Saturday, September 6, 2014

Teen Serenity

 Whoohoo, it's back to school time, and I'm more than ready for the peace and solitude to create!  Hope your summer was fun!

We worked on several projects during the break, and the bedroom of my daughter, Nicole, was the top priority.  The days of bubble gum pink walls and a full meadow mural that I hand painted are now gone and replaced with a cool blue paint aptly named "sea inspired."  We kept with the block of squares along the main wall with the white paint as the "grout" line, replacing the pink tones with hues of the wall paint mixed with white paint to give a nice graduated tone.  I also added a few light brown squares to keep with the three colors now sprinkled throughout her room, blue, brown and white.

Her new teen bedroom is quite grown up; however, she still has this big white bear keeping a reading corner chair warm!  We added paper lanterns above, white sheers for the window and white accent shelves throughout.  Of course, this retreat also included a large fish tank that rests on her dresser...what's more tranquil than watching fish?

One project that she's quite proud of is the canvas art.  She purchased several squares of canvas and found a variety of sea shapes to create with natural materials.  She's still working on completing several more, but I wanted to show off her starfish, made with gravel bits (extra from the fish tank purchase).  It turned out just perfect!

The bed covering is a white duvet cover that I purchased and unfortunately was only available in a queen size.  So I turned it inside out and stitched up the sides to fit her bed and tucked her former bed quilt inside.  This worked great as I made her first bed quilt and wasn't ready to give it away just yet!  On her nightstand, she purchased a wood lantern with glass sides and decorated with sand, fish netting, sea shells and sea glass.  She found the "N" at Hobby Lobby in their clearance section, and the color perfectly matched her wall tone.

We will be accenting her window with the fish netting and glass balls and eventually adding more features.  She loves the results and it's made a real difference in how tidy her room is staying since the change...go figure!


  1. Beautiful!! What an inspiring design for the new school year! Looks like she's quite the artist- just like her Mama! Best wishes for a successful and happy school year!

  2. The room looks great and it looks like Nicole is taking after her momma :)