Art-Fueled, Playful, Kid Heaven

Art-Fueled, Playful, Kid Heaven

Jill Slater
Apr 5, 2013

Name: Mae (10) and Marius (8)
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Room Size: 2 bedrooms, 250-300 square feet

When Marius goes to his friend's house, he's not allowed to eat strawberries near the kitchen counters for fear of staining. Marius' parents, Sophie and Michael, have a wildly different approach to homemaking and kid raising and fun is a big part of it.

Each room, including Marius and Mae's bathroom brims with toys, artwork, and potential adventure. There is no designated playroom because much of the 4-story brownstone satisfies any and all urges to imagine, invent, and explore. A prime piece of evidence for this theory is the trapeze hanging from the living room ceiling!

Sophie and Michael have built a home together that isn't too precious. It's an open invitation to play of all sorts. On weekends the family goes on "treasure hunts" haunting upstate auctions for old relics. Mae and Marius enjoy the thrill of the hunt as much as their parents and have learned how to bid on items for sale.

The family aesthetic that recognizes and celebrates vintage signage, someone else's trash, inherited furniture and art swaps is easy to admire. The kids see beauty and fun in many forms. Their physical environment is a launch pad for creativity—colorful and full of love. It seems like anything is possible here.

A family that plays together stays together.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Playfull, messy most of the time, bright. The rooms are like the kids—their personality comes through.

What is your favorite piece or element?

Marius loves his bunkbed/fort. Mae likes the desk Michael made for her although she always ends up doing her homework on the kitchen table.

I love the animal prints from Sharon Montrose.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
To have enough storage. I'm not sure there is such thing as enough storage…

What do your friends say about the room?
The rooms are like the kids, their personality comes through all the little details.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?

It really depends on the age. Don't project what you would want. Let them express themselves.

What, if any, are your additional plans for the room?

No plans; the room evolves with the need and taste of the child. They take ownership and that's a good thing.

If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I like to mix and match. I don't have a dream source. I like to find things unexpectedly. I love surprises!

Source List:

  • Animal Photographs by Sharon Montrose
  • Bookshelves/mini-library, desk, bunked night stands designed by Oeuf Design, Michael and Sophie's design company for children's clothing and furniture.
  • Canopy bed from IKEA

For Sophie and Michael's full house tour, check out Sophie and Michael Collect, Enjoy and Live.

Thanks, Sophie and Michael!

(Images: Jill Slater)


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