John and Kris Worthington’s family includes two young daughters
with very different personalities. Abby, 6, loves animals, and Kelly,
8, likes more girly things. When decorating their shared bedroom, mom
Kris found a way to integrate both girls’ interests into the decor.
The room in their Mequon home is modeled after a Parisian shop in
kid-friendly greens and pinks. The stripes above each bed resemble
window awnings. The artwork above her bed, Abby’s Pet Shop, is in
keeping with the French theme, yet personalized for Abby. Each girl
has her own dressing table and chandelier, which add touches of
elegance. When she couldn’t find an area rug that was right for the
space, Kris turned a round picnic table into an ottoman and covered it
with a quilt.
Three-year-old Sophia Torres’ bedroom is the room her mom,
Claudine, always wanted when she was a girl but never had. Decorated
in pinks and yellows, its neutral decor appeals to a preschooler or a
middle-schooler. The mural of two apple blossom trees by Thiensville
artist Mary Jo Crivello is intentionally neutral, too. Since the
Shorewood home doesn’t have a playroom, all of Sophia’s toys are
in her bedroom. A window seat and armoire maximize storage; toys are
kept underneath the high bed as well.
When son Derek was in third grade, mom Debbie Wolff painted a mural
of a football field on his ceiling. Derek’s now 16, yet the mural
still reflects his love of sports. It’s a backdrop to his collection
of trophies and medals, sports pennants, football hats and other