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This weekend, Flora Furst is having a 10-girl sleepover in her fairy-tale pink bedroom—and every attendee gets to sleep in a bunk bed. "Cross your fingers for me," says her mom, Estee Stanley, who as principal at Hancock Design is no stranger to making dream rooms a reality. When her family moved into the Los Angeles residence in 2007, Flora's room was an upstairs kitchen. A full remodel ensued, and the brightly lit space was transformed into a dining room, then a little boy's room for Flora's brother, and finally this pale pink wonderland equipped with six beds (two sets of these brilliant trundles) for instances such as this weekend. "She loves having friends over and dies for sleepovers, so it was natural to have all of these bunk beds installed," says Mom.

Indulging her daughter's every whim was clearly a priority—pan right to the wall mural of a whimsical tree, which bends over an A-frame tent for Flora to play in—but Estee succeeded in making the room feel totally sophisticated at the same time. Here's how she did it.

Come to a color compromise

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Pink was a nonnegotiable, Mom says: "Instead of using hot pink like Flora wanted, we compromised on a soft pale pink, which as a designer, I think is always sophisticated yet playful." An ottoman brings in a bit of those bolder tones, tempered by grays in the rug (and stuffed wool giraffe standing sentinel).

Photo: Ian Hanson

Make a play zone

kids' tent and woodland-inspired tree stump. "She goes in there every day and hides out," says her mom. "She draws, creates glitter everything, and reads."

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You don't notice many toys—or toy storage zones—in Flora's haven. "It’s always been important to me to not have kids’ stuff everywhere," says Estee, so to keep the space clean, they simply edited down her collection and sent a bunch of stuff to charity. In place of all the little things went a pint-size kids' tent and woodland-inspired tree stump. "She goes in there every day and hides out," says her mom. "She draws, creates glitter everything, and reads."

Photo: Ian Hanson

Blackout curtains or bust

sparkly pendant that brings to mind dandelions, a lamb-like furry stool—keeps things feeling like a fairy tale.

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The long wall in Flora's bedroom is actually all windows from when it was a kitchen, so Estee installed curtains over all of them—a move that benefits her as much as Flora. "Since I love my sleep more than anything, I thought to install Vegas-style blackout curtains so the little lady would sleep past 6 a.m." Whimsical accents—a sparkly pendant that brings to mind dandelions, a lamb-like furry stool—keeps things feeling like a fairy tale.

Photo: Ian Hanson

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