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She’s been asking for her own room for more than a year.  She’s always shared a room with Elea and they’ve been so close over the years that they’re almost like twins.  I couldn’t stand the thought of them being separated.  So, I put her off for a while. And I put her off some more.  We had an extra room over the garage that we used a craft room and it happens to be connected to the girl’s bedroom.  She wanted to move into there and then she could still share space and a bathroom with her sister.  I finally ran out of good reasons why she shouldn’t do it, and when we gave up homeschooling, it seemed like the right time to start working on her new tween/teen room.  The winds of change were blowing and I wanted her to know I was listening.

This project took all summer and we were intentional and slow with the renovation.  Packing up a craft room is no walk in the park, but she and her sister decided they would do it themselves. I’m a displaced, gypsy crafter now, still looking for a home for my wares, but we love the new arrangement and it’s become one of my favorite rooms in the house.

We started a Pinterest board so she could pin spaces she liked.  She wanted a chalk wall with an otherwise pink room, different shades of red and pink in the decor,  and space to be able to dance. I’ve done a teen girls room before , so I knew I wanted to give her something to grow into—inspiration for her changing mind and body, space to breathe and dance and be, and healthy ways to express herself and blossom into a beautiful young lady.

 

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Here are the elements I thought were important in making this room a place to grow and thrive.

 Art and Beauty

  • Every room needs art.  We are big fans paintings, prints, and photography, but we had a small budget here, so  we decided to order a few things and make a few things ourselves.  We love the Hey Y’all sign from Stephanie Creekmur’s shop and the Leigh Viner print called About a Pearl. (I have several Leigh Viner prints in the sultry master bedroom and I love the girly feel of them.)  

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  • We loved this print from Blimp Cat and bought the frame for $2 at a thrift store and had it framed at Hobby Lobby.  I RARELY buy frames from anywhere but thrift stores.  They’re so cheap and you can repaint or repurpose them however you want.

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  • We also bought a giant Audrey Hepburn poster from Amazon and taped it to the wall with glittered duct tape.  We added some book page butterflies for embellishment.  We added some awesome oversized ballet prints, which MAKE the room, in my opinion.  I had huge prints made of some Emme’s ballet photos and we had them mounted to foam board.  I embellished the top one with a red emerson flower.  The red tutu is getting loaded in the car as we speak, for a little road trip to Nashville to see Taylor Swift. #canyouhearthesqueals

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Lighting

This room had terrible lighting, with only a few can lights in the ceiling.  We added a cheapish chandelier from Lowe’s and then two bedside sconces.  For most everything else in the room, we skimped and borrowed things from the house or shopped in thrift stores.  But the money we invested in the lighting was so well worth it.  It changed the room completely.  (Side note:  We bought this dressing vanity at the room of requirement and Emme sanded and repainted it herself.  With a little help from mom, of course.  We LOVE how it turned out and it is always chocked full of girly goodness. 

 

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Personality

The room should reflect the girl.  Let her hobbies and passions shine.  Our Emme is a great little dancer, so we use her point shoes, photos of her dancing, and a tutu to decorate the room.  She wants to learn to play guitar and got one for her birthday so we got a little stand so it’s easy to pick up and strum.  There are two disco balls in this room and one of them is huge and hangs over the bed.  It’s epic, that’s all I can say.   There are foo dogs and antlers and bedazzled busts.  The room has personality and is uniquely hers.

Did I say it’s quirky?

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She wasn’t so sure about hanging the disco ball, but who could resist it once it’s up?

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Function

We didn’t sacrifice function, but we made the room work for us AND be pretty.  Every girls needs a dressing vanity and you can do wonders with thrift store finds.  This vanity was $50 and we spent $10 on paint and $20 for new pulls.  So, for less than $100, we have this beautiful, functional, and vintage vanity.

And every room needs more oxygen, right?  I love decorating with plants.  I was in Anthropologie and saw their canvas covered  pots, so I decided to embellish the heart plant with a painter’s drop cloth and add it to her room.  Live plants do something magical to a room.  They teach so many life lessons, too.

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 Expression

Give your tweens and teens all the tools they need to express themselves.  Because they will express themselves, somewhere, somehow.

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I make sure there’s lots of paper, pens, watercolors, chalk walls, embroidery thread, musical instruments, knitting needles, and plenty of time and space.  If they learn to express themselves in healthy ways, maybe  they’ll avoid years of heartache and pain.  I want to encourage her to read, write, think, sing, love, and dance. We all need to create and express, so help them find their niche.  (More on the DIY lacquer desk renovation!)

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I’ve spent hours in this room already and my fingerprints are all over it.  I want her to know that  I’m here.  I want her  to feel my presence and my spirit in this room.  I’m not going anywhere and though these years will have their challenges, I want her to know that I’ll walk with her the whole way.  I’m in her corner. As she stands on the verge of this precipice, I want to plant myself firmly in her heart and life.

