Step down into the basement of this Pacific Northwest family home and you’ll find way more than meets the eye. What was once a basement den filled with leather couches and a fireplace is now transformed into a brightly lit, whimsical playroom that looks like it jumped out of the pages of one of our favorite glossy magazines. The genius behind this remodel? Seattle-based supermom Asia and her husband. Living in Seattle, Asia and her hubby decided that their daughter and her soon-to-be sibling would need a place to play during the long and wet Seattle rainy season that didn’t require wrestling the kids into the car and driving across town. But how does one go about transforming an entire den into a playroom filled with rock walls, gymnastics rings, a LEGO table, a pretend kitchen area, and a brick-encased magnet board? We caught up with Asia and asked her exactly how she was able to pull off this incredible DIY makeover. We’d just as soon never leave our house if we had one of these rooms in our basement.

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Asia's inspiration for her daughter's playroom? Willy Wonka of course? She loved the idea of walking into a "world of pure imagination"-- a space that was truly magical. Using wall decals and inspirational prints, Asia sought to create a playroom that was truly over the top and amazing, just like Wonka's candy room. Her mantra during the remodel? "The more amazing, the better."

We're totally jealous of the mini rock wall built onto the wall. Using a simple sheet of plywood and kid's rock climbing holds, Asia and her dad were able to drill this right into the studs, giving her daughter a place to get a serious workout.

We’re beyond impressed with all of the hard work and inspiration that went into this project. With so many great features packed into one great space, it’s no doubt that this playroom will offer countless opportunities for learning, exploring, and of course, play as their kids grow. Feeling inspired? This remodel was part of a series of renovations that Asia and her husband did; check out their other awesome projects–a Reading Room and an Art Room.

Which of these ideas would you include in your dream room remodel?

–Scott Wardell

a very special thanks to Asia for all of her help in pulling this story together, especially the awesome photos! 

A former classroom teacher turned full time mom, Asia chronicles her adventures with her two little ones, S and X, on her blog Fun At Home With Kids. Drawing on her background in education, Asia features a wealth of activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers daily, many of which can be done right in your own home. Head over to Fun At Home With Kids and check it out.