Shea and the team at Studio McGee have been working on this project for four years, the hilltop Estate, and the fact that the customers had three small ones kids in tow proved to be a unique design challenge. How do you design a nursery for a four-year-old, knowing that they will move in when they are eight?
“I’m so glad we’ve designed a space that’s growing well. It appeals [the importance of] choose transitional pieces that can be changed through textiles and color palette.
The girls’ room has a soft palette of neutral tones such as light turquoise blue and faded gold. To incorporate one of her favorite colors, blush pink, in a sophisticated way, Shea was inspired by the beach photo hanging above the bed. That color was replicated on the ceiling, Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball. “Color doesn’t just have to be on all four walls,” says Shea, “you can think about adding an accent to the ceiling.”
One of Shea’s favorite moments in this room is the wallpaper-covered fitted wardrobes, Cloud Toile by Schumacher. “It’s a gold metallic cloud wallpaper that adds a pattern [to the space]. It is an interesting wallpaper that provides a good background for our client as her interests change.” See more of this space in webisode three of the Hilltop Estate project, and follow below as we explore two other kid-centric spaces in the home.
In the boys’ roomspatterned sheets and wall-mounted football art give the space personality. A “dimensionsional work of art” is a fun way to get the customer character in the design without adding more art to the wallsjust like board and batten die is used in different ways in each of the rooms. Industrial plug-in sconces add accidents to the rooms with exposed cords and switches. And a neutral wall color, Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards, lets all the design elements have their own moment in their own right.
Use indoor and outdoor rugs in child-oriented areas for an extra layer of durability without compromising on style.
The children’s homework room doubles as a gathering space, with a deep cozy sofa, wall-mounted television and bean bags. There are walls of windows on either side of the room, one overlooking the pool, the other with a putting green. A built-in desk area is for more serious work, but “I have a feeling [homework] will never be finished [these views]Shea jokes.
The client didn’t want low-hanging lighting fixtures in the space, so Shea and the design team used repeated recessed brass fixtures to draw the eye upwards. “This is a great tip if you are trying to redecorate your home. It adds a lot of visual interest,” notes Shea.