Boys’ room, Sixx Design (also in Room for Children)
This past winter, I enrolled myself in an interior design course at Parsons here in New York. Over the course of twelve weeks, we learned the art of freehand space planning; that is, creating and drawing our own floor plans, measured out with architectural rulers, marked out with lead points, and formalized with felt-tip black pens. Our long-term project was to meet the demands of our ‘clients,’ a well-to-do couple who had just purchased a 3000 foot loft space downtown. What excited me most was the fact that my pretend clients also had a pretend six-year-old son, who required space planning of his own.
I was reminded of this assignment the other day. With camera and Room for Children in tow, I spent a day at my parents’ house last week. Downstairs, in the finished basement/den/playspace, the walls are literally covered with items from my mom’s collections. First, I thought how wonderful it would be for all children to have play spaces of their own, just like my mom & dad’s. (Whether a separate room or the space between bed and dresser, it doesn’t matter). Second, I thought back to my floorplan, in which I had sketched out an adjoining space to the boy’s bedroom in which to keep his toys and games. And third, I thought HOW COOL it would be to have a play space just FILLED with the signs, toys, and machines that my mom’s collected over the years.
Light-up concession stand sign.
Hilarious type-o’s, courtesy my husband.
Like me, my mom’s a major collector. And like me, she finds, obsesses, and focuses on something, then moves onto something new. Her vending collecting bug is now gone, but here’s a smattering of what remains. I think any of these pieces could serve as decoration, toy, or visual focal point for a kid’s bedroom or play space.
(That must be why I love the boys’ room (at top) in one of the Novogratz houses (sorry, I can’t keep them straight). I’d say this is pretty representative of the Sixx design style too – true to their loft space roots, the rooms usually feature gallery white walls, a choice selection of bold curtains and area rugs, and one or two key vintage, eclectic, or just plain odd design finds. I read that the old scoreboard was from a school gym – I’d kill to find out where the rest of that architectural salvage ended up.)
Rock-Ola. (the last update features Bon Jovi and Hall & Oates)
A penny candy dispenser
Fab 1950’s vintage “Perfumatic” – anyone wear White Shoulders?
These would still come in handy nowadays.
And, of course, an odds machine. This one still has the little cards in it.
I did a quick search tonight on Ebay and found this candy machine (below). Liam said that it would encourage kids to eat sweets. I said, “you can fill it with other stuff, like raisins!” And then he said, “then it wouldn’t be fun anymore.” But I completely and totally disagree. In fact, I want one right now.
70’s candy vending machine, Ebay
The good news? With four days remaining, it’s going for only $79.95. The bad news? The seller requests local pickup in Northeastern Ohio, otherwise, you’ll have to make your own arrangements… Anyone for a road trip?