Designing for children can be a potential nightmare for an interior designer. How do you tap into the psyche of a toddler, and create a room that will ignite their imaginations, as well as grow with their ever-evolving tastes and interests? New York designer Jennifer Coleman of JKC Designs accomplished exactly that in this magical loft space for an outgoing Tribeca four-year-old.
The room is put together but not themed. It’s age-appropriate and transitional. Enjoy Jennifer Coleman’s whimsical work on the fairy-tale loft, along with the rest of this hip family’s fun, NYC space.
The clients wanted Coleman to create a special room for their daughter, who had outgrown her nursery, that would be a perfect fit for their child’s creative and outgoing personality. This budding artist needed the space to practice her performances.
A child-sized costume closet, filled with princess dresses, tutus, as well as props on the shelves, serves as both dressing room and green room. The “stage” is complete with fully-functioning draperies and lighting. Stairs with storage drawers lead up to a lofted bed and reading nook, maximizing every inch of Manhattan real estate.
The munchkin-sized fun isn’t confined to the childrens’ bedrooms. The family’s living room features a play area, complete with a magnetic chalkboard.
The rest of the living room is just as kid-friendly, while still maintaining a chic, tailored style. Coleman’s designs in the living room incorporated many items the clients had already collected, but also added fun details to create a totally new look. The clients’ Hermes scarves were used to cover pillows on the sofa.
Adjacent to the living room is the powder room. It simmers thanks to the metallic walls and a custom-etched mirror by JKC Designs. This bathroom mixes up the grown-up aesthetic with a playful work of art featuring childhood favorite Hello Kitty.
The master bedroom features a dramatic, curved headboard upholstered in white patent leather. Jennifer placed it in front of black-on-black striped wallpaper for maximum effect. White-lacquered night stands with nickel lamps and black string shades flank the bed and complete the glamorous feel of the room. While the rest of the house embraces and caters to the fun of family life, this is the one room in the home that’s adults only.