American Farmhouse Style
DESIGNING for the Kiddos
Southern Studio explains the elusive balance between easy upkeep and a fully decorated children’s space.
• PATTERNS: Lots of décor is fun, but it can be a hazard for little ones. Southern Studio used brightly colored wallpaper to supply the style for this children’s bedroom. “The pattern provides great interest in a small space, so we kept the other design elements clean and uncluttered,” the team says.
• TWIN BEDS: If your child loves to have friends over, consider adding an extra bed in the room, or get a trundle bed that has a second bed underneath. The two upholstered twin beds in this bedroom are perfect for sleepovers and still leave room for play.
• SIMPLICITY: “Children’s rooms need to have space for personal treasures,” the team says. “So we encourage
• COMFORT: Cute bedding and comfort go hand in hand at Southern Studio. “We always layer children’s beds with easy-care, washable linens and just a few pillows, for that touch of playful beauty,” the team says. Plus, if you’re teaching your kids to make their beds every morning, it will be easier for them to do with fewer pillows. simplicity.” Whether your child is sentimental or less-ismore minded, every kid has a few precious keepsakes, from polished rocks to big sticks. Keep space on open shelves and the dresser for them to display their own collectibles.
LESS IS MORE
Running out of space? No need to cram it full of stylish tchotchkes. In certain rooms of the house, like the mudroom, scullery and master bath, Southern Studio kept it simple. “The master bath is small but mighty,”the team says.“We kept the palette neutral and added interest with multiple textures. The crisp white tub and wall tile, the warm wood vanity and antique chair, the charcoal floor tile, the dramatic glass pendant and antique brass fixtures are the perfect combination of charm and elegance.” Cut the clutter and cue the style.