If we could go back in time and help our teenage selves decorate our favorite rooms, we’d gladly give up all the concert posters, beaded curtains, fluffy rugs, and beanbag chairs for a chance to kick back in this sweet yet sleek girl’s room by Boston designer Lisa K. Tharp of K. Tharp Design. Created as a second-floor hideaway for a client’s teen daughter, this aerie strikes the ideal balance between feminine, hip, and beautifully functional.
How did Lisa do it? She started with some buzzwords from her young client. Lisa explains, “She wanted it to be cozy, comfortable—to have the feeling of being enveloped.” So the designer painted the walls in Farrow and Ball’s Brassica, an aged mauve that makes the sunny 12’ x 15’ room feel more intimate. To balance the darker walls, Lisa kept the hardwood plank floors and the trim in a lighter chalk tone, and added pale furniture and accents, like the fluted French writing desk (an heirloom piece) and the daybed, with its lush, richly textured pile of bedding and pillows, most from The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill.
Knowing that her client was leaning toward a romantic-with-a-twist look, Lisa chose a few harder-edged pieces, like the brown leather midcentury chair (from the ever-fabulous Comina in Concord, Massashusetts), the geometric daybed, and the retro aqua typewriter. The Bunny Williams Collection for Dash & Albert rug—a deep raspberry, interlocking diamond pattern on a natural jute background—gave the room “a little bit of edge and a wakeup call to all the sweet romance of the dreamy palette. It’s a slightly unexpected mix,” Lisa says.
To maintain the small room’s spare, open feeling, Lisa took a less-is-more approach with furniture and accessories. She opted instead for motifs—like the geometrics in the daybed frame, the purple patterned pillow, the rug, and the tote bag by the desk—and for a few fanciful gestures, including the cluster of paper lanterns over the desk, and the wings (courtesy of Nesting on Main, also in Concord) and ballet slippers (the client’s own) on the wall. This mix of hard and soft, modern and vintage, practical and whimsical elevates the space from spare room to the picture-perfect spot for reading, journaling, painting, and daydreaming.