House Calls: A shared bedroom in Rockville


January 2, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Rose Stahr’s daughters, Violet, 3, and Lucy, 20 months, share a bedroom in Rockville. Stahr is planning to switch Lucy from a crib to a bed and wants help updating the space. The color scheme should complement a pair of colorful quilts she made the girls for Christmas.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Katie Moore incorporated green, yellow and pink accents to match the quilts and provided separate yet flexible sleeping areas for each girl.

Moore, of Olios Design (202-412-6255), is based in Alexandria.

Invest in furniture that can grow with the child. A toddler bed is functional and safe and can be used for years to come.

Optimize storage. An upholstered toy box can hold books and toys and provide extra seating if necessary.


Rose Stahr with her daugthers, Violet, 3, and Lucy, 20 months. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Sharing a room isn’t always easy. Define each girl’s half with hanging letters and monogrammed pillows.

Coordinate a color scheme. A pair of matching lamps ties the two sides of the room together.

A small area rug softens the room. White faux sheepskin is simple yet girly.

Sky blue can be a neutral, too. The walls are painted Crystal Springs by Benjamin Moore.

Take advantage of the room’s height. Tall bookcases (not shown) minimize clutter.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Catalina dresser ($335, www.potterybarnkids.com); As You Wish storage bench with feet ($297, www.landofnod.com); Orbelle toddler bed with storage drawer ($156, www.wayfair.com).

Lighting: Jubilee Collection curvy candle table lamps with scallop drum shade in green ($136 each, www.bellacor.com).

Accessories: Large Castela milk crates ($25 for a set of two) and beveled hanging mirror ($75), both from www.target.com; faux sheepskin area rug in white ($69 for 4-by-6-foot rug, www.homedecorators.com); Doorknob wall decor ($69, www.landofnod.com); Whitney quilted bedding in pink and green ($99 each) with Savannah decorative shams ($30 each), printed letters ($12) and white gallery frames ($14 each), all from www.potterybarnkids.com.

SPLURGE . . .

Newport Cottages Celine Emily bed with caning ($1,445, www.wayfair.com).

Five cube bookcase in white ($237, www.landofnod.com).

. . . OR SAVE

South Shore Summer Breeze twin panel bed in distressed white ($285, www.wayfair.com).

Billy bookcase in white ($40, www.ikea.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers.

Tell us about your design challenge.

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

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