When you were a child, did you like to build forts or create caves by draping blankets over chairs and tables and couch cushions? Did you wish you had a canopy bed? There's something magical about a small, cozy space swathed in fabric. Here are a few images of spaces where young people can dream or pretend . . .

"A pretty chandelier, built-in bookcase and mauve walls add richness. A departure from more standard little girl colors and details, this bedroom is outfitted with a tailored canopy bed upholstered in a print sophisticated enough for a grown-up."
Bed and canopy fabric: Pindler and Pindler Karabel in Grey (P0041). Wall color: Columbine (31-22), Pratt and Lambert. Trim: Swiss Coffee (50YY 83/057), ICI Paints. Bedding and sconce, Restoration Hardware.
Interior design by Nam Dang-Mitchell.
Photography by Colin Way.
Canadian House and Home (January 2012).

"A child's guest room features a chalet-style box-bed that has been nicknamed the Heidi Nook; the Windsor chair is 18th-century English."
Casa Kulanu, the Napa Valley home of Rela Gleason, interior designer and creative director of Summer Hill, and her husband, Don.
Architecture by Bobby McAlpine, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Therese Bissell.
"A Fine Vintage" produced by Robert Rufino.
Architectural Digest (November 2011).

"The room has 'a dreamlike, enchanted feeling, with butterflies flying around," [designer Fawn] Galli says. Farfalla wallpaper by Nina Campbell."
Prewar Greenwich Village apartment.
Interior design by Fawn Galli.
Photography by Jonny Valiant.
House Beautiful (March 2012).

"A Lucite vanity is juxtaposed with a gilt etagere in the daughter's room."
Prewar Greenwich Village apartment.
Interior design by Fawn Galli.
Photography by Jonny Valiant.
House Beautiful (March 2012).

"Finish off a girl's fairy tale room with a sweet canopy and headboard. A scalloped headboard looks like a scene from a storybook and fills the majority of one wall. To complete the look, long curtain panels fall from a cornice hung near the ceiling and frame the bed."

"Neutral colors offer the perfect backdrop for a little boy who likes to play with blocks and cars. Luckily the beige walls and window coverings will grow with him, looking just as appropriate with the hobbies of the ‘tween years. An elegant day bed with canopy gives the room a grown-up gravitas that is belied – for now -- by the overflowing toy box and teddy bear on the gold-toile armchair. As with the rest of the house, the floor is made from bleached wood for a fresh look. Why we love it: A canopy leans toward the feminine, but when upholstered in bold tangerine and beige with dark woods, this daybed is fit for a king. The neo-classical canopy drapes down from a regal gilded crown, matching the chandelier above."
"Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Young Children" written by Lucy Fitzgerald and Debra Steilen.

"Sophisticated yet sweetly feminine, this girl's bedroom is highlighted by a canopy bed dressed in billowing yards of floral fabric. Pink velvet pillows, a white matelasse coverlet, and a lush dust ruffle give the bed a princess quality that suits the pale pink walls and white tray ceiling. A vintage baby buggy and desk add an heirloom quality to this timeless setting. Why we love it: Nothing says fairytale like a draping, floral canopy bed. Small details around the room include violet gems dripping from the chandelier, pretty bows on the chair and bassinet, and songbirds, perched on the curtain rod above the double hung windows."
"Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Young Children" written by Lucy Fitzgerald and Debra Steilen.

"In Annabella's bedroom, the 19th-century daybed has a canopy of Brunschwig and Fils polyester, and the antique chairs are French; the Paul T. Frankl side tables and pair of William Haines lamps were found on 1stdibs.com."
17,000-square-foot Jacobean Revival manor built in Tuxedo Park, New York in 1900 for Charles W. Cooper.
Interior design by Ernest de la Torre, de la Torre Design Studio.
Photography by Eric Piasecki.
Styled by Carlos Mota.
"A Family-Friendly Manor" by David Colman.

"In the Westchester, New York, home of designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer, their daughter resides in a dreamy oasis infused with springtime colors. A custom-made window treatment hangs above a headboard designed by Lisa Fine, the bedding is by Leontine Linens, the lacquer bedside tables are by Bungalow 5, and the striped carpet is by Paul H. Lee Carpets and Rugs."
Photography by William Waldron.
"Kids Rule" by Alyssa Wolfe.

"Grown-up art keeps this room from looking too young. Each bed is framed by a chintz canopy for a soft and romantic look."
Interior design by NH Design.
Photography by Chris Tubbs.
Canadian House and Home (January 2011).

