Meg Duerksen and her five children, ages ranging from 13 to 4. Location:
You may remember Meg's room from our recent Kids' Colors Contest. Many of you requested a complete room tour, as three teaser photos weren't enough to get the complete scope of this gorgeous room. Meg was gracious enough to comply and we have to say the rest of the room is as lovely, well thought out and colorful as we knew it would be.
The playroom, which serves double-duty as a guestroom, serves her five children. The design is warm and inviting. Of it, Meg says...
My design style is...Pottery Barn meets flea market? I don't really know. I love looking at new things but I tend to buy something that is used or has a vintage feel. Having five children I need and want my home to feel cozy and comfortable. I try to make everything kid friendly. I am pretty relaxed person so scratches and dings on furniture is usually not a big deal to me.
This room had been so busy and dark before...I wanted to use a lot of color in my decor and white and off-white walls would make that easy. The lighter paint keeps it bright and filled with light. I had the 'Where the Wild Things Are' print before I started and wanted to find a way to work that into the room. This is a guest room and also our children's playroom. I wanted a spot where we could all read together, so we created one.
Over the years, Meg has picked up pieces she's loved and pulled them together nicely, and she adds, "I would say that's how I have done every room in our home. Slowly over time filling my home with things that I love - not things I bought to sit in that one spot for 10 years."
As for the specific items in the room, the duvet was sewn together using 2 sheet sets from Target; the pink Chenille spread is a flea market find and all the pillows were sewn a vintage baby quilt, old scraps Meg already had and even her old red faux fur coat. Being the handy DIY-er that she is, Meg also made all of the curtains and the lampshade. The lamp itself was found at a local antique store and purchased for only $7. The eye catching red READ letters are from Hobby Lobby and were originally gold leafed. Meg spray painted them with Kilz followed by red spray paint.
And several items in the room have been repurposed or recycled, as well. The bed's headboard is actually the gate of the family's first garden. The chairs in the room were found in the trash a few blocks down from Meg's house and the white cabinet under the map belonged to her 85-year-old neighbor who wanted to throw it away.
Finally, we asked Meg to give us advice on how approach the nursery/playroom process and she replied,
"Having five children I know how quickly their tastes change from what YOU like to what THEY like. When decorating their bedrooms, even when they are very young I try to include them in many of the choices. They feel important and a proud of their room. It also keeps them from wanting to change everything after a year. Acknowledge that kids are going to jump on beds or have pillow fights and make heir rooms flexible and comfortable to let that happen.
Storage. Storage. Storage. If kids have a specific place for their toys they will be able and more willing (I think) to keep it cleaned up. Making your home child friendly makes everyone who comes in feel cozy and welcome."
Thank you for sharing, Meg!