Grown Up Girl’s Room

April 7, 2010

There are those years when your kids are growing up that they really want to be in charge of the décor in their room.  And that’s important.  And ya gotta respect that. 

So for years and years, my stepdaughter was in total control of her personal space until something happened when she turned 17 – she was ready for a grown up girl’s room, and I was invited to help !  OMG, are you kidding me ?  I get to collaborate on the new space?  For real ?  Pinch me !   I was honored and delighted to lend a decorative hand. 

So it was out with the tween decor and in with the girly glam.  We finally got around to hanging some pictures and adding a new chandelier last weekend, so we deemed the space officially ‘done’.  Here’s a tour of the new and improved grown up space for my girl !


tween before


cg grown up girls room


cg headboard and bedding

My girl loves turquoise so that color stayed put !  We bought her this chair and desk from Pottery Barn many years ago when she was much smaller.  It’s such a great set so we decided to keep it but give it a more sophisticated look. 


desk before


So I added a mirror above, then recovered the chair seat, and added a ruffled pillow.


cg hutch chair mirror


cg frame tulips curtain

cg shelves and boxes


cg starfish


Here’s the other side of her room ‘Before’:

Note: Surfer Girls Rip

surfer girls rip before


cg bed and gallery

Surfer girls still  rip, just in black and white photography (top left).  That’s her learning to surf at age twelve, we were so proud !  *sniffle sniffle sigh* 

I framed some of our favorite photos of her growing up, and even her puppy when he was little – that’s her most favorite.  :-)

headboard and gallery

And the silver leaf lamp was last week’s finishing touch. 

cg end table and lamp

The botanical print bedding I found at Overstocks many years ago – it worked so well in the room so it stayed – she loves it because it looks ‘Hawaiian’.  Accent pillow from Bed Bath & Beyond.  

cg bedding


In fact the bedding worked so well, that I found some Graham & Brown wallpaper to match it.  What are the odds that after buying that bedding three years ago I’d find  complimentary shimmery wallpaper to match the bedding?   Pinch me again!   So I gave her a framed wallpaper accent behind this white hutch that I refinished in oil based paint for her last year. 

cg wallpaper and chair


This wallpaper makes me swoon – I want some for my room now ! 

I also wallpapered the back of the hutch that holds all her special things. 

cg graham and brown wallpaper

Isn’t it gorgeous ?

I debated whether to hang anything over the bed, and I’m still not sure.   If we find something we might, but we’re liking the simplicity of nothing right now. 

cg chandy and bed

cg turquoise bedroom

So that’s the spin around her all grown up girl’s room.  My girl works so hard at her academics, sports and volunteer commitments, so no one could deserve it more !  We’re just so very proud. 

Next time, I’ll share all the little projects that went into transforming this space, plus sources.  Cheerio, lovelies.  Hope you like it as much as she.  :-) 



222 Responses to “Grown Up Girl’s Room”

  1. SB says:

    Looks amazing!!!! Completely out of a magazine! What a lucky girl!
    Well done.

  2. Mary says:

    Love this room!! I want my master bedroom to look like this! Can’t wait for all the details! like the paint color? It is beautiful!

  3. Emily L. says:

    Wow she is one lucky girl!! You guys did a great job. I wish I could make you my live in decorater. I have zero creativity when it comes to it.

  4. Diane says:

    Oh my gosh! That room is so beautiful. Saving to my inspiration file.

  5. Julia says:

    oh my goodness kate, you’ve outdone yourself, her room is gorgeous – what a transformation!! i wish i had been so lucky to have a room like this when i was in high school…who am i kidding, i would love to have this room NOW :-) you’re incredible!

  6. WOW…can I be your step-daughter? You guys did an amazing job.

  7. Lauren says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Seriously, you could be my step-mom too :)

  8. ashlina says:

    oh wow. its perfection! i love it :)

  9. Angie says:

    Bravo! It’s truly sensational!

  10. Sara S says:

    Wow!! GORGEOUS! I love everything about it.

  11. Rebekah says:

    It is fabulous! I love it. I am an interior designer and those colors are so hot and popular!!

