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Repurposing a tween’s closet into a built-in desk for school

Lauren Grant was skeptical when her client’s 11-year-old daughter declared that her favorite color was gray. Certain she was echoing ideas picked up from watching HGTV, Grant switched tactics and peeked into her closet. “She loves Lilly Pulitzer, which made a lot more sense since her personality shares the same attributes: bright, sweet, and cheerful,” the designer says. “We all agreed to leave the gray behind and focus on colors that represented her true self.” Grant had another aha moment: to retrofit the room’s extra closet with a built-in desk. “I think creating a cheerful space that incorporates a place to study is a great way to inspire motivation in kids,” Grant says. “And I love a good nook.”



a bedroom with a large mirror: A bedroom in Portsmouth now doubles as a study space.


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A bedroom in Portsmouth now doubles as a study space.

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