Whelan Design House
Donna and Caitlin Whelan
486 E. 18th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Young Explorer’s Room
We designed this room as a haven for a fictional thirteen year old boy who might have been a character in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”. He’s a curious boy who loves science, plants, and animals and who could be a boy scout. We wanted to embrace the aesthetic of “Moonrise Kingdom” by adding some whimsy and oddity to the room — notably the atmospheric cloud wallpaper, some quirky plants, boy scout memorabilia, a small collection of vintage items, paper mâché taxidermy and some unique books. Everything is meant to serve the narrative of an odd but wonderful young boy who is a creative thinker and who surrounds himself with nature. The sum of these curated design elements is a bedroom that provides a haven for creativity, reflection, and discovery — a reminder of the fresh air and the creatures outside; an ideal place in which to grow up.
Dunn-Edwards Paint: Featured Colors
Spacious Plain DE6188
Nomadic Taupe DE6192
Military Green DE5530
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Dream job? I would love to be both an architect and an interior designer at the same time, and to take an eco-conscious approach to projects. My dream would be to build and design sustainable high-end spec homes with renewable resources and entirely non-toxic materials.
Top party tip? Flavorful, healthy food and beautiful flowers. I learned to arrange flowers on my own and it’s amazing in a pinch when you don’t have the time to hire for florals. I love the creative process in cooking and arranging flowers – they are very similar activities. The key is to devote the right amount of thought and time to doing it, because everything that looks good takes time.
First step in the process? Our first step in the design process is to get to know the client thoroughly. You always find out things along the way, but if you can get to know your client as much as possible in the beginning, then it leaves less room for surprises.