  12. Shaunna says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! So exciting you got to help! It really is lovely. I just posted a chair reupholstered in almost that same fabric…maybe the same? Not sure, but close. Great minds and all… -shaunna :)

  13. Kelsey says:

    That is such a beautiful room! I want it for MY room! Great job on everything…I can’t say that I even have a favorite thing about it…it just flows so well!

  14. Just beautiful!! I love all the details…especially that pretty chandelier…it is the exact one over my kitchen sink. ;) Love it!! That wallpaper…so beautiful! It is a grown up girls room and a space she will enjoy! Great job!!


  15. Tamara says:

    It’s perfect! Beautiful and sophisticated, with a hint of pure fun! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and talents:-)

  16. Yuliya says:

    This is amazing! Fantastic job!!!

  17. Tracy says:

    This is absolutly beautiful. Looks so elegant.
    I have a decorating delema on my blog, maybe you can help me :)

  18. allison says:

    All I can say is WOW! She will be the envy of all her friends for years to come! That room is beautiful, and though I’m a few (ok, more than a few) years away from 17, I’d love that room to be mine! Congrats on such beautiful work!

  19. Phoebe says:

    WOW! What a difference! I’m only 22. Please say you’ll adopt me and give me an equally beautiful room to live in.

  20. Janell Beals says:

    Stunning, this room is just so pretty and sophisticated. Can you even imagine having such a special room at such a young age? Love the wallpaper, the headboard, the chandelier…well, basically everything! Janell

  21. Emily says:

    What a gorgeous transformation! Love every detail. The colors are heavenly!

  22. Wow this looks amazing. I am saving it under my inspiration folder.

  23. Absolutely love it! What a great job, it looks so personal and yet designer-like – if that makes any sense!

  24. Sarah says:

    What a beautiful room. You did a great job. Love the bedding, headboard, colors, wallpaper…all of it.

  25. Jan says:

    Can you please move into my house and re-decorate everything? That’d be great, thanks.

  26. Beautiful room! You have such decorating talent! I want that room myself!

  27. Beautiful, just beautiful! What girl wouldn’t love that room?!! Great job! :)

  28. Lacie says:

    stunning…..can this be my room?

  29. Nine is Fine says:

    That looks amazing, what a fantastic job!

  30. Karena says:

    Kate, how beautiful and just perfect for her!! Lucky girl!

    Art by Karena

  31. mikael says:

    That was my dream room that I never had. I am sure she LOVES it! You do such an amazing job. Love your style. And thanks for the tips on painting kitchen cabinets, we just got done painting ours and learned a few things too :)

  32. Kacey says:

    Simply gorgeous! You have such a talent!


  33. Leslie K says:

    Kate, it’s so beautiful! I love reading about everything you do.

  34. Tara says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE her room. My favorite….if I only had to pick one… the wallpaper inside the china hutch that matches the wall. I LOVE THAT IDEA!!!! Great job!

  35. Amy says:

    Oh, wow. It’s gorgeous!

  36. HELLO! Stunning!! It looks like a tear sheet from a magazine! I would have adored that room at 17, my room looked nothing like that. LOL. It sounds like she really deserves it and and she’s lucky to have you as a mom. Most teens want things their own way, but this is proof that collaboration and deferring to mom’s wisdom, talent and design style can really create a goregous space.

    I’m going to link to you in my upcoming post on my favorite posts at the moment.

    Thanks for the eye candy! :)


  37. Amy says:

    What a lovely room! I’m in loved with that headboard! Did you make it, or buy it somewhere?

  38. Samantha says:

    Wow what a gorgeous makeover! I’m just about to start rehauling my spare bedroom (not so much a rehaul actually as I haven’t even started) and that turquoise is giving me some serious inspiration. I wish I had a room like that at 17, she’s a lucky girl to have such a cool stepmum!

  39. AtOneWithHim says:

    Heavenly Sanctuary! It looks so peaceful and serene, a nice place to spend time.

    Thanks for sharing, and your girl, well good for her working so hard. It is something to be proud of and to share with the world.

