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Tween Girl’s Bedroom Makeover – REVEAL

It’s time for the big reveal!  My daughter’s little girl bedroom got a makeover perfect for a fun-loving tween and I can’t wait to share with you how it turned out!

{via Ink361}

Last week, I posted about how to create an easy, 4-step plan for approaching a makeover for a girl’s bedroom, or any room {you can read that post HERE}.  From the picture above that my daughter gave me, I knew:

  1. She likes contemporary designs
  2. She’s not afraid of bold patterns
  3. She likes a little sparkle
  4. She likes a bold look that is also glamorous
  5. She’s not afraid to have a lot going on in a small space!
  6. She likes turquoise, white, and gold {I’m putting this one last since color doesn’t convey anything about style}

We also had some functional requirements in order to ensure that the new design was actually useful:

  • Bigger bed
  • Lots of drawers for storage
  • Display areas for items as well as her artwork
  • Full-length mirror to admire outfits
  • Large work space for drawing, coloring, and sewing
  • Able to function as she grows and as her tastes change, without having to redo the entire room


Here’s a look at her room BEFORE {and obviously also before I learned how to use my camera!}:

French Pink Girls Room


And here’s the AFTER!

Tween Girls Room with White and Turquoise


I don’t think it looks like the same space because it looks so much bigger and brighter, but it is also so much more functional.

Gold Vinyl Polka Dot Wall Decals Tween Girl Bedroom


She picked out all of these pillows and I must admit, I’m a bit obsessed with the sequin one.  It’s fun to write little notes to her on the pillow.  We also picked out some fun, polka-dot sheets in hot pink to add another layer of color.

Pink and White Sequin Pillow in Tween Girl Bedroom


My daughter is an aspiring fashion designer, so we incorporated her designs into a gallery wall that surrounds her bed.


The images are simple croquis that I printed off the internet and then she draws outfits on them. {You can find a link to the images HERE.}

Fashion Sketch Croquis Gallery Wall Around Bed with Gold Frames


To visually connect her bed and gallery wall to her “built-ins”, we used gold, vinyl decals.  Originally, the plan was to cover the entire wall, but they took away from the gallery wall so instead, we created a random pattern that looked as if they were falling down onto her bed.  Actually, my daughter says that her piggy bank is blowing kisses on her as she sleeps.


Opposite her bed, we left the trim that was originally on the wall, as well as the two full-length mirrors, but I added a 4′ x 5′ ribbon memo board so that she can showcase her artwork and photos.  {I literally finished it the night before taking the photos so it’s empty in these pictures, but she’s already started to fill it!}

Oversized DIY Ribbon Memo Board in Tween Girl Bedroom


Her work surface is extra long so that she has plenty of space for homework, art projects and sewing.  And because I love items that can be used for more than one purpose, here an owl vase is being used as a pencil cup!

White Owl Vase as Pencil Cup in Teen Girl Bedroom


The original plan was to add trim to the tops of the bookcases to create a true built-in look, but in true form, we’ll never really finish the project 100%.  Instead, I used these turquoise and white pom poms to fill the space and add a bit of whimsy.

Teen Girl Bedroom with Turquoise and White Pom Poms and Ribbon Valance


For me, the bonus for her having white walls is that if she ever decides turquoise isn’t her favorite color, we don’t have to repaint!  {FYI the walls are Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee and so is the trim!}  And with the pops of color and gold metallic accents, her room is anything but boring and cold!  White gets a bad rap sometimes….

Teen Girl Bedroom Decorating Ideas - Contemporary with IKEA Furniture in Turquoise and White and Gold


So that’s it!  It will probably never be this clean again, unfortunately.  Actually, we mostly completed her room months ago but I was waiting until she spent the week at her grandma’s so that I could clean it enough to photograph!  I try not to think of her as messy, but rather creative and she always has some project or another going on in her room.

Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover in Turquoise and White and Gold


Below are links to sources for her room.  One of the benefits to working on this project over the course of several months is that I had the time to wait until things went on sale, and I’m always a fan of saving money!  You can scroll through the affiliate images below and click on them to be taken directly to the online retail source.



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Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover Modern Style with Built-ins Around Window in Turquoise and White

I hope you enjoyed the tour!







How to Design a Girl’s Room

For my daughter’s 9th birthday, the only thing she asked for was her room to be updated to look more “her”.  Before she was born, when I first found out I was having a girl, I spent forever picking out the perfect shade of pink for her room and was thrilled with my choice of a soft, muted raspberry.  I picked out sweet, flowered bedding and french-inspired furniture.  A perfect room for a girly girl…..except that as she got older and developed her own personality, it was obvious that she is anything but a soft, girly girl!  My little lady likes clean lines, bold colors, glitz, glam, and lots of pattern!  I truly believe that your bedroom should be your sanctuary, a place that looks and feels like you, so my husband and I decided to grant her birthday wish.


Time to start a design plan!

I’ve written before about the importance of creating a design plan before tackling a big project, so before we started buying anything, we made a plan for her room.  {You can click here for the full article Creative a Design Plan in 4 Easy Steps.}


Step 1: Signature Piece

My daughter loves fashion and dreams of being a fashion designer in Paris one day, so I thought it might be easier for her to look at pictures of fashion for inspiration, as opposed to pictures of rooms.  I let her loose on Pinterest and this is what she came back to me with.

{via Ink361}


Okay, so maybe you’re thinking, “How are fingernails going to help design a bedroom?”  Well, actually, they told me a lot about her style!  For one, she likes turquoise!  But a color doesn’t really tell anything about a style or how to decorate, so beyond the color, here’s what I learned from this picture:

  1. She likes contemporary designs
  2. She’s not afraid of bold patterns
  3. She likes a little sparkle
  4. She likes a bold look that is also glamorous
  5. She’s not afraid to have a lot going on in a small space!


See, did you ever think painted nails could tell you so much about your decorating style?  If you’ve never look in your closet for decorating inspiration, you should!  That favorite top of yours might just have a story to tell!


Step 2: Function

My daughter loves clothes, but hates to hang them up.  She also likes to draw and sew and display things that are important to her.  Plus, she feels bad when her friend’s sleep over and they sleep on the floor {although I don’t know why….when I was a kid that’s what was expected at a sleepover!}.  Anyway, she wanted a bigger bed so her friends could sleep on the bed instead of the floor.  We made a list of everything she needed and came up with the following:

  • Bigger bed
  • Lots of drawers for storage
  • Display areas for items as well as her artwork
  • Full-length mirror to admire outfits
  • Large work space for drawing, coloring, and sewing
  • Able to function as she grows and as her tastes change, without having to redo the entire room


Step 3: Style & Feel

Some of this we already determined just from the nail art, but some other words my daughter used to describe her dream room included:

  • Clean
  • Bright
  • Bubbly
  • Lots of Energy


Step 4: Find

Obviously, shopping is my favorite part of this step!  Now that we had a basic idea of what she wanted, it was easier for us to shop and find items that would fit the bill.  Actually, the hardest part was finding furniture because I didn’t want to spend a fortune and wanted it to be super functional for her.  I ended up customizing a ready-made piece to make it work better for her.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

For my daughter, the hardest part was finding bedding that she liked.  She was pretty excited about this reversible duvet, though, so this is the first thing we bought.

{Image via Pottery Barn Teen}



We’ve been slowly plugging away at her room trying to get it finished.  I am just finishing it this week and preparing to take photos so that I can share the AFTER with you next week!  Keep your fingers crossed that I can photograph it before she gives it her usual “lived in” look.  Lol!

Stay tuned for the big reveal!!

28 Creative Decorating Ideas for Tall Walls

Popular for many years now are homes with those coveted high ceilings.  Although 8′ ceilings are still standard, many homes now boast 10′, 12′ or even more!  And even homes with lower ceilings still might have vaulted ceilings in some areas.  While the added height makes a room feel bigger, it also creates a dilemma…..what to do with those tall walls!

