We've been working on our eldest daughter's bedroom for a while now. It has been painted for a few years, and the bed and bookshelves were bought shortly after that. But the layout just never really worked. That is until just recently, when we made a few changes. We've finally managed to create a private big girl space that fulfills all of our (almost) 15 year old daughter's needs.
On the spur of the moment, we decided to paint her bedroom on a Friday night. I quickly ran to Totem (the only paint store open) and bought the paint for her room, and No, I'm not happy with the gold... thanks for asking.
The inspiration and idea I had for the room is above.
I found this page later, but it captured the bright ethnic feeling I was looking for.
We initially bought her this espresso IKEA daybed, along with two tall bookcases to place on either side of the window. We kept it that way for awhile, but it just wasn't working.
We also realized over the past year, that she needed her own space to do her hair and makeup.
We only have one main bathroom for all five of us to use in the morning, and it was just becoming a bottle neck and cause for many arguments.
Remember this is a 1956 Bungalow. No ensuites for us : )
So a few months ago I decided to create a new room layout.
The Agronomist used a shelf we had put in storage along with one of her dressers to create the much needed makeup area.
We bought a smaller version of the mirror we have in the main bathroom, which allows our daughter to see many angles while she is doing her hair.
I moved the bookshelves that were initially on either side of the window, to create a hallway of sorts. This was good, but I changed it slightly when I decided to turn one bookshelf toward to hall and the other toward her makeup/closet area.
I had a page from a magazine of a teens room re-do, where a cubed shelf was placed straight into the room as you walked in, and I thought it was a great idea.
I'm so glad we were able use the concept here. As you walk in, it gives her bedroom some privacy and also the feel of a studio apartment.
We also attached a narrow IKEA mirror to the side of the bookshelf.
The problem now, was what to do with the unsightly, unfinished back of each shelf.
We were lucky enough to find $7 cork boards that were an exact fit. Three of them fit perfectly down the back of each shelf, and our daughter has plenty of space to put up her momentos and pictures.
We have yet to decide how the bulletin boards will be finished. The possibilities are endless.
Paint, Wallpaper or fabric?
To create a consistent look for all three or do something different is the question to be answered. Any ideas out there?
The Agronomist also attached halogen lights at the top of the shelves, as the "new" hallway was unable to be lit from the centre of the room.
It is nice and bright now.
Our eldest, seemed to have an aversion to hanging her hoodies and bags in the closet so The Agronomist also attached two lengths of hooks along the left wall.
I'm a great believer in identifying the problem and finding a realistic solution.
Hooks and clothes along the wall may not be the most decorative of wall treatments, but it sure beats everything on the floor.
I try to pick my battles wisely.
This is her new improved makeup and hair area, which has freed up our family bathroom to the tune of at least 30 to 40 minutes.
On our whirlwind trip to IKEA I was inspired by this display, as I wasn't sure how to use the small space at the head of our daughter's day bed.
We found a floating shelf along with some narrow picture shelves at Jysk that were the perfect width.
We have had these prints for a few years, but just never knew where to hang them. They were taken from a Calendar we found, and we used picture frames intended for old Record jackets. I love the way they look on the picture rails. And they can be switched around at any time.
We still have to decide what should be done with the wall space above the hooks as well as find a place for these paisley wall stickers I found at Winners.
My daughter thinks they would look great on her closet doors.
As we continue to work on the finishing touches I will be sure to give you a tour of the final space. The golden wall colour and ceiling feels very heavy in person, so a different colour for one of the walls may be part of the plan.
A Big smoochie Thank-you kiss goes to The Agronomist, for his
Mother's Day Marathon~ Handyman Special~ Gift of Time.
It was appreciated far more than any pedicure could ever be.
TMI? Oh well... just don't look. Hey I saw you sneak that peek. Go find yourself your own handyman. He's all mine... all mine I tell you. Bah ha ha....
I can never leave a good post alone can I? It could have been so classy, but no... it's beyond my scope.
Over and Out..
I have two more bedroom's on the agenda.
PS I'll just be sitting here waiting for that call from Canadian House and Home, wondering if they can feature my room. I'll be sure and let you know what issue it will be in... (I've been reading The Secret. Can you tell?)
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