For an older child’s bedroom, I recommend including comfortable seating and a private sitting area if space allows. Our daughter has a place to read with plenty of natural light. The map above the bed indicates her interest in world travel. Some of the family’s favorite art hangs in the common area. The idyllic beach scene belonged to her great grandmother, who commissioned an artist to reproduce an image she had seen in Architectural Digest. The other watercolor inspired the design of the sitting room. Although Guthrie’s son and daughter have different styles, the wicker furnishings in both rooms result in cohesiveness. Both bedrooms have a sitting area for reading.

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