TEXT BY SARAH STEBBINS
PHOTOGRAPHED BY COURTNEY ELIZABETH MEDIA
When Poppy and Coco, of Freeport, learned that their home was going to be in a magazine, they wanted to know, “Whose room are they going to show?” We know better than to play favorites, especially when both spaces are irresistibly sweet. But the question underscores the challenge Yarmouth designer Samantha Pappas faced: how to create rooms for two very different girls (whose parents asked that their surname be withheld) while ensuring neither spot is cooler than the other?
The sisters started off on relatively equal footing, each with an Oeuf birch trundle bed, dresser, and desk brought from their previous home, and walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, though 13-year-old Poppy’s room is a bit bigger. (Our “before” photos were taken prior to their move last year.) Working with the girls’ mom, Josie, Pappas matched the neutral elements with whimsical wallpaper that launched each room’s design. In Poppy’s space, an accent wall featuring an Abnormals Anonymous print of sinuous tulips that reflects her “girly girl” aesthetic juxtaposes with crisp geometric-patterned Roman shades from Etsy in the precise green of the flowers’ leaves. An RH Teen spherical faux-fur chair and a scalloped-walnut light fixture from Etsy reiterates the prints’ curved shapes.
Across the hall in 11-year-old Coco’s room, there wasn’t a wall large enough for a statement paper, Pappas says. “So the ceiling became the perfect wall.” A Hygge & West wallpaper “sky” filled with stylized birds and clouds in blue, Coco’s favorite color, and speckled floor-to-ceiling West Elm curtains draw the eye up, visually aggrandizing the space. Natural tones in the window treatments, Blu Dot rattan pendant, and Dash & Albert jute rug provide warm counterpoints.
How did Pappas do? “Both girls love their rooms,” Josie reports. But there was a last-minute adjustment Pappas needed to make after Coco noticed a small pink faux-fur rug at the foot of her sister’s bed. “Now there’s a blue one in Coco’s room,” Pappas says.