When designing the room, Kevin Sharkey says mom's opinion doesn't take precedence of the kids'.
"I think one opinion should inform another. I don't think there should be one overruling. Do I think a whole room should be painted bubble gum pink with a [pink] shag rug because your little girl loves bubble gum pink? No. But I think there are smart ways of incorporating her request, or something that seems to be of interest to her, into the room.
If you're able to get that out of the child, you're ahead of the gang. It's nice to be able to talk to children about what they want to be surrounded with. How do they want to express themselves in their room. How do they want their rooms to reflect them?"
Photo by Jonny Valiant. Copyright 2011. Originally published in the September 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine