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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dresser + Mirror
And look at that reflection, more pattern on pattern on pattern!
Drapes + Shades
You can find an entire post on the Blinds.com 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.
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.
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?
- DIY bed
- Duvet cover
- Tassel blanket
- Quilt – TJMaxx (similar here)
- Euro shams
- Printed throw pillow – similar
- Drapes – Gent Greystone color
- Bamboo shade – Sonora Reed color
- Curtain rod
- Otomi fabric art – similar
- Desk – thrifted and painted
- Ghost chair
- Faux plant
- Rattan side table
- DIY bookcase
- White + leather baskets
- Tree art
- Hanging flower art
- Dresser – thrifted and painted
- DIY inlay mirror
- Bunny lamp
- Ceiling fan