With all the chaos that can spill out of kids’ rooms, a glossy white zone in between is calming and refreshing. Globe lights echo the paper lanterns downstairs, connecting this stark space to the rest of the house. A solo painting gets the gallery treatment. Instead of using standard doors, Heather installed several sliding barn doors, which take up no “swing space” when open. (A contractor can easily install sliding doors, dimensions permitting.) Rustic exposed hardware breaks up the expanse of wall and adds another subtle layer of character to the house.
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