Congratulations! Adding a new member to your family is one of the most exciting events that will happen in your life. Whether it is an addition to your own or you are getting a room ready for grandkids or guests it’s important to create a space for an infant that is safe and conducive to all of their activities! Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting a room together for your little one:
- Start with a bare space. Take every item in the room out, clean the windows, wipe down the sills and the baseboards. If we aren’t doing anything to the walls then I like to clean any scuffs off with Magic Eraser or another wall cleaning product.
- Decide whether you want to decorate incorporating the baby’s sex or if you want to keep it gender neutral.
- Create an inspiration board with photos that include colors, furniture styles, shapes, patterns, and motifs that you enjoy. Look at blogs, magazines, and books – skip the retail catalogues, they don’t get personal enough.
- Step back from your inspiration board. What do you like about each picture?
- Decide on your crib ensemble first. (bumper pad, dust ruffle, sheets, etc.)
- Based on what you’ve decided already, pick out your furniture: crib, chest, changing table, and rocker/glider. What other additional storage might you need? A toy chest? A hamper?
- Outfit the bedroom closet. There’s no need to be able to fit adult size clothing in there! Leave enough hanging space for onesies and other adorably tiny clothes! Install shelves with bins and other organizing tools for the remaining clothes, itty bitty accessories, and bulk diaper containers.
- Decide on the theme of your room! Do you want to pass on your love of animals to your child? Perhaps your passion for the stars and planets! Thinking about a more sophisticated space? Try an english garden theme or a sailing theme where you can create a backdrop that’s more subtle and bring the theme to life through bright accents.
- Add color to the walls. Pick out wallpaper or a paint color that will work with your theme. Think about thick horizontal stripes – they will add color and pattern without being overwhelming. If you want to use wallpaper, keep it to a minimum so the room doesn’t get too busy. Consider bold graphics for a more sophisticated nursery!
- Take a sample from the wallpaper or fabric that you’ve chosen when you make your baby registry.
- Decide on the style and fabric for your window treatments – you want to pick something out that will have longevity so that your child can use them as he or she grows. Also, you might want to incorporate blackout curtains, shutters, or layer the fabrics in the window to reduce light for your infant.
- Creating a room on a budget? Utilize other furniture from your house, attic, or a donated piece from a friend then paint it and change the knobs to give it a whole new life.
- Don’t forget your bathroom! Install a high faucet (they start at $150) so baby can bathe comfortably.
Julie Soefer has been the photographer for so many years at Creative Touch that she’s starting to blend in with the furniture. (Ok, no more interior design jokes, I promise!) Every home that Julie shoots for us there are a plethora of unbelievable photos. And no one has a better eye than Julie for details.
When Julie’s shots arrive in the office we pour over them to study every detail – the shafts of light, the curve of a chair foot, the depth of patterned fabric. So often, though, we end up using the photos that capture the entirety of the room. What happens to all those detail photos? Well, it means we get to feature her here!
Warm sundrenched colors graced the living room of a traditional home; golds, burgundy reds, and accents of navy created a formal space that was starting to seem dated. In the hot Houston summers, the family tended to steer clear of this room, even though they needed the space.
With three daughters (12, 8, and 4 years old) running the home everyday activities can get kind of raucous. The room needs to address all kinds of family needs including a formal living room, game nights, musical practice room, and entertaining space for both adult events and an annual slumber party for the girls and their friends.
Whenever we design a room we put together our design board and build our layout for the room on AutoCAD. Take a look at these sumptuous steel blue neutrals paired with cool browns. Our layout for this room is going to take this square footage from faded to fabulous.
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A home office requires a couple of necessities: desk, filing cabinet, chairs, good lighting, and a bookcase. Putting together a home office for the a music label mega-mogul is slightly more complicated because we had to incorporate guitars, microphones, a sound system, rock star mementos, a lounge area and a conference table. Oh yeah, and the desk, filing cabinet, chairs, lighting, and many, many bookcases.
This study was actually two rooms divided up into several different living spaces by activity. A conference table was placed under the expansive views of the rolling hills of Austin, two flatscreen TVs (complete with video game hookup), our client’s desk, and a lounge area with enough space for partial band setup. Not to mention the motherboard of a KILLER sound system that ran through the entirety of the house. From the study closet, you can control the sound of any room in the entire house and the outdoors area.
The décor for the office was just as unique. Gold and platinum records hung from the walls by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, and George Strait. Simple and heartfelt details were added to the shelves to provide surprising details to any onlookers.
I have to admit – it WAS difficult to restrain myself from hopping on Twitter when I picked up the Taylor Swift Tour Book which included intimate details about her travels, but you have to give me SOME credit…I was a complete professional.
The room turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself! BUT, you don’t get to see the finishing product yet – you have to wait until we do our official unveiling in January!
Older homes pose a host of challenges, none more exciting than an odd-shaped room. Sometimes this room can be an old storage space that was finished or perhaps it gained its’ shape from enlarging an adjacent room during remodeling. Like that strange relative you don’t know where to seat at the party, it’s sometimes hard to find a way to incorporate this odd room into the rest of the home.
A homeowner approached us with an L-shaped room recently; the room had such a tiny door opening – only 28 inches! It had become a repository for any old furniture that could fit and had been overrun with children’s toys making it difficult for adults to even enter the room.
This odd, L-shaped room needed to function as a home office and a child’s playroom. This multi-functional space required measurements of all office equipment so that an autocad drawing could be created. Assessing the room I could tell, like that wierd relative, that it had redeeming qualities and all it needed was a quick makeover so it could fit in!
The walls were painted a creamy yellow and a custom-built desk was commissioned to house the computer, shredder, files, and office supplies. (Thank you David Gunn and Gunn Construction!) The TV was then secured to the wall above a custom low-level cabinet which hide electrical components safely while open shelving stores fabric-lined baskets for toys and puzzles. Bright green bookcases also help to store children’s books and games. A pair of custom armless slipper chairs in a small-scale fit through the door, but are large enough so that an adult can sit in them without feeling like they are visiting their child’s elementary school classroom. The fabric is a classic – time-tested, 100% durable cotton in an adorable polka-dot pattern and accented with bright geometric pillows. (We added casters to the legs to allow for ease of mobility!)
Peggy wanted to take advantage of the apartments’ best asset, the expansive, floor to ceiling windows that allowed the resident to take in the panoramic views of downtown. The length of the living room called for several seating areas, allowing a multi-functional space to be created through careful furniture arrangement. Peggy recommends, “…diagonal design for furniture placement also allows for the best advantage to see the views from all areas.” The Creative Touch team came together to create a design board with a palette that pulled in various fabrics and textures, metals, and woods. They also incorporated accessories which reflected the multi-cultural downtown area and enhanced the architectural lines of the space.