If you’ve ever tried to decorate a space with tall walls, you’ve probably quickly realized that standard techniques and decor items don’t work very well – they’re just too small for such a large space!  If your decor ends at the standard 8′ height, the room will likely feel unfinished and cavernous.  Instead, embrace all of that wonderful space!  Thankfully, there are several, easy ways to tackle those big blank canvases and make them feel incorporated into your home.

With all of the ideas below, the goal is to either bring the eye up to include the entire space, or bring the eye down to a more human scale.


1. Artwork

Standard-sized artwork will be too small for tall walls, but you can still use it if you create a large-scale gallery wall.

{via Lonny}


If your style is more symmetrical, consider using a grouping of matching frames to create the illusion of one, large piece of artwork.

{via ElleDecor}


Alternatively, you can use one, oversized image to fill the space!  In this case, be sure your artwork shape is proportionate to the wall in which you’re trying to fill.  {For example, a skinny, rectangular canvas would look too small in this space, no matter how tall it was.}



2. Mirrors

Similar to artwork, mirrors can be used to fill the space.  An added benefit of using mirrors is that they can help brighten an otherwise dark area, or when placed near large windows, they can help create a sense of balance.  Here, a collection of mirrors has been used to fill the entire space above a staircase.


Similar to artwork, you can create an eclectic display using a mix of  mirrors and artwork.


One, big mirror can also fill the space and create a WOW factor!

{via Pinterest}


3. Millwork

A plain, sheet rocked wall isn’t all that interesting, but add a bit of millwork and you’ve got a different story!  Trim elements add interest and architecture and help bring the eye up so that the wall is part of the overall space.

Below, the artwork itself isn’t all that big, but it’s surrounded by trim that helps to fill up the wall.


Below, the lack of decor on the walls lets the millwork speak for itself!


4. Shelving

Tall walls provide ample space for storage, whether built-ins, freestanding or just floating shelves.

{via Pinterest}


5. Murals & Wallpaper

Adding wallpaper or paint elements to the upper half of the wall is yet another way to draw the eye up.

{via JBMA}

{via D Home}


Below, an oversized vinyl decal does the trick to fill this space!

{via Pixers}


6. Display Pieces

If you don’t find artwork you like, consider mounting an oversized display item, such as a clock, old shutters, or even a hanging rug!

{via Pinterest}

{via Makely}

{via Talloor}


7. Use One, Tall Focal Point

You don’t always have to fill the space.  Depending on your decorating style, sometimes less is more.  If adding millwork isn’t your style and you don’t want to fill your walls with items, consider using one, oversized item as a focal point to help draw the eyes up.  Below, the walls are bare but the dramatic fireplace is balanced by the tall curtains, filling the volume of this room.

{via Pinterest}


8. Cut the Space in Two

While the other ideas listed above are all aimed at helping bring the eye up to include the tall wall as part of the overall space, this idea is more about bringing the eye down to a more human scale for a cozier feel.  That doesn’t mean you leave the upper half of the wall blank, but rather that you treat the upper and lower portions separately.  {And although I say in “half”, I don’t necessarily mean that literally because it depends on your space.}


Below, the walls has been cut to ceiling height of the surrounding space and the upper portion has been give its own, unique treatment.


A simple piece of trim cuts this wall down and makes a frame for the canvas art.


And a bonus #29….This bathroom treatment is simple, yet absolutely stunning, and the wallpaper at the top is a great way to break up the white walls!


You might have noticed that several of the above photos use more than one decorating technique to fill the space.  For example, artwork and millwork, or paint and display items, or millwork and wallpaper, etc.  Regardless of whether you use one idea or several, the goal is to utilize the entire volume of a room, and if that includes tall walls, be sure to keep the scale of the room in mind and decorate up accordingly!








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