Your Home: Beautiful Bedrooms

The bedrooms teens dream of

Middle schoolers’ rooms showcase their hobbies.

Theodore and Co. designed room
Michael J. Lee
Michael J. Lee

Jakob, 14

LIVES IN South Natick

HOBBIES Snowboarding, reading, listening to music

REQUESTS A quiet space to read and sleep


Jakob says: “I’m not in my room a lot, because I like to play Xbox. But I also like to read, so they put in a giant bookshelf. Snowboarding is really important to me.” He even picked out a snowboarding poster.

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Jakob’s mom says: “Jakob’s room had a mural with terriers, moons, and stars. We were sad to see it go, but he’s getting older; it was time.”

How designer Kate McCusker of Theodore & Co. in Boston made it work: Tuning in to Jakob’s athletic interests, McCusker mounted a snowboard above the bed and designed an acrylic art piece encapsulating Jakob’s old karate belts. Knowing he’s a reader, and that the room would be used primarily at night, she designed a suede headboard that would be comfy for leaning against when reading in bed.

Isabel, 13


HOBBIES Sewing, drawing, photography


REQUESTS A big bed and a place to sew

Isabel says: “I love Project Runway. I got a sewing machine last year. So far I’ve made a shirt, and some skirts – they’re high-waisted with a built-in belt.”

Isabel’s mom says: “The double bed was a really big deal; the girls like it for sleepovers.”

How designer Ana Donohue of Ana Donohue Interiors in Melrose made it work: Since the room is shaped like a T, it’s the perfect setup for a mini studio space. Donohue used magnetic chalkboard paint on one wall so Isabel can draw and hang her designs.