September brings about changes for all students, but especially for those moving from one school to the next. Redoing a child's room as he or she moves up is one way to mark the event.
In designing a room for Madeleine, 6, and her 3-year-old sister Penelope, Lori Miller of Lori Girl Creations included a durable off-white desk with hutch, which is home to the girls' Mac computer, and a bookcase. "You want stuff that is durable and that can take a licking," Miller says. "Kids bang around a lot." (Aug. 28, 2012)
Designer Lori Miller was tasked with finding sufficient space for the girls' things, including two beds. Traditional bed frames are capped with custom fabric headboards. (Aug. 28, 2012)
Gail Tarasoff-Sutton of Tarasoff Interiors was called when 10-year-old Sylvia was ready to shed the stuffed-animal-adorned room of her past. Out came the carpet and in went dark hardwood flooring and a white shag throw rug. "Shag is very popular now," says Tarasoff-Sutton.
Sylvia's lavender walls became stark white. Designer Gail Tarasoff-Sutton replaced wood for shelves and furniture with chrome and Lucite. Roman shades, a popular trend, were hung where frilly curtains and valances once did.
Designer Gail Tarasoff-Sutton placed a lacquer dresser, which matches Sylvia's desk, beneath a flat-screen TV.
High school freshman Steven knew what he wanted in a bedroom: minimalist and red. Lee Najman of Lee Najman Designs transformed the room, bringing in the red with a beet-colored shag carpet and one dominant, crushed velvet-like wall. Other walls were finished with a washable vinyl covering.
Designer Lee Najman kept Steven's room sleek with with Longhi -- a popular, semi-hardwood originating in Africa -- in the headboard and around a floor-to-ceiling mirror. In keeping with the minimalist aesthetic, the bedside tables are metal, though they have cubbies for storage. "In all of the rooms, there needs to be places for clothes, places for their belongings," says Najman of designing for kids and young adults.