We have lived in our house for three years now, and we haven’t really made it our own. I mean, I’ve hung stuff on the walls, but nothing looks like my dream house (yet). As summer approaches, we are preparing to do some major upgrades to our entire home! Starting with **drum roll please** Olivia’s room! Why her room first? Because she is in desperate need of a teenager’s room. When we lived in our old historic home, she had a huge, perfectly decorated dream room for a kid-to-tween. Bright yellow walls with grasshopper green trim (her pick!!), bunk beds, huge play area…. the works. In our home now, she definitely has the biggest room in the house… about 750 square feet. I’m super excited to redecorate her room for her!
With her input, this is what I have so far:
Sassy Lilac walls. Her room is a rectangle and all of her windows are shuttered. We’re going to paint sassy lilac and make the trim ultra bright white.
I love this color. I will probably have it mixed to be a little lighter, because as she gets older, I want her room to be able to grow with her. She will be 14 in a couple of months but I know that she will not always love a bright lilac. This shade is just too perfect though!
Her bedroom is a rectangle shape, and the end wall is nearly full of windows. These windows open in to our home gym, though, so they really serve no purpose. This wall will be painted gold. Yes, glorious, gorgeous, metallic gold. I love the color scheme I have posted here, that sparkly gold is just to die for. You can click either of these paint swatches to be sent directly to my pinterest board I have been keeping for inspiration when it comes to my girls’ rooms.
The wall with all the shutters will have a gorgeous, thick, velvety purple curtain covering them. This will be a shade darker than the sassy lilac theme and will really pop against the gold wall. The curtain rod will be white or gold, Olivia will choose that small detail on her own. She has a lovely dresser that actually started off as Sophia’s when we lived in Tennessee. The mirror for it broke in one of our many moves, unfortunately (or not, helloooo shopping!). The dresser will also be painted in the same gold that the wall is… except I found this image of a dresser on Pinterest and I fell in LOVE. I would love to try to re-create this look with gold leaf (you can find this at Hobby Lobby, but definitely practice before you just get started on your main project!) and the darker purple color or even an accent blue-ish color. Olivia is loving mint and sea-foam right now so maybe one of those colors with the gold leaf.
With her new room design also comes new furniture. We will begin ripping up the carpet in her room this week (thank goodness). Remember the slime craze of all mothers’ not-so-distant-past? Her bedroom carpet is basically ruined thanks to tons of DIY slime slumber parties. Once her carpet is ripped up, we’re going to leave the concrete foundation as her floor (for now). Andy did this same project in his bar last year (the only room in our house to have gotten a remodel, *eye roll*) and Olivia loves the floor in there. It stays really cool, which Drake will love! This means he will probably begin sleeping in her room now and not mine. Sad face. She will love it, though.
There are so many wonderful rug options out there. She definitely wants something super fluffy, but we also have to choose something that is functional. Her room is so large, it will be divided up into a bedroom area, a sitting area, and a vanity area. This should leave enough space for her to move about freely and even practice some cheer technique when she wants. This means we will most likely buy multiple rugs. I think for the rug that goes near her bed, a super shaggy fluffy rug will be great. Her dad says nothing white, and while I hate to, I definitely agree. I really love this rug from rugs USA for her sitting area. It really matches the color scheme perfectly! I plan to go with a neutral color for her sitting area furniture so the rug will really POP!
The rug I’m imagining for her bedside is pretty basic, white (sorry Dad) shaggy fur. Her new headboard will most likely match the sitting area furniture (thinking grey). Unless we can find a cool vintage wooden headboard and foot board and paint them to match the dresser with the gold leafing! Or maybe paint them a dark shade of gray and do gold leafing. The possibilities are endless.
Since her room is in our basement, it stays a little cool. Ok, well, it wouldn’t if she would ever open her bedroom door. But the family room is right next to her room and so if anyone is watching tv or working at the craft table, she can hear them. I guess I don’t blame her! Also, hashtag teenager. haha! Did you ever hang out in your room with your door open? I didn’t!!
I am not a fan of space heaters but after some research, I think a faux fireplace (electric heat) will be a great little addition to her space. Andy is going to mount her flat screen tv on the wall over it, and she will be able to use the mantle to display photos, trophies, and seasonal decorations. I am LOVING this one from Target. It is a little pricier than what I want it to be, and Andy is a wonderful carpenter, so I may have him
build the mantle frame and we will purchase an insert for it and then add the faux marble tile details.
I really love this couch from West Elm for her sitting area. Again, since this is a teen room, I would like to find something similar, and vintage, and possibly reupholster it. I love the velvet and this gray color. Ideally, her headboard would be tufted and the same color as her couch. I am not sure yet if I will do a small pouf or two in front of the couch or a small coffee table.
Well, as you can see, we have a lot of grand plans for Olivia’s grown-up style room! I’m sure once we get her room finished, Sophia and I will be so jealous we’ll all just hang out in her room all the time… I’m sure Olivia would LOVE that! Have you recently redecorated a room in your home? What did you find to be the most fun part? The hardest? I am looking forward to working alongside my maturing little miniature adult and see where our creativity takes us as far as finishing touches!