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3/3/11

In Be Tween

This is my oldest daughter's bedroom.  The thought of making good on my promise to update it is making me feel so sentimental.  I poured my heart into this room... designed at the time I was pregnant with my second child, and feeling so guilty because I was uprooting my then two year old daughter out of her nursery to move her here.  But, now she is eleven... a young lady with tastes all her own.  Below is the inspiration photo she chose, and some of the items we will be ordering to achieve this goal.  We will be keeping the walls green and adding a lot of blue.  Would love to hear your thoughts.

Serena and Lily bedding
Serena and Lily nightstand
Ikea light
Ikea chair
Pottery Barn Teen rug
Jonathan Adler pillow

Target mirror
Inspiration image via: MadebyGirl

59 comments:

  1. As you know I have a daughter exactly the same age and we are redoing her room as well. I love all your picks and I know my daughter would as well - stylish, fun and age appropriate yet something she can grow with - perfect!!

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  2. You know, you made my day. My daughter has had this inpsiration photo picked for about a year, and i just couldn't figure out how to achieve the look....I am so happy and thankful for this post! I forget how great Ikea can be when doing the kids room! Thanks! and happy decorating.

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  3. Daryn Tenenbaum3/03/2011

    I revamped my 15 year old daughters room last summer. Turquoise and chocolate. The turquoise walls and Chocolate trim really pop! The double doors for her closet look like big Hershey bars. We found a well built and fairly easy to put up full size wicker bed at IKEA to house a temper-pedic mattress. Target had a surprisingly nice accent chair.
    Some "elbow work" from dad and I re stained her dresser to have a distressed but complimentary look.
    When she returned from camp; tears of joy and screaming ensued!
    she continues to talk about how much she loves this room when friends are over. This change over for a young lady from kids room to young adult theme is so important! Enjoy and she will too.

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  4. Beautiful modern but so grown up! I still remember when my sons decided (on their own) to re-design their rooms...I was so sentimental, gone the teddy bears, cars etc... my oldest son decided for a dark blue room and started a new trend...his friends' mothers started to call me..What is up with this navy bedroom? my son wants the same one...Maybe your daughter will start a trend as well.
    Well chosen pieces...have fun with the process

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  5. First, I have to say how impressed I am that you kept her in the little girl room for as long as you did. It gives me hope that I will be able to hold out a bit longer on my 8 year old! She would kill for the inspiration room (those teal/blues are her favorite color). Secondly, loving the IKEA chandelier and you wall color is totally going to work with that color scheme! M.

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  6. I think the choice of the blues paired with the green walls is perfect. And I love how the colors are done in moderation in the inspiration photo. gonna look great!

    dude. that chair is ikea? I'm headed there...

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  7. What a lucky girl! The inspiration pic is just gorgeous, the blue will look great with the green walls. Loving the items you have picked out especially the Jonathan Adler pillow and ikea light and chair plus you can't go past crisp white bedding! Lovely xx

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  8. The first room is perfect for a little princess...but i guess at 11 its time to move on...so u are doing the right thing! I love the inspirational photo...your little girl has got good taste!! I am working on my 9yr old daughter's room..its duck's egg blue for the walls..and she loves it...I posted about the art wall i did for her yesterday and I hope to post some more photos on my blog soon!
    Just noticed the item of the week on your blog...its a variation of the armband worn by rajput brides in rajasthan!!
    Thankyou for visiting and following my blog, Susan...i'm glad it led me to your gorgeous blog!! xx meenal

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  9. It is hard to let go! We experienced the same situation! I had created a wonderful little girl room in lime green, pink and white, a room I thought would go with her until her teen years, but alas, at the tender age of 9 she decided it was time to change and it has never stopped since then!
    Great inspiration! This room will be stunning!

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  10. I'm looking forward to seeing your changes. I like all of the pieces you have shown.

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  11. OMG! YOur picks are SPOT ON! Can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  12. I love love love your daughters bedroom, gorgeous colour pallette. I like the flower stencils on the wall & the way you have the empty frames on the wall framing the smaller art pieces & the stencil running through it looks great so cleverly done :)

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  13. I love it the way it is. I would only change some features to accommodate the functions and interests of a girl of her age. I would stay with pink, perhaps not too much though...good luck, I am sure you will do a great job.

