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Publication Date: 2016-10-21

Behind the Design

Behind the Design: A Teen Girl's French-Inspired Bedroom

For this year's DC Design House, benefiting the Children’s National Health System, interior designer Andrea Houck of A. Houck Designs created a dreamy, French-inspired teenage girl's bedroom. Using bold wallpaper; soft, feminine accents; and furniture with unique finishes, Houck created a room that is sophisticated yet age appropriate. Below, the designer shares with us her inspiration for the design, favorite features and more.


Q: Who do you imagine living in this bedroom?

A: The muse for our design was an French ingénue, who recently arrived in Washington, D.C., with her diplomatic parents. To feel more at home, she wants to bring the elegance and style of Paris, along with a dash of girly glam, to her new quarters. This imagined inhabitant shaped our design for this bedroom space that we named the Mademoiselle Chambre.

Q: Whats was the inspiration for your design?

A: A mod, jubilant wallpaper served as the starting point for this bedroom design. The Lavish Swag pattern wallpaper from the Ulf Moritz Couture Collection for Source One features bold flowers and geometrics against a background of tone-on-tone sugary circles made from real mica flecks. It sets the perfect mood for a girly yet glamorous space! I used Lavish Swag on one accent wall to create a bold backdrop for the bed’s white, tufted headboard. On the other walls, I installed Lavish, its sophisticated companion, which features the shimmery circles alone.

Q: What is your favorite feature of the room?

A: I love the timeless quality of the design. We set out to create a chic space that a young lady could enjoy for years to come. The furnishings, which include Whiteline Modern Living's faux leather Caroline bed and lacquered Elm desk, are sophisticated while pops of pink inject a little playfulness. The ceiling, painted in Farrow & Ball's Calamine, is also treated with the feminine hue. The floral motif, repeated around the room from the chandelier to the armoire, adds to the girly vibe, as do the sparkly accents scattered throughout.

Q: What is your favorite design element in the space?

A: The bespoke bulletin board with a scene of the Eiffel Tower and criss-crossed ribbons and crystal buttons that hangs over her desk. Our imaginary inhabitant would want a little French flair in her new room, plus I’m a Francophile and love all things inspired by France. I tucked in a few mementos you might find among a teenager’s treasures as well. It was a labor of love!

Q: What was the biggest surprise working on this showhouse?

A: The custom Roman shades and drapery panels, once installed, took my breath away. I’ve always been a big believer that tailored window treatments can transform a space and are well worth the investment. For this room, I selected a gorgeous abstract wildflower print for the panels and a ripple-effect semi sheer for the shades and added bespoke trim to both. For a bit of shine, I opted for acrylic hardware. I knew these beautiful elements would make a huge impact, but I was still amazed at just how much softness and sophistication they added to the small, boxy space. For me, it proved, once again, the transformative power of quality, custom window treatments.

Photography by Jesse Snyder

To learn more about the 2016 DC Design House, click here



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