Vroom To Grow In

BY DESIGN

March 06, 1994|By BETH SMITH

When Irv and Shelley Rosenstadt bought a 5,000-square-foot condominium in a renovated mansion in Pikesville a few years ago, they quickly decided that the third floor would make a great children's suite. A front bedroom with pretty dormer windows went to their daughter, Brooke. Son Jordan, 9, chose a long, narrow room just off the shared playroom.

Ms. Rosenstadt, who had worked as an interior designer in Colorado and Baltimore before going on hiatus to raise her children, had no trouble deciding on a design focus for Jordan's room. "Jordan's hobby is cars and he had a wonderful collection of models, so I decided to have a showcase built for the cars that would be the focal point of the space," she says. "Then I utilized the car theme in the design of the room."

The result is a sleek space that is sophisticated and yet very boyish. While the car theme is apparent -- particularly through the use of accessories such as pictures and brightly colored road signs -- the effect is countered by the use of handsome carpeting, wall finishes and furnishings. The floor is covered in a resilient black carpet flecked in primary colors that are a sure bet to hide all the dirt and grime young boys bring home. Red directional arrows cut into the carpet enhance the car theme. The walls are ragged in gray and silver metallic paint.

All the furniture, including the desk in an alcove under the dormer window, is custom-made and built-in. While low storage chests and shelves hug one long wall, the platform beds jut out into the room. "Because the space is rectangular and very long, I decided to place the twin beds at right angles to the walls," says Ms. Rosenstadt. "This tends to break up such a large area and gives the room a more interesting design."

Jordan, who is now 12, still has a strong interest in cars, but what happens if his teen years bring new interests?

"Well, all we have to do is to remove some of the accessories and store the cars," says his mom. "Then we can fill the display case with trophies, or baseballs, or whatever he wants."

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