Magazine article Working Mother

A Room with Her View

Magazine article Working Mother

A Room with Her View

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Those cartoon characters just don't cut it anymore. It's time to update your child's bedroom. To get her buy-in, let her help design. Beyond picking paint color, here are ways she can contribute from Maxwell Ryan, founder of apartmenttherapy.com.

Pick a theme. Chat about what design scheme your child sees for her room. Soothing sky? Seaside? Safari? Let her expand the idea-then help scale it back, to avoid fluffy clouds everywhere. Bedding is a great way to show offa theme, for example. Check out what's available together, whittle down to three choices that are okay by you, then let her have final pick.

Home in on an interest. Figure out what functionality your child's room should have (beyond sleeping), then incorporate it. Maybe your kid craves a corkboard where she can pin drawings-in-progress. …

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