Kim Myles, host of HGTV's Myles of Style, was invited to do a little daydreaming and design a kids' bedroom packed with personality for the HGTV Dream Home 2009. And did she deliver! Kim avoided kids' room cliches (girlie pink walls or floor-to-ceiling Federal blue) and decided instead to draw upon her own favorite hobbies and childhood memories. "To be honest, I'm a girl who adores cool cars, and I was quite the track and field star (albeit in sixth grade!)," Kim admits, "so this room was more about bold choices and a bit of vintage flair rather than girl versus boy."
A Fun Foundation
Maple four-poster beds are set against a colorful, kid-neutral backdrop. "My favorite part of the room is the chrome diamond plate-print border (auto supply!)," says Kim. "I love the flash of metallic, as well as the bold quality of its relationship to the charcoal and red walls."
A Hint of Homespun
Patchwork quilts in Americana colors add a note of calm in the car-themed space. On chilly Sonoma nights, kids can cuddle in the super-soft fleece throw blankets, folded at the end of the beds.
Furthering the car theme, Kim placed a chrome wheel cover above the head of each bed. The clever budget-decor idea adds a bit of sparkle and shine to the room.
Beep, Beep, Yeah!
Paired with automotive photography by Hans Proppe, the room’s focal point – a pedal police car ridden by a plush teddy bear – adds a spark of magic. "Mounting the toy car felt like an unusual way to create sculptural interest in the space," adds Kim. "I think that kids' rooms give you the freedom to try the unexpected, and that moment felt really fun to me."
Style to Spare
Two polished-nickel buffet lamps rest on the nightstand and spotlight a felt bowling pin set Kim purchased at a local toy store.
Miles of Pile
The kids' bedroom is the only room in the HGTV Dream Home 2009 that is carpeted, a feature that makes perfect sense to Kim. "Carpeting the room solved a couple of issues in one stroke: a soft place for active kids to land, and sound-proofing for adults trying to hang out in peace on the lower level."
A devoted reading cove, which overlooks the flowering front yard, is furnished with a plaid club chair, a faux bois table topped with reading books and candies and an aged-iron reading lamp. Strings of red beads serve as curtain tie backs, and Kim used her creativity to decorate the adjacent wall space. "I created license-plate bulletin boards, and they were both simple and inexpensive," she explains. "I purchased cork squares at the office supply ($10 for four), and trimmed them to fit the license-plate rims ($4 each)."
A little homework and a lot of play. Kim stocked the shelves of the desk with items she scooped up at the local Sonoma kids' store, Kaboodle. Cool toys, sports items, vintage-style tin signs and a set of jacks round out the collection. "I like the timeless aspect my choices imparted to the space," she adds, "and you don't get more classic than baseball gloves and footballs."
Wonderful Wall Art
The finishing touch for this kid-friendly space? Kim placed a slicker and wellies close by the door, so kids can have fun even during Sonoma's rainy season.