  40. Oh my God! It’s so adorable! I love the color, the wallpaper, those tulips! Pinch ME, I think I’m dreaming!

  41. Stunning. Beautiful! Serene! I wish it was my room!

  42. Bird says:

    You guys share the same sense of style…

    Very grown-up chic!

  43. Raru says:

    Absolutely beautiful! :))))
    Have a great day!


  44. Wow! Absolutely stunning. I wish my bedroom was half as beautiful as this!

  45. Fantastic! Love it! She is one lucky girl!

  46. The colors, the fabrics. Everything is just so beautiful. I absolutely love the headboard too. Did you do the headboard yourself, if so I’d love a tut (unless I missed it – sorry!) Also love the framed wallpaper wall. It makes it more of an art piece than an accent wall. Love!

  47. Susan says:

    Absolutely stunning! What a wonderful, calming, cozy, and beautiful refuge for your girl. I look forward to seeing how you put it all together!

  48. beth anne says:

    im moving in! that is better than ANY magazine!

  49. What a lucky girl! It came out so beautiful, Kate. I love it all!

  50. Cindy says:

    The room turned out FABULOUS! It is absolutely gorgeous. I am jealous….

  51. Marcy says:

    Stunning! What a beautiful transformation. I love that you honored and worked with her wishes and likes and created something that is uniquely hers and so beautiful.

  52. Julie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  53. Suzann says:

    WOW. I absolutely love it. I’m going to show this to my daughter who wants her room redone this summer. (she’ll be 16 in like 30 something days). Beautiful!!!

  54. Judy says:

    My eyeballs are popping out of my head, this is so stunning. I’d move into this room in a minute….great job, magazine worthy.


  55. Jamilyn says:

    Wow! You have done the most amazing transformation! I love it! Everything is so beautiful. She must be so happy. They grow up to fast!


  56. Jen says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Just lovely. She must be so thrilled with her made-over space :) My 8 yo’s room is getting a ‘clean sweep’ and makeover while she’s at camp in August. I’m going to try to get some coherence in there, somehow. Dinosaurs and Harry Potter are an awkward combination at the moment.

  57. I want that room for *ME.* ;) I love the color scheme, it’s fresh, soft, soothing, but the turquoise is still fun. Can’t believe the wallpaper find…that’s great! The little touches like the Mason jar filled with fresh tulips and the little seashell accents are great. You did a good job of making the room more sophisticated, but youthful at the same time.

  58. Karrie says:

    I do love it! In fact, I would love for it to be my room. I love that you kept the same wall color and bedding. Just goes to show that accessories can really change the feel of a space!

  59. lauren says:

    girl. you rocked that room makeover! did you make the headboard yourself?

  60. Courtney says:

    This is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job, and like many of the other commenters, I am very, very jealous!

  61. Heather S. says:

    What a gorgeous makeover! I love the wallpaper – it just makes the room.

  62. Kate says:

    WOW!! That is SOOO beautiful. When I was a teenager, I called my room “my corner of the world”. What a wonderful sanctuary for a teenage girl to come home too. The room is so amazing, but I can also feel so much love went into it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  63. Mary says:

    Oh my goodness- I just love it. Wish I had done something similar in my master bedroom- but too late now. At least for another year! Good job- thanks for blogging- I love following your DIY’s!!

  64. Wilma says:

    Love, love, love! It’s a beautiful, peaceful room, and your daughter is very lucky to have her very own personal decorator! :) I love the pops of pink, and the ruffled pillow on the chair…swoon…

  65. Amy B says:

    I want to live with you. Seriously, I’ll take a closet.

    It’s beautiful!

  66. Julie says:

    Love the room! I’m looking for a shelf exactly like the white one — where did you find it?? Thanks!

  67. Julie says:

    I’m so jealous! That room is absolutely gorgeous! Bravo to both of y’all. I can’t wait to hear more about the projects!

  68. jan says:

    What a adorable room! Great job!!!

  69. claire says:

    wow! what an amazing transformation! any girl would love that space (including this girl!)

