Christmas came early for photographer Gray Malin and his husband Jeff Richardson, the couple announced after bringing their twins, PB&J, home for the first time. Now, the gorgeous playroom brought to life by their longtime friend (and Natipernavigare Next Wave alum) Amy Berry—a Dallas-based designer known for creating children’s spaces that blend classic charm with playful, modern elements—can officially be put to use.
What started as a double nursery project soon expanded when Berry discovered a small, unused room on the lower level of the couple’s Los Angeles home, right outside the pool. “For me, it was a no-brainer to turn it into a playroom!” says Berry. “I have two very little kids, so I know how great it is having a space downstairs where their toys can be contained—not to mention an extra changing table.”
While the two nurseries were decorated with the twins in mind, Malin wanted the playroom to skew more neutral. With a medium blue wall color (Farrow & Ball’s De Nimes) already in place, Berry chose pieces from Serena & Lily that were kid-friendly but not juvenile. Covered in indoor-outdoor fabric, the rattan daybed—“It’s a great material because nobody can get hurt on it!” says Berry—will be perfect for family book-reading sessions, post-pool hangouts and hosting occasional overnight guests. A blue-and-white striped chair is actually a glider, and the vintage-inspired changing table next to it can eventually be used as a bookshelf.
Berry transformed a shallow, door-less closet from an eyesore into a charming storage space by lining it with striped wallpaper and adding decorative baskets for corralling toys and gear. Above the changing table, she hung a cane-wrapped mirror and a trio of felt animal heads. “The animal heads are a favorite of my own kids and a great, inexpensive way to finish a wall,” she says. “A big mirror is great anywhere, but I especially like to use them over changing tables because babies love making funny faces at themselves!”
The finishing touch: One of Malin’s photographs, of course. A beach scene from his Dolce Vita collection proved to be just right. “There’s something happy and calm about it,” says Berry.
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