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Kid’s Room Contest House Calls: Space for son’s to share


Cheryl Broth’s sons, Betzalel, 7, and Yoni, 16, share a small room that’s lacking in storage space. Broth, of Silver Spring, wants a room that can accommodate both boys through high school, with a desk for Yoni and a dresser for Betzalel, who has been storing most of his clothes in his sister’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE CHALLENGE

Cheryl Broth’s sons, Betzalel, 7, and Yoni, 16, share a small room that’s lacking in storage space. Broth, of Silver Spring, wants a room that can accommodate both boys through high school, with a desk for Yoni and a dresser for Betzalel, who has been storing most of his clothes in his sister’s room.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Stuart Nordin gives the space a youthful color scheme and addresses the boys’ storage needs with a clever bunk bed system.

3Nordin, of Stuart Nordin Home & Design (571-357-1144, www.stuart
nordin.com
), is based in Alexandria.

Remove the built-in shelving units to free up space for a new layout.

A bunk bed system checks a lot of boxes: extra shelving, drawers and a desk for Yoni.

Two small dressers give both boys space to store their clothing without overpowering the small room.

Tan walls with blue and orange accents give the space a youthful feel. Try Benjamin Moore’s warm Edgecomb Gray.

Replace the teal carpet with a striped one that pairs with the tan walls and blue bunk bed.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Camp bunk system and twin bed set in Weathered Navy ($2,595, www.potterybarnkids.com); Koppang three-drawer chest in white ($100, www.ikea.com).

Bedding: Nautical flag sheet set ($110 for twin), Light Bark color frame duvet ($110 for twin) and Light Bark color frame sham ($48), all from www.serenaandlily.com.

Accessories: Gabrielle Stripe carpet in Blue Yonder (prices vary by size, www.carpetwholesale.com); “Ride Above It 2012” print ($95, www.thecalmgallery.com); Washington, D.C., neighborhood map print (no longer avialable); Fox storage bin ($27, www.target.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Pumpkin triple gourd lamp ($309, www.lampplus.com).

Oakley mirror ($792, www.zincdoor.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Gourd-shaped lamp in orange ($26, www.target.com).

White faux bois mirror ($349, www.wisteria.com).

Submit your Kid’s Room Contest photos.  We’re accepting contest submissions until Sept. 16. Visit washingtonpost.com/kidsroomcontest, where you can read the rules, submit photos, take a look at submissions so far and get decorating advice.

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

Tell us about your design challenge.

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

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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