Jake (who's name has not been changed for the purposes of this story since it is plastered on his wall in very large letters and you are very smart and would probably figure out that his name is Jake very quickly) is a 4 year old living with his parents who's names also start with J and he is delightful, as are his parents. I call them J3.
J3 are my favorite kind of clients: trusting. Like, super trusting. Like, "I am your minion" trusting. Like, "You don't even have to ask me, just do what you want to do" trusting. (I'm going to ask them anyway; I'm not a monster). They are also sweet, smart, incredibly hard working, and sweet. And sweet. They hired me to work in Jake's room first, but we're all pretty sure I'll end up working in the whole house which is fine by me. Nothing not to love in this house. Just wait until you see their backyard!
Jake's room is small with sweet details like that wainscoting, crown molding, and those plantation style shutters. It's got good hardwood floors that come together in the corners in a herringbone pattern. It's only issue is that the closet doors take up a lot of floor real estate, making one corner of the room impossible to use but I'm going to fix that and then it is going to be awesome.
Awesome for Jake means a room that will grow with him (the family thinks they'll be there for at least the next 5 years), that can house all his toys (so they can stop spilling over into the living room), and that nurtures and reflects his awesomely balanced approach to life; this kid is an athlete and a reader in addition to being a snazzy dresser. We have connected deeply with our mutual love of football and baseball, me with my Red Sox and Patriots and him with his, oh, every team in the country. One of my tasks is to figure out how to give him access to his many many team jerseys and helmets while making them look good. I'm hoping the solution involves an antique locker.
None of us want to make the room too BOY or YOUNG or ATHLETIC; nothing literal or theme-y. All of us want the floor plan to work better (well, maybe not Jake - he doesn't seem to notice things like floor plans). Here are some of the sketches and ideas I presented before they said something like, "Thismakesusincrediblyhappydowhateveryouwant!"
I wanted to evoke the locker room without, you know, installing a locker room. The vents in the locker echo the louvered shutters and closet doors, which I'm happy about. The rag rug is a humble and old way to cover floors, and I want his room to feel rooted rather than trendy. The new corner window seat will house books underneath it and encourage reading and daydreaming in the sun. I hope. The new bi-fold doors will give us more floor space. The bed against the wall will be cozier and allow the whole family to snuggle and read without falling off. We'll turn the toy chest on it's side to make a bedside table and more storage. We'll keep the bed and dresser and add a mirror and some lights; a balanced mixture of vintage and new, like every room should be.
The only thing I have to figure out now is how to replace all those jerseys with Red Sox ones!