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Westchester's Beautiful Bedrooms


A Tiny Jewel Box

The challenge facing Rye designer Erika Mercurio was how to create a cozy nursery that felt feminine without being too “girly” for her infant daughter, Emerson. “The footprint of the room is quite small—and there isn’t a closet—so it was important to choose the right pieces so it wouldn’t feel cramped,” she says. “The room was previously a boy’s room but I loved the paint color so much I kept it and added hot-pink accents, which give the room a nice balance.” She hand-painted the mural and selected accessories, including a quilt made by her mother, “antique handkerchiefs I found at a flea market in Martha’s Vineyard, a pink ceramic Mexican skull, stuffed animals with beautiful Indian fabric from a vendor in Rajasthan, a handmade elephant stuffed animal a friend brought back from Guatemala, and all the wonderful books.”

Interior Designer Erika Mercurio Design, LLC; erikamercuriodesign.com

Photo by Stefan Radtke


Sugar and Spice

Designers Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey created this “sweet and timeless” attic room, complete with an alcove dormer seat, perfect for napping and daydreaming. A niche underneath has woven fabric baskets filled with toys and dolls. “We wanted to make an area where this 3-year-old could have the perfect tea party,” says Mazzarini. The white table and chairs that came along when the family relocated from Chicago fit the bill.

Interior Designers: Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey of BHDM Design; bhdmdesign.com  

Photography by Adam Macchia


A Happy Place

“This is my 4-year-old daughter’s bedroom in our house in Scarsdale,” says designer Claire Paquin. “She is a vibrant and happy girl whose favorite color is yellow. The challenge was to accommodate her love of yellow without it overpowering the space. The aqua and yellow palette works well together and allows for other clean and bright colors, too. It is a palette that works for a young child, but will transition easily as she grows.”

Interior Designer: Claire Paquin of Clean Design cleandesignpartners.com

Photography by Donna Dotan Photography


Team Player

This room was created for an 8-year-old boy with a passion for sports. “He had a big collection of game balls (pictured) and baseball cards, so we wanted to show them off,” says designer Dan Mazzarini. “The art on the wall is by a Chicago artist. It’s actually melted crayon, made to look like balloons.” 

Photography by Adam Macchia


Intelligent Design

Stokke’s Tripp Trapp chair has a high back and rail system to keep little ones upright and secure and has depth- and height-adjustable seat and footrests so it can “grow” to hold a 300-pound adult. Available in lots of colors; $250 at Buy Buy Baby in Port Chester, Scarsdale, and buybuybaby.com.


In the Pink

In designing a Bronxville home for a family with four children, Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey wanted to make sure that each bedroom matched the personality of each child. “We met with each of them as a ‘client’ during the design process,” says Mazzarini. “This 6-year-old is the youngest Francophile you’ll ever meet. She loves Paris and the Eiffel Tower, so we commissioned the watercolor over her bed for her.” The pretty pink poufs are from the Martha Stewart Collection. “We did a gaggle of them hanging from different heights on the ceiling to bring the room down a little more to a child’s scale. We also liked the literal movement they give to the room—sophisticated, without feeling too grown up.” In the quarter windows, Restoration Hardware bookcase benches topped with custom cushions make inviting reading nooks. 

Designers: Dan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey of BHDM Design: bhdmdesign.com

Photography by Adam Macchia


Room for Growth

“My six year old is vibrant with a strong personality so I didn’t shy away from color here,” says designer Claire Paquin about her second daughter’s bedroom. “I used the same aqua carpeting in both rooms because it goes with almost every wall color you could imagine for a young girl—pink, yellow, orange, spring green, aqua, and lavender. For an accent color, I chose orange, since it works so well with pale and hot pink. I chose a chocolate-brown velvet headboard for her bed that would grow with her into her teen years.”

Interior Designer: Claire Paquin of Clean Design; cleandesignpartners.com

Photography by Donna Dotan Photography


Fashion Forward

“This room was designed for a young fashionista who, at the time of our first meeting, was interning at Ralph Lauren,” says Rye designer Laura Tutun.  “Although she loves cutting-edge pieces, she is pretty classic. We wanted the background to be subtle and soothing with hits of color primarily coming from the blow-up fashion images from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar framed in large white lacquer frames. We loved the mix of camel and white lacquer walls and orange accents. Large Trina Turk floor pillows tie it all together.

Interior designer: Laura Tutun of Laura Tutun Interiors; lauratutuninteriors.com

Photography by Jane Beiles Photography