My oldest nephew Ben is now 15 years old which makes me feel absolutely ancient. I was 16 when he was born, and I’m pretty certain that he was the first baby I’d ever held. I held him as a teeny tiny baby and promised him lots of Sonic runs and playing with cars. I’m pretty sure I told him that we were going to have lots of fun, too. Therefore he is part mine.
Ben and his family moved into their new house last year and have been doing all kinds of fun projects to their fabulous new abode. I casually mentioned to Ben one day that if he ever wanted help redesigning his space, that I’d love to help. He totally jumped at it, and I have had so.much.fun working with him on it. I thought I’d show you a couple of boards I designed up to give him an idea of how the space would turn out.
First, we sat down and talked about what his needs are. He’s really into music, design, that kind of thing and with a stack of books and vinyl records, he needs storage, big-time. He also has a big keyboard that he’d like to be able to sit at. And of course, a big comfy chair to do homework in or read.
But beyond the basic needs, what kind of style did he want? We started by looking at room images on Pinterest and Houzz and began pulling images for inspiration. Ben really loved the image below left – the colors and materials were awesome, not to mention the overall design. I pulled the image on the right as a color reference.
The best idea that Ben had was doing a fun geometric pattern on the wall. With his room already being a pale grey, it’s going to be super easy to tape it off and paint the triangles in. He also was really attracted to a few different chairs and so I began to build room mockups around that. Here’s the first board I did, based on his original image, and including a photoshopped version of what the wall will look like in his room.
Now, for argument’s sake, I did another board, this time pulling in a few other colors —
I won’t tell you which one he went with — actually, it’s kind of a mishmash of lots of different pieces including some local vintage items I found, but I can’t wait to show you the final result!