Francis and Jane Create from Scratch for Growing Family

Francis and Jane Create from Scratch for Growing Family

Jill Slater
Nov 14, 2012
Name: Lucas (16 months), Anais (6), & Nicholas (13)
Location: Civic Center (south of Canal Street, east of Tribeca), New York City Room Size: Lucas — 15'x7', Anais — 7'x12', Nicholas — 15'x12'

Francis is an internationally recognized architect and Jane is a talented children's clothing designer. Not surprisingly, they've excelled at carving out mini-kingdoms for each of their three children, out of what was once a hallway, an alcove, and part of the dining room.

Having long ago rented a loft in an overlooked neighborhood, Jane and Francis have a lot of square footage with which to work. Still, it requires creativity and patience to figure out how to create private spaces that make each child feel special and well-cared for. Each of the children's bedrooms bursts with color. The hand of the two older children is evident in key areas. They have been given the opportunity to make their mark and that's what stands out the most.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room/these rooms?
Soft, Cute, Fun, Cozy, Sweet; Fun and Boyish.

What is your favorite piece or element?
Mine will be all the paintings by my daughter, hers will be flowers hanging from the ceiling. For Lucas — the floating boxes on the wall and he likes the rabbit night light. For Nicholas, I like the wall drawings and he likes his skull and animal collection.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The size of the room for Anais and Lucas and light for Nicholas.

What do friends say about the room?
"Very cute and sweet", they want Lucas' room, and they "loooooove the mural" in the Nicholas' room.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Think long term and simple. Never make it too themed, and for older kids, let them have some input (but not too much).

What, if any, are your additional plans for the room?
None for the moment for the two younger kids, but perhaps a bunk bed with desk underneath for Nicholas.

If money were no object, what would be your dream source?
My imagination.


  • Most furniture and shelving in kids' rooms built by Francis D'Haene

  • Lucas' crib by Oeuf

  • Tree wallpaper by Inke Heiland

  • Nicholas' desk by IKEA

  • chair by Maarten Van Severen for Vittra

Thank you Francis and Jane! For a tour of the rest of Francis and Jane's loft , check out Francis and Jane Adapt a Loft to a Growing Family on Apartment Therapy.

(Images: Jill Slater)


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