From the April/May 2023 Issue  

Room for Two

Writer Meg Fox  |  Photographer Proximity Interiors  |  Designer Amy Forshew  |  Location Ocean City, NJ

Kid Zones-Savvy designers share stylish spaces for sleep and play that spur the imagination and strike a balance between fun, comfort and practicality.

For more of our Kid Zones showcase, see Fit for a Prince, Color Their World and Adventure Awaits.

A vacation home that celebrates the blues

“We had the pillows in mind as we pulled the room together,” designer Amy Forshew says. “They add to the whimsy of the room,” and the custom painted dresser is the “perfect shade of orange.”

This Ocean City, New Jersey, bedroom — shared by a young brother and sister — is bold, beachy and genderless by design. “We started with the blue patterned wallpaper, which is fun and happy,” says designer Amy Forshew, principal and founder of Proximity Interiors in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

“Having a large piece of art was important to break up the pattern of the wallpaper,” Forshew adds. It also “ties all of the colors of the room together and isn’t too juvenile so it will grow with the kids.”

“The client did not want bunk beds” in a room that was on the smaller side, Forshew explains, but “we were able to fit two full-size beds and the chest of drawers, which also functions as a nightstand.” Because the room is shared by very young children, “having some floor space with a soft rug was important,” she adds. “It gives them space to sit and play.”