By Darcey Muirgel. Bedroom. Sunday, October 01st 2017, 09:58:34 AM.
The apartments in Olympic Village need to be a place where athletes can mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for the biggest sporting moments of their lives. Here's a peek into the sleeping quarters, common areas and open grounds where they're staying. Jonathan Edwards, Olympic gold medalist and chair of the Athletes' Committee within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, worked with a panel of architects, interior designers and other athletes to implement additions in the apartments. Units range from one‐bedrooms to four‐ and five‐bedroom townhouses. A peek inside the bedrooms reveals Union Jack–clad standard beds that are 5 feet, 8 inches long. Basketball players, swimmers and others taller than that may request the superlong, extendable Olympic beds. Blackout shades provide privacy and optimum sleep conditions. For the first time in the games' history, there are lounges (pictured here) in each apartment, where athletes can watch TV, as well as large areas of green open space outside for them to relax in between events. Owning a piece – or a set – of Olympic history is within your reach when it comes to apartment furniture. Remains of the Games is already selling furnishings, fixtures and equipment to interested buyers. You can purchase what's called the Athletes' Bedroom 4‐Piece Set (including a bed, a mattress, a night table and a nightlight) for only $150. "So many people want a piece of the Olympics, and they're just mad about games memorabilia," says Paul Levin, a marketing executive at Remains of the Games.
Creating an area above a large bed for childhood keepsakes, trinkets and books will make the room feel more cozy and childlike. If you're worried about a big bed taking up too much space, consider painting the wall behind the bed a nice dark color. This will give the illusion of depth and make the room appear larger. Another great trick to add the illusion of space is to use lots of mirrors. I love the brightness the two mirrors flanking this large bed bring to the room. If you have the square footage, lining the walls with multiple queen‐size beds is a great way to sleep a crowd. This room is perfect for slumber parties and late‐night pillow fights. This space looks like it was just transformed into a more mature design. The map keeps it playful, but you'll be happy to hang on to the furniture long after your child has left for college. When choosing furniture, go for timeless, clean pieces your child will be happy to keep well into adulthood. Keeping the room colorful, as with this bright pink accent wall, will prevent the space from becoming too grown‐up. This cute nautical‐themed room would be great for a growing boy. The materials and patterns feel youthful but classic, so it works as an instant guest room when necessary.
Decide which furniture to keep. As you are going through the room, note which pieces you want to keep and which will be sold or given away. But before buying anything new, consider updating existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs, and look around the rest of the house (including in the attic and the basement) for forgotten treasures. Shop for new items. Look for pieces that can also be used in a first apartment (or dorm room) to get the most bang for your buck. Small side tables, cushions, throw blankets, lamps, and small‐scale armchairs will all be most welcome in those first digs away from home. Go on a "cool junk" hunt together. Make a date to hit a flea market or antiques and collectibles fair to see what you can find. Bring cash (only as much as you want to spend), measurements of key areas and a dolly or cart to carry home your finds. Wire storage lockers like the ones shown here are superversatile – use them for everything from shoes and scarves to craft supplies and books. Incorporate photos of friends. One of the downsides to taking mostly digital photos is that we tend to print photos less often. As part of this project, be sure to give your teen the opportunity to have some recent pictures printed – some to frame and others to tape up in a rotating display. Japanese masking tape (also called washi tape) comes in a mind‐boggling array of colors and patterns, is easily removable from most surfaces and can be used in tons of ways (like in the photo display seen here). A set would make a lovely gift for your teen when this project is complete. Try a small DIY project.