This is Elizabeth, the designer for Hung Out To Buy. She’s chatty, loves coffee and has been a Professional Design Consultant for over 20 years. Her Professional Website is here: http://elizabethtraub.com/ When she designs it’s with passion, fun and exciting colors and patterns and prints. She likes to bring in elements of design,style & fashions that make your child’s space and place extra special and a room that will easily transition for one age to the next.
If you want a more face to face meeting, visit our YouTube page “Hung Out To Buy” to meet Elizabeth here with tips on decorating kids room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAxUL41ltZ0&feature=channel&list=UL
Elizabeth has designed kids places, spaces, and bedrooms for almost 20 years. She’s been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Kid’s Magazine. Better Homes also featured her in the Special Edition Bedroom & Bath magazine. She has worked with top bedding designers, helping design the next season’s trends. She has designed bedrooms for 1,000′s of kids in her career. She has decorated kid’s room in the Portland, OR “Street of Dreams” and “Street of New Beginnings ” Now you can ask her questions to help you make cost effective, fun, and creative design decisions that will make your child’s place or space more than amazing, and just right for your child. It can be tough making those design decisions, go ahead and ask Elizabeth, the kid room designer.
Interior Design Story by Elizabeth Traub
There was a time I was a full time owner & designer of two lovely showrooms in Portland, OR. Here are some stories from my past. ( I took five years off to grow up some boys and wow has technology changed.)
In 1992, I started my small shop called “Skip To My Room” in Portland, OR. I was only 26 years old, little did I know what the future would unfold for this small city girl in jeans and a t-shirt. My passions for color and design are what launched a designer showroom. Catering to anything and everything you could decorate a child’s places and spaces with.
After a few months of having my doors open I was asked if I could feature some children’s rooms for the popular tour of homes called, “Street of Dreams”. I was not so familiar with what this was, but even so, said, “Yes”.
The designing and planning began. Imagine, being a young designer and getting to make all the design decisions for kid’s rooms in a fancy, larger than life home in the lovely NW hills of Portland, OR. I started with two fabric swatches I loved and represented the sweetness of keeping a little girl in pink. I designed the bedding and looked at it for weeks. I then chose furniture pieces that would transition from a little girl into a young teen. The imaginary mom and dad, for this show home would not have to reinvest in furniture. So each piece carefully chosen and carefully placed. Storage, charm, function, and design. All working together. I was not aware that national magazines sent field editors out to local designer home showcases such as the Street of Dreams. I really did not know much as a designer. What I did know is that my personality fit in well with designing kids places and spaces. One field editor did show up on a sunny day in Portland, OR.
Getting placement in a major national magazine was an honor, jaw dropping to say the least. I have to be honest. I hid the magazine and the 20 copies they sent me in a file. I was young and was not sure what to do with this. I also did not want to ever seem braggy to my friends, so I told very few people. I did give copies to my parents and one of my closest friends.
This room was to have every element of design I knew how to use to work out for this precious little girl. Painting the walls to match the bedding, choosing lamps, and tables, shelves, and all the things a little girl could imagine, right down to her tea party with her stuffed friends. Even her vanity, just off her room would flow with the design accents chosen. Every little detail with something new and interesting. I am just a tad embarrassed that I underscored the window treatment. If I had known that Better Homes & Gardens would be showing up, I would have invested more time. Alas that window topper did not hinder their desire to have this four page spread in their national magazine. The next series of pictures are ones that I took. I guess there is a reason I am not a photographer. Keep in mind digital cameras were not part of the design culture in the early 90′s. I love all the various hues of pinks, greens, and cream.
Having had this kind of small town, new designer published, brought about the attention to every parent who wanted to decorate their child’s room. My tiny store of 1800 sqr. feet turned into 10,000sqr. feet, which then turned into two large stores and over 40 employees. Busy running from one client to the next, and overseeing the projects of kids rooms all over Oregon. The “Street of Dreams” had me back for over ten years designing and bringing the newest trends to Portland, OR. My vendors were always there supporting, and delivering products that were the finest I could find.
Oregon Home Magazine in Portland, OR called me one afternoon. These are lovely calls to get. “We’d like to feature one of your rooms in an upcoming issue.” A smile and a yes. This was not the first call. The first call was an interest in a table and chair set I had painted and they were doing a children’s accent feature. Once the picture was published it became a customer favorite to have a table, a toychest, a wall shelf, a peg rack painted to match the colors in their child’s room. Today I am still painting all kinds of design accents.
One room after another, designing for so many precious children. How did I even begin to have such a specialized field? Long before I had my own shop I was helping my friends design their kid’s rooms. When a mom or dad wanted to have a special place for their child, often there was this dream in their head, but the stumbling block was how to make it happen. I knew how to make the vision and dream become a reality. Certain things inspire us, as individuals to have spaces and places which express who we are. As a designer I knew how to make it all come together.
Much like this room. A little girl wanted to be a princess in her castle, so I worked to give this little girl exactly what she wanted.
Snapshots from rooms of the past. Nothing has changed. Colors and trends will come and go, but to sit with a family and help create that special place or space for their child is the same. My passions still here in the heart of a little child and that special room they will look at for years to come.
How about a little boy’s nursery that will grow with him. I am sure today, that table and chair set, easel, and monkey have been well loved, and this little boy is as creative as ever. The mirror is a metal with stamped out animals. I took this into a special glass place, and had the mirror taken out and shatterproof glass put in, so baby could see himself with each diaper change. This next room connected (Jack & Jill) and the parents wanted their toddler to have a room that was directly accented with the same colors and theme.
This next room is from “The Street of New Beginnings”, another Portland, OR home show for the budget minded home owner. This is a garage sale room. No kidding. I did not spend more than $10.00 for each piece of furniture. I did spend about $15.00 on paint. Painted all the furniture black, and then rubbed on some red accents on the corners. The kid desk, chair, how darling are those two pieces, purchased at two separate garage sales and combined cost $4.00. Some paint, a little sweat (it was a hot day when I worked out this project.) I did purchase the fabrics for under $5.00 a yard and pulled out my old Feather Weight Sewing Machine. I am not a fan of sewing, but I really wanted this room to be all about the budget. A bright, colorful and fictional boys room. I still remember the day, a young single mom with her son, purchased most of the pieces from this room. She never thought she could afford such cute things and guess what she did. I was so happy for her to give her son a special room.
I hope you have enjoyed just a few pictures of some of my work from the past. I have files full of photographs. Imagine how wonderful digital camera’s would have been so many years ago. I still very much enjoy kids room fashions. My five kids have always had the fun of coming alongside and giving me their ideas on how they want their rooms. I am blessed to have such a lovely career doing what I love. Thanks so much for reading a small part of my story.
Peace and Blessings,