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. That’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.
By 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: