Teresa Allen of Fairfax wants to turn her extra bedroom into a mother-daughter crafts room to share with Vivi, 8. They love nautical blues, crisp whites and bold accents. The design should use the wall space to keep clutter at a minimum.


Designer Victoria Sanchez designated a wall for Teresa (left) and a wall for Vivi (right), and tied them together with a beachy blue-and-white color scheme.

Sanchez (703-836-1960) is based in Alexandria.

Wall shelves put office supplies within arm’s reach. Use them to display photos and candles, too.

White furniture makes the room look crisp and clean. Bring in color through accessories and wall art.

Teresa Allen and her daughter Vivi Allen. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Keep curtains simple in a small space. A subtle white and blue pattern goes nicely with the room’s color scheme.

Sea grass rugs are stain-resistant, perfect for a room with messy crafts.

Designate a special spot for painting, so the rest of the furniture is protected from spills or splatters.

A pegboard minimizes clutter and helps a child stay organized. Paint it white to match the desks.

Paint the walls blue. Walls are Pool Blue, trim is Mountain Peak, both by Benjamin Moore.


Furniture: Martha Stewart Living craft file console ($379, www.homedecorators.com); Holman shelves in antique white ($79-$89, www.potterybarn.com); Lack wall shelves in white ($15 each, www.ikea.com); Beadboard small desk in white ($229, www.pbteen.com).

Lighting: Springfield linen ceiling light in matte nickel ($145, www.shadesoflight.com).

Accessories: Harper valence in aqua ($30, www.potterybarnkids.com); Homasote tack board ($40 for pack of four, store.capitolcitylumber.com); tempered Pegboard (prices vary by store, www.homedepot.com); Naturally Sassy sisal rug with orange trim ($219 for 5 by 8 feet, www.shadesoflight.com).


Management office chair ($249, milandirect.com.au).

Custom Portofino Mottega lamp in Mandarin with acrylic square base and white drum shade ($960, mottega.com/configurator).

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Felix white office chair ($149, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Long Neck ceramic table lamp in soft turquoise ($129, www.shadesoflight.com).

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