Well, it’s finished, and I’m so excited to be sharing this adorable reveal with you all today!
My client first reached out to talk about the project back in October. She told me her hopes for the space, and for her business, and we set up a time to meet to look through everything in person.
The space was vacant and completely raw then, so there was a lot to be done!
My client knew she wanted to have a neighborhood area, a camping area, a play bistro/restaurant, a spot for birthday parties and crafts, a space center, a stage, an ‘adventure’ center, a coffee bar, a small retail store, a woodland themed baby area, a central seating area for parents with views of every corner of the space, a cash wrap, and a spot to sit to take off shoes and store coats.
And it all had to fit in a 3500 square foot room that’s shaped like an irregular hexagon! Here’s the floor plan that I came up with…
And here are some of the real life views!
I decided to keep the retail in the front of the space, beside the cash wrap…
With the shoe and coat storage on the adjacent side…
I pulled in this beautiful birch wallpaper because my client based her business name, Little Seeds, off of the quote, ‘little seeds grow into mighty trees.’
I love the symbolism and the way it reinforces her branding in a pretty and subtle way.
She wanted the space to feel bright, cheerful and whimsical, with a sophisticated overall vibe, and I think we achieved just that!
A funny, little anecdote about this project is, my husband and I first fell in love with indoor play spaces 7 years ago. We were in Germany, with only two kids at the time, and discovered these crazy cool play centers geared towards both kids and adults for the very first time.
Our favorite one had a natural/organic vibe with swanky wooden toys, and a little cafe that sold yummy treats and an amazing assortment gourmet coffees. It also had lots of comfortable seating for parents with vantage points that allowed you to just relax, and watch your kids at the same time.
We left there asking why on earth these weren’t more of a ‘thing’ back home, and wondering if we should start one up – no joke! I told my client about this the first time we spoke, and I got off the phone feeling like this had to be fate, lol!
When we got back from that trip, we went looking for indoor play/cafes, and surprisingly, there were more around than we thought there were. But none of them were nearly as perfect, or as adorable, as the one we’d fallen in love with overseas.
Flash forward 7 years, and here I am, having just designed one, and it’s even sweeter than I had envisioned it would be.
You tend to really be able to let your imagination run wild when it comes to designing for little ones. Plus, my client had some seriously adorable toys and ideas for the types of zones she wanted me to include!
I’ve said it before, but designing spaces for kids is one of my favorite project types, and getting to actually create a space that I’ve been thinking about off and on for so long, has been amazing.
There are so many sweet details in here, you guys.
And I think one of my favorites is this incredible custom gate that I asked Josh from Honorable Contracting to build for us. Amazing, right?
I love this cozy corner for mommas and babies alike, to relax and explore.
I could literally go on and on with all of this cuteness!
But if you’re local, you’ll just have to come in and see the rest…
Because this post is becoming a novella!
Well, guys, I hope you love this whimsical, little space as much as I do!
If you live locally, stop by Little Seeds to see this sweetness in person, and then say hello to the owner, Debbie, for me – she’s amazing!