Photographs: Rooms by Nest Photography; Headshot by Jen Goldberg Photography
Above: Traditional style with touches of vintage for two young sisters
Over the past few years, as the spring season has approached, interior designer Simona Levin has noticed an unmistakable pattern: a growing number of requests to design kids’ bedrooms. “Parents love the idea of surprising their children when they return from summer camp. They also appreciate the convenience of renovating and decorating their home while they’re likely to be on vacation,” says the Westport resident who launched her firm, Winding Lane Design (windinglanedesign.com), in 2014, following a prolific career as a beauty, fashion and lifestyle PR executive. “Summer is definitely the most popular time for projects with a big reveal!”
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WINDING LANE DESIGN?
“When I was growing up, my [Russian] mother was constantly redecorating our Manhattan apartment. I became accustomed to scouring the city with her in search of European furniture and décor. Like my mother, I love nothing more than the hunt for spectacular pieces.”
WHAT DRAWS YOU TO STYLISH KIDS’ ROOM PROJECTS?
“Designing kids’ rooms is unique for a few reasons. First and foremost, the overall approach is more carefree. It’s heartwarming to see how excited parents are to talk to me about their children and this special gift they’re giving them. Of course, the best part is witnessing their child’s reaction upon completion. I have kids who send me thank you notes, bring me flowers, and hug me every time I walk through the door. It’s so sweet. It’s also an opportunity for me to throw in more saturated colors and wow factors, since most kids are less commitment-phobic than their parents. I think it sends a positive message to children when their personal spaces are treated like the other areas of the home—it fosters a sense of appreciation and encourages them to be responsible for maintaining nice things.”
HOW DO YOU GET EACH KID’S PERSONALITY TO SHINE THROUGH?
“It’s all about balance. My main goal is to learn about their likes and dislikes, hobbies and overall lifestyle habits, and then blend the three into a space they’ll feel happy and comfortable in. It’s not much different than designing any other room, except that kids are typically willing to take more risks.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
“We’re fine-tuning our website, which has gorgeous photos of our work. Also, my ten-year-old has requested a redesigned room by the time she gets home from camp. Her color of choice is black—so there’s that.”