After having my own play date with Ophelia, I go back to her house and start decluttering one big wardrobe full of toys. Based on the observations I have made, myself and mum select the toys which are age-appropriate and the ones which could be explored in the future months. I also show mum how to revamp some toys by including them in activities that might support Ophelia's interests.
Ophelia's playroom is a big environment where she invites her friends for soft play and role play at the tea table and kitchen area. Ophelia and her mum love doing crafts together and setting up topic related activities! She has started nursery part-time and mum feels she is outgrowing many of her old toys....but which ones are to keep and which to give away?! Mum also finds it tricky and time consuming rotating toys on the shelf, making sure they follow her child's interests.
After two hours of decluttering and reorganizing the space, Ophelia has a dedicated shelf which reflects her age and her skills! We have included all areas of learning with a specific focus on Language and Understanding of the World due to Ophelia's interest in animals and crafts. Pre-maths also plays an important role as she is developing her problem solving and logical thinking skills.
Finding Space in a Hackney Apartment
This project was commissioned by a couple of young professionals who wanted to make some changes in their property flat. The goal was to find space for a new room which could be used as an office but still maintaining the second bedroom. The couple uses the second bedroom as a guest room for visiting family members and is sometimes rented out with the ensuite bathroom, adding some extra income to the family.
Our solution was to move the entrance to both bedrooms by deleting the void corridor space and replacing the original doors with an arch. The customers wanted to keep the ensuite bathroom so we opted for a smaller wardroom in the second bedroom and built a door in the wall as entrance to the bathroom. This solution allowed us to have a whole empty wall in the new office space where we decided to put a mirror to reflect more light. Another solution to let more light enter the office, was to create some glass windows above the bedroom doors.
"We are extremely happy with the solution Sofi and Benni found for us as we think it makes our flat more versatile and that is has acquired in market value!"