Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Interview That Inspired The Big Boy's Bedroom Design & The Final Result

before

after

Prior to beginning work on Max's bedroom I decided it would be fun to "interview" him and collect his ideas for the room. I always do this with my clients, so why not him? Looking back I think it is very interesting to see how his input was incorporated into the room design! Here is some what he had to say:

Mom/Designer: "What are your favorite colors?"

Max/Client: "Black is my favorite color and it might be yellow in the future."


Mom/Designer: "Is there anything you don't like about your room in its current condition?"

Max/Client: "That the walls are plain."

Mom/Designer: "Okay. How do you like a room to look?"

Max/Client: "Hum, like...not plain. I like them designed."

Mom/Designer: "What do you like to do in your room?"

Max/Client: "Sleep."

Mom/Designer: "Yes, that makes sense. Is there anything else you like to do, or would like to be able to do in your room?"

Max/Client: "Read. Look at artwork. Make artwork."

Mom/Designer: "Is there anything we can bring into the room for these activities?"

Max/Client: "Chalkboard. C-H-A-....I don't know how to spell it."

Mom/Designer: "Is there anything else you would like to see added to the room?"

Max/Client: "Hum, yeah, a map on the wall, anywhere."

Mom/Designer: "Do you have a favorite interior design style?"

Max/Client: "Real."


While we were doing the interview I got a call, he wanted to get on the phone and this is what he said: "I'm doing this boring interview with my mom..."

Ha! He loves his bedroom, so I think even he would now agree the time spent talking to me about the design was worth it!







an Ikea challenge, creating a designer room on a budget



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64 comments :

  1. woohoo! as I look back at his room, it is so wonderful. the interview still has me laughing...

    So Sept. 30 is your air date? Looking forward to it!

    Congratulations, sweet girl!

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  2. So it airs tomorrow? Sweet! Congratulations!

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  3. That interview is the cutest thing I've ever read! Well he certainly knows what he likes and I think you captured it for your client perfectly! Love the chalkboard and map wall and what a fun idea for the pendant light! :)

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  4. I adore your sons new bedroom. The chalkboard and chalkboard lamps are genius. Wish you had recorded the interview...priceless!!

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  5. You did a wonderful job incorporating all his "wants"! I bet he's happy in that room. I think the map part is my favorite - it's whimsical, but your son will still grow with it. Honestly though, all the details are perfect!

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  6. mydesignchic...oh, you are so right! That would have been wonderful, a missed opportunity to be sure. I'll keep this in mind for the future. Janell

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  7. Janell you're famous! So exciting....an excuse to watch daytime tv.

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  8. This interview is hilarious!! I love the "black, but could be yellow in the future.". Sounds exactly like something my son would say.

    Thank you so much for answering my question about conversion kits! I have way-too-many-pot-light syndrome in my house, so I'm going to pull the trigger on them!!

    Can't wait to see you on Nate!! Love him, love you! Great combo!

    www.sarahbohldesigns.com

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  9. So sweet and so cute! I'm glad he likes it.My eldest boy hates change and still isn't sure (well, maybe grudgingly) that he likes his new room!

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  10. Modern Country Style...Oh, that is too bad, but every personality is different! Max truly enjoyed the process with me. Each day when he got off the bus, I was so excited to show him any progress and he was excited to see, running up to his room. His appreciation and response was really fun to see! Janell

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  11. Yay! I just love this especially as a mom to boys. They really do care about their rooms and it is nice to include them in the process (even though I'm not a Carolina Blue fan). I can't wait until tomorrow!!

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  12. Can't wait!! Got my recorder ready~
    such a cute interview :)

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  13. So Cute! I loved it a second time just as much. The results are great too! Can't wait to see the show, Congrats!!
    Maureen

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  14. That interview was hilarious!!! You have a couple of characters for kids!

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  15. What a fabulous transformation, using the chairs and bedheads. I especially love the interview with your special client.

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  17. WOW!! I LOVE the room and your son is adorable!! Where is the rug from? It's incredible! I can't wait to watch the interview later!

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  18. I love this interview and the bedroom is amazing. I can't wait to watch you on TV. How exciting!

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  19. Michelle, the rug is from Ikea...it really pulls the room together, was very excited when I found it! Janell

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  20. I can't wait to see you on Nate! I've got the DVR set to record.

    www.imperfectnest.com

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  21. Great Interview with Max! That's awesome. Beauty spot on the Nate show!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  22. Hi Janell! Priceless inerview (and dying to see the Nate one!). In the middle of moving to a big boy room and my little man vascilates between a mickey mouse room (not going to happen) and wanting walls he can draw on! Might have to go the chalkboard route! Do you use erasers or water (worried about the dust issue)?

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  23. Congrats! Gosh darn it-Nate is on at 5 pm, during the time I call the arsenic hour at our house! Wish I had a PVR. Maybe you'll post a video clip of your segment?

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  24. This is incredible and so deserved. This room has to honestly, hands-down be one of my favorite little boy's rooms ever. Bravo and say hi the the Berk from all of us out here in Blogland.

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  25. His room is ADORABLE! My son would love it, he really wants me to work on his room but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. This is really inspiring me!!

