4 Amazing Kids’ Rooms

These fun, serene and impossibly cool kids’ rooms are the definition of pint-sized high style.

A soothing, sophisticated color palette of blush, cream and gray is carried throughout the nursery. Wall-to-wall seagrass carpeting is layered with a softer area rug. The chest holds a collection of dainty dishes and frames, while a mirror that once belonged to the mother hangs above. Photos by Justin Cordova

Sweet Beginnings

Behind the slipper chair is a collection of four ballerinas by Tuscaloosa artist Kristin Blakeney, each a gift from the little girl’s godmother.

When a mom of two wild and woolly boys found out she was expecting a baby girl, planning a girly nursery was nothing but fun! Working with Sylvia Atchison of Atchison Home, this mom pulled together a serene space where she and her sweet angel could rest and bond amid the chaos of a full house.

Little sister’s space is a welcome respite with plenty of light, clean lines, soft fabrics and a few heirloom pieces. Besides the mandatory crib, a daybed was included in the spacious room — the perfect spot for mom to rest during sleepless baby nights, which can later transition from baby days to the teen years. It’s a plan they won’t soon outgrow.

A classic swivel slipper chair is dressed in white with pale pink piping. Collective • Contact for updated product information

The soft pink linen is embellished with a girly ruffle. Tuscany in alt pink • Cotton Capers •  $17 per yard

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Bathroom wallpaper
Sweet drawings of lilacs add a pop of color to the adjacent bath. Barrington wallpaper in pink by Nina Campbell • Atchison Home • $250 per roll

Ceiling Color: Benjamin Moore Warm Blush | Trim Color: Devoe Ironstone

Bedroom wallpaper
A sophisticated, neutral pattern keeps the nursery from feeling too cute. Jim Thompson Grey Check similar to Wallquest Seagrass Grey and White check • Atchison Home • $70 per roll

The bedroom of 12-year-old Mary Frances is an oasis of cool, with pale pink walls and a glimmering gold ceiling. Other touches of metallic sheen add sophistication, while bright pop art, sleek lucite furniture and a gold tassel swag made by a friend keep the look youthful. A groovy fabric jellyfish hangs in one corner of the room and the dressing table provides ample space for homework or trying out makeup.

All Grown Up

When your mom owns one of the most hip interiors boutiques in Fairhope, it goes without saying that your room will be full of cool. For Elizabeth Collins, owner of Living Well, designing the rooms for tween daughters Woody and Mary Frances was a fun collaboration. Elizabeth gathered wallpaper swatches, paint colors and bedding while the girls chimed in on accessories, color combos and seating. The resulting rooms overlooking the family’s chic and shady backyard pool are the perfect mix of preteen fun and grown-up sophistication. Before you know it, these two girls will be designing their college dorm rooms and possibly even bringing some of these pieces with them, although no doubt they can find fresh inspiration in mom’s store anytime.


Gold raffia suspends chains of pale pink seaglass beads. Ro sham beaux 18” Malibu Chandelier • Living Well • $1,500

Ceiling Wallpaper
A glimmering sky makes for sweet slumber parties. Phillip Jeffries Vinyl Mirror Mirror  Allyn Cameron • $60/yard

Sparkling brass sconces are an unexpectedly bright touch in a kid’s room! Global Views Star Arm Sconce • Living Well • $500

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Hint of Pink

Maximize the potential of small bedroom nooks with a tall shelf. Uttermost Etagere • Living Well • $750

Velvet Throw
A soft throw is perfect for curling up with a good book (or an iPad). Bella Notte Loula Throw in Pearl • Living Well • $700

Younger sister Woody Collins, age 11, has a room with just as much cool as big sister Mary Frances. Woody chose the turquoise and purple color combo used on the bed skirt and curtains, while mom pulled in Greek key trim to add a grown-up touch. The fabric headboard is a nod to Woody’s equestrian passions, and a sleek pouf makes a comfortable spot for working on the computer. Woody loves reading and snuggling with the family’s Maltese, Mr. Collins, on the wild shag bean bag under a window that overlooks the pool.


Pouf Stool
Pink stingray leather over a brass base is über cool. Worlds Away Dupont Shagreen Stool •  Living Well • $525

A colorful print inspired by the maharajahs of India. Manuel Canovas Dara fabric • Allyn Cameron • $490/yard

Woody’s paint is a custom Benjamin Moore lilac blend similar to Peace and Happiness, shown here.

Wallpaper doesn’t have to break the bank — try just one accent wall! This one is scrubbable vinyl. Phillip Jeffries Vinyl Grasscloth in Lilac Metallic Allyn Cameron • $60/yard

A nautical theme is carried throughout this adorable bunk room, with high-gloss navy paint, crisp striped linens and bold brass accents. A few vintage sailboat paintings adorn the opposite wall (not shown), which were saved from dad Tucker’s childhood bedroom. Mom Jennifer deftly mixed high and low with monogrammed Matouk bedding sitting alongside inexpensive, contemporary chairs and lamps. The boys enjoy changing out their bulletin boards almost daily with new pictures, awards and mementos.

Bunking In

In a house full of boys and with a dad who can build just about anything, a DIY bunk room is a must. Jennifer and Tucker Fraser’s two oldest sons had shared a room for some time, but the two twin beds made the room cramped and left little room for rambunctious play. Tucker sneakily began work on the bunks late last fall, claiming the carpentry was a project for the hunting camp. But on Christmas morning, the beds were in place and the boys were ecstatic. While the finishing touches — paint, lighting and accessories — have been a work in progress, the boys have settled right in, customizing their desk areas with posters, awards and books. Next on the to-do list? Finish the trundle for sleepovers!


Trundle Pulls
The brass pulls against navy paint shout maritime fun! Emtek Brass Finish Appliance Bar Pulls • Rayford & Associates • $103

Bunks: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn

Throw Rug
Classic checks in blue and white never grow old in a boy’s room. Dash and Albert 6’ x 9’ Tattersall Rug • Malouf Furniture • $244

Desk Chairs
Jennifer found her pair of white molded mid-century chairs on Overstock.com, but similar chairs can be found online in all price points!


Allyn Cameron, Designer at Cindy Meador Interiors • 25299 Canal Rd., Orange Beach. 974-1907
Atchison Home • 921 Dauphin St. 438-4800
Benjamin Moore • For locations in Mobile and Daphne, visit benjaminmoore.com
Collective • 4513 Old Shell Rd. 656-6368
Cotton Capers • 1302 Dauphin St. 432-3452
Malouf Furniture & Design • 7745 State Highway 59, Foley. 955-5151
Living Well • 25 S Section St., Fairhope. 279-0690
Rayford & Associates • 2701 Dauphin St. 476-1460
Sherwin Williams • For locations in Mobile, Daphne and Fairhope, visit sherwin-williams.com

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