Before & After: A Colorful Dual-Zone Space that Works Hard and Plays Hard

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A flipped home can sometimes get pigeon-holed into the “generic” or “safe” category in an attempt to appeal to the masses. But for Lindsay and Chris Jackman, each home they’ve purchased, renovated, and flipped has been personalized with their own eclectic touches and marked by their family’s milestones.

After struggling to find an affordable house in their preferred neighborhoods in Greenville, SC, the couple stumbled across a foreclosure downtown. It was a former university frat house, and they spent their first years of marriage renovating it top to bottom. Lindsay and Chris fell so in love with the process that they decided they wanted to do it again… and again and again. “We’re now on our third house,” Lindsay explains, “but we’re so grateful to that first house for all that it taught us and the family adventure it set us on.” Since then, the couple has welcomed a baby girl into their lives, Rosie Mills, and along with Gracie, their Great Dane, their life is “a crazy ride of moving, renovating, and doing it all over again,” Lindsay shares, “but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

In their most recent home, a 1950s Craftsman bungalow, space was limited at 750 square feet, so with their family growing, they decided to add an addition to the back and vaulted all of the ceilings to make it feel larger. Making semi-tiny living more accommodating for a large dog and an infant also meant creating multifunctional spaces, such as this colorful office and child’s playroom.

A room that literally works hard and plays hard, Lindsay chose to keep the wall where her desk sits bare and free of distractions save for some billowing, pink curtains and decor which lends itself well to getting down to business. Elsewhere — in areas where play is the name of the game — she layered on the pattern and color much thicker. “I wanted to go with a colorful, bright home,” Lindsay notes. “I have fallen in love with mixing unexpected colors and patterns and have really tried to have fun with that here.” Before, the room acted solely as a bare-bones office, but now it’s a dual-zone space where Lindsay can work while still keeping an eye on their growing daughter — and one which also offers little Rosie a place to grow into and call her own. –Sabrina

  1. Terri says:

    Where did they buy the whit toy organizer? I love it!

    1. Shelly says:

      If you check out her blog and go to her playroom reveal, she has a link to the toy organizer. It’s from Wayfair. Her whole house is awesome!! Check it out:)

      1. Lindsay says:

        Thanks so much for sharing the link Shelly and for the comment!

  2. Shelly says:

    Love this!! Love everything Lindsay does, big fan! How exciting to see her playroom featured here!

  3. Marta says:

    Amazing! I like this flamingo pink you used :))

    1. Lindsay says:

      Thanks so much, Marta! It’s my favorite element!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, guys! It’s such an honor to be featured on Design Sponge!

  5. Kawaljit says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. But I have a serious question to ask. Why are we going monochrome in kids room and play areas. If we see animation films and games that appeal to kids, it is a bright colorful and cheery world, so why monochrome. When it comes to kids room I feet that Custom Wallpaper and Custom Wall Murals with bright colors, cartoons charachters is the way to go. Kids Room Wallpaper can be something which attracts the child, instead of appealing to drab monochrome world of adults. Just my opinion…..

  6. Amit says:

    Really Nice Article. Loved your approach and style. But I feel that adding some color to wall would also help.

    You can also add a floor lamp, it would help enhance the style of the room.


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