Cristal Nell was 4 months pregnant when she contacted me. She and her husband Garett
had just moved into a beautiful brand new house, but they were eating off a card table.
The TV was sitting on the floor, and their 3-year old son, Gabe, was happily sprawled
out with legions of toys overflowing from every corner. It was time for them to turn
this house into a home.
Their daily lives were kid-centered, so when tackling their interior, they decided to
focus on the areas where they spent the most time: the family room and the eating area
off the kitchen. The key was to find pieces that were sturdy and child-proof; the furniture
needed to stand up to their active lifestyle, which included messes and spills. The other
challenge was to provide the Nells with adequate toy storage so that there was a place for
everything; even if they were not normally put away, there was at least the option to hide
the toys if need-be. Cristal described her style as leaning more toward the traditional,
so we used rich colors and detailed lines but nothing overly elaborate. And to protect the
family and the earth from toxic fumes, we used Eco-friendly paints (Benjamin Moore Natura)
throughout the project.
In the end, baby Scarlet was born, and we were able to create a comfortable and
budget-friendly interior that kids as well as parents can enjoy.