The Kid’s Bedroom in This A-Frame Michigan Chalet Is Anything but Boring

published Jul 11, 2023
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Kids’ rooms are a great place to go all-in on color, whether through painting a DIY mural, adorning the walls with jazzy paint colors, or cultivating a colorful statement wall. But white, when done right, can be magical! Just look at Courtney Hall’s daughter Margot’s room in their airy Michigan chalet.

“The design process with her [Margot’s] bedroom was fairly simple,” Hall writes. “It is an old chalet with a lot of angles, so we kept it clean with white paint (the walls are made of rough-sawn pine paneling) and brightened it up with artwork and wall hangings.”

Don’t assume that the white walls make the space bland or uninspired — it’s actually the opposite because of Margot’s involvement in the design process. Here’s how Hall let her daughter get involved and why it worked out for the best. 

Creating a Blank Canvas

When Hall and her family, including her husband, Mike, brainstormed how to design Margot’s space, they knew they wanted her to be involved in the process. “She was pretty hands-on picking out pieces for her room — she has a ‘design eye’ already at an early age,” Hall writes. 

And painting the wood walls white was a strategic choice for Margot’s parents (they chose “Commercial White” by Pittsburgh Paints & Stains). 

“We wanted her to have a ‘blank canvas’ in a way because she loves to draw and create,” Hall shares. “She’s constantly wanting to move furniture pieces around and finds the most unique ways to display fun toys, vintage pieces, or school projects.” 

It’s almost as if the white background encourages Margot to be more creative and display her artwork. Hall says that her favorite thing about her kid’s room is the vision and pinboards on the walls (Margot’s is her bed, which she describes as “comfy cozy”). And when she’s not being creative, she’s likely playing with her bunny, Pepper, who also has a miniature, white, sort-of-A-Frame house in Margot’s room. 

Letting Margot design her room gave her the freedom to make the space completely her own, and Hall recommends that all parents consider giving their kids that freedom. “Let them be involved! They’re more creative than we give credit for,” Hall writes. 

Product List

  • Bed — West Elm 
  • Dresser and lamp — HomeGoods
  • White dresser with gold knob — Crate and Kids
  • Loft desk — Target
  • Bean bag chairs — Serena and Lily 
  • Lamp — Vintage

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