Lauren Evans is hard at work juggling multiple projects on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. “It’s a very busy time,” says the designer, “but an exciting one.” Evans has become a go-to resource for a host of Bay Area families looking to upgrade their interiors with Evans’ help and impeccable eye for detail. Gentry Home caught up with the designer to discuss color, function, and fun.
How did this project begin?
This wonderful space belongs to a little girl named Delaney. She’s 7 now, but has very sophisticated tastes. She had a list of musts that included the color blue, lots of storage, and a pin board.
What inspired your design?
I took my cues from a Galbraith and Paul wallpaper. I love their ability to have a feminine motif, but masculine colors can be added to it and they do custom colors! So I was able to match Delaney’s adjoining blue bathroom tile and completely hand pick my exact desired custom colors for the wallpaper. Instead of a simple pink, I opted for a coral shade that seemed fresh and just a little more grown up. To layer the colors, I added two tones of blue paint to the walls without wallpaper and a crisp white chair rail.
I wanted this room to be sweet, but somewhere a teen could eventually hang out, too. It was important for the space to be practical, a place where homework could be done, books and clothing and other things could be organized and stored. We also created ➛ a space where she can “swing-out” and chat with friends. I’m a sucker for custom-tailored bedding. I love layering patterns as well as finding a way to personalize the space, hence the monogramed pillow! The custom details like the coral-trimmed lampshades, pom-pom trim on the widow coverings, and wallpapered magnet board helped make the space more playful.
What’s your favorite aspect of the finished project?
I am very happy that it’s not a typical kid’s room. It’s feminine and sweet, but in a sophisticated way. It’s very easy to see that my client will be able to grow with the space. The built-ins were a must to give her the functionality she needed. I have three kids myself and understand how important it is to have plenty of space to store everything!