Tackling the Tween Bedroom

October 5, 2010 at 1:57 am | Posted in tween bedroom | 43 Comments
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I’ve mentioned this before but designing my 12 year old daughter’s room was probably my toughest design challenge to date. In case you didn’t know a 12 year old girl has a mind of her own and is very specific and particular about what she likes and especially what she doesn’t like.

Sloan had many requests she wanted a very colorful room without it looking too “kiddish” (her word) and she also wanted it to look bohemian. She wanted an area for her friends to hang out in, an area she could display her snowglobes, guitar and artwork, a place to study and an area for her television (huge movie fan), books (huge Twilight fan) and music (huge anything I don’t like fan!)

We live in a newly constructed house so needless to say there wasn’t much character to the room, it was basically a box.


I took her shopping and she fell in love with a bed in a bag from Target so I went from there. Here is what I came up with.

The wall paint is Benjamin Moore’s Angelina’s, the ceiling paint is Benjamin Moore’s Orleans Violet. The other items in her room came from places like Target, Walmart, Ikea and Home Goods. If you would like specifics please email or leave me a comment and I will answer you!.

I finally finished her room a few weeks ago and here’s what it looks like now!

The art wall – Check!

A place to study and show off those snowglobes – Check!

Notice the large S on the wall, it’s actually a chalkboard that she and her friends use to draw on.

Television watching, guitar playing and book reading – Check! (She has a very large closet so she actually has a large bookcase in her closet full of books also.)

A fun close up. (Notice the tween essentials!)

So there you have it a tween room complete and a 12 year old happy, that is for now!!

Are you interested in a mini e-design? Please contact me, I’d love to help!!



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  1. Wow! Your daughter is so lucky to have a mom like you!! What a great room!


  2. LOVE IT!!! Great looking room, you do awesome work Laurie!!

    • Thanks Debbie! I hope you and your girls are doing great!!

  3. Laurie,

    You have outdone yourself once again. The room is amazing. I don’t know how you do it but I want a little piece of it so I can do my house on a budget. You rock girl!

    • Thanks Stephanie for the nice compliment and for stopping by!!

  4. Lovely transformation, what did you use to decorate the drawers?

    • It’s a malm dresser from Ikea, I primed the front and painted it, then make a handmade stencil to mimic the mirror over the bed and just painted it! Thanks!

  5. […] I did was take off the leaf, sand it down, prime it and paint it using left over paint from Sloan’s bedroom. Now it’s Sloan’s bedside […]

  6. Wow! I love the room makeover! Found you on These Creative Juices. I will be stopping by your blog again!!

    • Thanks so much!! Nice to meet ya I’m glad you stopped by!!!

  7. What a zen room – love the comforter. She’s a lucky tween πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m not disappointed, again. Your blog is a bright spot in my day!!!

    • I always look forward to your comments Maryann! Can you adopt me!! (: Please tell Stephen and Kim I miss them!

  9. I love it! Especially the chandy! YOu have a great eye for design!

  10. Can you be my Mom!! LOL I would’ve loved to have that room as a teen. Great job! Visiting from Sugar Bee.

    • You’re too nice! Thanks for stopping by! Maybe I should your nice comment to my daughter so she’ll appreciate her room even more then she already does!!

  11. […] daughter’s bedroom a fantastic makeover and posted the photos in the Su Casa group. She writes:Sloan had many requests, she wanted a very colorful room without it looking too […]

  12. Hehe! I’m 17 and would love this room! πŸ˜›

    You did an amazing job of making that character-lacking box of a bedroom in to a fun, colorful place for a young girl. She must love it!

  13. Girl, you did an amazing job. All we need is that inspiration, huh. Love it. I’m working on a 13 yr old boys room myself…will share next month.

  14. Oh WOW! Fantastic!

  15. Love it! And I think it’s mandatory that 12 year old girls have a mind of their own LOL

  16. AWESOME! Thanks so much for linking this up at gettin’ crafty on hump day! πŸ™‚

  17. This is awesome! Inspiring for me…I’m in the middle of putting together 4 bedrooms right now.

    • You’ve inspired me if, doing 4 bedrooms at once!!

  18. That turned out so good. I am jealous.

  19. LOVE the room, the light fixture is perfect and I’m sure her friends go crazy for it. I’m in the middle of giving my 4-year-old Sloan a big girl room…thanks for the great ideas! We share great taste in names, so I can’t wait to read through more of your blog and see what else we have in common. πŸ™‚

    xo, cassie

    • You’re right we absolutely both must have brilliant taste by naming our girls Sloan, afterall it’s the best name everrrr!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  20. This looks so fabulous! I am almost 30 and I want it!

  21. That room is so inviting! I love the chandelier in particular. She’s a lucky girl.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  22. My 12 year old niece has that same comforter! I am going to have to show her this room. She will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing it on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the compliment, I love your blog btw!!

  23. Hello there. I am a new follower via Blog Hopping.Please visit @ http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com
    Have a great weekend!
    I am in the same spot that you were in. I am redesigning my girls room too. Painting at this point.

    • Good luck with the design!! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Its a great room. I really like the bedding. I’m in the middle of redoing a 14 yr olds room.

  25. What a great tween room. She has to love it. That wall color is scrumptious. Thanks for linking it up to Motivated Monday at Becolorful

  26. It turned out beautiful! Looks like a dream room for any girl. Wanna come help me with my living room? lol.

  27. Beautiful room re-do! Do you do backyards??? πŸ™‚

  28. What a fun makeover. I’m sure she loves it!

  29. What a fun room. I love all of the bright and fun colors. I wish my room was that cool when I was 12 (okay now would be great too.)

    Thanks for linking up!

  30. What a lucky girl!

  31. […] you can find out how I finished off that particular space. Β Today I’m going to focus on my 12 year old daughter Sloan’s room. Β In case you forgot this is what the room looks […]

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