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At grandma’s house, a bedroom for kids

A 1920s Cape home in Weston gets a space just for visiting grandchildren.

“The room has a pajama party feeling to it, it’s a place the kids can curl up with a book or play on the floor,” says Tiffany LeBlanc. “It’s also comfortable for adults when they’re spending time with the kids.”Eric Roth
Eric Roth

A grandmother to 13, the owner of this 1928 Weston Cape sought a room suited for overnight visits from them. “She wanted to make a space where the kids would feel comfortable sleeping, playing, and reading,” says Tiffany LeBlanc, the interior designer hired to transform the existing second-story bedroom. Dated wallpaper and mismatched furniture made the room feel small. Striving to give the space a bunkroom feel, LeBlanc worked with architect Michael Collins to design a built-in bed with a trundle. To offset the custom splurge, other lively furnishings were purchased off the shelf. Walls are painted a soft yellow punctuated by pops of orange and deeper yellow. While clearly a kid-friendly space, the room is also refined, says LeBlanc. “It will grow with the kids and is sophisticated enough that Grandma can live with it on a daily basis.”


1 | Various textures add interest to the beds: orange and cream cotton coverlets from Pine Cone Hill, Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows, and a woven wool throw by Johnstons of Elgin.

2 | Custom bead-board millwork on the walls behind the bed adds character and a cozy feel.

3 | Moldings are painted a cream Farrow & Ball hue that recedes into the walls to make the small, low-ceilinged room feel larger.

4 | A flush-mount light and a hard-wired reading lamp above the bed, both by Visual Comfort, provide illumination. The fixtures’ stainless-steel hardware adds another visual dimension to the room.

5 | Floor pillows from RH provide an extra place to perch.

6 | A Serena & Lily shag rug offers a comfortable area for the kids to stretch out and play.

7 | The desk, from The Land of Nod, is painted a custom deep yellow hue. “Painting off-the-shelf furniture is a great way to make it feel unique,” says LeBlanc.


8 | Vintage toys are a nod to the antique residence’s origins as well as to the fact that it’s Grandma’s house, says LeBlanc.

9 | A chair from Anthropologie, just the right shade of orange, is lightweight, making it easy to move around the room.