When we returned from our site visit, it was time to get to work. The lower level room had its challenges of having only one window and a tricky dog leg in the layout, but we also had the luxury of finishing out the space any way we desired. Before deciding on doing a bunkroom, we literally entertained ideas ranging from a yoga studio, an office, a wine cellar, to a fur closet. Nothing was off limits during our brainstorming session.
Since our room was part of a new construction house, we wanted to give it to a strong sense of geography. We also believed it was important to give the room a sense of place because it was located on the lower level. Too often, bonus rooms or finished basements become after thoughts. Not here–we wanted this room to be as considered as the dining room or master bedroom.
Rather than paint or wallpaper the walls, why not use an age old treatment of shiplap? We started studying images of shiplap walls, like one might have found in a Hamptons farmhouse. We poured over images of shiplap and reading about the right vs. wrong way to apply the boards. These images below resonated with us because the shiplap is used with a twist by painting it black. We thought it smart and modern…everything we wanted our room to be as well.
Around this time, we were also offered the chance to use Schumacher’s reintroduced collection of Frank Lloyd Wright fabrics, “Applied Architecture.” The company had reissued these patterns in celebration of the great architect’s 150th birthday. We were in love with the graphic and timeless nature of these designs and wanted to incorporate them into our room in a way that would show how relevant these patterns remain even today.
The showhouse gods were smiling on us, and another generous sponosor, ducduc, offered us the opportunity to use their products, and how could we say no to such a fun line of furniture? We decided to use the Austin bunk bed in our room.
After a few more rounds of tweaking, we felt pretty good about our direction and developed this concept board as a reference.