Brothers Atticus and Oscar show off their unique personalities in these architecturally identical rooms!
A New Addition
When you’re mandated to design a contemporary top floor addition to an Edwardian style house (that includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a study area) - and your dream clients are doing the asking - you can be sure that decor magic is in store. Although the architecture is traditional, this family favours a transitional style that leans towards contemporary taste. The home itself features beautiful tiered crown mouldings, high baseboards and gorgeous staircases… so, the third floor addition was conceived with the goal to create a kid-friendly area that’s modern and unfussy. Creating streamlined and sleek spaces with my co-designer Shannon Morrison was easy, in part because we knew exactly where to start - wallpaper!
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
The new addition provided two rooms with identical dimensions earmarked for Atticus and Oscar, making the design journey easy to navigate. While both spaces called for essentially the same treatment, the major differentiation found in each was the decor scheme. Both rooms feature the same pendant, bookshelf, general furniture setup and paint colours - but, as Shannon and I craftily planned - each feature unique decor that reflect the boys’ individual personalities.
Connect The Dots
If there’s anything you can learn from a kid, it’s to be fearless in your decision making. Mixing patterns can often be a source of intimidation, but it shouldn’t be in a kids' room - being playful is key. Atticus’s room features fabrics that reference the map through the different colours and shapes. Oscar’s room required large scale patterned pillows to balance the small scale wallpaper, essentially acting as the connector to tie the whole look together. Finding a fabric pattern that connected the blue bedding to the speckles of red in the paper provided the finishing touch.
Room To Grow
This shared bathroom was a great exercise in illustrating how to use inexpensive materials in an interesting way. The double sink was a must, and bathrooms in general can be pricey - so, we chose a timeless palette (clean white with subtle grey details) that will still look great when the boys are in their 20’s. It’s easy to update kids' rooms - swapping sheets and fabric colours is relatively cost-efficient - but bathrooms should be built and designed to withstand growing tastes.
If anything, have fun with the paint colours in a bathroom. I like to commit to classic choices on the bigger elements, but provide occasional revisions through paint and accessories. We saved on the boys' bathroom by utilizing subway tiles at $5/ft, and splurged on a strip of penny-round marble tiles at $20/ft. The penny-round mosaic, round mirrors and round pendants provided the final connection to pull the space together.
wallpaper, ‘World Map’, Wallpapered | rug, ‘Denim Rag Woven Rug’, Dash & Albert | pendant, ‘NI002 24” Sphere’, Sescolite | paint colours: ‘Soapy Water’ P5223-14D (wall) and ‘Moon Walker’ P5211-24 (ceiling), Para Paint | drapery fabric, bolster pillow fabric, ‘EMB-4241’ White/Blue, Designer Fabrics | night stand, ‘Lark Side Table’, Serena & Lily | lamp, ‘Giraffe Table Lamp’, Jonathan Adler | bed, ‘Rory Queen Bed’, Crate & Barrel | duvet cover, client’s own | sheet set, ‘Organic New School Blue w/ White Dots’, The Land of Nod | pillow fabric: ‘Mint Julep’, LuLu DK | toy basket, client’s own | painting, “Unstable is it’s Essence” by Amy Friend, Art Interiors | side chair, ‘Carlu Chair’, Sarah Richardson Design Bespoke Furniture Collection | side chair fabric, ‘32792-5’, Kravet | bookshelf, ‘3.14 White Bookcase’, CB2
wallpaper, Weitzner ‘Newsworthy’ WNE113/01, lumbar pillow fabric, 'Lodge Blue 8860/02', Primavera | rug, client’s own | pendant, ‘NI002 24” Sphere’, Sescolite | paint colours: ‘Soapy Water’ P5223-14D (wall) and ‘Moon Walker’ P5211-24 (ceiling), Para Paint | pillow fabric, ‘21041-92’ American Beauty John Robshaw, drapery fabric, Designer Fabrics | night stand, ‘Traveler's Bedside’ PB Teen | lamp, ‘Rex Grey Task Lamp’, bed, ‘Rory Queen Bed’, Crate & Barrel | duvet cover, client’s own | sheet set, ‘Ticking Stripe Denim Sheet Set’, Serena & Lily | stuffed lion, Mastermind Toys | bookshelf, ‘3.14 White Bookcase’, CB2
paint colours: ‘Paperwhite’ OC-55 (wall), Benjamin Moore, and ‘Soapy Water’ P5223-14D (ceiling), Para Paint | floor tiles, ‘12x24 Carrara honed’, shower tiles (floor and walls), 3x6” White Bevel Gloss, and 1” Penny Round Carrara Polished (stripe band), Saltillo Imports | vanity, custom, Yabba Woodworking | counter top, ‘Pure White’, Caesarstone | vanity base colour, ‘Chantilly Lace’ OC-65, Benjamin Moore | vanity hardware, stainless steel tube handles, Lee Valley | vanity accessories: planters, Elte Market, and toothbrush holder, soap dish, Gingers | sinks, ‘Kohler K-2661’, faucets, ‘Rubinet R10 Single Faucet’, towel bar, ‘Rubinet R10’, shower system, ‘Rubinet R10’, Taps Bath | mirrors, ‘Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror’, West Elm | light sconce, ‘HVL 822PC’, Universal Lighting | pendants, ‘Blow Round Wave Glass Pendant 114276001’, Union Lighting | artwork, "The Golf of Mexico, #54” by David Ellingsen, Art Interiors | towels, client’s own