ROOM WE LOVE: Big Kid Refresh
Hadley Quisenberry updates a set of siblings’ bedrooms that can grow with them
When her longtime clients wanted to update their children’s bedrooms, Hadley Quisenberry was already familiar with their Cotswold home. The owner and principal designer of West Trade Interiors had worked alongside her mother and business partner Lisa Britt to renovate and decorate a number of rooms for the family over the last six years. The kids’ bedrooms were the final pieces, and Quisenberry took the lead. The result is a pair of bright, colorful bedrooms that she describes as “playful, but not juvenile.”
Once they cleared out the crib and toddler beds, Quisenberry replaced the wall-to-wall beige carpet in both kids’ bedrooms with bold patterned carpets from Stark. Seven-year-old Izzy got a zigzag Missoni design, and four-year-old James got a navy striped variety. While Mom had the final say on furniture and upholstery, Quisenberry says the kids got to weigh in with their picks, too. Izzy swapped out her princess decor with butterfly patterns, and the orange piping on James’ blue bed is a nod to his beloved Clemson Tigers.
“Izzy had traded in her love of pink for blue,” Quisenberry says, “so we upgraded some key elements in her space to cohesively layer in the hue.” She created an accent wall with Thibaut geometric-patterned wallpaper to complement her pink upholstered bed and replaced the toddler lamps with more sophisticated aqua-based table lamps from Circa Lighting. For the window seat and bed pillows, Quisenberry chose a butterfly fabric from Schumacher; the hand-painted face pillows are Botanica. The artwork, by Peter Kuttner, came from Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta.
James’s nursery had whimsical animal motif wallpaper, “but the superhero-obsessed boy was ready for a big kid space,” Quisenberry says. She chose a Scalamandre “splatter” wallpaper to accent the blue upholstered bed, and placed pillows with an orange check Schumacher pattern on the bed and window seat to bring out the orange piping. Hudson Valley lamps with bold orange bases top the faux ostrich bedside chests from Gabby Home, and the Modway desk chair adds another pop of orange to his workspace. The superhero art from Fine Art America is fun, but not too childish.
In rooms like these that are meant to grow with the child, Quisenberry says it’s important to layer their favorite colors and add some curated pieces that merge the old with the new. “In Izzy’s room, the carpet and the artwork carry our entire color palette,” she says. “We downplayed the pink accessories and played up some custom details in the blue family.” In James’s room, she says it was the wallpaper that ties it all together. “It’s such a fun mix, but also timeless,” she says. “Now this space can carry him through high school.”