Kidding Around

Combining fashion and whimsy, these children’s rooms are proof that having kids doesn’t mean sacrificing style.
Cheryl Gerber
Upstairs in 3-year-old Eli Robert’s room|!!| an antique religious altar relic found at Bush Antiques hangs above the custom headboard covered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric. The chrome asteroid chandelier|!!| along with the custom drapery|!!| sea-grass maze rug and Two’s Co. porcelain owl lamps are available at perch.|!!| Mom’s Magazine Street design store. The monogrammed pillow is from The Baby’s Room.

Leave it to local shop girls Angelique Palumbo Short of Angelique Stores and Caroline Robert of perch. to raise the bar in children’s décor. With a keen eye for design detail and expertise in scoping the market, they’ve created rooms that showcase a mix of heirloom accessories and functional furnishings that their kids can enjoy now and even take along when they leave the nest.

Echoing the geometric print of the curtains by designer Melissa Rufty of MMR Interiors, New Orleans artist Gretchen Weller Howard custom-painted the feature wall of Ella’s spacious room. Dressed in bedding from Leontine Linens, Ella’s bed is flanked by a pair of oversize bubble lamps, also from MMR Interiors, that the talented young equestrienne uses to show off her collection of winning ribbons.

Kaki Foley crafted the tree branches climbing the back wall from floor to ceiling that are reflected in 3-year-old Noah Short’s dresser mirror. The Stray Dog Designs tree trunk lamp and bird are courtesy of MMR Interiors.

The formerly pink interior of the Eero Aarnio-designed Ball Chair, given to Caroline Robert by a friend, got a cozy dark-blue redo for Eli. The plush swinging monkey is from Pottery Barn Kids. The giant framed insect print, the powder-coated indoor-outdoor orange side table, the Flokati wool rug and the asteroid floor lamp are all available at perch.

A giant chick lights the way to Eli’s separate play area in the adjacent sunroom. The custom Roman shades, Kartell Tip Top Table, vintage red tole lamp, and chick with light kit are all available at perch. The Vespa scooter rocker is from Modern Market on Magazine Street, and the rug is from Pottery Barn Kids.

Local craft artist Kaki Foley of Tattered gave the dresser mirror of 8-year-old Ella Short a makeover, and the pink piano is from Angelique Kids, Ella’s mom’s Magazine Street shop.

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