The Tale of “The Princess and Two Princes of Air, Water & Earth, A Children’s Bedroom Design Story”. Chapter 2: “Prince of the Water”

As our story continues…..Our next Royal Family, a King and Queen, had two beautiful  children with incredible artistic talents fueled and inspired by the Water & Air. This is the story of the eldest, the Prince of the Water. He played melodic Jazz tunes on his saxophone, calming wild mythical creatures, and his Latin beats even got the kitchen staff to boogey. Although rather young, this boy had a sophisticated creative eye, the soul of an artist, with an appreciation for the unusual. (This was all pre-PLAYBOY, by the way).

Our Prince wished for a room where he could display his own artistic pieces, listen to “cool” music, play his saxophone, watch his favorite kid programs including Much Music, chill after a hard day at school learning how to rule his land and slay a dragon or two, and go to sleep under a lovely night sky that reminded him of the sea. He had a 1920’s radio that he cherished. It had been given to him by his late Grandfather, the Big King, and would serve as inspiration for his unique teen boy’s bedroom design.

The Design Fairy Godmother was called upon, three times, and on arrival she began to envision a bedroom for this Prince that would fulfill his wishes, blend his interests, give him storage space for his entertainment, and grow with him. Out came the wand and in came the most talented carpenters, artisans and artists in the land.

She found a brilliant illustration of a sea nymph resting on a rock in the middle of the ocean under a beautiful “sea” sky, by artist, Maxfield Parish. Ahhhhh…the colors! This was the perfect inspiration to paint a “sea” sky on his cove ceiling topped off with a gorgeous “star “ light fixture. He’ll love it!! The treasured 1920’s radio was refinished, and became inspiration to redesign an antique oak 1920’s cabinet into an entertainment/book shelf/ clothing dresser, hand-painted with an art deco burl design as in the classic radio. It was lined with silver lurex “radio” fabric as in the radio, and two pillows were made for his bedding design in this same amazing material. A 1940’s oak desk chair was found and refinished to work with a vintage desk. Shelves were put up to display the Prince’s art with more of his art decorating the walls. A hand-painted custom mirror from Picture It Framed was placed strategically over the fireplace mantle to reflect the details of this innovative teen space (and for the Queen to sneak a peak at her beloved son). The wall color, Benjamin Moore, Ginger Root, was placed below the plate rail to accent the sky above. The Prince of the Water’s pet gargoyle, Bert, sat comfortably on his mantel. The fireplace was filled in and used as a backdrop for a 1920’s headboard, found at the Royal Family’s country estate. Custom “art deco” style bedding, hotel sheets, leather pillows, leather and suede curtains and hello! King Arthur’s Beard!!– A masculine, watery, artful space that would grow with our young Prince!

Our young royal would lie on his bed and gaze at his sky each night, surrounded by things that he created and loved. His friends would come over too, lie on his bed eating Airheads and O’Henry Bars, and yes, admire the sky. Later when the Prince became a young man, he finally left his nurturing space to travel the world, ride unicorns, photograph voluptuous sea nymphs, play the occasional gig, and then came back to rule the kingdom—in his own poetic way of course! But when he went to sleep, he could still see in his mind, the beautiful “sea” sky above his head.

THE END of Chapter 2….now to Chapter 3

© 2012 Andrea Carini

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Michael McDonald
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Transformation: The Prince of the Water’s Edgy Teenage Boy’s Bedroom Retreat

BEFORE: A cove ceiling with plaster issues, dark gum wood trim, a non-functioning ugly fireplace in the middle of the room--Where do you put a bed?

BEFORE: A cove ceiling with plaster issues, dark gum wood trim, 
a non-functioning ugly fireplace in the middle of the room–Where do you put a bed?

DURING: Inspiration comes from this Maxfield Parrish illustration to create a beautiful "sea sky" on the cove ceiling. 

DURING: Inspiration comes from this Maxfield Parrish illustration to create a beautiful “sea sky” on the cove ceiling.

DURING: These Benjamin Moore paint swatches we used in glazes to create this spectacular art ceiling.

DURING: These Benjamin Moore paint swatches we used in glazes to create this spectacular art ceiling.

AFTER: An art deco teen boy's bedroom with tons of personality!

AFTER: An art deco teen boy’s bedroom with tons of personality!

AFTER: An antique 1920's cabinet is rebuilt and redesigned with shelves for books and entertainment, and 5 drawers for clothing and storage. A Maxfield Parrish Sky, Starburst light fixture, custom bedding, and his own teen art make this an adolescent sanctuary.

AFTER: An antique 1920’s cabinet is rebuilt and redesigned with shelves for books and entertainment, and 5 drawers for clothing and storage. A Maxfield Parrish Sky, Starburst light fixture, custom bedding, and his own teen art make this an adolescent sanctuary.

AFTER: custom, handpainted mirror, strategically placed above the fireplace mantel, reflects this "sea sky" in all its glory!

AFTER: custom, handpainted mirror, strategically placed above the fireplace mantel, reflects this “sea sky” in all its glory!

AFTER: Grandfather's 1920's radio that was the catalyst for our design!!!

AFTER: Grandfather’s 1920’s radio that was the catalyst for our design!!!

