diy · Home-Room Design

Tween Room

I am laughing right now.  This room has been a “work in progress” for almost a year?!  Could that be?  And to tell you the truth, it’s been done for a while but it is NEVER PHOTO WORTHY!  As a ‘tween on the go, with 4 nights of dance, one night of choir and a new middle school schedule, this girl is always busy busy busy with no time to clean.  I get it. I was the same way when I was her age.


But…on Friday, the house cleaners came and BAM!  I made time to get quick shots of this redesign before the tornado hit once more. πŸ™‚

The Design

Last year, about this time, my daughter and I were starting to redesign her room. Looking through fabrics and colors, we came up with this inspiration which I originally shared on my Instagram feed:


Fur & gold, turquoise & white, with bold black accents was the ‘theme’.  Bedding from Pottery Barn (which I use my duvet method on),  fabric from and dresser knobs from Home Goods is where it all started.


But then,…(bring in the dramatic music: duh duh DUHHHH!) on a browse through Target, I discovered the most amazing peel and stick wallpaper that I KNEW my daughter would LOVE!  And she DID!  The design took a detour and I installed it in her room here.  The wallpaper from the Target line Opalhouse, was so stunning.  It now played a prominent piece in the design puzzle.

img_6513The concept and color we originally chose still coordinated (whew!), but we had to make a few adjustments like taking out MOST of the black from the design.

The bedskirt fabric was originally black but I went and bought the same fabric pattern in a turquoise color scheme and it works so much better with the wallpaper.  My daughter LOVED the animal fabric of the lumbar pillow so I made that work by adding the turquoise border.  But everything else was muted down, including the lampshades. Now, those big bold prints are not competing with each other in the space.  Take a look…

Accent Details


Once the wallpaper was in, I knew the curtain accent would still work.

Attachment-5.jpegTo create this accent, I just took the old, white curtains and sewed a 5″ column (10″ folded in half) on the edge of the white curtain panel.  I then repeated that fabric around the trim of the lumbar pillow I made for her bed.

Bed Skirt

For the bed skirt, I was inspired by Jennifer’s no sew bed skirt method  at Dimples & Tangles.  I actually DID sew each of the side panels and end panels with that inverted pleat.  After pressing out the panels, I got out my handy-dandy staple gun and stapled them to the underside of the bed-frame.  Easy peasy.



This sentimental girl loves her stuff.  (I don’t know where she gets it?!!! πŸ™‚ )  We found this bookshelf at Ikea and tucked it away, on a wall behind the door (so no one can see it when walking past her room–so nice!).  She can stash all her trinkets, books and sentimental goodies. (‘cuz everyone needs their squishies out on display!!! Lol!)

I wouldn’t say we are “done”.  A room is never “done”.  But, we are at a good place to enjoy the peacefulness of a clean and organized room.

Now…which room to do next? πŸ™‚  What would you like to see?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Friday, y’all!

xo, Meliss

12 thoughts on “Tween Room

  1. It’s definitely photo worthy now! Love the combination of turquoise and pink. I agree that a room is never done, but this one looks real comfy and cute now!


  2. This is motivating! My kids are 8 and we’re FINALLY starting to put in time to decorating. From the time they were babies we’ve moved around a lot, PLUS they change a mile a minute during those first few years. We just bought paint to paint an accent wall in one of their rooms. Looking forward to doing more.


    1. that’s what my daughter was drawn to as well. We ordered a bunch of samples from and then made our decision. There was one that was super jungle print…but it was too jungle (and the wrong colors) for this room πŸ™‚ Have fun planning!!!


  3. Looks fantastic Melissa! I need to pop upstairs and check it out in person one of these days. Although it probably won’t be as clean…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰


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