Part playroom, part crafts room, and part study hall, this terrace-level space in Decatur serves many functions in style.
“We wanted it to have a connection to the outdoors,” says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson of Terracotta Design Build. French doors to the backyard are painted black to add contrast.
The hanging rattan chair by Serena & Lily creates a playful mood.
A paper dispenser and cutter mounted on the desk provides paper to doodle on or work out math problems—and protects the desk, too.
Hidalgo-Nilsson designed the custom desk and activities table with hydraulic lifts, built by Greenwalt & Sons. The homeowners, Leann and Shane Cox, wanted a surface that could be raised as eight-year-old Noah grows taller.
“Keep it practical,” says Hidalgo-Nilsson. The flooring is vinyl that looks like wood (since basements are notorious for dampness and flooding), topped by an Oriental rug that hides all stains.
This article appears in our June 2020 issue.