Here we are again at Feisty Friday, and I’m going to introduce you to two little girls who give feisty a new meaning. This is Karsen (on the left) and Marin (on the right.) They are two 10-year-old girls who have been bitten by the interior design bug this summer. With some imagination and perseverance, they created something amazing and beautiful from something boring and common. I interviewed them to get the real story. Enjoy!
ELLEN: How did you come up with the idea of redesigning the shed?
KARSEN: A couple years ago, Marin said, “Hey Karsen how about we redo the shed and decorate it like its candy! We can stick candy on the walls and eat it!”
MARIN: But then we got into a problem because it was at Karsen's house, not mine, so Karsen would have more opportunity to eat the candy.
ELLEN: I could see how that would be a problem. You said that happened years ago. What happened to make this happen now?
MARIN: We were on the trampoline and I looked at the shed. I asked Karsen if they did anything with the shed yet. She said, “No.” So I said, “Do you want to redo it?” Karsen said, “YEAH!!” And got really excited.
ELLEN: So what was your first step?
KARSEN: We had to clean up dirt, spider webs, Styrofoam balls, paper and toothbrushes. It was so gross! There was even animal poo!
MARIN: The ceiling was covered in webs and spider sacks. Karsen was horrified so I did most of that part.
KARSEN: Marin would scoop stuff out. I would collect it.
ELLEN: Eeew. Yuck. So then what?
MARIN: The next time we were together, we got primer and painted the inside. That was a little boring. That took two different play dates to finish. We went through a few cans. We got lots of primer in our hair.
KARSEN: I looked like Bonnie Raitt!
ELLEN: I’m sure she’d be flattered to here that. So then what?
KARSEN: Then we painted the colors. There are 6 of them, turquoise and light blue, magenta, mint chippy, chartreuse and chalkboard. It was tough to choose because I like orange and reds, but Marin likes blues and greens.
MARIN: But my mom has lots of extra paint…a chalkboard one and a cool turquoise so we mostly used those.
ELLEN: Very resourceful and practical…nice. I like that. So what happened next?
MARIN: Next we went shopping for cloth for pillows and the floor and the canopy. But my mom had some fabric so we used that too.
KARSEN: There was a long debate over fabrics, but we kind of knew the vibe we wanted. We filled the cart with all of the fabrics we wanted and in the end we compromised and took them out a little at a time. I wanted this fabulous one that was green and sparkly with flamingos wearing Santa hats. But it was quickly denied.
MARIN: There was an orange one I wanted, but we took that out too. Once we picked them all, we looked for some cushions for the floor to match the fabric.
KARSEN: Next I sewed my pillows and Marin sewed her pillows.
MARIN: We used some of the fabrics that we didn’t agree on to do little tags.
KARSEN: The last day my mom put in the green floor and canopy.
MARIN: Then we put in all of the furniture and stuff. Her, mom got an extension cord so we had a light. And we have some cool battery operated candles. Then we brought in board games and played all afternoon.
ELLEN: What do you plan to do in this shed?
MARIN: We like to play games. Shoot videos and just have fun.
KARSEN: SAME! And maybe read too.
ELLEN: Karsen, what do your parents think of you having this play shed in their yard?
KARSEN: They love it!
ELLEN: Do you think you will end up doing homework in there when school starts?
(Simultaneously) KARSEN: NO! MARIN: Sure!
ELLEN: Well maybe you can cross that homework bridge when you come to it. Any last thoughts that you want to tell people about your designer shed?
MARIN: We enjoy it. It was a lot of work. Lots of the time we thought about giving up. But then I would think to myself, “I really badly want this.”
KARSEN: Nope. That’s all I have to say.
ELLEN: Ok. Well thank you for answering all of my questions. You guys did a great job.
KARSEN & MARIN: Thanks!
These are some really cool 10 year olds. I love the creativity and the cooperation. If you give kids the freedom to design their environment, they will jump on it. They have very strong opinions and unfettered self-awareness. Let them express it!
Most importantly, I love that years from now, these girls will be able to look back on this and have some incredible memories.
Well done, ladies. I’m so impressed.