"Jonathan Adler covered a lampshade and canopy bed with vintage pink gingham for a girl's bedroom on New York's Upper East Side; the jungle-animal wallpaper is by Cary Leibowitz, the custom-made wool rug is by Adler, and the Chippendale-style vintage highboy is boldly lacquered acid-green."
Interior design by Jonathan Adler.
Photography by Sang An.
Elle Decor.

"Daughter Olympia's pink bedroom was decorated with Lee Jofa Belgravia fabric. Bed linens by Chez M'Lain. Floor lamp by Two Worlds Arts." 
Scandinavian home of Nicolette Horn.
Interior design by Nicolette Horn.
Photography by Margrethe Myhrer.
"An Island-Inspired House in Oslo, Norway" by Celia Barbour.
House Beautiful (October 2013).

"For a young girl's bedroom, designer Katie Ridder uses a floral cotton by Muriel Brandolini for the walls, bed curtains, pillows, and fanciful canopy."
Interior design by Katie Ridder.
Photography by William Waldron.

"A canopy bed by Anthropologie in a daughter's bedroom is draped with a Pierre Frey cotton; the side table is by Kartell."
Manhattan duplex of Darcy Miller Nussbaum, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, and her family.
Interior design by David Mann, MR Architecture and Decor.
Photography by Nikolas Koenig.
Text by David Colman.
"Sparkling Attitude" produced by Robert Rufino.

"A lit a la polonaise draped with a floral fabric anchors the daughter's bedroom; the Louis XVI marquise is upholstered in a Rubelli fabric, and the carpet is by Stark."
1930s limestone home built by John F. Staub in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.
Interior decoration by Kara Childress.
Renovation architecture by Newberry Campa Architects.
Photography by Eric Piasecki.
Text by Rob Brinkley.
Architectural Digest (August 2013).

"Amethyst and icy blue ornaments suit the charming color scheme in daughter Caroline's room. Even the chandelier has lavender crystals."
Houston, Texas, home of Michelle Stewart and family.
Interior design by Michelle Stewart.
Photographed by Tria Giovan.
Written by Jill Kirchner Simpson.
"White Christmas" produced by Susanna Showers Moldawer.
Originally published in Southern Accents (November - December 2005).

"A hanging lantern and an antique area rug make a multifunctional space feel expansive. The bunks house full-size mattresses, enabling the room to accommodate summer visitors."
Oak Hill, the Swedish summer home of journalist/fashion stylist Jennifer Jansch and her family. 
Interior design by Jennifer Jansch.
Photography by Jenny Brandt.
"Field of Dreams" written by Caroline Biggs.
Lonny (March 2013).

"Deep-gray drapes and a botanical wall covering lend depth and sophistication to the girls' bedroom."
Oak Hill, the Swedish summer home of journalist/fashion stylist Jennifer Jansch and her family. 
Interior design by Jennifer Jansch.
Photography by Jenny Brandt.
"Field of Dreams" written by Caroline Biggs.
Lonny (March 2013).

"A stylish room encourages the couple's 14-year-old grandson to read after a day of fly-fishing with the family."
Striped bed linens: Ticking Stripe Flannel by L.L. Bean.
Wall paint: Polar Bear (SW-7564) by Sherwin-Williams.
Nancy and Dick Gould's home in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Interior decoration by Nancy Gould.
Architects: Robert Turpin and Sonya Misiaszek, Misiaszek Turpin Architecture.
Builder: Dan Blackey, Twin Oaks Construction.
"Mountain Home with Great Views" written and produced by Doris Athineos.
Traditional Home.

"A built-in bed and curtains create a private, magical room at the top of a staircase that serves as the children's reading room and doubles as a guest room for sleepovers. Shelves are designed to display book covers. 'So many covers have great graphic images,' designer Ann Wolf says. 'This way you can have a changing art gallery on your shelves.' "
Photography by Reed Davis.

"10 Family-Friendly Decorating Tips You Didn't Know" by Sarah Yang.
House Beautiful.

"The bunk beds in this Manhattan townhouse come in the form of a puppet theater designed by one of the boys, with the help of decorators Carol Egan and Wayne Nathan; the Ant chairs are by Arne Jacobsen."
Manhattan townhouse. 
Interior decoration by Carol Egan, CaroleEgan Interiors, and Wayne Nathan.
Photography by Wiliam Waldron.
"Kids Rule" by Alyssa Wolfe.


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