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AFTER: Talbot fashioned poufs resembling cut wood and created a wraparound art table located next to branch hooks holding art supplies housed in buckets.
"I wasn't there when my client revealed the playroom to her daughter. But she said that Avery kept going from one thing to the next in frantic excitement and that she took most of the felt animals to bed with her that night," says Talbot.
A closer look at the diorama reveals a whimsical scene of woodland animals dressed for a day of picnicking in the woods. Talbot hand cut the diorama from different types of paper, drawn characters and bits from books.
The designer-artist upcycled a vintage footstool into a mommy raccoon for extra seating.
"I truly believe great ideas don't need to break the bank. It’s all about approaching a project with creative solutions," says Talbot. "I love the process of collaborating with a client and thinking really big — and then pulling back to a workable solution that fits within their needs and budget."
A few weeks after installation, the designer-artist received an email from her client, who revealed the one downside of having such an amazing playroom: When it's time to go home, the parents of Avery's playmates usually have to drag their kids out screaming.