"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Inspired Design: Sophisti-kids

 Inspiration and ideas are the only legal things you can take home from a designer showcase house...that and maybe a sudden urge to play the lottery...

And this year, after visiting the designer showcase house at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, my imaginary Kate Spade suitcase was overflowing.

The kid's room, interpreted by designer Airen Holbrook for Eric Brand furnishings and inspired by her muse, Jim Henson, was one of the best.

Three large sculptural lights hung over a gorgeous, sturdy table in the center of the room--perfect for petite picassos and the occasional study sesh.

Two upholstered twin beds were in situated in the room on opposing walls. I loved the "day bed" look that --with a change of comforters could easily grow up with the kids. Storage drawers on the bottom were a thoughtful touch. On the wall, the designer used a light box to create a Mondrian-style mural a'la Sesame Street.

Who's your favorite? Bert or Ernie?

The bed across the room was situated against walls that had been hand painted to look like paneling. Cool, clever, cheap & chic. Love this idea!

Puzzle-piece mirrors reflected the hand painted "wall paper" --and don't miss the cool hanging rope lights against the navy blue wall. Nautical without going overboard (pun intended...).

Colors, fabrics and furniture in the room had a sophisticated edge, but the over all look was pure whimsy and fun. Creativity reigned.

On the entry area to the rooms, walls were again covered with pencil sketching --totally cool. Although it would make it hard to explain to the kids why they weren't allowed to join in...

Another economical solution perfect for almost any room -and well suited to rental properties as well!

On a very simple mirror, some clever soul had applied the words to Kermit's favorite song...this has weekend project written all over it -literally. 

Why do they have to grow up so fast?


  1. Wow - love this room. I want to live there as a big kid! Favorite piece is the mirror with Kermit's favorite song! Thanks for more inspiration Bonnie - may take on the mirror project with my own favorite song!

  2. The designer is Airen Holbrook who works for Eric Brand. Mr. Brand's furniture was used but the room was put together by Ms. Holbrook. I agree that this room was a real highlight of the design showcase house.

  3. Thanks for the heads-up Anonymous!! I double checked with the designer showcase house but must have received slightly incorrect information! I will happily make the change -and appreciate your input! I thought the room was terrific!


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