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A Playroom Revisited

It’s a common complain among my clients.  They like most of the furniture they purchased, but it doesn’t feel the way they want it to feel.  And it’s making them crazy.

In this particular case, it is the playroom of a sweet eight-year old girl in Cary, North Carolina.

It’s a spacious room.  Pretty wall color, high ceilings, natural light.  Here’s a look before we made any changes from each angle.    IMG_2665That’s what  you see when you enter the room.

This photo below is from the other side.  Lots of potential to make it more inviting.  She has a beautiful pink kitchen in there.


Last angle:  this is the wall between the main entrance to the room and the bathroom. It’s time to roll up the sleeves and move a few things, starting with those big baskets and bookshelf.


I love this part of the redesign.  It suddenly becomes place of movement and laughter.  And lots of lifting, pausing and sometimes moving again.  It’s a process.  And then you just know.  It’s feels different.

Here’s how the room looks now.

IMG_3267By placing the black bookshelf behind the couch,  it doubles as a console and as place to access her books and crafts since it’s in the same area now as her favorite owl beanbag and table for creating stuff.

From another angle:


Now this eight year old can use this area for pretend play, crafting, or even doing homework.


By moving the couch closer to the front of the room, it creates two distinct spaces and purposes.  One is for independent, semi-private play, and the other is for family lounging, playing a game or just hanging out. Adding lamps warms up the space and allows for some cozy evening reading and relaxing, too.  The wicker boxes now serve as storage and end tables.  Add a square tray to place on top and it can holds the drinks and popcorn for movie-time.

The best part about this is we simply used what they already had and didn’t have to spend a dime buying more stuff.   Down the road,  that beautiful back wall could be a built-in window seat with storage and shelving on both sides, but for now, I’m told a certain eight-year old girl loves her playroom.

Less stuff,  more connection.  And hopefully more opportunities for the whole family and friends enjoying time together.

Here’s a last look:







Any day now…

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

This why I play in the dirt. 

How To Make Your Television Almost Disappear

All it takes is a quart of paint.

What is on the wall?   It’s Kendall Charcoal, Historic Collection 166, Benjamin Moore

Fireplace? Edgecomb Gray, HC- 173, Benjamin Moore


Shadows on the Ceiling

When I was a child, I used to pretend the ceiling was a floor.  I imagined how crispy clean it would be to feel and loved the idea of experiencing the life turned upside down.   Just walking around would feel a bit futuristic..  IMG_9978Looking up at the ceiling also makes you look twice.  Like, “wait, is that really the light causing that rectangular strip or did somebody miss a spot?”

And then you realize, nope…just light and shadows at play… in the middle of an afternoon. IMG_9976

Summer is meant for many things, but slowing down the pace, noticing the space around me,  is most definitely at the top of my list.

The Genius of Josef Frank

“The home must not be a mere efficient machine.  It must offer comfort, rest, and coziness.”

-Josef Frank

One of his many beautiful textiles he created for the Swedish furniture company, Svenskt Tenn.


He didn’t believe in rules and cared more about joy over restraint.  I think that’s quite apparent in his designs.

Josef Frank

Although most of Frank’s  furniture and textiles were designed in the 1930’s-40’s, most are still in production today.

You can check out more at these sites:


I’m thinking about wallpapering my walk-in closet or powder room with one his designs.  Just makes me happy.


Making the Most of Your Space

It’s hard to believe I only took one picture of my balcony, but this is it.  Only the corner.


Not exactly much to look at,  but this little nook tucked away at the end of my  l-shaped terrace had the potential to be the right space for some entertaining, rest and relaxation.

One year later…

img_8762The space was always there.  I just made better use of it.

That is  my goal is for clients. Even if it’s a hallway. When we make the most out of our space, based on what we like, it makes life  a little nicer.

It starts with a vision.  What do you like to do at home? Have you made space for it?   Who says the dining room has to be used just for eating?

Slowly, and little by little, I looked and took from other rooms in the house.

With exception to the $10 satin nickel tension rod (Walmart) and West Elm curtains (on sale, $20/panel)…I already had everything I needed from other rooms in my home.  Since I love to be outside most of the time, it made sense to create an outdoor living area.

At night, I imagine I’m sitting in my private outdoor club.  “Yes, I’ll have a cosmo, please.”   Here’s to a summer of peace and creating enjoyable space in your life. 🙂