Look! Ruby's Playhouse

Look! Ruby's Playhouse

Tammy Everts
Oct 3, 2008

We are HUGE fans of Clare Crespo, author of The Secret Life of Food and Hey There, Cupcake!, and the woman behind The Yummyfun Kooking Series. When we heard that there was a tour of her daughter's playhouse on Cookie's blog, we risked a virtual stubbed toe and rushed right over for a peek. We were not disappointed.

If you're not familiar with Crespo's oeuvre, she's all about having fun in the kitchen. With signature dishes like mutant roast chicken (with four drumsticks, of course) and spaghetti and eyeballs, her aesthetic takes a left turn at cute and heads (still cutely) toward Peewee's Playhouse.

Similarly, her daughter Ruby's playhouse has all the fun elements you'd expect in a kid-oriented space -- beanbag chair, play kitchen -- but with some nifty unexpected touches, like the patchwork linoleum floor and the fringed steps.

We love the fact that this two-story playhouse is made largely of recycled materials. But what we love most is the fact that three-year-old Ruby is very much involved in the ongoing process of decorating her space. Says her dad, James Chinlund, a production designer who built the entire playhouse himself:

"Ruby and I love to go to flea markets on the weekends looking for junk and the house is a great opportunity for us to go there together. She can look for things for her house, and I look for things for our house. I hope the decorating will never end. It is one of my favorite things to do. The main idea is that she will feel free to write on the walls, spill paint everywhere and not worry about it -- nothing is too precious."

Precious? Maybe not. Fabulous? Definitely.

Read the interview and see the full tour here.

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