Planning, discussion, artist drawings, fabric and paint colour selections are often followed by looking at ideas online and in magazines. This all can be included in the process of designing a unique and individual room.
My job often involves an initial appointment with the client in which I explore possibilities of design and the ideal style. Often it works in well to have my artist to assist by drawing up the idea’s and showing how I feel they would come together. With as much detail and colours introduced as I find this can then give them the overall layout and feel for the room. We certainly seek to make this a very enjoyable experience for everyone.
This year we had the absolute pleasure of designing a playroom for three siblings to share that would encompass each of their personalities. It began with a blank canvas of a room that had lovely natural light with views of the front garden and back garden areas.
However with “good bones” as we call it of both size, natural light and height of ceilings there was a lot to like about the basis we had to work with.
The plan included the client’s request for it to have a sense of play, dress up, a reading nook and a desk for drawing and craft.
The timing of the project was at the start of the changing climate of Summer to Autumn and so to create a cosy sense to the room as the weather got cooler was important.
Initially it was a dark room with heavy wood trims and dark brown trim on the sliding doors and windows. So the first item on the: “ To do list” was to paint the room a vivid white on the walls and trims.
We included the indoor cubby house and then the dress up area was a very natural flow under that at the floor level as we could curtain it off and also we made a puppet show that also fitted in that section as well when they wanted to do family performances.
This job included making good some old chairs and bringing a sense of both fun and learning into the desk area with a canvas of the alphabet by the artist fabulous work in detailed pictures matching to the different letters. We then added the splash of colour to define the reading nook and some wooden stars to add a sense of dreaming and imagination. Then a bespoke storage unit by our carpenter that is on lockable wheels that houses the outfits for dress-ups making them easily accessible the children.
I then brought together some of the lovely old toys the parents had of their childhood and styled them with some new items that have heirloom quality on the shelves above the fire place to give a charmed feel of the preciousness of childhood.
The outcome was very evident whenever I popped in on the client and the children were at play but also the report of family gatherings and parties that saw everyone enjoying the space was wonderful to hear.