BEHIND THE DESIGN: FROM DINING ROOM TO PLAYROOM

Updated: Sep 7, 2019


My client (and sister) commissioned me to turn her formal dining room into a functional playroom when 'all the things' started to take over her home. Rebecca (my baby sis) is one of the most organized people that I know but juggling the responsibilities of a new baby, a full time career and trying to squeeze in some couple and friend time, things started to pile up in the unused formal dining space in her home.

What it looked like before....

Where are my new mommies at? This scene probably looks familiar, am I right?

WHAT WE DID

My niece's name is Brooklyn so we leaned into that and had a mural painted of the feature wall. Since this space is open to the common areas of the home, the talented artist, Kathryn Smith of Ryn Smith Studios, painted a New York skyline by leaving the wall color on the lower half of the wall and painted the sky a lighter shade. A sophisticated approach to a children's playroom mural. We layered on a Brooklyn Bridge shelf to finish off the skyline.




MEANINGFUL TOUCHES AND HISTORY

I remembered reading a Living In A Nutshell blog post by my friend Janet Lee that referenced bringing personal touches into the home. You can read that blog post HERE. You can see that I ordered the book Twenty One Elephants (such a great book) that she recommended as well as the print and incorporated it into Baby Brooklyn's playroom.



TOUCHES OF COLOR

I worked with existing elements in the space like the wall color and the beige flooring. This area rug was perfect for this project because it's neutral background blended well with these elements but also had touches of orange, red and blue that blends well with the color books and toys that will eventually live in this space.



I think Bones approves so there's that too! If you need help pulling together a space in your home, I can consult with you locally in San Diego or anywhere on the globe with my Online Design Services.



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