Iconic actress, director, producer, mother: Lucy Liu does it all, and she wants her home to follow suit.
Recently taking on the role of director of the season two premier of "Luke Cake," the Queens, New York native hasn't slowed down once since she was your favorite Charlie's Angel. Whenever she isn't on set or doing interviews, she's spending serious QT with her son, Rockwell. When Liu realized how empty his playroom was, she knew she wanted to give it a major re-design — but she couldn't do it alone.
"I think that asking people for help is one of the key things to do as a parent and not be afraid to do that. You can’t do everything on your own, it’s impossible," she says.
In collaboration with Nicole Fisher, from The Studio at , Liu was able to do the seemingly impossible: build a play area that is safe and functional, without disrupting the stylish flow of her New York City apartment. She gave us an exclusive look at the chic play area.
"I had very little furniture in there and it was very sparse, so I wanted to have a cohesive plan where there could be play space and it was safe," says Liu. "It was also important that it be presentable for adults as well as kids."
Since the second floor of the apartment has an open plan — connecting the kitchen, living room, and dining room — it was a top priority to make the room a chic extension of the rest of the house. They started by choosing a color scheme that wouldn't stray too far from the fun but relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding rooms.
"[Nicole] made it special by toning down the color and making it more monochromatic, so that the color that is there pops and feels playful, friendly and warm. It feels more like a home than a wide open space without a name," she says.
Much like any home with a little one running around, Liu knew there was zero possibility of the playroom looking spotless all of the time. The easiest way to manage mess? Making sure that organization was a built-in function of the room.
"I think one of the keys to parenting is organization, not just with your time, but also the elements within your space," she says. "They put the toys and books so you can see them, so it’s accessible and beautiful all at the same time." Plus, with this much storage, clean-up is easier than ever. Another family-friendly design choice was to upholster the seating in soft, cleanable fabric that makes stains, spills, and odors a non-issue.
Raising her son as a New York City kid is important to Liu, so she made sure to pay tribute to her home city throughout the space. "I wanted to make [the room] look more multi-cultural, so they put baskets on the wall and over the fireplace," she says. "There’s something about that added texture and the weave that brought the different elements of what New York City is to me, because it’s a city with so many different things going on and so many different cultures."
Liu also worked with pieces that she's collected over the years to make the room feel truly lived-in, and surround Rockwell with personal things that she holds dear. "[Nicole] included special things like two framed Dr. Seuss books and incorporated other things that I already had like these beautiful wooden tribal masks on the wall."
When creating a room for a child, it's important to think about "how you move in the space and live in the space," without sacrificing the artistic and visual references you love, says Liu.
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