Ginger Curtis did not plan to live in his home around 1901 in Fort Worth, Texas. However, when the architectural plan for the complete refurbishment she intended appeared, the founders of Urbanology Designs realized that her original home, where she fell in love with her, would disappear. So she pivoted and decided to move her family home and remodel it little by little. Challenge: Adapting her family of seven to a three-bedroom structure. She needs to take advantage of every corner of her existing home without expanding her footprint.
The sleep arrangements needed special attention. Ginger and her husband, Eric, took one bedroom. Their older daughters, Madison (17) and Lily (18), got something else. Daughter Avery (11) and youngest son Asher (8) find that they do not share the third room very happily (the couple’s eldest son, Tyler, is stationed abroad with the Navy). .. Then inspiration was born. Ginger realized that he could turn the unused space at the top of the stairs into the sleeping corner of Asher. However, some work is required to turn a micro-opening, which has a tired carpet and is completely unattractive, into a cozy room.
As a veteran DIYer, Curtis knew that he could work on the project himself without the help of an expert. First, they paneled the entire alcove with a wide board of maple that they cut themselves.Next, Ginger used Asher’s eight-year-old interests as a decoration inspiration, with dinosaurs. Put Indiana Jones (Hello Safari Tent Curtain!) Into the room. Here’s how she changed her previous storage space:
Warm with wood
“It’s a very small space. I wanted to keep things tidy and not too busy with many transitions of material, so I stuck to one material on every surface,” says a simple woodgrain ginger on a maple board. increase. “I didn’t want the dark stripes or anything that would overwhelm this little room. The bright but neutral colors of maple feel very organic yet pleasing.”
Create one big gesture
If you want to turn a standard children’s room into an imaginative place, Ginger says he will focus on key parts of the visual drama, such as indoor hammocks, or wallpapered ceilings with in-flight cranes. Here, the element is the alcove that surrounds the alcove. “Asher said she wanted to feel like a fortress, so she came up with the idea of making a curtain out of a drop Cloth,” she explains. It is nailed directly to the ceiling and closes the corners completely. “When you sit in bed and look into it, it looks like a safari tent,” she adds.
Rethink room staples
Ginger was fortunate to have a shelf built into this space, but even a basic bookshelf can be a smart storage with the right trash can. Here, a soft rope container holds most of Asher’s clothes, creating a simple closet system that is easy for children to maintain. The toys are hidden in a more sturdy wooden trash can and woven basket. Who needs a wardrobe anyway?
The designer has also added wheels to Asher’s custom platform bed so she can relocate the room to suit her needs. “If he wants to play, he can push the bed with one finger, completely flush with the wall and open the entire front of the room to create a small activity zone.”
Go vintage to avoid kitsch
If your child is anxious for a themed bedroom, Ginger suggests offering something special depending on their interests. In Asher’s room, she attaches to her son Indiana Jones by hanging her grandfather’s hat (Indy’s dead ringer) on the wall and displaying an antique three-sided clock on her shelves. I nodded. Similarly, she recommends refining eBay and Etsy for vintage wall art. Batman The poster will satisfy your child’s desires and still fill the atmosphere with the sensibility of adult decoration.
Nix hard wiring
One of the first on Ginger’s Renovation Punch List: An unsightly can light. This was not practical for low ceilings. “They were very ugly,” she says. To avoid the cost of hard wiring for wall-mounted sconces, she chose her cozy plug-in table lamp and hung an IKEA clip light from a hook next to the bed.
Mix and match bedding
Mustard quilts and buffalo check throws are neutral enough to throw pillows in combination with a variety of sheets and include subtle dinosaur pattern linen that makes your son smile. For themed (but not coordinated) bedding, Ginger prefers understated prints to facial motifs. “I didn’t create a complete green dinosaur theme,” she says. “It’s this little moment of the pattern.”