  70. Andréann says:

    It is a very, very lovely room! So relaxing and fresh. I could use it myself….
    Really, If I ever win a money price, I borrow you for a week and make you redecorate my home!

  71. Irene R says:

    Oh MY God! I love love love it!

  72. Jen says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! I love the soothing gray of the headboard and lamp mixed with the turquoise – very relaxing and pretty, but not cutesy. I would LOVE to have a room like this! Definitely going to file this in “inspiration” for one of our guest rooms :-)

  73. Christy says:

    What an awesome redo!! I love it! The color is great! My favorite

  74. Renee says:

    Thanks for all your sharing…It is all beautiful…It makes me believe that I can do this in my home…

  75. Heather says:

    I ordered a sample of that Graham & Brown wallpaper, I haven’t decided for sure on it yet, but it’s definitely in the top 3! I love the shimmer! And it looks SO lovely…hmm. :) Love the room!

  76. Brie says:

    That room is gorgeous! One lucky teenager you have there! I used to love warmer colors, but the more I see your transformations, the more I’m leaning towards using neutrals and cooler colors in my decor.

  77. laura says:

    beautiful! where did you get her curtains?

  78. It’s beautiful, Kate! I really like that you used some of the things she already had in there, too. Love the drapes and the B&W pictures you put up. The headboard is great. Sometimes it’s good to keep a wall empty and it’s good to wait rather than just put something up for the sake of filling a wall. Nicely done! I’m sure she just loves it!

  79. Lauren says:

    Fabulous job! If you’re looking for a suggestion for over the bed, to keep it simple you could do one of those rub-on wall quotes in a silver or dark blue color. Simple but elegant! I look forward to more projects from you!

  80. Jilly says:

    Ohhhh, I just love it. I love the turquoise and gray!

  81. Erin says:

    I love it! How absolutly perfect! You are very talented, and how great to be able to work with your teen! Love it as always!

  82. ABananas says:

    I’ve been using blue ball jars for vases too! You must have inspired me.

  83. What a terrific makeover! It looks so fresh and lovely. I’m curious about the etagere/shelving. Was it always white?

  84. Kerri says:

    I would love to move into the room. You did a beautiful job.

  85. Kim Kauffman says:

    What a beautiful room! Where did the curtains come from? I love seeing all your lovely designs!

  86. Julie says:

    I’m in awe and reminded of the (horrid) movie Brewster’s Millions, “Marilyn? I could die in this room.” It’s so amazing.

  87. Richella says:

    Beautiful. A space fit for a very special girl. And fit for your home. And how wonderful that you worked on it together. Congratulations on finishing this very special room.

  88. Oh my goodness, girl. You have outdone yourself~such a soothing, yet fresh room. I love the gray and silver touches, but those pink tulips in the turquoise mason jar? Oooo la la!

  89. Mandi says:

    I cannot take my eyes away– I am so amazed at this gorgeous room! When can I move in??

  90. Ashley Eiban says:

    Wow! What a great job! This room is wonderful! I would have loved a room this perfect growing up! Thanks for sharing!

  91. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful, I can’ wait to see how you did those projects.

  92. Kate@That's What Living is to Me says:

    This room just took my breath away. How do you do it!?!

  93. JenM says:

    Wowee, it looks AMAZING!!! Absolutely stunning.

  94. Amy B says:

    Stunning. I can’t stop looking at it. So calm and looks very luxe…what a lucky girl!!

  95. I NEED those curtains for my living room. Hurry up with your sources post, chickie!! lol

  96. Jenny says:

    I want this room- It is awesome! What a lucky girl! Can’t wait to see how you did the wallpaper framed wall… what a great idea!

  97. oh Kate! it is just beautiful!!!! LOVE that shade of blue. So I totally used your tufted headboard tutorial this weekend & made one for our bedroom! I LOVE IT!! I just posted it last night-stop by if you have time and take a peek. And that chandy looks like the one i just put in my laundry room-did you get it a Home Depot per chance?

  98. Seriously, it’s about time you open up a design biz! Yet another beautiful space – your stepdaughter is a lucky girl!!

