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Ellie’s Secret Hideaway


In our playroom, we have this really long, really short crawl space. It’s essentially not tall enough to be a closet, and requires some major ducking on any adults part to get in there. Hence, it became our storage pit. Suitcases, never used toys, and other random items piled haphazardly in this space until this last weekend. It had to go, we said! After a year and a half, we finally put this space to good use. Brian cut this darling window (more on that later!) to let in a little more light, Ellie’s pink kitchen found a new home, and an extra strand of lights added the perfect finishing touches to this little corner. We found this tiny little table (aka cheap, tiny TV stand) at Ikea, which was the perfect addition. We find Ellie in here making pizza and cake daily! (Only making the best food 😉 And it has become the perfect (and one and only!) hide and go seek spot!


This little window adds much more light on the inside, and is absolutely adorable on the outside. I can’t wait to show you!


Felt balls from Hello Maypole. P.S. Taking pictures without hitting your head multiple times in here? Not possible. 🙂


I adored these fruit printables (found here) When Ellie asked what the lime was, she thought I said “lion” so now she RAWRS! every time she sees it. 🙂


Alexa Zurcher




  • Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog

    Great use of a small space! I bet she loves the coziness of it! 🙂

  • April @ Hansen Love

    this is adorable! I love that you made an unusable area and made it a fun place for E to be! So cute! Way to go mama!

  • Unknown

    This is so awesome! I have crazy overlarge closets in my townhouse and considered making one of them a playroom for my toddler but haven't gotten around to it yet. I think this was just the inspiration I needed to see 🙂 Love it!!

  • Laurie

    Oh my gosh, this is so awesome! Every little girls dream come true!

    PS: Love the new blog design!

  • Sharlee

    I love this so much. It's absolutely perfect!!!

  • Mila Adams

    This is so cute! What a great way to use the space and I bet Ellie loves it so much.



  • Unknown

    What a cute little space you've created for her! I can't wait until we have space of our own we can do this kind of stuff with! 🙂

  • Lizzie Ann

    My grandma did something similar at her house years ago and as a girl it was my favorite place to be! Such a great idea and I am sure Ellie loves it!

  • Amy

    You and Brian are both so talented!! Love how you transformed that into such a cute little "house" for Ellie!! Can't wait to see it in person xoxoxoox

  • Haley

    I love this! What a great space for her to go play. I love that she growls when she sees the lim.
    PS. Where did you get the fruit printables?

  • Southern Elle

    This is the cutest little space and tiny kitchen! LOVELY!

  • Claire

    We hav ea little under the stairs room that we just put ava's toy kitchen in too and I love it! But having a window for some light would be amazing, yours is perfect! DOes yours have an outlet that the lights are plugged into?

  • Ever Emma

    What a lucky little girl! This makes me wish I had a crawl space like this!

  • larajanepark

    oh, I love stumbling upon weeks worth of Ellie posts! I love how happy you make your life. Because it is a choice. You've chosen well my lex.

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