Making Over the Kids' Room: Martha Stewart Living's Kevin Sharkey Shares How

You Don't Have to Wallpaper a Room in Toy Soldiers-
Kevin Sharkey suggests that the room should reflect the child, not the parents' vision of what a kid's room should be. "If you start off with a good ... more 
You Don't Have to Wallpaper a Room in Toy Soldiers-
Kevin Sharkey suggests that the room should reflect the child, not the parents' vision of what a kid's room should be. "If you start off with a good room, with good bones, colors are beautiful regardless of whether you're five or 55. You pick colors, and then you decorate. A lot of people decorate the room with the things that make up the child - whether it's artwork that they've done, pictures of themselves, pictures of their friends, big cutouts of their initials, or their trophies. That's when a child's room really looks like a real person lives here." less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 2:38 PM EDT
Source: Making Over the Kids' Room: Martha Stewart Living's Kevin Sharkey Shares How



There's been a quite a revolution in the world of kids' room design. Simply stenciling a lil cartoon character on the wall and throwing some pastel sheets on a twin bed doesn't quite cut it anymore. Kevin Sharkey, the executive editorial director of decorating for Martha Stewart Living - and the uncle of 4-year-old and 18-month-old boys, welcomes the changes.

"First and foremost, the concept is now a big deal. So you're seeing merchandise available for [kids' rooms]. It's not like you have to search out things to put in a kids room now. There's a lot of things on the market. [And] they seem much more sophisticated than I would have imagined. If you look at the Pottery Barn Kids thing, that would have been my dorm room!"

The decorating guru (who happens to live just below Martha Stewart's granddaughter) took some time out to talk with me about the state of children's rooms and the biggest trends he's seeing. Check it out!




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