The winners from the 2009 Design Excellence Awards by KC Home Design Magazine were published in their July/August issue with the fantastic finished wood cover.  I get asked quite a bit about the projects I was honored for so thought I would share them here!

A baby’s room I designed for a sweet little girl won the Silver in the Specialty Rooms category.  I am always tickled pink to watch my clients see their homes in print. They get such a kick out of it!  The big question is, “Can we enough copies for all of our friends and family?”

One copy of the mag is going straight to a little girl’s baby book. What a lovely and memorable page that will make for years to come!

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Not available in the mag are thes “Before” and “After” shots.  Wow!!!

But before you look….

It is fun to know the client wanted to bring black into her baby’s room…AND she didn’t want a color commitment on the walls!   She wanted it to sing, “baby girl,” but not at such a high volume that it would be overwhelming.  She needed a rocker, but not the typical eye-sore rocker.  Once for storage, I saw this room needed some major changes.

My design solutions?  First, I love the challenge of making black work in a baby’s room!  I brought it into rich accent pieces that my Client can use throughout her entire home in the future, but that are soft enough for the baby room for today.  For the walls I chose a glass bead wallpaper and had panels created for a bit of sparkle and elegance.   A comfortable rocker big enough for Daddy to also sit in, soft sconces on remote control so they could be turned on and off without disturbing Baby and silk and linen drapes make even trips in the wee hours lovely.  Where is the changing table you ask?  In the armoire, of course…all tucked away.

The space is now gorgeous for Mommy to enjoy and peacefully cradle a happy child.  In the future it can even lend itself to a toddler or guest room.

 

"BEFORE" Crib corner.

"BEFORE" Crib corner.

"AFTER" Crib corner.

"AFTER" Crib corner.

"BEFORE" Storage corner.

"BEFORE" Storage corner.

"AFTER" Storage corner.

"AFTER" Storage corner.

"BEFORE" Window area.

"BEFORE" Window area.

"AFTER" Window area.

"AFTER" Window area.

"BEFORE" Empty wall.

"BEFORE" Empty wall, but nice legs!

"AFTER" Now a functional and pretty wall!

"AFTER" Now a functional and pretty wall!

I just love how this shot turned out.

I just love how this shot turned out.

I really wanted to give a baby gift so i took scraps of fabric after the drapes, chair and bedding were made and made little clothes for these sweet little bunnies I found.  The one on the right foreground I added gold wings to.

I really wanted to give her a special baby gift so I selected scraps of fabric from the drapes, chair and bedding after they were made, and created little clothes for these sweet bunnies I found. The one on the right foreground I added gold wings to.

Her little "coat" I made is from the same fabric as the crib's bedskirt. She may get a little toasty...

I added her eyelashes and her little "coat" I made is from the same fabric as the crib's bedskirt. She may get a little toasty...

Thank you again for the awards KC Home Design and such an honorable award.