 13:47:34

I lived in a flat with a hatch between the kitchen and theliving/dining room. It was great. I loved my hatch.

Fuchzia Sun 14-Oct-12 13:58:27

I do have a spice rack because the spice drawer and cupboard runneth over. none of the other things tho. No fancy rooms either. What game are we playing again?

No, no and no.

I do have a spice box however, which looks very cheffy up on the shelf.

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 14:46:43

SoupDragon to be fair you might be right! Slight chip on shoulder about anyone who has some money when I am so skint!

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 15:08:17

I wasn't stealth boasting. I was just boasting.

FellatioNelson Sun 14-Oct-12 15:09:01

But as I don't live there any more and will never own a house that lovely and huge again, I feel I can boast with abandon.

Pinot Sun 14-Oct-12 15:16:21

Gwan Fell. Boast away, pet.

I have a Games Room. That's pretty wanky <happy>

Don't worry about it fell, I gave up being embarrassed about the size of our house along time ago, grin.

SaraBellumHertz Sun 14-Oct-12 17:06:39

Not as wanky as a roof terrace with hot tub not me my neighbours although they have the same layout as us and with th roof terrace extending from the bedroom I always feel a little uncomfortable when I witness guests in there grin

They also have a tiki bar with pink flamingos up there. I am well jel!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 14-Oct-12 17:14:38

I've got a pantry with an original cold shelf and also ancient hooks on the ceiling which Could be for hanging rabbits and pheasants, etc on.

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 17:37:11

Fair point Fell! Truth be known I would do the same if the boot was on the other foot! <geddit?!!> x

Himalaya Sun 14-Oct-12 19:11:16

One member of my extended family has a yoga room. Beat that!

JollyJackOLantern Sun 14-Oct-12 19:17:20

When my mum was young their house had a telephone room. It was more than twice the size my living room is and it was ONLY used for making and receiving phone calls.

I do wonder how in a couple of generations we've become poor, relatively speaking.

JudithofthePiece Sun 14-Oct-12 19:20:18

Look, I've read the whole thread and have still yet to establish what people should call the room with toys in (in which children play) if playroom isn't acceptable? I mean the room with your sofa/settee in it can be called a lounge, a living room or a sitting room. What else would you call a playroom?

I don't have a playroom, but if I did, that's what I'd call it.

Oh, and to the people that think 'stealth' boasting is going on on this thread - look up the word 'stealth' and some threads supposedly about the OPs PFB and whether reading War and Peace is normal at 5yo. Stealth boasting is not discussing pantries, studies and orangeries!!

BerthaTheBogBurglar Sun 14-Oct-12 20:22:58

I used to have a hatch from the kitchen to the (eek) playroom. It was great - at the end of the day I could scoop up all the toys that had found their way into the kitchen floor and throw them through the wall.

Our last house had a stupidly-large freezing cold hallway off the kitchen out to the back garden, with a toilet and futility room leading off it. We tried to call it something other than the Back Passage but no other name seemed to fit ...

DialsMavis Sun 14-Oct-12 20:32:57

No chips here, I might slate my dated house but I pay the best part of £2k a month for the dated fucker!

MrsJohnDeere Sun 14-Oct-12 20:44:45

No to all

peedoffbird Sun 14-Oct-12 22:18:45

Thank you for putting me right on the meaning of the word stealth and showing me the error of my clearly sub standard ways Judith!

No to feature wall or spice rack. So what do you call a room which contains all your ds's Playmobil and his drum kit/xylophone, but isn't the room he sleeps in (so not a bedroom) or the living room? If it's not a playroom, what is it?

PerryCombover Sun 14-Oct-12 23:54:23

I thought spice racks were making a resurgence

ShanghaiGangsta Mon 15-Oct-12 01:19:57

I have a maids room, a maids bathroom, a TV room a playroom and a spice cupboard.
I think I win wink

ujjayi Mon 15-Oct-12 07:19:15

To be fair Shanghai I think Fellatio wins the thread (am childishly sniggering at that sentence).

I agree with NormantheForeman because we still haven't resolved the PLAYROOM issue. There is no other appropriate name as far as I can see.

Should we call it the "children's sitting room"?
The toy store room?
"The room in which all the toys are kept and the children play but most definitely isn't a playroom because that would be poncey" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but may appeal to some?

UterusUterusGhali Mon 15-Oct-12 15:01:33

I have none of those things, but if I had a house big enough for a playroom Id be sure to call it a Lego room, as playroom is apparently naff. confused

A Steiner room; that's a whole wnacky room, let alone a basket! Impressive.

I saw an article in a homes magazine recently about how to decorate your boot room! I mean, really! Boot rooms aren't decorated ffs! They are cold & muddy. Vair new money.

I have four feature walls and a little porcelain trough of gloriamix and my own sink. Close enough?

LOL spice cupboard
Made me giggle
I have French and Camus next so I need it

ChippyMinton Tue 30-Oct-12 08:06:18

Depending on my mood I have a


dumping ground

<longs for open plan minimalist house with huge invisible cupboards>

higgle Tue 30-Oct-12 10:11:46

I have a playroom, an orangery and a "dog hole" .

catonlap Tue 30-Oct-12 11:04:18

Have a room full of toys which gets referred to as 'the playing room'.

I now have a feature wall by my bed thanks to dd and her bright orange crayon. Apparently it's the moon hmm

No spice rack, just a load of spice jars stuffed with other items in a messy cupboard.

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