If you have been wondering what Juvenile Hall Design has been up to for the past two weeks, here is your answer. This weekend we proudly launched a collection of Hand-made "Vintage Industrial" Holiday Ornaments. All are made from an unusual collection of materials: linen, paint, fur, buttons, ribbons, hardware, jewels, wire, ropes, feathers, canvas, glitter, paper, zippers, metal…you name it, it's probably in there.
How can you not have a sense of humor when grabbing the knob on this bathroom door? I did suggest that we make it buzz and send a little shock through the hand of the visitor. But I was unfortunately out-voted on that one.
Board games, despite the digital revolution, are still a popular way to bring a family together. They are a universal language of sorts. Many of the classic game boards have such iconic imagery, no titles are even necessary. The inspirations for our eccentric bathroom were Monopoly, Chute & Ladders, Candyland & Operation.
This family of 5 with three kids under the age of seven wanted to renovate their kid’s bathroom. It was a large box with very little character; and some of the most boring tile I’ve seen in a while. The budget for such an overhaul just wasn’t available at the time. But they hated having a bathroom that felt more like a locker room at the town YMCA. So as Simon Doonan would suggest, we went for some eccentricity.
I wonder if kids would be more willing to take a shower if you offered them $200 for passing “Go!”
In all of the years I have designed rooms, designing a tree to cascade over a bed or crib is by far my most requested design. There is something really magical about the illusion of sleeping in the forest of a fairytale or magic garden. Breaking the boundaries of the interior by incorporating the walls and ceiling of a room is very powerful…especially when the child who sleeps under it is 3 feet tall.
For our town, the first day of school is tomorrow. As you've probably noticed, I have taken a few days off from posting just to get some last minute summer activities in. One of those was taking my kids to the store for all of their brand-spanking new supplies. Let's face it. It doesn't matter if you have lots of pencils and erasers left over from last year. There is something so special about getting a new pencil case, some clean pink erasers and a fresh pencil sharpener.
It’s that time of year again. Mom’s packing special hand-made lunches for their kid’s…kids taking them to school for the daily swap meet. I remember being a kid and getting the same tuna fish sandwich every day. Life was simple. But my favorite part of lunch was my lunchbox. It wasn’t insulated. It wasn’t machine washable. But it was totally groovy.