My clients in Durham had the idea of turning their big blah bonus room (you know the kind) into a library and playroom for their seven children.
They wanted the space to function for all – with the kids ranging in ages from 3 – 14 years; and serve many purposes: a library, a classroom, an arts and crafts center, a movie-watching room, for dance parties on the wii, sleepovers, and creative play.
We first devoted time to making the room just the way we wanted- utilizing attic access space for built-in bookshelves, adding much needed lighting, painting the walls (they went from an off- white to a warm taupe color) and installing wallpaper to one long wall to add interest.
The color palette was inspired by a whimsical and colorful linen print from Clarence House in hues of orange, pink, yellow, and green. The selection of the furniture pieces themselves- an orange loveseat (my personal favorite part of the space) a sectional sofa, entertainment unit, play table and chairs (existing), came naturally as they were both fun and functional.
Last week we joined up with a few of the kids for the photo shoot- it was fun to see them enjoying and using the space.
Check back tomorrow as I give my “Top 5 Tips For Designing a Kid Friendly Space.”
images by: Design Lines
Ashley and Brittany take a few moments to talk with Valonda from My Carolina Today about creating functional and fun kid friendly spaces all awhile taking a step away from the traditional “themed” room. Call us if you are interested in letting us design a kids room for you.
Four-Year-Old Harrison’s parents wanted to transform his lime-green nursery: (before)
… into a guest friendly big-boy room he could grow up in: (after)
The finished room is a mix of his parent’s style, traditional preppy & classically Raleigh, coupled with Harrison’s interests (think all things boy- deer, dogs, & dinosaurs).
His favorite book, Caps for Sale, was purchased for $8 at Borders and turned into artwork by framing the illustrations in Pottery Barn frames.
My favorite element in the room is the white metal antler plaque,purchased from Urban Outfitters on the cheap. Placed above the owner’s existing chest (I found it in the attic), the antlers make it playful,as the shape of the Chippendale handles mimics the antlers above.
The fabrics-in schemes of white, stone, a deep denim blue & Carolina blue are handsome enough for the room to function as a guest suite, too.
The dinosaur skeleton illustration above the desk is from 20×200.com
,and sets off perfectly his collection of rubber snakes-displayed as a curious collection in a leather tray.
The airplane artwork on the bedroom door is by Harrison himself.
Back in November, one of our clients came to us, wanting to complete a space for her daughter’s 13th birthday. Haley- a dancer, horse lover, and vibrant teenager wanted a space that could serve many purposes.
(Above: Haley in her old space)
Rather than placing a large queen size bed in the space- we opted for a custom daybed with trundle underneath- perfectly sized for a window niche. We designed the rest of the space to accomodate studying, relaxing, dancing, and gathering with her sisters and girlfriends.
Haley knew exactly what she wanted:
and a space for everything- including room to dance
The floor plan, below:
From there Judy and I determined a color palette of turquoise & fuschia- some of Haley’s favorite colors, but a departure from the seen-before pink and green. The name of the paint color on the bathroom walls and inside the wall panels is ICI:Frankly Scarlet– the perfect hot pink hue.
We designed a paneled wall (above); installing trim moulding and using contrast paint to highlight Haley’s collection of trophies– displayed on mod acrylic shelves. The central panel is a custom memory board created from fuschia linen and multi-colored grosgrain ribbons. She can post photos and notes on her wall.
The seating area consists of a settee perfect for a young lady flanked by two mirrored chests evoking the mood of a dance studio. A chair from Stanley’s Coastal Living collection can pull up to the secretary where Haley does her homework and an upholstered stool can serve as seating at sleepovers, an ottoman, or a place for magazines and books. My favorite accessory is the pair of large yellow gourd lamps.
Check out our album slideshow of Haley’s Room, before & after (special thanks to Haley & her mom for letting us blog about their space)
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