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.
The holidays are officially here. It’s time for "Elf on the Shelf," lists to Santa and 20lb. turkeys. Creative energy builds and the twinkling lights are shining. Last year at this time, I had the honor of teaching a very creative, spirited group of girls the process of finding your voice through art. With on location photo shoots, and sketching, fabrics, ribbons, collage, tubes and tubes of paint and just a bit of unorthodox trinkets, these four young creative ladies brought creative expression to new heights. As I learned many years ago, to find truly unfiltered, courageous, innovative inspiration, turn to the kids.
Please take some time to meet these inspiring young ladies, VIEW THEIR GALLERY and experience their enthusiasm and zest for life. Then SHARE IT with others, and carry it with you throughout the Holidays. It will keep everything in perspective.
…Miss you girls.
With the new school year, there is a whole new selection of classes and activities for kids to consider. Sports, music, art, horse back riding, dance, cooking; the list goes on and on. My kids tend to go for more of the musical and dramatic side of activities. With just musical instruments alone, we have gone through the violin, the ukulele, two guitars and the piano. Since kids do tend to be a bit fickle, we have chosen to rent a few of them. But with a piano, that can be a little more difficult.
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!”
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!
In my recent posts, I’ve mentioned how it is so exciting that blogging has presented me with a “new” element in my design career. And I have received such positive feedback over these first few months. Thank you to all of you who are sticking by me while I find my voice. I’m so grateful.
One question I have been asked during this time is “How did you start doing children’s rooms?” Well, THIS design is room number ONE! My very first kids room ever.
Now here is the scary part. It is possible that the boy who slept in this nursery could drive right by me on the road. He might even be…dare I say…in college. Oh my god!
And yet I remember this project so clearly. It was a very powerful time for me. This project took me down a path that until that point, I never even considered. Now it’s like breathing. Designing for kids allows me to experience fantasy and imagination to the extreme. I feel so privileged to have had so many parents invite me to create these whimsical spaces for their kids. I am a lucky woman.
One of my clients, a 13-year-old girl, wanted a roll top desk in her room. For kids, it’s like combining a desk with a toy. For parents, it’s a perfect way to hide all of those glitter pens, packed binders and messy notes in a flash. But the typical roll top desk can be, shall we say, old fashioned and dry. The solution, repaint it. This is not the “I need to kill an afternoon” type of DIY. It takes time, and patience. But the reward will give you something completely unique and fresh.
Last week I had the thrill of attending my second ALT summit. My first was in June in NYC, the city I haunted for many years. The second was in San Francisco, the city I love today. Both conferences offered an insurmountable amount of resources and information. (Truly. I’m still organizing all of the amazing business cards.) But what I loved most about each of these events was the optimism and enthusiasm of the attendees.
Every single thing I see, hear and taste influences my design. I’ve been asked where I come up with some of my ideas. There is no one answer. It’s everything.
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.