Sometimes I get the privilege of working with families on numerous houses and rooms as they move and grow. I was contacted by one such client, Susan, with the request to work on room #3 for her daughter, Rachel. The family wanted to move their son into Rachel’s previous room, which was larger, as Rachel would soon be moving off to college. They wanted to keep the space nice for her to call her own when returning from school for the holidays and summer breaks.
As you can see, we started with a blue gray blank canvas, which had worked well for her brother but was not what Rachel had in mind. There was also the challenge of incorporating a comfortable homework area into this small space. Rachel’s request was a hunter green and neutral palette that would reflect her talented artistic personality which included a love of music and the theater.
Rachel is an Austin native, current UT student, and active musician. She studies Vocal Performance and is also earning a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas to feed her love of literature (especially Shakespeare!) and classics. When she is not busy singing classical music for her major, Rachel performs indie and jazz music at local coffee shops and restaurants under her stage name, Ray O’Ryan. She is also active in the recording studio and released an album of original music, entitled “Pound of Flesh” (a reference to Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice) last June. Rachel’s other hobbies include creating visual are in a variety of medium, cooking, and tea tasting. She also loves finding new favorite coffee shops and trying strange foods, so she is glad to live in Austin!
In the end, I think we were able to accomplish everything Rachel wanted and she certainly agreed. There is no doubt that this room’s occupant loves music, Shakespeare and Van Gogh.
When working with kid or teen spaces, I always prefer to talk to them personally to find out about their interests and talents. This ensures that the end result will be a space they will love living in for as long as possible, even though they grow up so fast and their tastes will inevitably change a couple of times at least. Rachel’s daybed has been a constant fixture for the past couple of room redesigns we’ve done for her, and it allowed us to really maximize space for this room. We were also able to refinish the desk and dresser rather than buying new. Thinking ahead for things like case goods will allow some pieces to stay in future redesigns, resulting in a more budget-friendly project.
Creating spaces you love to live in,