From Toddler to Teen

 Recently, I was offered the opportunity to write a blog post for the online magazine, Holl and Lane. They wrote me inquiring about the re-do I had done of my daughter’s bedroom, taking it from a toddler room to a teen girl room. And I was more than happy to oblige! If you aren’t already familiar with Holl and Lane, it’s an online magazine and blog, run by and written by women. They touch on all kinds of subjects; decor, food/recipes, parenting, health, and more. So I’m sharing with you the post that I shared with them…..

Awhile back my daughter had started to balk at the perceived “little girl-ness” of her room and was asking if we could re-decorate it. And I understood. As cute as her room was, it was painted a pale pink and filled with white “shabby chic” furniture, as well as floral bed linens and window coverings. Adorable for a 3-year old, not so adorable at 13! She wanted to make it into a true teen girl room. And though I was open to changing things to make her happy and to achieve a more appropriate look for her newfound maturity, I did have a few concerns. First, I had spent a fair amount on her custom window coverings and I wanted to work the new room around those rather than spend money changing them. Second, I wasn’t willing to buy new furniture, so we needed to make the new decor work with what we already had.
After talking to her to get an idea of what she wanted, I quickly realized that the white painted furniture would be fine, however, the floral (and expensive) roman shades, not so much! She wanted a black and white room, with a touch of hot pink as an accent. Hmm….. what to do about the “shabby chic” floral shades? After some discussion and back and forth, we decided to keep a pink palette, but to brighten it. She loved the “PB Teen” look, so that is what we tried to replicate. I realized that there was a fair amount of pink in her shades, so it actually worked with the brighter pink we brought in. We kept the bedding mostly whites, with a pop of hot pink. We also changed out some accessories and pared down a fair amount as she wanted a “cleaner” look. We ended up with a hot pink and white room, with just a few black and white accents.


 Hot Pink and White Teen Girl Room

I’ve linked the exact items where they are still available, but when they haven’t been, I’ve tried to find some items that are very close in look and price. Some are even better!


Teen Girl Room Source List:

White crinkle puff quilt and euro shams: Pottery Barn Teen
Hot pink velvet duvet cover and standard shams: Pottery Barn Teen (no longer available), similar here
Desk: Martha Stewart Collection at Home Decorator’s. Similar, less expensive option here.
Lighted “M”: Nordstrom, no longer available but the same one here and here.
Black and white “chalkboard” signs: TJ Maxx and Home Goods
Crystal Chandelier: PB Teen (no longer available). Similar here and here.
Nightstand: Home Goods. Super cute option from PB Teen here!
“Love” artwork: Pottery Barn Teen (no longer available)
Table lamp: vintage from flea market
Bookshelf: Vintage, similar options here and here.
Roman shades: custom made


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I think all in all, it turned out great. We do need to add a few more things, and we’d love to do something on the long wall over her bed, but for now, she’s happy with the result. And as we all know:  a happy teenager =  a happy mom!
If you want to read more about Holl and Lane, you can go here, as well as to my post, which is here.






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