From the April/May 2023 Issue  

Color Their World …

Writer Meg Fox  |  Photographer Raquel Langworthy  |  Designer Kelli Suozzo  |  Location Rumson, 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, Room for Two and Adventure Awaits.

… with a few of their favorite things

Kelli Suozzo, founder of Bowerbird Co. and co-owner with Jenny Glassberg of nest., a home goods furniture store, both based in Red Bank, New Jersey, took on the design of a Rumson, New Jersey, home that includes several kids’ rooms and a playroom for the owners’ four children.

Two twin beds accommodate “sister sleepovers” in a colorful setting, designer Kelli Suozzo says. The room was designed with a nod to all of the young client’s favorite things.

This particular bedroom — designed for a “super spunky 6-year-old” with visions of Spider-Man, skateboarding and bouncy balls — “was such a fun challenge,” Suozzo says. “While we love all of those things, of course, we did not want (nor did her parents) a Spidey-themed room.” Further talks with their young client extracted what she loved about each of those things: Spiderman colors, the round shape of the balls and the fun that comes from riding a skateboard.

“The primary palette is reflected in the bedding and drapery, which also includes a fun circle motif reminiscent of bouncing balls,” Suozzo says. “For the walls, we started with a blank slate to let the pops of color shine, then went back and added the tonal half-wall treatment to layer in a little something extra.”

The black and white Stockholm rug in the playroom “is a fave of ours,” Suozzo says. “Not only does it look more expensive than it is, but the graphic pattern acts as a neutral and sets the stage for layering in color and texture.”

A bonus room above the garage serves as the playroom, designed with separate areas for their two girls and two boys to split up if they want some privacy, Suozzo says. “Incorporating a pullout sofa for guests was important, but with mountains of Magna-Tiles®, dinosaurs for days and a play kitchen stocked with food, so was leaving plenty of space for creative play.”

Editor’s Note: To view more rooms in this Rumson home, see Change of Plans.