Date: July 23, 2014 | Story: Tiffany Burgess Adams | Styling: Chip Jones |
A beloved quilt with Americana influence inspires a homeowner and designer duo to craft coordinating rooms for two young boys
Julie Greathouse had the perfect piece of inspiration when it came to designing bedrooms for her two young boys: a red, white, and blue quilt handmade by her grandmother. “My mother gave me this quilt as a reminder of my grandmother. It was one of many that she made,” Greathouse says. After finding several of the pieces for the bedrooms on her own, Greathouse called on designer Krista Lewis of K. Lewis Interior Design to help her pull together the spaces for her sons Grant, 9, and Mason, 7.
Working with the timeless palette, the design layers several pieces of bedding in each room. This approach incorporated different textures and patterns while still keeping the two separate spaces united by a shared color palette. Grant’s room has a slightly more subdued feel, while Mason’s goes full-on Americana.
“Even though I wanted the rooms to be aesthetically pleasing, they still had to function as bedrooms for boys,” laughs Greathouse. Lewis helped the family select practical and affordable pieces and fabrics that would stand up to wear and tear and give the boys a feeling of comfort and livability in their the rooms. “One of Krista’s strong suits is her willingness to work with us on every aspect. I had already started on the boys’ rooms, but she was perfectly willing and able to work with what I had done up to that point,” Greathouse says.
To Each His Own
Personalization was also key to making the rooms a fit for both boys. In Mason’s room, rocks he and his brother have found through the years are artfully displayed in frames. “We literally had bowls of rocks around our house that the boys have brought to me, and I couldn’t bear to throw them away. I was thrilled that Krista knew just what to do with them and that they could be a part of the room,” says Greathouse of the meaningful accent pieces. Baseball trophies Mason has won sit alongside vintage-looking ones as a nod to his favorite pastime. Additionally, the quilt made by Greathouse’s grandmother sits neatly tucked into a galvanized bin by Mason’s bed as a reminder of the room’s inspiration and, more importantly, of family.
Wooden letters over his bed spell out Grant’s initials, while pieces of his artwork are framed by the bedside table. Greathouse once found her oldest son tracing over a blueprint, after which he declared he was going to be an architect. The blueprint became a sentimental piece, and it is now displayed in Grant’s room as a symbol of his dreams.
Interior design Krista Lewis, K. Lewis Interior Design, (501) 952-6952, klewisinteriordesign.com
Accessories Cornerstone Pharmacy, locations statewide, cornerstonepharmacy.com
Art Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com
Bedding—duvet and euro shams—and window coveringsCozy Nook, Lepanto, (870) 475-3422
Bedding—quilt and shams Pottery Barn, Little Rock, (501) 663-0181, Rogers, (479) 246-0118, potterybarn.com
Decorative painting—light fixture and rug Amanda Fugitt, Little Rock, (501) 317-5602
Furniture H3 Home+Decor (formerly Hambuchen Home Furnishings), Conway, (501) 327-6523, h3homedecor.com
Decorative painting—light fixture Amanda Fugitt, Little Rock, (501) 317-5602
Framing The Showroom, Little Rock, (501) 372-7373, theshowroom.us.com
Furniture Park Hill Home, Conway, (501) 358-3537, parkhillcollection.com
Window coverings Cozy Nook, Lepanto, (870) 475-3422