Girls’ bedrooms are where great women get their start. In these hideaways, Alice in Wonderland and To Kill a Mockingbird share a shelf, and stuffed animals live in bins that will one day give way to lip gloss and MP3 players. Creativity abounds here—from coloring books
to charcoal self-portraits. Girls’ bedrooms are a stage for discovering personal style, mixing the feminine and classy with the smart and sassy. Everything’s fresh and fun in these teen habitats.
Serious clothes horses share a smart shopping practice: When they find a great look, they fill their closets with it. And when interior designer Kim Elia discovered the perfect fabric for the girl’s bedroom she was assigned, she decided to forget coordinating patterns and use one fabric exclusively as the springboard for the sun-drenched room’s chorus of ruffles and frills. Two hundred yards of daffodil-and-white checked silk later, the room was transformed into a symphony of color and pattern that is delightfully feminine.
"The young lady who is going to live here is a real girly girl," says Elia. "I dialed into her personality and just ran with that, creating a place where she could daydream about the future while enjoying old-world charm."
To match the sunny yellow of the fabric, the walls are painted in a toile-and-stripe design that is tailored but sweet and pretty. An over-the-top half-canopy lavishly embellished with shirred swags and floor-puddling panels drifts around an upholstered headboard. To increase the feminine factor, silk on the bed (and throughout the room) is finished with elegant dressmaker details. Bed pillows, for instance, are laden with ornate touches such as cording, beading, and other trims.
To keep the room youthful, whimsical tiebacks reminiscent of spaghetti straps are used on the traditional formal silk draperies that frame the window seat and echo the pleats of the bed skirt. Cascading sheers with crystal detail soften the geometric checks that blanket the room.
"The window seat and the draperies act almost as a stage in this dramatic room," says the designer. "I was able to take ad vantage of the high ceiling to create a stunning look."