Names: Wylder (2) & Arlo (3 months) Smith
Location: Clinton, Oklahoma
A few weeks back we had the pleasure of touring the home of Meridith and Jason Smith on Apartment Therapy. They've been busy with some serious renovating including their boys', Wylder and Arlo's, rooms and playspace. Let's just say there's already a waiting list of folks requesting to move in! Now, are you ready to see where that ladder goes?
(A pregnant) Meridith and Jason worked overtime to gut an old brick building in Oklahoma and turn it into a dream home for their expanding family. Two kids later and a ridiculous amount of diy under their belts, the Smiths are practically pros - from crafts to decorating to heavy duty renovating and it shows in the creativity displayed throughout their home and especially their boy's spaces.
Since you started with a raw space and essentially built your own spaces for your children, how would you describe the look and feel you were hoping to achieve? Simple and clean in order to spawn creativity, yet fun and livable as well. I've always wanted a welcoming place for kids to play without them having to worry about messing things up.
When the boys outgrow the loft space further along down the road, do you plan to turn it into something else? With all the family and friends we have surrounding us, there will always be children in our lives that will enjoy the space. However, I think that it would make a great sleeping/hangout area for a teenager as well.
Do you have a favorite piece or element in either of the spaces? I really want my boys to grow up with a sense of exploration and travel. So, at the risk of sounding cliche, I really love the maps in both rooms. My mother found the one in Wylder's room at a rummage sale for $5. I think the colors are beautiful. The quilt that is on his bed was made by her, the colors inspired from the map.
As for Arlo's nursery, I wanted to keep with the "go everywhere" theme. The South America map reminds me of the amazing time Jason and I had living temporarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The beautiful pillows (handmade by my sister) are also my favorites in that space. Okay, can I also say the brick wall, too?
What was your biggest indulgence in the construction of these rooms? I think that people don't realize how little we spend on creating our rooms. We both get a kick out of making great spaces on a tiny budget. That being said, we did make sure both rooms had substantial windows bringing a good amount of natural light to both spaces.
What challenges did you face starting from scratch with the construction of your space? For starters, we had to jack up the floors if we were planning on keeping any furniture in a stationary position. Knocking down plaster off of the brick with an air chisel and cleaning it with muriatic acid (wearing goggles, a face mask, and gloves up to my elbows) in Arlo's room was a messy task that I wouldn't want to do again.
What advice would you give to someone designing a nursery or children's room for the first time? Do something that can grow with your kids and that you won't get sick of in two months. I think that kids like order as much as adults, so I would suggest keeping is simple and easy to maintain.
If money were no object, what's your dream shopping source? That's a tough one. I think I would spend all of our money on yards and yards of designer fabrics, making bedding, poufs, pillows...etc. I am constantly drooling over Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler's designs.
- • Platform bed: Walmart
• Crib - Target
• Chest of drawers: vintage from a relative
• Maps: vintage from a school auction
• Fan: vintage
• Bedding: IKEA
• Crib bedding: made by Meridith
- • Bed: thrift store
• Chair and rug: IKEA
• Kitchen: repurposed by Meridith
• Dresser: vintage
• Toy Chest/window seat: handmade family heirloom
• Loft Ladder- repurposed
(Thanks Smith Family!)