By Sarah Crosland | Photography by Dustin Peck
Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013
Designer Traci Zeller has twin boys. So when Michele McNeer, a mother of four-year-old triplet boys and a two-year-old daughter, asked her to design her powder room, she understood well that functionality for the whole family was a must.However, the downstairs room can be seen upon walking into the home and is frequently used by guests. We were looking for a sophisticated powder room that was also very kid-friendly, says McNeer, I wanted it to impress guests, but I have lots of tinyand often muddyhands around.Zellers first move was to select a stencil, rather than wallpaper for the walls. Its easy to cleanyou can use a high quality paint and just wipe it down, says Zeller, who chose Benjamin Moores Chelsea Gray and Simply White for the stenciling by decorative artisan Jon Gustafson. We chose the gray because its a great contrast with the white plumbing fixtures.The pink hued watercolors, commissioned from local artist Jennifer Levine, bring a pop of color to the wall. Their floating lucite frames give a modern edge to the art work and serve to complement the crystal detailing in the rooms light fixture. Its the one thing that the kids cant reach, says Zeller of the lighting, which is part of the Rondo collection from Maxim. And it upgrades the rooms entire look.The final product was a refreshed room that can be used by the whole family. Its a huge wow factor, says McNeer. But even better, its washable.