Before: Cramped Family RoomJoy and Cole Portis and their three children live in a 15-year-old brick colonial home in Montgomery, Ala. Joy has decorated most of the house with sophisticated colors and styles. When it comes to designing a playroom for the children, she's drawing a blank. Joy and Cole would like to transform their upstairs den and enclosed porch into a functional, stylish children's den and play area that can also double as a guest room. Their budget for the project is $25,000.
After: Light and AiryThe homeowners decide to use the expertise of Stephenia Walker, who proposes custom furnishings in a style that blends with the sophisticated look of the rest of the house. The new children's den features a custom entertainment cabinet with extra storage for toys and a sectional sofa that can be pulled together to form a bed. The playroom now has custom built-in storage units and stylish window treatments that frame the windows without obstructing the view. By taking an eclectic approach that blends tradition with whimsy, Walker has given the Portis family an elegant yet playful space that appeals to the young as well as the young at heart.
custom entertainment center (fabric: #912, Soma Sunglow, Mitchell Gold) - A-1 Custom Upholstery
wall sconces (Vendome Triple Light); chandelier (La Cage French Chinoiserie) - Circa Lighting
woven window shades (Old Style Roman Fold, Harvest Style, Horizons) - Avondale Distributors, Inc.
drapery rods (#FINSBC, Antique Drapery Rod Co.); drapery rings (#RIN27T, Antique Drapery Rod Co.) - Crawford's Decorative Fabrics & Furniture
area rug (imported wool) - Oriental Accents
countertop (Wilsonart, Gibraltar #9040MG) - United Plywood
backless/armless stools (Farmer's Stool) - Zentique
modular seating, sofa, ottoman, pillows (Dr. Pitt #581-059, 159, 091, 095); solid fabric (Parsonage Umber); striped fabric (Diego Vermillion) - Mitchell Gold
Before: Not Enough StorageTo provide more space for the kids to play, they want to get rid of the fireplace in the middle of the room and add some more storage.
After: Built-In CabinetsFloor pillows and armless chairs now fill the space left by the removal of the fireplace. The natural wood cabinets add storage and warmth to the room.