Tween Girl’s Room Makeover

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Things are certainly a little crazy in our world right now. I know some will think I am being flippant to the situation at hand as I share home decor, but I assure you that is not my intentions. When things feel stressful and completely uncertain I seek anything normal. For me that’s escaping to something I love like decorating my home or reading blogs/IG posts filled with inspiration. So, I’m going to keep on posting what I can. My guess is you are like me and need that escape too. This will be for both of us. Ok, with that out of the way I am so excited to share with you Izzy’s room. My stomach hurts a bit when I say this next part because it feels like a short time ago I was revealing her big girl room. I hope you enjoy this tween girl’s room makeover!

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My little girl turned 11 last month. She has grown up so much over the past couple of years. It hit me towards the end of last year that we will only have her with us under our roof for another seven years before she heads off to college. I want her to have a space that would carry her through those years but also represent who she is now. Not a little girl, but not a teenager just yet.

Izzy has become really interested in decor (makes my heart so happy) and wanted her room to feel a particular way. She found an inspiration room and we worked with a lot of her existing furniture pieces to get to where we are now. There is a mix of high and low, DIY and purchased.


The biggest change to her room came when we added this amazing blush wallpaper. It’s not too pink and the floral pattern is incredible.


I knew from the beginning I wanted to make Izzy a new bed. We both fell in love with this Serena & Lily bed and used it as inspiration for our DIY. Our version cost a little over $200. Quite the savings! If you missed it, you can check out my full tutorial here. This bed is a perfect neutral piece she can use for years to come.

Rylee and cru wallpaper
Lulu and Georgia wallpaper


To keep an all white bed from falling flat you want to mix different tones and textures. We kept her existing white duvet because it’s still so good. Her favorite addition to the bed is the grey tassel blanket and I don’t blame her. To break up the white duvet and sheets I added a cream quilt. And, her white euro shams have a fun textured trim along the edges for more interest.

neutral girl's room bedding
blush girl's room


Izzy wanted wood floors in her room. I laughed at her. We agreed a rug would be a better option. This black and white striped rug was a great size (5×8) for her room and was just under $150.

bamboo shades grey drapes

Art + Custom Frame

Izzy used to have a large pinboard over her desk, and while she loved the pinboard, she wanted to get rid of the cluttered look. We moved it behind her bedroom door so she can still access it, but have it out of sight when she wants it to be. In its place is this awesome Otmoi fabric my husband and I picked up while on a trip to Mexico City. I’ve always thought it would be perfect framed as art.

Due to the fabric’s irregular size, I needed a custom frame. I reached out to my favorite framers at Custom Picture Frames (they are the same company that did the frames for our hallway gallery wall, and our living room gallery wall) and had this frame made. The simple natural wood ties in with other wood elements in her room. It even has non-glare acrylic so the light from the window doesn’t blow it out. I ordered the frame one inch larger than the fabric on each side so that the white backing would show a little bit. It couldn’t have been any more perfect. Probably my favorite part of her room is how the pattern looks on top of the wallpaper. Love the pattern on pattern!


The very first item I purchased for her room makeover was this little rattan side table. My plans were to take it back because I knew the scale was off, but I never got around to it and it ended up growing on me. It may be short, but I still like it and it’s smaller round shape fits in this spot between her bed and bookcase really well.

rattan nightstand


We kept this DIY bookcase along with some other large furniture pieces that still worked well for her. There really is no need to change everything out when making over a room. We restyled it and added some additional bins to the mix for more hidden storage. These white and leather bins worked perfectly and come in multiple sizes.

DIY modern bookcase
girl's room shelf styling

Dresser + Mirror

There really wasn’t anything that changed on this side of her room. She still loves her dresser with the hidden surprise and the DIY inlay mirror.

And look at that reflection, more pattern on pattern on pattern!

DIY indian inlay mirror

Drapes + Shades

You can find an entire post on the custom drapes and bamboo blinds in her room here. Don’t let the sound of custom scare you off. They have the best selection of shades you will find online and prices to match any budget. Her shade is their Deluxe Woven Wood Shade in Sonora Reed. It’s cordless and has a blackout liner. Her drapes, those amazing drapes, are their Easy Classic Pleat Drapes in Gent Greystone. They have a white light filtering liner on the back which lets that pretty texture show off, and are weighted at the bottom for the most perfect hang.

grey linen drapes with bamboo shades

Ceiling Fan

You guys, I can’t believe I almost forgot to talk about the new ceiling fan! But you know what, that’s a pretty good sign because that means it’s not an eyesore and on my mind all the time like the last one. We switched out her brown boob light ceiling fan for this practically invisible white LED one. The white completely fades into her ceiling. It’s the same one we have in our master (ours is black) and is definitely the best kept secret of fans coming in under $120. We have ours on in our master 24/7 and have had zero issues with it.

Rylee + Crew floral wallpaper

Ok, so there we are! I hope you enjoyed our tween girl’s room makeover. A completely different looking room without having to change all the things. What I love about this makeover is the mixture of high and low items. I saved a bunch of money by keeping a lot of the existing furnishings and DIYing her bed. That balances out other items like the wallpaper and window treatments.

Izzy is completely delighted with her new space and so am I. Tell me, what’s your favorite part?


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  1. Pamela Jones Avatar
    Pamela Jones

    A beautiful room. I love this change so much, starting with her wallpaper. A soft yet a big impact. A nice minimal change for a tween. I’m really impressed with the white ceiling fan. No visual distraction there. A awesome change. I know she loves it so much because she’s spending more time hanging out in her room lately. A nice sanctuary!💞

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I am still so excited over how great that wallpaper looks. So glad she decided on that pattern! And yes, that ceiling fan is sooooo much better 😀 The fan in Sam’s room just stopped working so I replaced his with this same white fan. Makes such a difference!

  2. Joanna Avatar

    It’s a perfect room for a tween and the basics of this room will see her through her teen years with little tweaks to suit her changing taste and/or style.

    I’m happy you’re still posting pretty. We have enough fear & worry from watching the news. While staying home, looking at pretty pictures on blogs, Instagram or Pinterest takes our minds off the very scary situation the world is in at this moment. I pray we flatten the curve and turn this around before there are too many more deaths.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much for your comment, Joanna, I really appreciate it! I’ve had to completely turn off the news and refocus my attention to other things. It’s so nice to escape the chaos. I too pray we can turn this around. We just need everyone to work together. Stay healthy, and I hope you have a great day!

  3. cassie bustamante Avatar

    Her room is just beautiful! So grown up and it feels like it fits your home’s vibe so well!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I can’t believe how fast these kids grow up! I feel like it was just yesterday I was revealing her first big girl room. And yes, I think it definitely flows with the rest of the house a lot more now.

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