InBeTween Design Problems
Like everyone else, in the middle of the school year last year our lives were completely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Our 12-year-old daughter needed to do school from home and we didn’t have a great place for her to work.
Her bedroom was still very much a “little girl” bedroom with pink painted walls, something she regretted about 6 months after we painted them. Now, she wants blue.
Additionally, she is rapidly outgrowing her collection of toys and we have been saying goodbye to a few of her old friends – like Barbies, American Girl toys, and stuffed animals. This also meant getting rid of her toy storage and replacing it storage for her collection of books and snow globes. She is also into arts and crafts, which means we still need storage that will easily conceal those items.
As she has moved from little interest to teen girl interest, she has been cultivating her own sense of style. Sometimes, I swear she’s 12 going on 25. She reads Vogue, watches foreign films, she’s an equestrian, she’s learning French, and she adores Audrey Hepburn… among other things.
All of this coincided with the arrival of the Restoration Hardware Teen catalog. She immediately fell in love with the eclectic and glamorous look of the rooms and wanted to emulate the style in her own room. She and I worked together to make the final selection, but when it came to the paint color, I had the final say.
- Paint her bedroom blue
- Get a new bed and bedding (the bed is upholstered pink)
- Create better storage for her books and
- Organize her snow globe collection
- Update her window treatments (pink and purple peacocks)
- Create a place for her to study
- Somewhere she can display photos, small posters
- Select art, textiles, and accessories that reflect her unique interests
Ultimately, we decided to just completely redo the space, but we are keeping her bed and one of the cubby units for books storage. In the midst of all of this, we replaced all of the windows in our house, which gave us an opportunity to take down all of the window treatments and repaint the room. Here is the list of what we plan to do:
- Paint her bedroom SW Crushed Ice; it’s not blue, but my choice was to do something a little more neutral
- New faux Roman shades in a fun, colorful pattern
- New bedding and soft goods using a variety of colors and patterns
- Slip cover for the bed with bias tap trim
- New rug
- DIY extra large bulletin board
- Narrow display shelves for the snow globes
- Lots of fun art
- A new desk and desk chair in a clean, contemporary style
- Update the bins for the cubby
- Fun lamps and accessories
Next week I will have the concept board and an update for you! We’re hoping to get the room painted this week!
This project is part of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge. To read more about the challenge and see more guest bloggers’ work you can click the icon below!