Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tween Bedroom Makeover ~In A Weekend

A few years ago when we were still in California and I had my Decorating business, I was contacted by a client who wanted to do a weekend makeover for her daughters twelfth birthday. This type of re-do is made to look quite easy on the shows on HGTV, but trust me it is not! I felt I was up for the challenge though and took a drive out to her home to see what I was "up against". She had almost all the furniture relatively new. That was staying.

She expressed some definite storage issues around the desk area that needed to be addressed.

The room also had its own bath that she wanted done.

The french doors and window treatments were a definite must do.

The biggest challenge was that she wanted to keep the existing bedding. One less thing to do yes, but very hard to match other fabrics "off the shelf" to an existing set.

After seeing if all my seamstresses. painters and carpenters were on board and able to do a 48 hour turn around I agreed to take on the project. After all how excited would you have been at the age of 12 to go away for a weekend and then come home to this big surprise! So I was off and running (literally) to come up with a plan. I found a great plaid fabric that worked with the existing bedding. There was just enough to make some panels and a bed skirt as well as a bolster pillow for the bed top. That left the existing bed skirt up for grabs and just what I needed to use for fabric to incorporate the pattern into the window treatment. I designed a valance lined in sage green and cream check.

Here is an after shot. I chose a soft blush pink paint for the walls. My work room made soft pink organza sheers to attach to the canopy bed at the corners. I found a great pink on pink patterned fabric to make some roman shades with beaded fringe on the edge.

Here is a look at the finished window treatments. They really made the room.

Some rearranging of the furniture was necessary for a better layout and function in the space. Some new lamps and art work and a lot of accessories helped to pull the space together.

I had my carpenter build in some open shelving above the desk to store all that tween stuff.

I brought in a cream Napoleon chair and added a lovely pink taffeta cushion with sage green and cream tufted buttons on it. Sadly I did not get detailed shots of the room. Mainly because we literally finished 20 minutes before the tween arrived home. Talk about reality makeover!

A restful tailored space was the end result.

The end result was one happy twelve year old! Visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more wonderful transformations.


  1. Oh the makeover is just gorgeous. I love your fabric choices, such a beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh wow--
    That window/door treatment is gorgeous!! It really does make the room! I like the way you moved things around too. I am always pretty sure when I see those fast turnarounds on tv that they are not terribly realistic. Congrats on a beautiful rooma and thrilling a little girl!!

  3. There is my 12 YO daughter's dream room....You're not flying out to Australia soon are you?!
    Best wishes, NM.

  4. What a lucky young lady! You did a fantastic job. The window treatment makes that room. Thanks for sharing your amazingly quick redo. ~ Sarah

  5. The window treatments are gorgeous! What a lucky girl.

  6. The valance is gorgeous. You did a great job, especially with only a weekend to get it all done--
    I am clicking to follow and hope you will come by for a visit and do the same.


  7. I look the colors, pinkish and greenish. The fabric on the canopy is the deal maker for me.

  8. Gorgeous! I love the window treatments. It must have been a nail-biter though to get it done in time!

  9. How lovely! Those window coverings and fabrics are so pretty! What a great job.
    Be a sweetie,

  10. What a beautiful soft and pretty! The storage is wonderful.

  11. Gorgeous! You did an awesome job :o)

  12. You should feel very content and pleased with this makeover. A lot of times, it's difficult to find the right pink for the walls. Yours is just perfect. From the curtains to the furniture, everything blends well. Please visit and if you like what you see, the click on "Follow" so we can share & inspire one another.

  13. Buying a Bedroom Furniture can be really tricky now a days with the choices being so vast.

  14. Wow!! What a transformation in such a short time. I love the plaid you used. The window treatment is beautiful.I know she must be one happy "tween"

  15. What a beautiful room! I love the shelves above the desk, I am always looking for storage solutions! My oldest daughter is 12 too, what a fun age!

  16. Love this makeover! This should be in a magazine spread:) Love the colors, the window treatments and they way you rearranged stuff! Awesome!

  17. I am always pretty sure when I see those fast turnarounds on tv that they are not terribly realistic. Work from home India


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