Interior designer and mom Janet Gridley reads Roald Dahl books she checks out from the library and counts a primitive cabin in Minnesota (accessible only by traversing a lake by boat) as one of her favorite places on Earth. Erudite and down to earth, she also has a keen sense of style and impeccable taste.

Inspired by her 8-year-old son—who “possesses an amazingly fertile imagination”—Janet designed a fantasy room for dreaming, scheming, and exploring. She also drew on her years as a stylist and art director for film and print, as well as her current role creating residential and commercial interiors with her signature blend of utility and whimsy.

room_02 SHOP THE ROOM paint: Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, benjaminmoore.com wallpaper: Brunschwig & Fils Bibliotheque and Battle of Valmy 1792, to the trade, brunschwigandfils.com Rugs: Calypso green cowhide rug, $2,400, Calypso Home, calypsostbarth.com, and Stark Tibetan rug, price upon request, Stark, starkcarpet.com staghorn fern: $60, Sunshine Miniature Trees, sunshinebonsai.com photography by Maxine Helfman


JANET GRIDLEY WALKS US THROUGH HER INSPIRATION AND FORMULA FOR THE ROOM.

1 STARTING POINT

“A strong point of view makes a space more interesting. Start with an item you really love (for me, it was Brunschwig & Fils’ Battle of Valmy 1792 wallpaper) and build from there.”

2 MIX IT UP
“Mixing patterns can be intimidating, but doing it really adds character to a room. Don’t be afraid; just temper prints with solid blocks of color to give the eye a chance to rest.”
 
3 LIVING ART
“Including an organic, living item in a kid’s room gives your child an opportunity to care for something and watch it change and grow. I’m partial to hamsters and plants. ”

4 TAKE A SEAT
“Kids can quickly outgrow a rocking chair or glider. Consider investing in a lasting chair instead. It will make a great spot for cuddling, reading, and impromptu naps.”

5 HANGING OUT
“We used a wooden pallet, a twin mattress, and tug-of-war rope to create a fun and cozy hanging bed.”

room_03 SHOP THE ROOM desk: Nelson Swag desk, $2,450, Design Within Reach, dwr.com Model bOAT: Coast Guard, price upon request, DFW M’Antiques, 214-941-4195 lamp: AJ table lamp, $812, Design Within Reach sheets: Peacock Alley Boutique Collection sheets, $85 each, Peacock Alley, peacockalley.com quilt: New Haven quilt set, $80, Bed, Bath & Beyond. bedbathandbeyond.com plaid blankeT: Washable wool blanket, $199, Room and Board, roomandboard.com Nightstand: Kartell Componibili round tower, price upon request, Scott + Cooner, scott+cooner.com photography by Maxine Helfman


6 GET TO WORK
“A desk topped with a few inspiring objects, like vintage National Geographic magazines and art supplies, is a great way to get imaginations going.”

room_04 photography by Maxine Helfman


7 COZY ZONE
“The bed is another perfect spot for mixing pattern and texture. Instead of a matching bed in a box, try a variety of cozy blankets layered in different ways.”