Mazen’s Hideout

November 13, 2013


In our basement family room, tucked under our stairs we have a little finished space for storage.


In the years past it has held everything from old paint to horseshoe sets to beach chairs to extra baby toys. And now itโ€™s a fun little hideout for Mazen!


I cleaned up the walls, which were terribly scuffed, with a magic eraser and some extra paint. If my name was Sherry Petersik I might have put some some wallpaper or chalkboard paint, but for now the simple walls are just fine. Maybe Mazen and I can decorate it together some day. Or perhaps it will become a space where he is free to write on walls ; )


I filled it with some animals, books and toys. And I finally found a good spot for that fluffy rug I bought last year!


I love that it has a light โ€“ with a baby-height light switch!


So far Mazen seems to dig it. He loves walking over the threshold, and I bet in the years to come he will bring friends in to play all kinds of imaginary games : )


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelley November 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

Love this!! They are just beginning imaginary play now, what a great space for him!


2 Sarah November 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

I love the use of that space, what a neat idea! I also love the chevron pillow cover, is that a Boppy?


3 KERF November 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

Yes from Etsy


4 Rachel November 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

Best idea ever. I had one of these as a child, but it was just a crawl space in the unfinished attic. I can’t tell you the number of adventures my brothers and I had in there! Awesome job Kath!


5 Jackie November 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

So cute!


6 Irene November 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

Our kiddos are the same age and have hit all of the same milestones and I’m curious if Mazen has started hitting yet? My daughter is in daycare and thinks that if she wasn’t in daycare then she wouldn’t be hitting. I would love to see a post on this. Right now I’m telling her that it isn’t nice to hit and setting her down but she still laughs.


7 KERF November 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Not yet, but he will push other kids out of the way


8 Angelica November 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

It’s his Harry Potter closet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So fun!


9 jen November 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I thought that too! His own “cupboard under the stairs”. Too cool!


10 Janna November 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Love it. Love the whole idea. We have this kind of space too but with a full size door. I am not sure what to do with it but right now its our Christmas/Cleaning supply closet.


11 Allie Ferguson - Adopting Charlie November 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

When I was little I used to love hiding/playing in little nooks & crannies. It’s Mazen’s own little room. Love it!


12 Mom November 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The big closet in my bedroom was my hideout. Glad Maze has one too!


13 Lisa @bitesforbabies November 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

O…M…G…I LOVE this! I wish I had a space like this for my kids!!! It reminds of the secret hideout I always wanted to have in my house as a kid ๐Ÿ˜‰


14 Laura @ Sneakers and Spatulas November 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

Oh my gosh, I love his little space! I would have loved something like that when I was little. Heck, I’d like a place like that to hide out as an adult!! ๐Ÿ™‚


15 Lisa November 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I love this space! I hope my little one has a space like this in the near future. : )

By the way, this reminds me of Harry Potter and his cupboard under the stairs. Love it!


16 Marisol November 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

That is awesome! I wish we had a space like that, even though it’ll be a while before our guy should want/need a place that like.


17 Jeanie November 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

So cool!


18 Becky November 15, 2013 at 8:02 am

Awww. Reminds me of Edie’s little hiding spot.


19 Elaine November 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

So cute and a perfect hideout!!


20 Kori November 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

That’s so neat! I would’ve loved a space like that when I was little. Heck, I’d still love it now! ๐Ÿ˜‰


21 Hannah November 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Reminds me of the cozy space from the children’s book, “Don’t Touch My Room.” (pretend it’s underlined) Cute!


22 Tracy November 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

So fun! Chalkboard paint would be a fun idea ๐Ÿ˜‰


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