A while back I finished a bedroom for one of my favorite preteens. He is witty, charming, sweet, and loves displaying his artwork. His mom asked me to overhaul his bedroom and I am so excited to share the finished project with you. The look I was going for was preppy, Polo Ralph Lauren meets classic boys club, but still for a young, creative fellow.



Designed by Kathleen Mapson & Company A few weeks ago I shared with you Stargen Prep. A boys bedroom with a preppy, Polo Ralph Lauren meets classic boys club kinda look and feel. I have actually been working on it for a few months and things have shaped up nicely and are now winding down. The reveal will be in a few short weeks. I cannot wait to share it with you! In the meantime I have a few sneak peeks to share with you.

One of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to add architectural detail to a room is adding board and batten, bead board, or moldings around the room. For this project I choose board and batten. The boards are the horizontal strips of wood (MDF can also be used) and the battens are the vertical strips of wood. Although it's a wee bit hard to tell, the lower half is painted a beautiful rich indigo blue - Indigo Ink by Home Decorators.

If you search board and batten on the web, most of the time you will find the lower part of the walls painted white or a lighter color and the upper part painted another color. Because the almost preteen that inhabits this space is quite active, my recommendation was to paint the inverse. We are beyond thrilled with the outcome so far.

Stargen Prep Board & Batten Installation To add organization to this space and maximize the floor space for play, we decided to remove his chest of drawers from the room (it had seen better days =)) and add that function into his closet system. LOVE IT!!!


Designed by Kathleen Mapson & Company


From the image above you can also see that the old carpet was removed and replaced with hardwood flooring (well it's actually vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood). If you didn't know it, you would not even be able to tell. We added a super comfy and plush wool rug. It feels so good underfoot and it grounds the space nicely. More furniture that what was there before has been added into the room and believe or not, the space feels so much larger.

As you can see things are moving right along! The reveal will be happening in a few short weeks. So stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by!

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stargen_prep_before_wholeroom Hey everyone! I know, I's been a few weeks, but I am here today bringing you a new project I've been working on. I am introducing to you - Project Stargen Prep. My little client is moving into his tween, well almost preteen years, and his mom thought it was befitting for him to have a room makeover. And looking at the before pic I know you agree!

I first met my clients when we moved her from North Carolina. The mom and I instantly hit it off and our sons are best buddies. I have probably talked her head off about starting my design business a gazillion times and of course once the dust settled we got started on Stargen Prep.

I have to admit, this project has been the most challenging. It was my first time hiring trades, getting quotes, and having some other things custom made. Being transparent - it was a little scary. I have hired folks for myself before, but for someone else - admittingly I was a little nervous. What if they didn't follow through? What if their work was shabby? What if they ended up not being worth the cost? All those thoughts ran through my head and unfortunately, some of my thoughts quickly became a realization.  I had a few trades folks with no follow through. Talk about  totally frustrating - especially being in the midst of a project and at the risk of looking like you (the designer) have unreliable people. Sigh..I have never been so upset. But a good designer grows from these challenges, quickly puts things in perspective, rolls her own sleeves up if need be, and keeps the project moving. And guess what? That's exactly what I did. Oh..and thank God for an understanding client, some aren't always so forgiven.

The Plan - Fabrics & Floor Plan

So, what is the plan you ask? We are PREPPING this room out! It will have a preppy, Polo Ralph Lauren meets classic boys club kinda look and feel. Of course it will still have some kids stuff too. He loves to draw so we will use some of his artwork to decorate the room. This will be a space he can grown in well into his teenage years, possibly even headed out for college. Hopefully he won't tire of the look.

The color scheme was derived by my little client. He knew exactly what he wanted - Red, White, and Blue. He said he had to have those colors because they are his absolute favorites. With that in mind I found the most amazing plaid fabric. I used it as my base fabric and I love the color story.


The mom expressed moving a desk and bookcase into the room, upgrading the size of the bed, and adding seating. Increasing the size of the bed took away some valuable floor space, but I was able to come up with two plans to present to them. Now I love floating furniture in a room, but the second option gives just a little bit more space for play. Check back when we do the final reveal to see what we ended up doing with the space. stargen_prep_floor_plan_option_1stargen_prep_floor_plan_option_2

More before pics with a few plan details.




Be sure to stop by next week to see the progress we have made. It is looking pretty darn amazing!

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The Inspiration for Project | Be Our Guest - ' The Green Mile'. I painted this piece back in 2008. It is my favorite piece of art. I have received many offers for it, but could never part with it because of how much I love it. I knew that this piece would be hung in the guest room. Shades of cream, red, pink, green, orange - the perfect color palette for this space. It added such a face lift to the room and makes me happy to see it finally hung. Let's take a look at the before...


Boy oh boy have we come a mighty long way and it has taking a while to get here. Oddly enough, I thought I blogged about the sad beginnings of this room, but it appears that I never mumbled a word. So, now I have to give you the scoop on it's evolution. Here is where we began.


This room did it's duty as being a functional space, basically a place for our guests to sleep. But it definitely wasn't fresh feeling or had any style.

What we needed to do to up the anty:

  1. Clearly there was no design plan. Yikes and a designer, of course I know better. But sometimes projects fall on the back burner around here because I am doing other things.
  2. As you can see, we kinda needed everything but the kitchen sink - well everything except a bed. We were on a tight budget for this room. So everything had to be super cost efficient.
  3. Bed side tables were desperately needed. Fortunately I found side tables a few years back that I knew I would eventually use in this space. Details about how I overhauled those will be coming up in the next few posts.
  4. We needed storage. A dresser, a chest of drawers, something.
  5. Drapes were needed too. The harsh lines of the window trim kind of drives me crazy at times. And this is one of those times.
  6. A custom headboard to eat up some of the vertical space was also a must.


The good news:

  1. The room was like a blank slate. The walls were a rich creamy, antique white. So any colors could work.
  2. We had my favorite art piece of all times as the launching pad for the color scheme. And I knew exactly where I wanted to use it in this space.
  3. The layout of the room was super easy to work with it.
  4. The room offers an amazing amount of natural light so I knew exactly what color drapes I wanted to use and where to purchase them.
  5. I also already had the drapery hardware from at least a year prior. I think I found it on sale at HomeGoods for like $10 or $15. Score!!


After all was said and done - The Results!

There is nothing more that I love than a calm, neutral backdrop to bold punches of color. And that is exactly what we did here. Keeping the wall neutral allowed for warm grays to be used on the headboard, console, and side tables, and bold mustard and shades of orange to be used in the bedding. See how well the art plays with all the other colors in the room? I just love it!






I have to admit, right now it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. It combines my husband's style (which is clean lined and minimal) with mine (clean lined with a mix of old and new).

There are quite a few KMC Creatives projects in here. I will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out!

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