Nothing says design challenge like an awkward space that carries big décor expectations. So when Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Los Angeles-based design firm LIFE.STYLE were asked to transform their client’s attic in their English Tudor home into a kid-friendly space for hosting their grandchildren, the designers knew they had their work cut out for them. Yet smart carpentry designs, a cohesive colour palette, and a mix of whimsical and sophisticated details enabled a small, cramped space to become a perfect place for sleepovers and play.
Wollack and Zwickl’s clients, a retired couple with grandchildren, wanted to take their awkward attic space and transform it into a functional area for the children to play, as well as a space to host small overnight guests.
“Ultimately, they wanted to use this space as a place for the grandkids,” share the designers. “The goal for them was to fit a lot of kids into the room for slumber parties.”
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“Maximizing the number of possible sleeping areas was the most important task,” says Wollack. “We were able to utilise the space by incorporating two twin beds with pull-out trundles into the room.”
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Incorporating sleeping and storage needs into the architecture frees up floor space and prevents the need for free-standing furniture. “This is a tricky area because of the sloped ceilings,” say the designers. “We were able to maximise the space by designing a large built-in on the window wall which provides a ton of room for storage and organisation.”
A fun, whimsical wallpaper applied to the walls and sloped areas of the ceiling help the awkward planes feel cohesive, while adding a compelling visual detail which is echoed in the star shape of the room’s overhead light fixture.
“We wanted the room to be youthful, refined, and timeless,” says Zwickl. “We kept the colour palette neutral, but mixed prints and patterns in the pillows and the Roman shade keep it fresh and interesting.”
Utilising every square inch of the attic enabled the designers to maximise possible capacity, even designing the room’s window seat between the new built-ins to be large enough to sleep an additional person, if needed.
Smart styling of the room’s bookshelves make the space both adult-like and kid-friendly. “We made sure to incorporate fun accessories to keep both the adults and kids intrigued with the space,” the designers tell us.
Brass detailing throughout further unites the elements of the space, resulting in a pleasing design we can only imagine is totally kid and client-approved.