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The Tale of “Contractor, Contractor, Where Art Thou?”

This is not a story for the faint of heart. Listen well and learn my children.

Once upon a time there was a goodly homeowner who wished for a beautiful new bathroom. One that would never leak into his living room ceiling, damage his floors and put him out of his home for many a moon, as the current old washroom had.

Now, my dears, this is a story known to many unfortunate folk and told again and again until the cows come home. Moo!

Some folks call a friend to discuss the problem and seek advice. Some call their reliable contractor with whom they have an established working relationship. And some call their favorite Design Fairy Godmother (Me!!!) who comes armed with her magic wand, her happy binder for project management, a great contractor and band of merry men (tradesmen and tradeswomen, that is).

Our goodly homeowner, having gotten advice from friends, decided to be his own contractor. Now this could work for those at home weaving flaxen cloth, with time to spare for trades scheduling, and project management. However, most  have fulltime jobs answering to a sometimes grumpy Duke or Duchess who won’t allow the time off.

After many moons, and truly heroic and exhausting attempts at trying to work fulltime and organize this domestic disaster, our goodly homeowner, brought in his Design Fairy Godmother (ME!), as he could no longer stand the plaster dust, the inactivity, or the black Troll Gob he blew into his tissue at night. YUK!

The Design Fairy Godmother (Me!), blew the plaster dust off her wand, designed a lovely new washroom, called in her Contractor Chieftains, and organized all other tradespeople to demolish, reconfigure, renovate and custom build “The Most Beautiful Bathroom in the Land”…….or at least on the street.

Custom cabinets and vanity were designed and custom built, with chrome knobs and handles from Restoration Hardware, granite countertop from ARISTON Marble & Granite LTD; Coach and spa lights from Union Lighting highlighted all features; tub and shower faucets, spout and shower heads from Dupont Plumbing, were lovely sculptural details; gorgeous glass, marble, and granite wall and floor tiles from OLYMPIA Tiles warmed the space; and a custom mirror and framing of original art from Eclectic Gallery decorated the space with sparkle.

The goodly homeowner, moved back into his Sacred Castle. His first shower, in his spectacular new bathroom was an experience like Nirvana, that satiated his wishes and was his dream come true—and there was still a little fairy dust left behind………….

THE END

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Claire Louise Foster
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

The Goodly Home Owner’s Bathroom Reno, A Transformation into a Princely Space.

BEFORE: A Tiny Space, where the door opened into the tub and grazed the sink counter. Okay for Rumplestilskin! Time to re-think, design & reconfigure.

DURING:…And they came with their trusty Hammers, Crowbars, and all other Weapons of Destruction to tear down what was and to  build what will be…

AFTER: A soaker tub with “step for bath supplies and storage niche above with glass shelves.

AFTER: Left; A feature wall, with glass tiles, half shower glass and gorgeous contemporary faucets and shower pieces. Right; Custom Vanity & mirror, Original Art Photography, & tile detail.

AFTER: Left; The original small window removed, transformed into a longer, larger light source created with glass block. Steel Blue glass tile combined with a “frame” of handpainted glass feature tile, harmonize with a black granite (used in floor), lining on the inside of the window.
Right; Granite & marble Floor in diagonal pattern creates an optical illusion of more space. Custom cabinetry utilizes all “dead space” into practical space that fully functions.Design of all cabinetry inspired by  original cabinetry in this 1920’s home.

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • VERY IMPORTANT! If you can’t take the time to be there ALL the time, DON’T try to do it yourself—HIRE SOMEONE competent.
  • IF you have a favorite Interior Designer, she/he would most likely have their own professional Goodly Contractor, and tradespeople, and  he/she will also project manage. If you don’t have one, call or e-mail me …or say my name 3 times and I’ll appear.
  • Make sure your Goodly Contractor has insurance and a license. If he comes highly recommended through someone you know, who has actually had work done by him, then you can pretty well be assured of the contractor’s skill, experience and integrity. Ask to see the work.
  • A really good contractor is usually someone you have to wait for. So be patient and get in line. It will so be worth it!
  • Always get references (at least 3), testimonials and see a portfolio of the Goodly Contractor’s work. His reputation is a valuable asset.
  • A Goodly Contractor will give you a proper written estimate, a complete proposal, broken down with a list of all work he will provide you. Should there be additions or changes, the price will also change. Be aware of what you ask for and be very clear of the scope of your job.
  • A professional contractor will never ask you for 50% of the money up front. Initially it’s about 10-15% for materials up front, depending on the job, so he  can get started.
  • Should you be interviewing Goodly Contractors, meet several and get their estimates. DO NOT take the cheapest deal!!! A Goodly Contractor will not budge on his price as it is based on facts and professional experience. Choose SKILL OVER PRICE…..you will be relieved you did.
  • A most important asset for your Goodly Contractor is his ability to clearly communicate with you, the Goodly Homeowner, and his understanding of the value of this. With this in place, few if any misunderstandings will occur, and constant feedback will help to produce a successful renovation and a good working relationship!
  • Now that you have found your Dream Contractor or Designer, stay with him/her as you already know they are great! Get ready for your next Magical Reno!!