    :-) Oooo, and congrats on the Nate project, sounds exciting!!!

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  26. Oh my gosh, that interview is great and that room is awesome!

    Looking forward to watching you on Nate!

    ...and Happy Anniversary!...if I read that right on Bryn's page. :)

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  27. Sons are the best!

    Can't wait to watch Nate. Finally get to put a voice to the face!

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  28. His room is wonderful and I absolutely love the interview. So precious. Hugs, Marty

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  29. how cute! it's awesome to see how a designer interviews a client...your client is totally adorable!

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  30. I am so not surprised that Nate loves your design style! Congrats on the show!

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  31. WOW - that room is awesome. I just moved into a new house and need some major help. Love your blog.

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  32. So so great, I especially love how perfect it is for a little boy, yet still pretty!

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  33. Ha! I still love this interview! Max is a true sweetheart! And I'm so stinking excited for the show tomorrow I can't stand it! I'm making everyone watch it!

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  34. Oh, Janell! I can't wait to watch tomorrow! And, I bet Max is just thrilled :)

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  35. I love it. Sophisticated, yet whimsical. I'm wishing I had cable right about now!

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  36. Oh my! Just found your blog from a Twitter link & so glad I did. The room turned out fabulous!! And I just love the interview, so adorable. Thanks for sharing!!

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  37. Too stinking cute! What a terrific job you did!

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  38. This is the sweetest post, your little boy is darling! I love that you interviewed him, I did the same thing too with my daughter, she's 12 and has very strong opinions, I think she's been my toughest client yet!! His room is fab!!!

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  39. it's incredible, very sophisticated yet still young and fun!

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  40. i was told to stop by here b/c i did a post on chalkboards - and MY MY MY - thanky thanky - Max's room is BEYOND - i'm in LOVE here!!!

    PS - come on by for my 1st GIVE-AWAY - it's a good one - $45 goody!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  41. How awesome is this?! And to share your experience on Nate! So fun. Good for you.

    I just love your blog. Such great inspiration. My creativity has been lying dormant for too long when it comes to our house and decorating it. I'm so ready to dive in! No budget = No excuses...I can do this!

    Thanks again!

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  42. Congrats my friend!!! Love reading the interview and can't wait to see you on Nate tomorrow.

    xo,
    cristin

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  43. Such a cute "interview" and, as someone already mentioned, it would have been great to have recorded it. I'm excited for you that tomorrow is the big day on the Nate show! Can't watch when he's on, but I'm tivoing it so that I can watch when I get home.

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  44. I don't know how I've not found your blog before now, but I am in love with this entire post. The interview is adorable. I LOVE the chalkboard paint- you made it look so bold but not cheesy. And the maps- *squeal*! How do you feel about copycats? :-) (Not for monetary gain or anything like that- just my own house.)

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  45. OMG! OMG! OMG!! You're a celebrity! And I can say I "knew you when!" Sorta.

    And you look so fabulous in the clip. And I think I have the same sweater. As a matter of fact, I'm wearing it now.

    Oh and of course, I love Max's room. I'm doing the girls' room right now...I'll snap some pathetic before's tomorrow.

    Again, I say: You. Go. Girl!

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  46. Oh how exciting. My DVR is set.....love this room and congrats again on making it on the show!

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  47. Kim, you crack me up! Great sweater isn't it, and go take those pictures. The worse the before, the better the after!! Janell

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  48. Oh how exciting. My DVR is set.....love this room and congrats again on making it on the show!

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  49. i just want a mom to decorate for me -- I'm up for adoption! I just love this room, every element! Congratulations, in advance, on tomorrow -- what an incredible milestone.

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  50. So very exciting! I hope I can remember to watch it. I have no idea how to record. eek! Will you be able to put a clip of it up here?

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  51. I am a new follower to your blog. I so enjoyed your post today and your adorable interview with your son. It is priceless! His room looks fantastic. How fun to have that chalkboard on the wall and lamps. I will be watching you tomorrorw on Nate! Congratulations to you!

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  52. Congrats Janell! A great sneak peek... can't wait to see the whole show!

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  53. I'm so excited to see you on the Nate Show!!! You are such a talented lady. I just adore Max's room!!

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  54. Still love reading this interview. So sweet!

    Can't wait to "see" you tomorrow! Congrats!

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  56. What little boy wouldn't love this room? Its amazing.

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  57. I just visited your site and now you are on my tv! Absolutely love your segment!

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  58. cool! just saw you on nate. you have some wonderful, practical ideas and you seem really nice, too! way to go.

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  59. I redid my son's bedroom also on a budget and it turned out great. The only expense I could not lower was the bed. My son had the heart set on the bed we bought.

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  60. Congrats on your air time with Nate! I just did a small segment too (on my son's room.) I can't believe you have a compass on the ceiling. I spoke with an artist when my son was born about painting a compass on his ceiling (where his fixture is located...it is a jet...always have thought the compass would be a fabulous addition.) The artist was at the end of her pregnancy and taking a break from working. I am having ceiling work done this week on his room...perhaps I need to see if she is ready to return to working. Great job you did on your sons room!

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