Photos by Hillary Ehlen
Headshot by Lauren K. Photography
Blue is for boys and pink is for girls. At least, that was what we were raised to believe. These days, we know that boys don’t have to like blue, and girls don’t have to like pink. That is what Sara Bekkerus of Moorhead kept in mind when decorating the rooms of her son and daughter. However, she eventually found out that her daughter loves pink and was not a fan of the light green that covered her walls. She then did what any interior decorator would do and gave her daughter’s room a makeover. Now, you can see how Bekkerus put together her kids’ rooms in a way that reflects their growing personalities.
Meet Sara Bekkerus
Originally from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Sara Bekkerus is a mother of two, interior decorator and owner of Skapa Design & Consulting. When she isn’t taking care of her business, she is caring for her daughter, Eljin (5), and son, Bek (3). This little family has been living in their Moorhead home for the past four years.
On painting Eljin’s room pink, Bekkerus said, “When we first moved in, I was hell bent on not having a blue boy’s room and a pink girl’s room. Bek’s room ended up being blue, and Eljin’s room, I painted green, but as she got older, she declared that every color was her favorite color except green.”
Bekkerus then decided to redecorate Eljin’s room in a way that suited her personality. When it comes to decorating kids’ rooms, Bekkerus said, “I like to try to hone in on their personalities as much as possible instead of just making it up for them.” For Eljin’s room, Bekkerus painted the walls one of her daughter’s favorite colors: pink.
Atop the IKEA shelves, Bekkerus staged a lamp that resembles the Eiffel Tower because Eljin is obsessed with the movie, “Leap,” an animated film about a little ballerina that takes place in Paris. She also noted that the Restoration Hardware Baby & Child fairy print was a gift from the Nelson family, whose home was recently featured in the April issue of Design & Living Magazine. Bekkerus got to know the Nelsons as their interior decorator. “This was given to us by the Nelsons. It came as a set of three fairies with different hair colors, so Megan Nelson kept the two that had the hair colors of her daughters and asked if Eljin would like the third fairy because she was the little blonde,” she said.
The gallery wall also features some of Eljin’s original artwork and pieces that she picked out herself. There is also a frame waiting for her very first ski ticket, which she received at Detroit Mountain. Bekkerus loves to ski, which is a passion that she now shares with Eljin and Bek.
Rug – Target
Bedding – Target
Pillows – Target
Table – Hobby Lobby
Chalkboard – Hobby Lobby
Window Valance – Pottery Barn
Shelves – IKEA
Ballerina Print – RH Baby & Child
Art Display – Target
Canopy – Target
Growth Chart – Wood from the Hood
Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Because Bek is only three-years-old, it proved a bit more challenging to decorate a room around his personality. He does, however, like the outdoors. Bekkerus was initially inspired by the orange tent that was handed down to Bek from his older sister. She also found a set of lumberjack sheets, which is where she drew inspiration for Bek’s color palette.
Choosing the Right Tone
When asked how to decorate for growing personalities, Bekkerus responded, “I try to pick color tones that they’re not going to grow out of in two years.” For example, the pink and blue used in her children’s rooms are both very light. The bolder the color choice, the more likely they (and you) are to grow out of it sooner rather than later.
When decorating her son’s room, Bekkerus was careful to take into consideration his needs. “He doesn’t usually like change very much. At first, he wouldn’t let me hang anything on his walls. I did add a lot of new decor recently. When I started, I was a little nervous, but he was oohing and awing and seems to like it quite a bit,” Bekkerus explained. Bek’s gallery wall includes his first ski ticket, his own original artwork and many references to his family’s home state of Minnesota. “We’re Minnesotans, so we love all things to do with Minnesota,” Bekkerus said.
Campfire – Etsy
Tree stumps – Etsy
Tent – Hand-me-down
Lumberjack Wall Art – Patina
Tree Print – Unglued
Don’t Grow Up Wall Art – Hobby Lobby
Tent Sign – Hobby Lobby
Go Your Own Way Wall Art – Patina
Bookshelves – Target
Storage Cubes – IKEA
Rug – Crate & Barrel/Baby & Kids
Curtains – Crate & Barrel/Baby & Kids
Bedding – Target
BEK Letters – Amazon
Be Brave Lamp – Target