The transition between a baby and a toddler is a crucial one — the space between ages one and two where the child grows their own feelings, personality and interests. Interior designer Simone Eisold is keenly aware of this; she hopes her children’s bedroom of the 2019 Kingston Design Connection Showhouse can provide a fun, welcoming haven for youngsters while preparing them for the next stage of life.
“I choose to design a bedroom that would fuel a young child’s imagination,” Eisold tells Chronogram. “Each piece in the room specifically allows for individual storytelling, comfort and joy.”
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The room started out as a master bedroom, but as showhouse season rolled around, the homeowners decided to keep it as a kids’ room or classroom. Eisold approached the look of the room with the owner’s Irish heritage in mind, and with the goal of creating the illusion of “expansion” with her design choices.
She did so by choosing a large plaid strié pattern, in which paint is dragged with particular brushes to create a streaking pattern. With its woven fabric look, this was meant as a subtle nod to wool production in Hudson Valley. The room is mostly painted Wedgewood Gray, from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Collection. To contrast the gray, Eisold used warm browns, ink blues and cream colors around the room, with subtle flashes of orange and mint green.
For the furniture, Eisold went in a custom direction, commissioning Kingston woodworking company Von Miller Workshop for a bed, a shelf with hooks and a dresser. The bed features a quilt by Trudi Roach of Stitch Brooklyn and quirky, mid-century-inspired decorative hanging drop shelves by The Wavertree Co. in Brunswick, Maine.
Eisold’s journey to the Kingston Showhouse began in Germany, where she was born and raised in a family of architects and furniture makers. She graduated from the University of Pforzheim School of Design with a BA in Fashion Design, before travelling back and forth between Germany and New York City working for luxury menswear brands Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali and Paul & Shark.
From there, Eisold pivoted from fashion to interior design — and developed a terrific eye for proportion and scale with a healthy dose of emotional import. “It felt right to come full circle as a designer,” she says. “In today’s lifestyle-driven society, [it’s important] to design homes that truly and authentically represent the people [that] inhabit them.”
The Kingston Showhouse came on her radar while working with Jessica Williams of Hendley & Co. on a historic home in Newburgh. Williams, who helped design one of the showhouse’s second floor bedrooms, encouraged Eisold to contact its developers, and she jumped at the opportunity.
Above all, Eisold’s main goal is to “create an emotional connection between the space and those that will live in that space.” And she hopes that the Kingston Showhouse will create fertile ground for collaborations in the future.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting all of the other designers who worked on this project,” she continues. “[I] hope that visitors will be inspired by how the space sparks imagination, embraces the heritage of family, and celebrates nature, life and living in the Hudson Valley.”