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  14. My little one is going to be 11 this summer, so I feel your pain! The inspiration room and the things you chose are terrific! Can't wait to see how it comes out!

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  15. I think it is wonderful that you will be able to fully document the evolution of your daughter's room. That, someday, will be special for her to see. I don't think I have a single picture of my childhood rooms.

    Love your picks...that pendant (wow!) and Ikea chair (love!)....it is going to be fantabulous! Yes....that's a made up word.

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  16. What a wonderful room it will be! She's a lucky girl. I understand the sentimentality of it, though. It's hard to let go, and "things" seem to be all that's left behind when time passes too quickly.

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  17. So looking forward to seeing the end result. I love the inspiration photo you chose. I love the direction you're going with all the fun pieces you are choosing. It is going to turn out so beautifully!

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  18. i think it'll be a perfect transition! - loven' the new style!

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  19. I love the bedroom in the inspiration photo! And how sad to change her room! I just enrolled my 3 yr old in preschool yesterday and I wanted to cry! Everything looks really cute! love that Ikea chair!

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  20. Her room is adorable now, but understand that she would want it updated. Her inspiration image is gorgeous and your picks will help achieve that look so perfectly.

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  21. Like Elizabeth said...how fun that you will be documenting her room transformation. It's so adorable now, but will be fun to see the changes. My 11 year old son just yesterday asked me for a stapler so he could hang some "stuff" in his room...this is his idea of decorating!

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  22. Awww. She's growing up. (Both the current and the inspiration room are very cool.)

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  23. They're just perfect! It's the perfect transition for a girl her age :)

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  24. Your daughter has great taste!

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  25. Sue, I love the blues and greens. I think it will be a perfect transition room. I am currently working on a playroom for two boys and a girl. I have green walls also and I am pairing it with navy and white and when My little gal visits I am popping in a pillow from Ikea that has navy, green and pops of pink and other fun colors. You can see the fabric choices here if you would like to take a peek.

    http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/02/play-room-progress.html

    I too have made several purchases from Ikea, in fact we are going there today to finalize purchases for the room!! Sooo excited.

    It will be fun to follow along with your progress, enjoy and Happy Wednesday,KS

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  26. This is going to look so good when it's done! Love the mix you've chosen.

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  27. What a lovely project for the two of you to be working on together! It looks like she has very classic taste. How old is she? When I was a teenager, all I wanted was a chalkboard-painted wall. (I didn't get it, so now I use chalkboard paint on all sorts of things.)

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  28. You know, the hardest part of my recent move was leaving Maddie's nursery. I get what you are saying...my heart and soul went into that room. I love your inspiration photo and love your selections to date. I especially love the S&L bedding and the high low mix. I am sure it will be spectacular.

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  29. Wow! Your daughter has excellent taste. Love her old room but that new room is fabulous!

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  30. I think the inspiration photo and pieces are great. Not having to repaint the walls is a nice treat for sure. That light fixture seems just about perfect for a girl her age. Can't wait to see how it all comes out.

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  31. Darling concept and I love all of your finds, especially tha Adler pillows and that fab Target mirror. Will last thru the teen years.
    One thought on wall color--are you changing the green shade? On my monitor it looked a bit too minty. Could just be me though. I also would ponder painting the walls white and picking out the moldings in a bold green like the one in the Adler pillows and adding a bit more green in the accessories. Lately I have been really liking modern art in a kids room. There are lots of inexpensive sources. A good place to add that green . Lynn from Decor Arts Now

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  32. love all of the inspiration! any tween girl would be lucky to have a room like that! can't wait to see the transition...
    xo,
    joAnn

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  33. What a great fresh modern look - love it (and the colors)! xx

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  34. you did an amazing job decorating her room, its fit for a little princess

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  35. Love the inspiration pic! The turquoise is my favorite right now. This look will be current for years to come. And Yeah on the Ikea pendant!

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  36. Love the inspirational image...great starting point and wow your daughter has fabulous taste! Can't wait to see how you transform that little girl room into a room fit for a tween!

