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We put together lots of my personal treasures and pieces from the store at extry special prices, and there are a lot of other bossy folks with treats as well, so stay tuned on how to get you some.
To celebrate we have our playroom before & after, which y’all haven’t seen yet.
With the major upgrade, IMHO, of a gold disco ball.
The sectional was a custom piece I had made for our family room in Chicago, and oddly enough the dimensions have fit absolutely perfectly in each new space. The ottoman is a storage ottoman from Ballard that I had upholstered in some tiger velvet. The rug there was a Jonathan Adler custom color that unfortunately got destroyed with baby/dog stains.
Lesson learned for the next time.
The footprint of this house is much smaller than our Austin home, but we have a usable third floor in the converted attic space. This was the space before:
It doesn’t feel like the same room at all.
Same view after.
Now you haven’t seen this room yet because it still needs a lot of work, and was even less ready for its closeup for the Matchbook shoot. But I figured now we are all in this together, and maybe y’all would like to see the work in progress?
So let me backtrack a bit.
I wanted the room to be fun and more than a little kooky. It is on the third floor, separate from the rest of the house so I felt like we could let ‘er rip without being too offensive.
The color combination in our previous family room iterations was one of my first balls out color experiments that I really loved. The idea came from the vintage circus poster that lives in the room, where I pulled the powdery gray/blue from the background and the intense red/orange trim color from some of the illustrations.
I wanted to do another equally unexpected color combination that maybe pushed the boundaries of appealing design- but was totally stumped.
The room is obviously pretty dark with very little natural light and super low ceilings. I think the way it was before with all the white just drew attention to that. There was really no way to make it not be a dark attic space, so I thought we should go for it and make it a full on circus tent. That way the ceilings/light would actually be a plus, seem more purposeful, and it would be fun for Grace.
We had to have wall to wall carpet, which is nerve wracking in a family space where spills and stains are inevitable. Like I said, the rug we had over our carpeting in Austin got completely destroyed by Grace and the dogs. This carpeting is perfection. You could pour an entire bottle of red wine on it and never see it. Not to mention it had a bit of the blue from our couch we would be reusing here.
It also worked with the WaterForElephantsBut LessTragicFancyGypsyCircus feel I was going for.
I also love Tim Walker’s work and have been consulting his books heavily for inspiration lately.
This portrait he did of Vivienne Westwood was particularly appealing to me and stayed in my minds eye when I was planning for this space.
So back to the overall room.
I promise I will have it photographed in a way that will do it justice once it is finished. Please ignore the one lightbulb that is out. #reallife.
This was my chance to let my freak flag fly with the color, and ultimately I decided on a chartreuse I pulled from the carpet inspired by the Tim Walker picture.
Which was definitely a risky decision as chartreuse can go baby poop very quickly and this room has terrible light.
And I know it’s not for everyone- Pete actually hates it. But I adore it. It is just the right amount of ugly, which to me makes it that much more beautiful.
I toyed with the idea of actually tenting the ceiling with fabric, but that seemed a little intense for the playroom. So I settled on the stripes in blue from the couch. There was a lot going on in a small space and although another color would have ramped it up even more, sometimes I gotta hold myself back. And I am glad for it.
Originally I wanted the stripes to meet the walls and then have a faux sort of swag/scallop at that seem, and I still might do that, but they got the stripes up first and were going to go back and add the detail and I kind of liked that it was a bit more modern and not so obvious without it. So I decided to wait and decide.
The bedrooms in the house are pretty small, and there isn’t much room for toys/playing so the playroom gets a lot of…play.
I didn’t want to over decorate it or make it too precious that it wouldn’t be for the kids anymore.
We reused the furniture from the previous playrooms, and just added some ikea shelving.
On the “work in progress” front…
The room has these two nooks I want to do something really special with.
I have been waiting to see more of what Grace likes to do and what she might find magical, and like I said I don’t want to do too much here so that she can’t make it her own. But I an thinking in that nook where I am currently curating piles of books/crap in a very intentional and artistic way…That I want to have a cushion made and throw a bunch of pillows and stuffed animals in there for snuggly time. And maybe do some shelves on the walls for books? Like this:
Then in this nook.I’m not sure. I think I will let Grace decide.
The circus poster made its way in here again. There is so much going on in the picture, it’s like a really beautiful Where’s Waldo and Grace loves staring at it.Then over by the couch, it backs up to the railing over the stairs and I need to have some sort of barrier made so that bubbles don’t go tumbling over. I am thinking about doing an upholstered (perhaps chartreuse leather???) screen so that it is removable if we need to fit something up the narrow stair case.
We really like it up here.
It still has a ways to go, but what do you think so far? Do you hate the chartreuse as much as Pete does, or do you kind of dig the ugly/beautiful? Any thoughts on my remaining to-dos in here?
Pete’s office is up on the third floor as well, which is also a work in progress that I will show you later this week.
wall colors: Paddington Blue & Flower Power both Benjamin Moore.