Recently spotted and admired in Gray Magazine: playful yet modern kids’ bedrooms designed to grow with the child.
When Brandon Ebel, president of Seattle’s Tooth & Nail Records, first spied a white-washed, brick cottage in the city’s Magnolia neighborhood, he fell in love with the home’s historic details and stunning water views but not the dated interiors. To rescue the home from “1980s design purgatory,” as he says, he turned to Seattle-based interior designer Brian Paquette.
Throughout the home, Paquette sought to highlight the architectural details of the 1932 cottage—such as the arched windows with leaded-glass panes—by keeping the interiors clean and simple. A fresh palette and minimal furnishings, paired with individual details, complement the original character of the home.
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Above: In the children’s bedrooms Paquette used a high/low combination of midcentury-inspired furniture and whimsical accents to achieve a calm yet playful space. Here in Ebel’s son’s room, subtle gray-blue’s keep this snug room looking clean and simple.
Above: Although Paquette’s headboards are custom, Blu Dot makes a similar Nook Twin Bed; $1,399.
Above: West Elm’s Mid-Century Six-Drawer Dresser in acorn and white features sustainably sourced Acacia veneer and antiqued bronze handles; $999. Also available is a matching Mid-Century Nightstand; $299.
Above: The iconic midcentury Eames Molded Plastic Chair with Dowel Base for Herman Miller is something junior can take to college to impress his classmates. On sale now at DWR; $373.15 to $414.80.
Above: Workstead’s versatile Wall Lamp swings to illuminate many areas; $775.
Above: Lindsay Alkers’ linen Palmira Fabric in Indigo is hand-silkscreened in England; £83 ($105) per meter.
Above: Eric Cohler’s Star Flush Mount ceiling light adds a whimsical element; $370 at Circa Lighting.
Above: In Ebel’s daughter’s room, the midcentury silhouettes are softened with bright colors and patterns as well as playful details.
Above: Urban Outfitter’s Mavi Boucherouite Shag Rug is 100 percent wool; $499 for the five-by-seven-foot size.
Above: The window shades are made of Harlequin fabric by Australian company Edit (available in cotton canvas or linen); $182 per 145 centimeters.
Above: Ideal for small spaces, West Elm’s Mid-Century Mini Desk in white is made from sustainable “FSC-certified solid eucalyptus wood”; $399.
Above: Pottery Barn Teens’ Kennedy Task Lamp features two handy USB ports; $149.
Above: George and Willy’s wall-mounted Studio Roller is the ultimate design-minded easel; $210 NZD ($152 USD).
For more inspired bedrooms for junior designphiles, see:
- 5 Favorites: Painted Patterns in Children’s Bedrooms
- Children’s Rooms: Scandinavian Bedroom Roundup
- Bedtime Stories: Playful Children’s Furniture from Italy