House Calls: The ‘Titanic’ stateroom look


Frankie Shapiro of Potomac just turned 15 and is ready for a bedroom befitting a teenager. She would love a romantic style reminiscent of the movie “Titanic.” Her mom also wants to make sure there’s a place for Frankie’s swimming trophies. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
March 6, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Frankie Shapiro of Potomac just turned 15 and is ready for a bedroom befitting a teenager. She would love a romantic style reminiscent of the movie “Titanic.” Her mom, Joni Lucas-Shapiro, also wants to make sure there’s a place to display Frankie’s swimming trophies.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Nancy Twomey gives the room a glamorous, turn-of-the-century look with a velvet headboard, silver leaf mirror and hand-blown glass table lamps.

Twomey, of Finnian’s Moon Interiors, is based in Alexandria.

Say no to one-color rooms.Frankie’s favorite color, purple, shines when complemented by a fresh blue.

Elegant hand-blown glass lamps in a funky color look grown-up but still playful.


Frankie Shapiro, 15, and her mom, Joni Lucas-Shapiro. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Give the space a focal point, and some sparkle, by moving the existing chandelier to the center of the room.

Collections should be grouped thoughtfully. The floating shelves provide space for Frankie’s taller trophies.

Acrylic ghost chairs use a traditional design in a way that’s fun for a teen. The clear material also makes the room look less cluttered.

Upgraded hardware, such as these glass knobs, can breathe new life into existing furniture.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Full-size Camden tufted headboard in Queen’s Velvet Spa ($559, www.ballarddesigns.com); Elsie bedside table ($249 each, www.pbteen.com).

Accessories: Oasis aqua hand-blown glass table lamp ($399, www.lampsplus.com); Dianthus pillow in Sky ($132, www.companyc.com); Tailored Pique bed skirt in white ($186, www.pioneerlinens.com); Trellis matelasse duvelet in Lilac Fog ($131, www.nordstrom.com); jacquard leaf window panel ($64 each, www.westelm.com); Lanai standard pillow sham in white ($99 each, www.finelinenandbath.com); wall ledge with molding detail in white ($25 each, www.target.com); Anita mirror in antique silver leaf ($475, www.grandinroad.com); notched glass knob ($8 each, www.anthropologie.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Victoria ghost chair ($330, www.dwr.com).

Metallic silver and lavender grasscloth wallpaper ($91 per roll, www.blinds-wallpaper.net).

. . . OR SAVE

Philippe Starck-style Victoria ghost chairs ($189 for two, www.instylemodern.com).

Benjamin Moore paint in Pale Iris.

See past room makeovers by local designers.

Tell us about your design challenge.

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

Kendra Nichols is the editor of Local Living.
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