We were so excited when we were asked to help makeover a playroom for a sweet, six year old who loves art, stuffed animals, reading, and fun colors! After our initial meeting we were really wanting to find a way to incorporate her and her parent's wish list while also making the space functional. Her parents asked us to design the room so that it could grow with her and be a space she still enjoys several years from now.
We got straight to work. Our first goal was thinking through ways we could take advantage of the nine foot ceiling height and make the room feel bigger while also increasing the function in the space. We knew we needed storage for lots of stuffed animals, books and art supplies. We decided that an art cart on wheels would be great for moving around the room as needed. We also thought what could be more fun and functional than a custom stuffed animal zoo to hold the stuffed animals. At 6 feet tall and placed in an otherwise useless corner, we could accomplish two things - a fun way to store all of her furry friends and not take up a whole lot of space. And lastly, a great way to store books with wall mounted display shelves.
After we solved for some of the main storage challenges, we wanted to come up with a creative way to add general storage for toys, a space for her dollhouse which was made by a grandparent and wall space to hang custom art canvases the client already owned. We played around with some layouts and determined we could fit everything on one wall and it would be just right. We incorporated some cubbies, and affixed the dollhouse to the wall and then hung six animal canvases. To us, it looks like they were always intended for this space.
The other element that we worked on was finding a small sofa that could double as an extra bed when cousins come in town for a visit. We found this cute tufted sofa, that functions like a futon. We love the whimsy it adds to the space along with some fun pillows. And who wouldn't want their own hashtag initials? We had these extra large, backlit, metal, marquee letters made to hang over the sofa. We just love, love, love them!
Another unique element we designed for this space was having a custom awning made for over the patio door with a pair of reclaimed wood shutters. We liked how we were able to display her artwork on this same wall and mirror the look of a storefront complete with hanging flower buckets. Lastly, we wanted to think of a way to draw attention to the main accent wall, so we asked the painter to paint the ceiling and adjoining walls too. Different and fun!
Here's a timelapse video of the install & reveal day. This was such a fun project, can't wait for the next one!