Child's play is hard work. Styling a kid's space for an interiors story or for a catalog means kneeling, crawling - seeing the world thru their eyes. How one kid inhabits his or her room is exactly like no other. The reality of an unmade bed, a game scattered in mid play, and an experiment with toilet paper tubes and bubble wrap that makes sense only to its creator paint the picture of the occupant - when a client understands that level of real. This is my niche. And I love it. Authenticity thru idiosyncrasy breeds a beauty and relatability that is palpable. And my own daughter's room serves as proof of my theory as well as inspiration.
At nine, Nola and her twin brother, Ziggy now have their own rooms which has sparked a frenzy of interior decorating in her second only to Nate Berkus. And, as if inspired by her father's work, she has embraced a sort of Grey Gardens Chic. An unmade bed the centerpiece of the design.
Nola was insistent that her desk not face the wall but rather face her "classroom" - she adores teaching an imaginary class on her way to accreditation (in about 12 years). I was dead set against the furniture shift but humored her. I am the first to admit how right she was.