Lindsey Binz has designed interiors for 14 years. She began as a child, she said, explaining, “I constantly rearranged my room.”
Photography by Karen E. Segrave
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“So I got a true appreciation for good, quality furnishings,” Binz said. “I foresaw myself being a designer. I love what I do. I can work and have a family.”
Having a family-oriented mindset is handy while designing a multiuse space, such as this nook. This homeowner, according to Binz, wanted a space for her daughters to sit, play, do homework and read while she and her husband cook. “They spend the majority of their time in this area. So, it was very important that it feel homey.”
Color Outside the Lines. Binz started with the homeowner’s desire for color: “She wanted to use color, but in a manner that is soft.” So Binz created a flow by bringing the living room’s color scheme into the nook, adding vibrancy. “I started with blues and greens and added poppy-colored curtains and beanbags,” she said. These colors coordinate well with the chartreuse chairs.
Be a Bookworm. Don’t just line your books up, like a library. Purchase inexpensive books, or use books you already own, and cover them in paper to match your room’s color scheme and arrange them artfully.
Take the Edge Off. Sharp edges can be dangerous for children as well as your shins. This rounded table provides storage, decoration and is virtually poke free.
Add the Unexpected. Accessories, such as the glass knots displayed on the bookcase, add color and interest.
Think Like a Kid. Rather than add a bulky, traditional table, Binz used this low table and beanbags for seating. They’re suitable for the girls’ height — they’re not obtrusive, yet they’re useful. And Binz didn’t break the bank in this purchase. “As the children grow, they’ll need a taller table, so I used something inexpensive. Replacing it will be a breeze,” she said.
Lindsey Binz, Allied ASID
11525 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72212
Lauren Meredith Art
Midtown Antique Mall
105 N. Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR 72205