as promised, it's time to reveal the playroom for the hertzig twins! mom kerri wanted a place for homework and an open space for play. this room came together quickly with some custom elements and fun touches. take a look...
this piece of art was the inspiration for the room. lots of blues and greens with some black thrown in. to balance the strong colors, we painted the walls 'alabaster' by sherwin williams. it's the perfect creamy white backdrop.
to add some interest to the tall ceilings, i chose this sanderson splatter wallpaper.
instead of a traditional pin board, i opted for a magnetic board wrapped in a fun fabric. now the kids have a place to display their art and personalize their work space.
a few more details...
luckily, i was there when the twins came home from school! they were so excited to get in their new room and do homework at their desks for the first time. it was so cute seeing their reaction, they both got a kick out of the furry sheepskins draped over their desk chairs! designing for kids is such a joy, the look on their faces is priceless.
until next time, design swell. live well.
up next is part 2 of the renfrow's install, the kid's playroom! with a newborn, 2 little girls & many playdates, the couple wanted a space downstairs devoted to the kids. they wanted a space where they could play but still be supervised, so I suggested their current 'office room' mainly because of the french doors… I thought this was a great feature because you can just close the doors after play time and not have to worry about a mess being visible. they were game for doing a little switcharoo (more on the office later) and the new playroom space was created.
the challenges for this space were storage, lighting & spacing. I needed to create storage for all the toys, so I had my carpenter custom build 2 cabinets that could house everything kid related. I incorporated a cubby system with bins for books that could also double as a bench, and I created an art display for the big kids to hang their creations. the lighting was easy.. since the outlets were controlled by the light switch, I used 2 large lamps on each storage cabinet and voila! an instantly brighter room. and lastly, spacing… the couple wanted to use a small scaled sofa in the room that had a sleeper feature for overnight guests… land of nod had a great option for them, the twin sleeper is the perfect size & scale for the room!
I love how all of the colors play off each other, and Tracie admits this is her favorite room in the house! take a look at how fun this room turned out!!
a perfect space for these little ones... and later when they out grow the kid table, this can still be a cool lounge for them. up next is their office since I kicked Stephen out of this one :-)
as i mentioned in my last post, i am working on the playroom addition for the glidewell's. this is the last renovation in the home, i think.... finally a space just for the kiddos and all of their toys, art & gymnastics stuff! kristi joked and said, 'your hardly rid of me yet' when she asked me to tackle this next space. she warned me of having to work around a pair of goldish/brown sofas that have been locked up in storage for some time and finally needed a home.
the renovation is taking place in the upstairs attic space, it is nearly finished and i will be moving in all of my goodies to complete the space very soon. but let's go through and look at my ideas..
in my mind, i am breaking the space up into 3 areas.. the living area, study/art area & the gymnastics area. here is a quick drawing of how everything will be laid out:
as you walk up the stairs, the left side of the space will be the living/lounging area, the home to the brown sofas, two side tables, lamps and a ton of color with new pillows. i am having a custom cabinet made to house all of the tv components, dvd's etc. and if Kristi is game, i would love to throw in an unexpected pair of vintage chairs i recently came across, in a lacquered color of course! we may add in a coffee table or ottoman later down the road.
to the right side of the space, the girls get their own gymnastics area, complete with flat mirror installed on 2 of the walls! i plan to add some fun floor pillows to this area, but it will mostly be left open.
straight across the stairway is the built in desk area, where the kids can get creative and do art projects and maybe a little home work ;-)
the new space is still Kristi's taste, neutral and timeless, I just plan to spice it up with fabrics, furniture & COLOR! let's take a look at the design board:
i can't wait to get in here and set it all up! the kids's haven't seen anything yet, so they should be surprised on install day!! hopefully they will keep this space just as clean as their bedrooms i did a year ago... man time flies!
stay tuned for the reveal!
I love working with my client Amy Pack, she is so easy and trusts me that I won't lead her wrong with my design ideas! I recently did an install for what once was her children's playroom and turned it into a cool teen room that they will be able to enjoy for years to come! The original space was very dark and definitely needed some color and light, the miss matched furniture pieces & heavy black bookcases at one end of the space were one of the design dilemma's. Amy needed me to bring new life to the furniture and get the room feeling balanced plus give her kids a place they can hangout in with their friends...
I proposed reupholstering all of the furniture since she needed to get a few more years out of it, and adding a large storage cabinet with lamps to the other end of the space to balance the room. A big green shaggy rug would define the space and ground all of my fun accent fabrics.
With a few tweaks here and there the finished room looks awesome!! I love to add a few unexpected items on install day to really make the room feel over the top. Amy and her family are really pleased with the outcome, she says, "Kipling has been in here every night so far!!" :-) just what I like to hear!!
Let's not forget how the room started off.......
....and now how much better it looks!!!!
Fun job for a fun family!!!!!
i've been working with holly and brian natwick for quite some time and we are well underway with several new projects. this blog post is dedicated to the new lounge for their three kids, caroline, conner and celia.
the space is large, 16' x 32', so we are breaking it up into zones. the game/play zone, and the lounge/chill zone. it's a blank slate at this point, and knowing how much holly likes orange, i've incorporated bits of it throughout the room.
the longest wall will receive a stunning birch forest wallpaper, and thank you holly for siding with brian and myself. i promise, it will look amazing!!!
take a look at the design board, and the before pics.
it's going to be quite a transformation!
stay tuned for the after...
what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than working on a playroom for my two sons. this room has been our guest room, a nursery, and is now evolving into the playroom. i've been planning this space long before schafer moved out of it. now that he's sharing a room with big brother sutton, i'm ready to give them their own space to play (while keeping the rest of my house clutter free)!
i was able to get the accent wall painted, and i love how it turned out. stay tuned for the complete reveal, i plan to finish it within the week!
design is a way of life.