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  37. What fantastic inspiration! I love the color scheme; she's going to have a very cool room!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  38. Love your (her) choices. Really! My 10 1/2 year old daughter is now starting to inquire about her room re-do - moving from sweet lavendar dragonflies to something "less babyish, Mom". Sigh. An aside: I've found pushing down on their heads does not slow their growth. Sigh #2. Looking forward to reading about her room transformation!
    Best, Roxanne

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  39. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree - sophisticated and pretty, just like her mother! I'm surprised your daughter didn't choose a sputnik light fixture but I think her choice is very close.
    xxoo

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  40. Looks like your little girl inherited your good taste and eye for detail. x

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  41. It is so hard when they grow up. But remember: kids only usually have three bedrooms. A nursery, a little kids room, and an older room. I would save all the nice furniture, maybe just for sentimental reasons. You could go to Aunt Peaches and learn how to make a round light fixture out of coffee filters or cupcake papers. Velvet and Linen just let her daughter re-do her bedroom. When we moved out of NYC I let my nine year old daughter pick out almost everything for her bedroom. She loved it, (I didn't) and never wore shoes in her room. Tag sale season is coming up, so you could probably get that same end table in the inspiration picture. Good Luck, Ann

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  42. Traveling Wilbury3/03/2011

    Sunrise, sunset...

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  43. Sue,
    I love what you have your daughter and you have chosen! The bedding is gorgeous.
    I think that it is great that you are letting her choose. I did the same.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  44. Oh I know the feeling. I was incredibly sentimental when my lil diva wanted her room revamped when she entered the double digits. (She is now turning 12). Although it was sad letting go of the princessy theme, it was fun picking and choosing with her the style she ended up with...a Travel Tres Chic room. Turned out beautiful, and it is the envy of many of her friends. Have fun!

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  45. I love this space and the use of low and high end. :)

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  46. I have to say, your girl's got good taste...her inspiration choice is gorgeous! I do understand being attached to spaces we poured our hearts into!! But I'll bet the results of this project are going to make you both very very happy :)
    Nancy xo

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  47. I know how hard it is to let the little stage go...maybe that's why it's taking me so long to complete my little one's new room. I don't want to admit she's no longer a baby...my baby.

    But the inspiration pic is gorgeous, and the items you've chosen are going to be so glam and perfect. Just think, the cooler her room, the more she'll want to be home!!

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  48. I really like this colour scheme! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  49. really loved them all ! looking forward to see them all of them grouped up in single room.
    will be amazingly beautiful..

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  50. can't wait to see how it turns out! lucky girl..

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  51. What a sweet room. Recently I was visiting a friend whose daughter has a similarly sweet room, and wants to redo her as well. She too loves turquoise and wants more room to hang out. I had so much fun brainstorming for ideas with her, it's actually inspired my own studio/office redo. I love the chair from Ikea and the mirror from Target, thanks for sharing.
    -Catherine

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  52. Sue,
    I'm cracking up over here...I just bought that lighting fixture two weeks ago (when I went to Ikea for the "library" in the playroom! I'm going to hand the fixture in my daughter's walk-in closet...it's fun, youthful and looks fab! Love the new direction and take lots of photos of her "old" room. I get the whole heart and soul thing!

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  53. Your inspiration room is one of my favorite rooms for a tween/teen. Just love it. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  54. First of all the existing room is so very pretty! If the walls are going to be all white like the inspiration room, that would be very cool because the accent colors can change anytime. Hopefully they won't change as fast as our children grow, but as least it's adaptable. Isn't that what parenting is all about?! Love it all :)

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  55. Your daughter has great taste! I love the inspiration room & all the items you have picked out. It's going to be gorgeous!

    The first room is beautiful as well, my 3-yr-old would love it, as she's a girl who loves pink, flowers, princesses & all things girly!

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  56. Aw, what a task! A "big girl" room!!! It looks like you guys are headed in the right direction, so many cute inspiration pics :)

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  57. ps. Younghouselove.com just put that Ikea light in their bedroom, if you want to check out a "real life" shot of it!! xo

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  58. Oh Sue, this is going to be a fun project. And I can see that your daugther has great taste and knows exactly what she likes (just like her Mama!).

    I look forward to following this project! (And I can need some inspiration for my 9 year old).

    Warm hugs to you,

    Mon

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  59. My best advice....do NOT buy expensive sheets for a teen girls room! Everything else looks great and she's gonna love it!

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