During a recent project, Steve and I were faced with an interesting dilema. The home that our clients purchased had a tiny little room off of the living room. We gave our clients several suggestions of what it could be:
A bar? Our clients informed us that they don't drink. An office? There was a nice office on the second story in the library. A kids' craft room? Too messy by the living room. A music room? No, they already had the piano in the living room. A garden room? It was too dark.....
BEFORE: What to do with this little room?
BEFORE: When our clients bought their home this room was a dark bar. Since our clients didn't drink, we would have to find a different purpose for this cozy space.
After all of these suggestions, we decided to wait and give the solution some time. As we spent more time with our clients grew, we were given many opportunities to see their relationship with their children. In a while the use for the little room started to come together. Our clients were very interested in creating spaces in their home that would support their children's natural curiosity: a library filled with classic books and American historical documents, a children's planting garden, an entry with a center table stacked with books of the works of great inventors and artists.
Then one day our clients started talking about their family vacations and how much fun it was to see the world through their children's eyes. Steve got this funny look on his face. That's it! The Map Room : a place for our clients to explore the world with their children.
We hung a series of aged USGS maps on the wall. All of the maps are of significant places to our clients' lives....
Several maps show the hiking trails that surround our clients' home. There is no glass on the maps so that the children can put pins in the locations that they have already explored.
Two Houser Leather Wing Chairs by Dessin Fournir and a beautiful Windsor Smith "St. Andrews Ottoman" covered in Travers "Pompadour Velvet" create a cozy space to research their next family adventure.
We covered the walls in Hinson Burlap in Khaki. The drapery fabric is Lee Jofa "Isley Stripe" in Olive #2008148-30. The antique brass drapery hardware is by Christopher Hyland. We also used my favorite picture lights by Circa lighting.
On a recent visit to our clients' home, I was so excited to see one of the map books open on the ottoman. The kids were enjoying this room as we had hoped!
As our clients live in their home, we look forward to seeing how the Map Room gets filled with the mementos of our clients' adventures with their children.