I promised to explain one particular detail in the design- the support column. Here is the before picture again. Kinda sticks out at ya-and-not-in-a-good-way, doesn't it?
During our design discussions, one thing that came up in discussions was the support pole that essentially holds up the ceiling. There were a myriad of different ways to try and incorporate this eyesore into the space. If this were a more formal area I might have suggested wrapping it in wood and making a nice column out of it. Then we threw out making a tree out of it, adding some branches and faux painting the whole thing....but I needed to brainstorm a bit more, afterall this was primarily a kids space , and I wanted to do something really fun and out-of-the-box. The whimsical nature motif exists throughout the design, so the tree idea would defintely work.
One thing lead to another and I found this great shop on Etsy, Eve's Little Earthlings. Eve makes among other things, wine cozies from recycled sweaters. They often resemble tree stumps.
I contacted Eve and she was happy to custom make the "pole cozy". She did a really great job, and here is the completed Pole Cozy today: (I wish I had a better close up, and will try to add one to the post at a later date.)
I feel like it really becomes part of the design rather than some afterthought.