Things weren't just a little tight in 11-year-old Claire Baker's bedroom in her family's house in Albertson. It was so cramped, she could fit only two pieces of her bedroom furniture -- the bed and a dresser -- in the 8-by-11-foot room. The rest -- nightstand, hutch, mirror and chest -- had been stored for years. No more. Designer-mom Nanette Baker, owner of Interiors by Nanette in Albertson, took on Claire as a client. "We were adding onto the house," says Baker, who also has a 9-year-old son, Miles. Changes included doubling the size of Claire's room (to 16 feet by 11 feet), remodeling a bathroom and adding a shared office for Nanette, 52, and Robert, 53, who is international finance controller at Systemax in Port Washington. "For Claire, we started by bringing home 15 cloth samples for the window treatments." That was whittled down to a striped fabric, and the rest of the room evolved from it. TOTAL: About $19,000 (Baker's usual fee for a makeover of this type would be $1,000, additional $250 to shop for furniture). -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
BEFORE. Claire, 11, didn't have much room to spread out before a home remodeling doubled her space to 11 feet by 16 feet.
DESK LAMP, $35. From Home Goods in Merrick.
MIRROR, existing. Mirror has been in the family 10 years. From Crate and Barrel, Manhasset.
CHAIR, $30. From Ikea in Hicksville.
DECORATIVE CHEST, $35. From Over the Rainbow gift shop, Syosset.
ARTWORK, $40 (for frame). It was done by Claire, but the frame is from Michaels, Westbury.
SNAPFISH poster, $25. The photos are Claire’s. The display was created at snapfish.com.
BEDDING, $75. “I was so excited to find this,” Baker says of the bedding that she had expected would have to be custom made. From Marshalls, Jericho.
NIGHTSIDE LAMP, existing. This is a family heirloom. (January 2011)
This included bumping out the wall, electrical and other construction tasks. Done by DeBlasio Capo Design Builders, St. James.
PAINT, $900. Paint is no-VOC Mauve Mist ($120 for two cans) from Benjamin Moore. Application ($780) was by R&R Painting in Carle Place.
CARPET, $1,450. From G. Fried Carpet and Design Center, Westbury. (January 2011)
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $1,219 (for three). This fabric has Claire’s favorite purple as well as green, red, cream and yellow. “If she wants to change the color of the room in coming years, we won’t have to change the window treatments,” says Baker, adding that window treatments are a good place to spend your designing dollar. “Especially for children, pick something that can grow with them and their changing tastes,” Baker says. Fabric ($294) from Duralee Fabrics in Syosset. Fabrication ($925) by Window Tech of Long Island in Farmingdale. (January 2011)
ROSE ARTWORK, $50 (for two). From Home Goods. (January 2011)
BEDROOM FURNITURE. The furniture for Claire’s room was bought when she was about 2 years old, from Behr’s Baby & Kids Furniture Superstore, Seaford. (January 2011)
IN ADDITION to increasing the size of Claire's bedroom, the Bakers' home renovation included a new shared office for parents Nanette and Robert Baker. (January 2011)
A REMODELED BATHROOM was also part of the Bakers' renovation project. (January 2011)