Oh to be the mom of a tweenaged girl! It was just 2 short years ago that she was begging me to paint her bedroom pink when we moved into our new home. Now, she she can’t stand the site of the pink walls and says she never wanted pink at all.
Hmmm… not exactly how I remember it.
Nonetheless, we are updating her room for the Fall 2020 edition of the One Room Challenge. The first step was identifying the design problems, which I outlined in last week’s post. The second step was creating a concept for the space.
My InBeTween fell in love with the look of the Restoration Hardware teen catalog, but when it cam down to making selections, she definitely wanted something brighter, more eclectic, and more colorful. She also wanted art that would reflect her interests and tastes. However, I also want her room to feel like it belongs in our house.
So, the overall concept is mid-century eclectic from a tween point of view.
Finding the right inspiration fabric was the biggest hurdle. While I was showing her fabrics, I felt a bit like I was giving her an optometry exam: Is fabric A better or fabrics B? Fabric B or fabric C?
I must have shown her every blue fabric in every book I have and then some… She finally landed on Asian Scenic in Robin’s Egg by Thibaut. I have to say I was delighted! This chinoiserie style fabric is a perfect complement to the style of our home. The robin’s egg blue is a great fit with the spa blue and lagoon green colors we have throughout our home.
Once we had the inspiration fabric chosen, everything else started coming together!
The robin’s egg blue is our primary color, but the secondary colors are lagoon green and coral. I chose three more fabrics and two trims to use with the Asian Scenic print:
- Serengeti by Thibaut in Aqua
- Papaya Velvet by Anna Elisabeth
- Cotton twill in natural
- Stout Trend Alert 1556 in Cultivate 6 Coral
- Stout Moondust No. 1507 in Ritual 3 Lagoon
As is my process, I was simultaneously selecting the furniture we needed – the desk and the desk chair, and possibly a second chair for the reading corner. I was also consulting with a friend who is a professional organizer for some ideas for shelves to warehouse the snow globe collection. Here’s what I landed on:
- Shagreen Desk by Four Hands
- Farina Desk Chair in the Knoll Domino Fabric by Four Hands
- A custom chair by Skyline
- Fat Lippie Picture Shelf in White Gloss by Shelfology
My daughter and I sat down and looked at art and made some selections from one of my favorite vendors, Celadon Art. Fingers crossed that it will make it here in time because everything is made to order.
For the new bedspread, I found a nice lightweight cotton Matalasse at Pom Pom at Home in the perfect shade of Sea Glass, an amazing shade of muted blue green that coordinates beautifully with the Asian Scenic fabric and the lagoon colored trim. You can see how all of the furniture, fabrics, and finishes came together in the mood board below.
This past weekend, we were able to get the room painted and take down the old window treatments. The workroom that is making the slip cover also came over and measured the bed and I got all of the fabrics and trimmings ordered.
I also scheduled the photographer. November 3… That seems far too soon!
Below is the list the action items. Looks like we still have plenty on our plate. This weekend we will be painting trim and creating the bulletin board!
Paint her bedroom SW Crushed Ice; it’s not blue, but my choice was to do something a little more neutral
- Paint trim and doors SW Alabaster
- 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
- Add bias tape trim to the slipcover
- 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
- A second chair for reading
- Fun lamps and accessories
- Hang shelving for snow globe collection
- Hang art
- Schedule photographer
Next week, I’ll be sharing our total project budget and giving you the details on our DIY bulletin board! Can’t wait to share the progress.
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