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WHEN RANDY AND LORRI EWERS' DAUGHTERS, Savanna, 8, and Sophia, 6, outgrew the playroom in their southeast Ocala home, Lorri called in decorator Shannon Roth to oversee an update.

By Sandra Cooper • Photos by John Jernigan - Thursday, June 05, 2008


PINK-STRIPED  WALLS remind the Ewers girls not to take their
studies too seriously all the time.


WHEN RANDY AND LORRI EWERS’ DAUGHTERS, Savanna, 8, and Sophia, 6, outgrew the playroom in their southeast Ocala home, Lorri called in decorator Shannon Roth to oversee an update. Roth had a pink and orange color scheme in mind for some time, and when she saw the stark whiteness of the playroom, she recognized its time had come.

The new study needed dual computer desks, bookcases, organized storage, a television, and a sitting area. Because the space needed to be functional, accessories were key to creating a fun, garden-inspired space without veering into design overload.

Although you might not usually think of paint as an accessory, bold vertical stripes added vibrant whimsy to the room. Paint colors of the same values were chosen in three shades of pink and orange, and applied in 12-inch, vertical stripes. Another shade of pink was used on the ceiling.

For the windows, white plantation blinds were accented with pleated drapes that puddle onto the hardwood floors. She used 12-inch douppioni silk horizontal stripes in the same three colors used on the walls. The richness and intensity of the walls are reflected in the iridescent silk. Drapery tie backs, a trio of fabric roses, reinforce the room’s garden theme.



THE GIRLS’ TOYS are incorporated into the room’s feminine theme.


Additional garden-styled accessories include a painted, pedestal side table that complements an antique French settee. The table’s pedestal is painted in a pink, crackle finish while the top is a hand-painted dahlia in—you guessed it!—pink. The frame of the settee is distressed pale green while the upholstery is heavy, ivory muslin that can withstand the wear of two playful girls. Twin pillows in gold silk embroidered with pink butterflies that flutter across their tops further soften the settee. Hand-painted flowers decorate the upholstered backs of the desk chairs and echo the garden theme, providing comfy seating for studying or surfing the Internet.

Dual chandeliers dripping with pink crystals light the girls’ workspaces. Gold-framed chalkboards and corkboards hang over each white desk. These accessories hold notes and messages while also acting as art in the space. In this room, even the office supplies are themed accessories—each desk contains a stapler hidden inside a golden bee.

“We wanted a room that would give Savanna and Sophia a sense of independence and a place to entertain friends,” says Lorri. “Now we can’t get them out of there!”

With vibrant color and well-chosen accessories, this darling, garden-inspired study puts the fun in function.




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