When Ree Drummond-or as you may know her, the Pioneer Woman-set out to transform her family's attic into a bedroom for daughters Alex, 14, and Paige, 12, the girls had one rebellious request: no cowgirl themes. So Drummond sought an urban counterpoint in Manhattan designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz, who fashioned a retreat that's a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll.
The room was previously an unused storage space in the attic.
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1. Move over, monograms! Instead of relying on embroidered initials, the Novogratzes personalized the girls' room with full-fledged portraits by artist Linda Mason.
3. Get into the swing of things with a hanging bed. The Novogratzes hired Oklahoman Carl Engel to craft a pair of walnut sleepers, suspended from steel plates installed on the ceiling's beams.
4. Devise a desk that goes the distance. While some might consider the bowling-alley-like dimensions a hindrance, the Novogratzes saw potential for one whopper of a workspace: basically, a 16-foot-long maple plank set atop five open-front cubes.
5. It's okay to color on this wall. The new way to paint by numbers, this dynamic wallpaper by Jenny Wilkinson encourages nascent artists. As for that supersize beanbag-it's big enough to pinch-hit as a guest bed.
6. Carpet tiles offer greater flexibility than wall-to-wall. Spill something? These 20-inch squares can be plucked up, one at a time, for cleaning-or individually replaced, if necessary.
7. Incorporate stealthy storage at every turn. Those desk supports do double duty, providing multiple hide-outs for schoolbooks and craft materials. They also inject a shot of color, Tallulah's Room, from the Novogratzes' line for Stark paint.
8. Some supplies deserve a home outside the drawer. The designers created rotating displays by liberating skeins of yarn and fabric scraps. The former hang on hardware store hooks; the latter enliven a steel magazine rack.
9. How to take the edge off a modern chair: Add a dose of knit wit! Woven through the wire frame of this midcentury reproduction, simple strands of yarn yield a hip hybrid of homespun and high design.
The Design Team
Ree Drummond (center) with Robert and Cortney Novogratz.
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