When a growing young lady (already 5’6″ tall), named Miranda, officially became a teen on her 13th birthday, she was ready to swap her full-sized loft bed for a regular Queen-sized one. But, she didn’t just want a new bed; She wanted an entire new look for her space. Time for a Redo!
Light pink, chocolate brown and turquoise blue were used as the main color scheme for the room. Although the walls were painted light pink, the brown curtains made the room seem dark. Miranda said that she really wanted something brighter and more colorful.
Miranda then showed me a page torn from a Pottery Barn Teen catalog that she’d been holding onto. She said that she would LOVE to have THAT unit or something like it. Of course this became one of our inspiration pieces for her new room.
The Pottery Barn pieces in the photo cost about $1400.00… and would have depleted the budget. So I had to figure out how to copy the idea for less. Ikea to the rescue! Their Hemnes Living Room Series was the perfect replacement.
In addition to the unit, I also bought three lights to place along the top of the unit and a hanging pendant light for the sitting area.
The bedding in the PB photo would be replaced with something a lot more vibrant. After a few months of searching for a new comforter set, Miranda and I finally found “the one” (a Steve Madden design) at Burlington Coat Factory.
Now that we had the color palette, it was time to decide on paint colors and other items to go in the space. To bring lots of pizzazz into the room, Miranda and I chose a VERY vibrant shade of pink (Sherwin Wms Eros Pink). But, to avoid totally overwhelming the space, I decided to only have the bottom 2/3rd’s of the wall painted in the pink. Then, I added an 8″ border in black and finished the top section in white. And, for a little more interest, the ceiling was painted in a light “tarheel” blue.
While there are still a few small details that need to be finished in the room (headboard, some photos in frames, etc), here’s a look at the dramatic change:
The words, selected by Miranda, make a real statement within in the black border. They are also accented by three-dimensional flowers, leaf stems and butterflies that look similar to the ones on the bedding.
Did you notice the three down lights on top of the bridge unit? They are adjustable so the light can be directed down exactly where needed. Love it
The closet door was replaced with a curtain for softness and better function. The door, which used to open into the closet, made it harder to move around and made it feel much smaller.
The word “Inspire” was intentionally placed near the pinboard which captures Miranda’s inspirational ideas, clipping and other tidbits.
Two wicker chairs from another room were painted black and brought in to make a comfy sitting/reading area. The small pillow on the right chair came with the bedding set, but the two on the left chair were custom-made. The larger pillow is made from the same fabric as the vanity bench while the small, beaded blue one was crafted from a Goodwill sweater.
The pendant light, from Ikea, was adorned in black fringe trim and ribbon to dress it up and add a bit of “pop” in the space.
From drab to fab with some fringe and ribbon
With the addition of a few more accessories, the room is done (well almost ).
But what’s most important is that Miranda is truly enjoying her new space. And I love that she loves it! So, what do you think?
The mission of Spiffed-up Spaces is to create rooms that are practical, stylish, intentional, and enjoyable. I’d be honored to create or help you create spaces that you love to live in.