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1. Grownup taste can appeal to kids. "I wanted Bumble's interiors to reflect what we are: a sanctuary where adults can relax and a place where kids feel welcome," says Heffernan. Interior designer Christian Brennan helped Heffernan refine her gray, yellow, white, and black color palette, which reflects — you guessed it — a bumblebee theme.
Scared of incorporating gray into your home? Interior designer Martha O'Hara says gray doesn't have to mean austere. "When used correctly, cool tones like gray and silver can be inviting and comfortable," she explains. Add a modern splash of yellow for a living room that's a fun take on traditional and friendly to young and old alike.
Bumble, located in a rustic cottage, welcomes families of all ages to relax over lunch or afternoon tea while the kids play in the playroom, much like how families gather and play at home. "I love the authentic feel and homey environment of our location," says Heffernan. "We've managed to operate a commercial space without losing the coziness of being inside someone's home."
4. Pay attention to light sources. Pictured here over Seesaw's community table are PH 5 lamps, which are ubiquitous in Denmark and chosen by Gabel to enhance the sense of community and closeness. Gabel says, "Seesaw has really high ceilings, and recessed and track lighting from such a height would cast lots of hard shadows below, making things feel a bit gloomy. The PH 5 lamps go well with the community table."
5. Embrace the outdoors. Bumble's exterior evokes the feeling of being in a lodge. "We have beautiful redwoods on the property. We have one growing right out of the patio, so we wanted to embrace the natural elements in our design," says Heffernan. Large umbrellas over most tables on the patio shield little shoulders and noses from the sun.
6. Keep the kids entertained within sight. One of Bumble's appealing features is the playroom, which is separated from the dining area by a large aquarium. "Our bright and sunny children's room is open for kids to play in and to engage with our creative staff, all while parents relax and eat in the main dining area," says Heffernan.
8. Show the space's character. The original floors of Bumble were patched together and made of soft wood. "We sanded down the floor to the last sand — we won't be able to do it again — and we stained it a shade of gray to match our gray and yellow motif. I love that we kept the original floors because although they show their wear and tear, they definitely add a lot of character," says Heffernan.
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