Interior design is filled with riddles and challenges to overcome. They say a bolt of lightning never strikes twice on the same spot, and we can surely adapt that metaphor to this industry. Every project’s different from the previous one. Now let’s take that to a whole new level, which is designing kids’ spaces. In order for us to better understand the challenges of an interior designer who specializes in making the little ones feeling special, we spoke with Naomi Alon, founder and designer of Little Crown Interiors. Naomi’s creative modern bohemian interiors allow children to pursue their most creative thoughts while maintaining a stylish and calm environment.
Naomi has always been an avid art enthusiast, which made her enroll in a studio art degree in college. From there, her passion for interior design flourished thus the designer loves the idea of matching from with function. Her sensitivity to her surroundings encouraged her to design and re-imagine the space around her. As far as Naomi remembers, design was always her number one priority, professionally speaking of course. The designer even used to make small vignettes in her bedroom and decorate them with art. It was something that was inlaid in the bedrock of her being, and once school was over, the excitement of it becoming a reality was unmeasurable.
The projects Little Crown Interiors and, of course, Naomi work on are entirely nurseries and child spaces. Their naturally embedded colourful and whimsical concepts are what made Naomi focus on this incredible tricky branch. Add that to be working with people on probably the most important part of their life, pregnancy, and you got yourself an incredible cocktail of satisfaction and fulfillment. Little Crown Interiors work on everything ranging from nurseries to teen spaces, but Naomi’s favourite type of projects are indeed nurseries. It’s a white canvas where she can paint the future parents’ picture. It’s the idea of guiding soon-to-be parents to what they have always wanted for their child that drives Naomi in her work.
Little Crown Interiors’ signature style lies upon what Naomi calls Modern Bohemian, even though her works swerves from style to style in each and every project. The common ground between them all is her inclination towards light and bright and soft colours, splashed with the enough amount of glamour. Naomi’s work is incredibly conditioned by safety measures that can’t just be looked the other way. It is hard for the designer to tell the soon-to-be parents that something they want on the nursery can’t be used because it is a safety hazard. Furthermore, it is safe to speculate that Naomi’s biggest challenge is to design incredible spaces with all these conditioning situations.
The project Naomi enjoyed the most to work on was one of her earliest ones. The client’s house in Orange County, California was entirely white, but the idea for the nursery was the complete opposite. The client’s wishes for the nursery was to be an incredible burst of colour. Hot Pink and Silver wallpaper set the joyful mood to the room, providing the child a fun and stimulating environment for the kid to grow up. Naomi stated that working on kids spaces it is challenging but fun nevertheless. To work alongside the children is something she loves, especially when the children give their own opinions and ideas during design meetings, even though she can’t entirely take their word. The designer is incredibly meticulous while planning her work. To have an organized plan for her projects is of extreme importance as Naomi works on several at the same time.
Naomi believes that what sets her and Little Crown Interiors apart from other practices is that there really aren’t many designers who focus on kids’ spaces. She stated that she merely knows a handful in the entire country. Moreover, her experience in the field, having done over 200 children’s spaces, puts her on a level that very few worldwide can reach. To work in Los Angeles is incredibly fun for the designer. Even though Naomi is based in Orange County, a more suburban area, most of her clients are from L.A. The city really appreciates design, in Naomi’s opinion, and there’s a whole bouquet of resources available which makes her work easier. Furthermore, her clients are well open-minded which allows her to pursue her vision and wishes for the spaces.
Partnerships with other firms aren’t strange grounds for Naomi. If a practice is working on a major project that includes a kids’ space, she consults with them as it involves a very different skillset to design it, such as safety measures and the best furniture brands. While working with an architect during the building phase, Naomi can look upon the plans and catch safety hazards that unexperienced eyes in the game would normally miss. To finish up, Naomi stated that her dream project would be to work on her own house. Poetically tragic, the designer spends so much time designing all day on other people’s projects that when it comes to her own, she can’t find the time to do much. To give her house a refresh is something she’d love to do.
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