Here’s Janet's four-point plan for creating your little one’s lovely lair.
1. Make a Statement
The mistress of this magical domain was in the market for big and bold. Gridley obliged with lustrous metallic hand-screen-printed wallpaper and custom neon art. To create grandeur around an old daybed, she had a canopy fashioned out of copper plumbing pipe and sheer curtains that she dip-dyed to match the walls.
Monaco wallpaper, price upon request, Flavor Paper; neon wall art, prices vary, Neon of Dallas; pique tailored shams, $125 each, scalloped euro shams, $125 each, and tailored duvet, $300, all Peacock Alley; love pillow, $175, Jonathan Adler; fringe throw, $615, Nest; grasshopper floor lamp, $875, Design Within Reach; Reinaldo Sanguino ceramic stool, $2,000, Nasher Sculpture Center Store; Coming and Going coatrack, $98, Urban Outfitters; over-dyed wool rug, $1,695, Calypso Home; Moroccan Winds shag pile rug, price upon request, Feizy
2. Dress Up Your Basics
Painting your furniture is so 2012. All the cool kids are using wallpaper to give their ho-hum pieces some wow. Covered in leftover paper, a ubiquitous Ikea dresser takes on a whole new—and infinitely more glamorous—identity.
Malm chest, $80, Ikea; Monaco wallpaper (on chest), price upon request, Flavor Paper; Kaleido trays, $16-$29, Design
Within Reach; Santorini bowl, $198, Jonathan
Adler; unicorn bank, $24, Urban Outfitters; octagon mirror, $379, Wisteria; Ulu brass stool, $1,200, Jonathan
3. Create Comfy Corners
A groovy rattan swing chair paired with a plump leather ottoman provide the perfect spot to daydream, doodle, or dive into a book. Layers of bright blankets, cozy pillows, and cushy sheepskins add texture and warmth.
Rattan hanging chair, $450, serenaandlily.com; Moroccan leather pouf, $450, serenaandlily.com; peace pillow, $165, Jonathan Adler; wool throw, $525, Design Within Reach; sheepskin rug, $30, Ikea; bunny poster, $40, store.debbiecarlos.com; op art framed print, $250, Vieux Design
4. Add Awesome Accents
Accessories imbue a space with personality. Choosing the right ones is key. To keep the room modern and young, Gridley sought out graphic prints and decorative items with a sense of humor.
Cat clothes hanger, $12, Urban Outfitters; screen-printed prints, $85 each (framed), shop.readbetweenthelines.com
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
Morris’ iconic adage doesn’t just apply to grown-up spaces. Handcrafted works lend a soulful vibe to a child’s room while serving as a live-in art appreciation lesson.