This weekend I performed a sacred ceremony of interior design in the digital age in my 2 sons’ room. After I cleaned up the ocean of Lego’s, styled and dusted the shelves (but not under the beds, you may notice), I took pictures, with a tripod, on a timer, natural light only.
I needed the pictures for the Chicago Bungalow Association’s Driehaus Competition. I submitted the photos for the contest in the small project category. They asked what problem I was hoping to solve and I wanted to answer with just this picture:
Their room is a magical, gigantic open space in the attic. When we bought the house 2 years ago, visions of a Goodnight Moon meets Wendy from Peter Pan’s room filled my head, but when I started to try to fill it out with furniture, nothing seemed to work. The side walls were low so everything against the walls needed to be less than about 40 inches. The angled walls were difficult to hang things on, leaving the top half of the room bare. I hated the look of a bunch of stuff around the entire perimeter, and no intuitive storage solutions for the kids’ stuff. So here’s what I came up with, and Nate helped me execute over the last 2 years in tiny increments:
Seeing the room actually clean (with 3 kids it doesn’t stay that way for long) and styled in photos, I feel really happy with the transformation. It doesn’t feel so huge and empty now. The space is broken up into intentional areas that help guide both play and organization. It feels so much warmer now and I think it can grow with them, at least until they want their own walls and doors.
The short doors in the side walls pictured above were removed and drywalled over when we received free insulation throughout our entire house via a program through the CBA. Did you know if you own a bungalow in Chicago (and maybe even just an older home, I’m not sure), you can get your whole house insulated at no cost? They also re-sealed all our doors, replaced a bathroom fan, and drywalled the crawlspace walls. FREE. The electrical company actually collects money on everyone’s monthly bill for this purpose after they were mandated to pay for home efficiency updates throughout Chicago. So, get on that if you have an old home!
It’s really satisfying to see this room come together after 2 years of slowly plugging away on little projects here and there. It definitely has a little of that storybook playroom magic I was hoping for. All it needs is a comb, a brush and a bowl full of mush.