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Client Project: Boy's Room, Finished!

You may recall a design I did for a local client a while back: it was for a young boy's room, and I posted the design board here, and it seems like that was a million years ago. Anyway, the little boy was really into maps and space, so I just kind of went for it with that in mind. Oh, and he wanted bunk beds BAD.

I convinced the kid's mom to go super-dark on the walls and ceiling, and we decided to design the room around a vintage map of India I found on Etsy (which would not only be a nod to the family's Indian heritage, but also be really cool, because vintage maps are really cool).


This room is one of a very few that I have done that somehow look exactly like their design boards. It's really extra-satisfying when that happens, because it means you've gotten exactly what you wanted, design-wise, and also that you are a brilliant genius. Just kidding.

The wall color is Farrow & Ball Plummett. The ceiling color is Farrow & Ball Down Pipe. The pendant light is a Nelson saucer lamp, and the orange chair is a Saarinen reproduction. The zebra rug, which is basically the only thing that was already in the room, is made of wool and is from Target from a long time ago. I wish it were still available. Bring back your wool zebra rug, Target! The map is vintage, from the adorably-named Midwest Splendor.

The bed is from Restoration Hardware. The bedding is from Pottery Barn. The striped wool blanket is from Hudson's Bay. The desk was custom-made from pine and lacquered to within an inch of its life. The desk chair is vintage, from my own plentiful collection of Eames desk chairs (my garage is full of them, please don't rob me in the night).

The globe, pencils, and bear erasers are the client's own, and are kind of my favorite part of the room. You erase with the bear's NOSE, y'all.

The London double-decker bus and Big Ben figure are from the child's collection (he is very into London things, also). The elephant print is of Hindu Lord Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings! I love him and that print is just gorgeous. The log side table is from Paul Michael. The curtains are white linen, from Gray Line Linen.

Wouldn't you love to wake up in this cozy bunk every morning? I would. I'm so happy to have gotten to decorate this room, and I hope the family loves it as much as I do. (What? I can be schmoopy too.)

Happy Friday, y'all!


All photos by the incomparable Ben Corda.


Design Board: New Local Client

I am so excited about this one. The clients are a young, newly-married couple who inherited the husband's parents' 1950s lake house. It needs to be updated, of course, but once I get finished with it, it's going to be the cutest thing ever. We started with the living room and adjoining kitchen.

I found this vintage light fixture at a local shop, and loved it so much I designed the entire kitchen around it. I bought it for the clients sight unseen, and if they don't love it as much as I do, I will cry. And make them use it anyway.

Everything else is a mixture of new and vintage, but the major updating will be painting the (old, not cute) cabinets and changing the (old, not cute) hardware. My clients want to do this in phases, but of course I'm pushing for all at once for maximum impact.

And I chose a Duralee fabric for the vintage chair reupholstery, so it was nice that they approved me for a trade account today. Fortuitous!

Anyway, very excited about this one. And if you are a nice person who likes what you see here, I have openings for late October. Contact here.



Local Client: Boy's Room

Have you been wondering what I've been working on lately, besides online clients and my hair? Well, I will tell you: a fun room for a little boy. My client is the mother of the girl whose room I did here. We are installing everything in a couple of weeks, when you will be able to see the real thing. I'm so excited about this one, because it's fun and dark and modern and old and weird and full of space and maps.

The little boy himself is very into space and maps, but he also seems to be the kind of kid that would be into mid-century furniture and Kierkegaard, if 7-year-old kids were into that sort of thing. Kind of a modern professorial cabin type. He'd wear tweed blazers with elbow patches, is what I am saying. He is also Indian. So the vintage map of India was my jumping-off point, and everything kind of spiraled from there. If his parents weren't vegetarian, I would have really pushed for some squirrel taxidermy.

The zebra rug is the only existing thing in the entire room, so we're going stem-to-stern on this baby. I'm hoping to convince the mom that we should paint the entire shebang inky-gray, but if I can't, we'll go lighter on the walls and dark dark dark on the ceiling. So when this kid looks up at the Nelson lamp at night, it's like he's IN SPACE. And, you know, you can't go wrong with ticking stripes and a wool camp blanket. Nor can you go wrong with an astronomically correct planet mobile and a fabulous orange chair.

Stay tuned: photos of the actual room will be here before you know it.

PS. I'm sorry that I can't provide source info for any of this stuff yet, but, you know, that wouldn't be fair.