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Thursday, August 9, 2012

MakeShift: Color Me Bad-Ass Room Decor

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Megan being cozy and six months pregnant.
  • Megan being cozy and six months pregnant.

MakeShift is a new design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it. 

Wanna be featured in the next MakeShift? Write to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

For those of you dreaming in black and white and fearing that color might further implode your tiny hovel, let us not forget the wise acronym-slash-life-lesson of our teenagers -- "YOLO!" -- and blast up our walls like the Kool-Aid man is gonna crash through with eight new tropical flavors. 

High school English Teacher/Writer Megan and her husband, Creative Warehouse Manager Manny, candy-sweetened their two-bedroom home -- and they can. Because they "mix it with love and make the world taste good."

As it turns out, it was Megan's desert painting of a lone nomad cooling under the night sky that inspired these walls.

The painting that started it all.
  • The painting that started it all.

"I love pink," Megan said, when we gushed about her oversized shag rug. That was really all the explaining she did. She doesn't need permission to love pink, and we love it too.

I find this color to be rather understated, don't you?
  • I find this color to be rather understated, don't you?

Remember that Mr. Rogers episode that took us through the crayon factory? Well, this Tenderloin apartment is that box of crayons. In the bedroom and living room, the shelving camouflages into the walls and with a double blink, the crayon effect is set.

AIRBNB, MEGAN AND MANUEL
  • Airbnb, Megan and Manuel
AIRBNB, MEGAN AND MANUEL
  • Airbnb, Megan and Manuel
Let's you and me fall asleep after 20 or so pages in this fuschia effortlessness.
  • Let's you and me fall asleep after 20 or so pages in this fuschia effortlessness.

These two kids built their own shelving and storage bed in the bedroom, and good thing, because their tiny closet wasn't going to fit all of their things needed to free up what we call the "green room" for Airbnb. 

Tip! If your room calls for it: A good way to save space is to "recess" your bed into cabinets on either side and create further storage in the headboard and underneath.

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Megan and Manny's self-made photo collages document their journeys and span the walls. Repetitions on a wall can be a treat for our hungry eyeballs, especially if they include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Where's Manny? Hint: He's basking in a sea of flawless sand. We've found our happy place in the Megan/Manny bathroom.
  • Where's Manny? Hint: He's basking in a sea of flawless sand. We've found our happy place in the Megan/Manny bathroom.

We leave you with a final urgent decorating element -- the stuffed animal. What? You don't have any stuffed animals? Your parental guardian(s) got rid of them a long time ago because they were just sitting in the basement taking up space? Tsk, tsk. Megan and Manny's stuffed animals aren't just any old regular stuffed animals -- they're fertility stuffed animals, cheering the Megan/Manny team on along the way to conception. Of course it worked! Now their animals are outfitted with hospital masks, geared up for the big day:

"Go Megan and Manny! Go Megan and Manny!"
  • "Go Megan and Manny! Go Megan and Manny!"
Fertility animals cheer on all sides of the stadium. Congratulations, Megan and Manny!
  • Fertility animals cheer on all sides of the stadium. Congratulations, Megan and Manny!

We're all horses of a different color. Pick a postcard, a book cover, a fabric print, a street sign, a stuffed animal, the face of an ancient deity, or a painting of a desert night that inspires you, and work your flavors from there.

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