Decorating a toddler’s room so it’s not too girlie


(Leah L. Jones/For the Washington Post)
March 7, 2012

THE CHALLENGE

Kitty and Tom Whitehead of Capitol Hill are expecting their second baby in July. They’re turning the guest room into a bedroom for their daughter, Alice, 2, and want it to be “fresh, modern and inviting, but not over-the-top girly,” they wrote.

THE SOLUTION

To make the room sophisticated and fun, designer Jill Sorensen recommends investing in furniture that will last, accented with inexpensive accessories.


Kitty and Tom Whitehead with their daughter, Alice. (Leah L Jones)

Play with patterns. The comforter’s Greek key design and the rug’s geometric print spice up the space.

Floor-to-ceiling curtains make the room feel taller. Wider curtain rods let in more light.

Include accessories that will last through the years. A chess lamp adds a touch of sophistication to the playful room.

Don’t be afraid to mix textures, such as a capiz shell pendant lamp and a fluffy sheepskin rug.

Green and white paint is fresh and gender-neutral. Walls are Seafoam Green, trim is White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore.

Use bookshelves to display a variety of items, such as flowers, photos and games.

Sorensen, of Marmalade Interiors (703-984-9293, www.marmalade
interiors.com
), is based in McLean.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Billy bookcase in white ($40, www.ikea.com); Grace headboard ($450, www.zgallerie.com); Madeline chair in orange ($350, www.urbanoutfitters.com).

Lighting: Mila pendant lamp in turquoise ($340, www.poshliving.com).

Accessories: Rens sheepskin rug ($30, www.ikea.com); turquoise key duvet cover ($185, www.livelikeyou.com); Chess Knight lamp by Cyan Lighting ($200, www.amazon.com); Regency curtain ($135 for 25 by 84 inches, www.livelikeyou.com); Fauna poodle mini-cushion ($40, www.allmodern.com); Fauna ostrich pico pillow ($28, www.allmodern.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Orange Over Easy rug ($775 for 6 by 9 feet, www.madelineweinrib.­com).

. . . OR SAVE

Hand-tufted Safari wool rug in orange ($180 for 5 by 8 feet, www.overstock.com).

Tell us about your design challenge.

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

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