Kid's Room 

Designing a dreamy guest room for visiting kids

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youteepees in tents lofts and laddersplayhouses and pirate shipsmy inner child is an overdrive as Iimagine what I would want in a bedroomif I were a kid again see just threeyears ago I was a divorced mom with twounmarried daughters in college livingalone I didn't even have a pet fishtoday I'm married with two dogs andthree stepkids who've made four morekids before I let myself get tooovercome by the fact that my life waszipping along like a driverless car Idid what I always do in moments ofpersonal crisis and panicI began decoratingI've designed kids rooms for individualchildren and I've designed guest roomsfor adults but a guest room for anassortment of kiddos called forsomething elsewe're seeing a lot more of exactly thescenario you described saidatlanta-based interior designer suzannecastle ERour clients have children coming backhome with their children and they wantto create a room for all the young onesso I asked Kessler what to consider whencreating a dreamy kids getaway the babystage because all grandkids start atbabies castle he likes to temporarilyconvert a walk-in closet or a littlepocket in the parents guest room into acrib room a place to crash when kids areready for a room of their own it's allabout the beds this is the place forbunks trundles and twinseveryone loves a bunk room except themom who has to make the bunk said castleer if you don't have the ceiling heightfor bunk beds do twin beds with atrundle a place to land bunks twins andtrundles allow for more floor spacewhether the kids room has wall-to-wallcarpet or wood floors with a rug thefloor should offer a soft place to landplay and sprawl a gender neutral paletteif kids of both genders will visitchoose gender-neutral colorsand avoid pink and purplea room done intense blues and white canbridge genders red white and blue isalso a fun color scheme a personal touchto make each child feel specialpersonalize his or her bed with afavorite toy or stuffed animal and apillow monogrammed with his or her namea place to chill a kid level televisionand some age-appropriate books canprovide kids a chance for quiet timewhen they're tired but not sleepy saidcastle erra place to hide kids love an adult freezoneif the architecture allows work in amagical space like a loft hammockclubhouse for tepee tent pirate ship ora curtain bedminimal furniture unlike a guest roomfor adults kids guest rooms need littlefurniture kids usually bring Devil'sfull of stuff and these fill up a roomvery fast she said for seating tossed ina couple beanbag chairs they're youthfuland indestructibleeasy-care fabrics I like ready-madebetting that is easy to launder andchange out said castle er gopher sheetsthat you can bleach rugs you can cleanand not fancy fabrics that are easy tomaintainhighlights to maximize floor space andminimize accidents forgo floor and tablelamps and light the room with wallsconces and ceiling fixtures said Olsenroom to grow even after they're incollege kids like coming back to thesame bed from their childhood saidcastle ERif you've created a classic neutralbackdrop that has timeless appeal youcan refresh the paint color and changeaccessories for an easy evolution askids grow I think I want to come back asmy grandkidSiC Aidid columnist Marni Jameson is theauthor of three home and lifestyle booksincluding downsizing the family homewhat to save what to let go you mayreach her at WWE Arnage amazon.com

Designing a dreamy guest room for visiting kids

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