I've had some experience creating kid's hospitals, But this is amazing! This is why details matter. You can't help but feel better. Bravo to London Royal Children's Hospital. This is some royal treatment. Please read the details on the fabulous site, www.boredpanda.com. Oh, and now I think I'm developing a rash...and an odd scar on my forehead.
If you are just joining in, we are doing a bit of an experiment. How does our everyday life influence how we design? I suggest you go back and read before jumping ahead or you will miss some fun stuff.
With my palette photo in hand, I decided to start at the fabric store. I decided to choose some fabrics I might use for bedding, pillows or curtains. This is what I chose. One sample is for a girl’s room, the other for a boy.
I have had the job of designing a space where a brother and sister shared a room. That can be a challenge at times. I’m aware I’m making generalizations here. All of these are interchangeable of course. But I do find kids tend to follow a bit more traditional path. Whether it is instinctual or learned, I’m not sure. But this is about YOUR kid so you know what is best.
They vary in color, pattern and theme. But they all work together, most importantly because of their weight. To understand weight better, read "Spoil Me Rotten Jonathan Adler." It will make a bit more sense.
The next step I want you to do is look for accessories. Buy what you are attracted to. You may end up returning some of it, but you don’t want to edit now. Just keep an open mind. Tomorrow we will se what we find. Happy hunting! : )
“Enjoy the Process.” If there is a lesson to teach our kids, this is it. I first saw this phrase over my head, carved in wood on the entry trellis of a dear friend’s home. His name is Michael Grbich. At the time, Michael Grbich was in his mid 60’s, and I was in my early twenties. It stuck with me. A few years ago, my family and about a hundred other people who love him joined his 75th birthday celebration, a tap dance across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is such an inspirational story and I encourage you to read it. Aside from being a tap dancer, he is also an artist. Did I mention he has a tightrope wire in his living room? Please let me enjoy life even half as much!
My process of creating spaces is more than enjoyable for me; it’s a rush of excitement. I did not come in to design through the route of getting an interior design degree. This is usually followed by becoming a member of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Next comes internships and assistant’s positions in other large interior design firms with access to a communal library of supplies and samples. If that works for some, that is fine, but it's not for me.
When I present my ideas, they don’t come in a tightly branded package. My presentation boards are not a neatly printed Auto Cad document with architectural drawings. They are more like tears from a glorified sketchbook. I have to draw and erase. I need to collect items that excite me. I am constantly taking photos. I buy things impulsively, and then let them linger around my studio to see if they retain their impact. Much of it gets returned as the designs become more focused. Some of it stays there for several years. If you haven’t seen the picture of my studio, take a peek. I glue things on. I scribble notes. I don’t want my clients to just view it. I want them to feel it. I want them to enjoy their trip around the board as much as I enjoyed the process of making it.
Client approval is great. But if I don’t enjoy the process of designing, my clients aren’t getting all that I can offer. My goal for creating a space is creating the experience of living in that space. There is no other option.
Since I made these Green Apple Pillows a few years ago, I have had a ridiculous amount of requests to make more. While I have nothing better to do what with a daily blog, two kids, a husband, a dog, 7 chickens, 20 pounds to lose, and 3 trips coming up, I thought I would produce some more!
Just for you baseball fans...
This Sunday morning while wandering around the bustling Larkspur Landing, I found myself surrounded by the bold and fresh designs of Roberta Freymann at Roberta Roller Rabbit.
I sent out a little pop quiz yesterday. If you didn’t see it feel free to check it out before we get to the answer.
It sounds like a title for a fairytale. But it is something anyone can do.
At Juvenile Hall Design, there is nothing I love more than taking something that a client thinks is looking shabby and boring, and giving it a tune up. This Armoire was just one small part of a $500 sci-fi room renovation challenge, this representing about $70 of that total.
I love to look through old keepsake boxes at my daughters’ old clothing, the little dresses and tights, tiny socks and shoes. It’s amazing that they were ever that small. But they were. And I want to remember it for as long as I can.