As an Interior Designer who specializes in residential design, I frequently get asked what my favorite rooms to design are. I think if you look at my portfolio, you can probably see where I shine: a child’s room. These are the projects that get the most attention, and what most clients reference when they call to schedule an appointment.

Why do the nurseries, playrooms and toddler rooms draw so much attention?

They are such a small section of the home, but they continue to catch people’s eye. I believe it is because of the imagination that can be explored in a child’s room. Colors, patterns and themes are all acceptable, and since it is such a small part of the home, clients are more open to letting me “go crazy”, if you will.

This toddler room is one that I designed for my 2 year old. I was pregnant with my second child and we were not interested in 2 cribs, therefore, soon-to-be big sister had to move out! Being completely exhausted and of course hormonal, I thought about how difficult it would be for my child to go from the center of her parents world to playing second fiddle to a newborn. Then, worse than that, the new baby would be taking her nursery and all her baby belongings away from her. Although I know kids are resilient, this seemed traumatic to me. I threw myself into creating a spot for my little girl that would make her excited to enter into a new phase of life as a big girl and a big sister.

I tried to stay away from a themed bedroom in hopes that this room would carry my little girl past her toddler years, maybe even into her pre-teens with only minor updates and improvements.

We started with the wallpaper. I went through probably thousands of samples of pink wallpaper and I just did not find one that had enough personality for this sassy young thing! I finally decided to move the hot pink to the ceiling, and use Stroheim’s Twig Orange ( to cover every wall. The combination of orange and pink had just enough sass, and I was ready to continue to mix in more colors and patterns to keep this room Interesting at every turn.

Next, we found a feminine floral pattern curtain for the window, and another playful trellis pattern I was dying to use somewhere!

I ended up purchasing inexpensive benches off of a deal website and had my upholsterer railroad my second trellis pattern so that it would not compete with the Twig Trellis wallpaper. We kept the bedding solid and simple, found a few antique pieces to give the room some character, and topped it off with a gorgeous pendant light.

When we moved my daughter into her room, I laid in bed next to her to read her a book, and before kissing her goodnight, I asked. “Emerson, I just love your room. I think it is beautiful, what do you think?”

Her response: “I would like it better if it was green”.


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