If you took a break from watching hurricane coverage Saturday night, then I hope you watched Home by Novogratz. This week Bob and Cortney went to the home of a Manhattan family who needed help creating a space for their 4-year-old triplets. This episode was so kid room design focused that I couldn't find a single excuse to post any of my vacation photos in the write-up.
This room had some great elements in it, but I think the takeaway lesson was this: custom design. When you have a particularly challenging space, one that's very small, needs to fit many kids or function in multiple ways, or has troublesome angles or layout, custom building may be your best solution.
The Novogratz have an awesome carpenter who builds some stunning pieces for them. Remember the indoor slide? This week he built a simple but chic loft bed that was creatively configured to fit two twin beds under it so that the triplets could have a bit more floor space for playing. Bob and Cortney also wanted the kids to have a surface for drawing and creating, so he built an amazing desk with a spot for each child and storage underneath. I love how the depth of the desk top is a bit shallow so that it takes up less floor space.
Custom building may cost more, but the result can make a room look stunning and function so much better. And you can always do it yourself. Yes, you can! Remember this fantastic play loft and this bedroom of nooks and this trio of hanging beds? All these designs, including the triplet's bedroom from Episode 8, just go to show that a space that presents the most constraints initially can turn out to be the most stunning, creative rooms in the end.
Remember to watch Home By Novogratz with me every Saturday night!
(Images: Carol Leggett PR)