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Sources coming on Monday.  Right now, I’ve got a car full of girls and red tutus ready to head to Nashville to see Taylor Swift.  I may never recover.  Like Ever.

xoxo,

🙂

edie

 

70 comments on “Elements of a Teen Girl’s Room”

  1. “Like ever.” That was my favorite part of this post. That room is a any girls’ dream come true though. Seriously. 25-year-old salivating at that room, here.

  2. Mercy! It’s fabulous! Best teen girl room ever. I love how intentional you are as a mother, Edie. Your testimony makes me praise the Lord! Have a GREAT time at the concert!

  3. Okay so here’s me reading your posts: I want to see all the photos… but I also can’t tear myself away from the words… so I’m reading as quickly as I can, trying not to miss anything, all the while telling myself to hurry up because there’s photo goodness WAITING. I finally just gave up, scrolled down at all the photos… then went back and read at a leisurely pace. I just LOVED it. I love the way you thought it through and especially the idea that your finger prints are all over the room so she knows you’re not going anywhere. I’m definitely taking notes on that. Thanks for the Mama inspiration.

  4. What a dreamy room! My daughter who is now 19 went thru the Taylor crush, what fun time we had! We got to meet her and watch 2 concerts from the pit. I cried, for my girl to get one of her dreams, and for the pride that Taylor’s parents must feel. I know y’all are having a great time!

  5. Love this! We’re moving my oldest into the bonus room over the garage and want to do similar things. Another funny – I have a vanity almost identical to yours. It was my grandparents’ furniture. My grandmother died when my Dad was about 10 so I never knew her, but having the furniture gives me a little connection to the woman that so many people adored.

  6. This room is epic!
    As creative momma’s, there’s a fine balance between giving our kids what they want and need and our own vision of how we want the room to look. It’s not always easy.
    So much thoughtfulness and love in this room. I gotta get my hands on a Hey Ya’ll.

  7. I just found a Christmas present for my daughter here! ‘the dress’ print! This room is one my daughter would love! (and she’s 22!)

  8. What I would have given for a room like that when I was a tween/teen. Just lovely. I adore the ballet photos on the walls and the shoes on the bed. My daughter used her pointe shoes and her Fairy Godmother costume from her last recital on the walls of her daughters’ room. And the disco ball? Awesome.

  9. I love the room, especially the disco ball. I found some smaller ones after Christmas last year (75% off!!) and bought them for my granddaughters…they loved them. Something about sparkly glass that gets women every time….I so would have been the Indian that encouraged the sale of Manhattan for some shiny beads. I love this post and it has brought back fun memories of decorating my bedroom as a teen and my daughter’s unique style that she used on hers.

  10. I thing the greatest part of this room has to do with the time and love put into allowing your daughter to grow up and be who she is. So many times we want to imprint who we were or wanted to be but never had the opportunity. My girls played piano because I did but had to stop for financial reasons…so it’s passing the torch. Our greatest gift is love…passing it on and watching it multiply. Congrats for passing on your gift of love….whatever form that may be. You are a blessing to watch and read. Wow….God is and has blessed you…thank you for passing that on to your readers.

  11. This room is seriously adorable! I am a young mother and just discovered your blog through a feature on Sixth Street Design School – I can already tell that this will be a huge source of inspiration for me in so many different ways! I was wondering – where is the print from with the little upward pointing arrows?

  12. this is a fabulous room! I have great intent to finish by teen and tween girls’ room, but without about half the space. Lots of great inspiration here – especially love the plants and disco ball!

  13. I just love the color scheme of this room for my daughter. She is bit of a tomboy and she doesn’t like the typical girly colors. Do you happen to know where you purchased the comforter? I’ve been searching online and can not find that beautiful shade of orange.

  14. I am in love with this room!!! It is absolutely beautiful! My daughter is 9 and begging for a room redo. I wish I had your touch! I LOVE the disco balls! Where did you find them?

  15. your blog and outreach is so amazing and useful that i feel a bit awkward asking again about the paint color in this room:) Is it the conch shell that you have used before? in some shots it seems lighter. my daughter really loves it and i am terrible with the colors.

  16. I might have missed this somewhere (I did re-read it and scrolled through comments) – but what is the paint color you used here? Thanks!

  17. Edie, what is the manufacturer and name of the pink wall paint you chose here? Thanks! (I couldn’t find it sourced in the post or in the comments – sorry if it was there and I missed it.)

  18. Cute room, do you know what guitar your daughter owns at least what brand name? I’m looking for a good one and am hoping to go to a music store to get a guitar for my birthday. And hers is beautiful

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  20. Nicely done! I bet, your daughter is very happy and satisfied with her room, especially because her lovely mother designed it. That board is an awesome idea for a teenage or even a kid’s bedroom. Where did you get that furry carpet? It’s lovely. Keep it up!

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  25. The way you combined old and new, simple and fancy is awesome and makes the room special! Shades of pink–perfect for a growing teen, and can keep changing with her whims.

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