Room to Grow

PHOTOS BY BRIAN FLINT

A SWEET SANCTUARY IS SOPHISTICATED ENOUGH TO TAKE A YOUNG GIRL THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS

Leave it to Betsey Mosby to prove that a young girl’s bedroom can be princess pretty without a hint of pink or a ruffle in sight. The Jackson-based interior designer was tasked with creating just such a room for the tween daughter of clients in Oxford. It was a challenge she was happy to accept.

MY VISION WAS TO CREATE A ROOM THAT SHE WOULD LOVE AND COULD PLAY IN NOW BUT THAT WOULD GROW WITH HER AND MAKE THE TRANSITION INTO HER TEEN YEARS EASILY, WHEN DOLLS AND DRESS-UP AREN’T AS IMPORTANT,” says Mosby.

The upstairs room already had plenty of character built in, with dormer window nooks and a recessed reading corner with bookshelves. To balance the room visually, Mosby chose a crowning feature as a focal point. “I always love to do a canopy,” she says. “It makes a bed feel special and fit for a princess, but we did this one with a very edited approach so it would not overpower the room.” A tie-dye-inspired fabric hand-printed by Cindy Barganier was used for the canopy valance, and the room’s icy blue and lavender color palette was drawn from this pattern. Layered in front of the silver canopy drape was a curvaceous custom headboard, and Mosby topped the bed with Matouk linens with a custom monogram.

The designer took a double-duty approach when selecting a desk, incorporating a clear acrylic console table and chair. “We added a bone-inlaid mirror to make it a great spot as she gets older and needs a vanity table,” Mosby says.

In the two dormer nooks, Mosby created custom window seats using a stain-protected lavender metallic Zoffany fabric. The reading corner was transformed by re-covering an existing mini recliner in indoor/outdoor white fabric with lavender piping.

Mosby wrapped the walls, trim, woodwork and ceilings in Farrow and Ball’s “Borrowed Light” pale blue paint. A beaded flush-mount light fixture hangs above the bed, adding glamour without competing with the graphic pattern of the canopy valance.

In the adjoining bathroom, special new details include a tonal textured wallpaper by Osborne & Little, a lavender monogram on the shower curtain, and an abstract painting by Memphis artist Hillary Butler. Above the lavender sink stand, a gold mirror was attached to the existing mirror, and a quatrefoil light fixture was installed overhead.

I love how young this room feels and how well it works with her dolls and toys now,” Mosby says, “but I also love that it can easily transition and grow with her as she gets older.”