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(Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:41 PM
By Mary Vallo

It sounds simple: one girl's bedroom and one boy's bedroom. But reflecting the styles and interests of this Ho-Ho-Kus brother and sister is what makes each room its own special place.

Interior Design by Maureen Fiori (AKBD, Allied Member ASID, CAPS), Franklin Lakes; Debra Young, Interior Design and Organizational Specialist

No-frilly Pink

The (then) 11-year-old girl had no interest in frilly pink. She preferred something more to suit her own taste, featuring turquoise blue with touches of pink, green and yellow. "We knew it had to be 'cool' for a tween-ager," says designer Maureen Fiori, "but sophisticated enough to last well into the college years." Thus, the signature colors are repeated throughout the room in fabrics, finishes and accessories (down to the buttons on the custom bed). The same color scheme extends into the en-suite bath and walk-in closet.

"The large dormer window in the center of the room was the perfect location for a custom built-in, which we designed for both fun and function," says Fiori. The deep window seat is cozy enough to study or read, but large enough to serve as an extra bed when friends sleep over. Drawers underneath add ample storage for a special Beanie Baby collection. The window seat is flanked by a desk on one side and a cabinet with storage drawers and lighted shelves on the other.

"Since the resident of this room is a talented artist, we wanted to give her a special place to express her creativity," says Fiori. An oversized walk-in closet fit the bill. Customized with portable storage for art supplies and a large magnetic dry-erase board for drawing and displaying, this area also works as a fun place to hang out. Note the bright chandelier, groovy lamp and fabric boxes for hidden storage. Still, there is lots of space to hang clothes. "Enough to satisfy a fashionista of any age," says Fiori.  Debbi Young created the layout fitted with California Closets to maximize storage and provide a variety of shelving, drawers and hanging space. It's a cinch to keep uncluttered, since there is a spot for everything.

Future Sports Star

A focus on sports was the main wish of this (then 9-year-old) boy.

"He loves all sports, and there are many different colors associated with his favorite sports and teams" explains Fiori. "We gave him a design plan that incorporates several different colors and includes the various sports he loves."

A central color of mid-to-dark-toned blue was selected and additional colors (red, yellow and neutral beige) added. "These colors are vibrant and playful and work well with all the different sports featured in the room," says Fiori. "And also with other colors that may be added in the future."

Basketball is one passion, and it was incorporated in two bedside lamps (with real basketballs as the base), dresser knobs and a personalized basketball mural over the bed. When the season is over, or a new passion rules, updating is simple. "You simply hang a new sports banner directly over the mural and you're ready for the next sport!" says Fiori.

The room couldn't be all play, however, so a desk and study area was included. "The odd dimensions of the alcove at the end of the room did not accommodate a ready-made desk and bookcase," says Fiori, "so we custom-designed one." The large desk is roomy enough for a parent to pull up a chair and help with homework. The bookcase has storage drawers, a corkboard and shelving for display, including "his personal trophies, which he continues to acquire at a pretty good rate," says Fiori. The room also has two large closets, customized to make the best use of space.

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