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A bedroom designed to grow with its 7-year-old resident

An interior designer’s young daughter gets an age-appropriate bedroom that offers a fairy-tale feel — for now.

Joyelle West

Laura Ogden and Liza Kugeler of Realm Interiors decorated this bedroom, in the turret of a Victorian in Winchester, for a very important client: Ogden’s 7-year-old daughter. Using the teal bas-relief pine-cone tiles of the existing fireplace surround as their starting point, the designers developed a color scheme of cool blues and warm pinks to create a whimsical room that is mature enough to grow with its occupant. Playful accents include a White Rabbit pillow, vintage storybooks, and Beatrix Potter figurines from Ogden’s childhood. “The vibe was serious and dark,” she says. “We wanted a fairy-tale world that celebrates her personality and would be an escape.”

1 Nautilus wallpaper by Cole & Son in teal ties the color scheme of the window-seat nook to the fireplace surround, as does the border of the roman shade from The Shade Store.

2 Ogden commissioned Colorado-based fiber artist Sarah Huston of Woven to create a wall hanging suspended on a branch scavenged from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.


3 To avoid a “Pepto-Bismol situation” but satisfy her daughter’s desire for pink, Ogden painted the walls Benjamin Moore Blanched Coral, which has orange undertones and feels feminine, not childish.

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4 The print of Golden Gate Fog by Sue Prue, from Minted, is a reminder of the family’s previous home outside San Francisco. The whitewashed frame echoes the finish of the bed.

5 Kugeler chose the Zoe bed from RH Teen, with turned posts that evoke a spool bed with an 18th-century baroque twist. “With nine-foot ceilings, the room called out for a four-poster,” Ogden says.

6 Ogden’s mother-in-law gave her the vintage rug, and she had it cut down slightly to perfectly fit the room. She says, “I love to mix treasured family pieces with new elements.”