  99. What a beautiful room for a teenager! Gorgeous soft colors and subtle pattern; love the chandelier, and that bookcase styling is perfection!

  100. Jill says:

    Absolutely beautiful room. It’s my inspiration to do our bedroom. Thank You! LOVE your site! Thanks for sharing.

  101. You’re hired! What a gift you have given her. It has such style, but still you kept in mind her interests.

  102. tiffany says:

    PHENOMENAL!! Luv the curtains and the gray mirror da bestest (yea, i make up words)

  103. What an absolutely GORGEOUS room! I’m sure she never wants to leave it. All the details you added are perfect. You have a true gift!


  104. So, when are you coming over to re-do my room? :P

  105. rachel says:

    SO gorgeous!

  106. Oh my goodness, can you be my mom too?

  107. This is such a beautiful makeover! love it!

  108. Kristin says:

    Wow, what a wonderful transformation, she must love it!
    Take care

  109. Virginia says:

    So lovely. Jealous. Can’t seem to get the grown up boys rooms to look like grown up boys rooms. Maybe it is the shear volume of dirty laundry they accumulate!

  110. Claudia says:

    That looks amazing!!!

  111. Freck says:

    WOW!! This is so stunning. What a very lucky 17 year old to have such a talented mom! This tranformation is amazing!

  112. forcryeye says:

    What a transformation! It is incredible! Great job!

  113. Emily says:

    I’m so glad you posted on her room makeover! Just your peep into her bedside table left me wanting to see more. You did a great job, I’m 29 and wish my bedroom looked like that. You have great taste and great ideas!

  114. doreen says:

    Stunning! Great job!!

  115. Laurel says:

    Oh my heavens – that is gorgeous! I love it – everything about it!

  116. Tanya B says:

    Amazing! I love everything about it. The pictures by the bed — perfection.

  117. No way!!! You totally outdid yourself. Her room looks incredible!

  118. Amber P says:

    I think you must have one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen! I love this gorgeous room. I love the colors!

  119. Meredith says:

    Absolute perfection for a 17 yo girl. Good for you for doing this room re-do, but, really, for being a great step mom. As one myself, I know that it’s tricky and confusing and oh-so-rewarding.

  120. Carolyn says:

    I LOVE THIS ROOM. I just painted our guest bedroom almost this exact color, and was thinking of doing black accents. Now that I have seen the grey and silver with this color, I have changed my mind! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  121. Nancy says:

    WOW! I can’t wait for my little girl to grow up so I can attempt to do this for her. She’s only 2 1/2 so I’ll have a long time to plan. I love the colors and the ruffle pillow. I wish I had the same design eye as you to get every detail down. Just beautiful.

  122. Charity says:

    I want this to be my room. Lucky girl! So fresh and pretty!!! Amazing job. I’m in love.

  123. Wow My room isn’t even that lovely!! I think I need your help too : )
    It turned out beautifully!!

  124. Andrea T says:

    I wish MY room looked like this when I was in high school! Instead, I made it all Asian themed, but fairly poorly at that. I want this for my room now, though. I think the hub would like it, too. It’s very clean and crisp. Just how I want it to feel when I wake up every morning in a dark basement bedroom~

  125. denise says:

    That is gorgeous. I am sooo jealous. I want that room! You are amazing. Please come over and help me “fabulous-up” my house! Thanks for inspiring me!

  126. Stephanie says:

    LOVE it!!! I want to live in a beautiful room like this one!!

  127. Jennifer says:

    stunning, lucky young lady !!

  128. This is so beautiful! I with my teenage room had been this nice. The colors are great, and I love that the hutch almost looks like it doesn’t have a back since it’s wallpapered the same as the wall. Gorgeous!

  129. decoralora says:

    Can you tell us about the pretty window treatments? I love the softness and sophistication of the colors you chose…nice job!

  130. Denise says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You missed your calling….you should be an interior designer.
    Or….maybe you are! Would you come and decorate for me?!

  131. Kate, it’s AMAZING!!!! What a gorgeous room…so sophisticated and special. And I love that you got to do this with/for her. What a gift!

  132. Jenny says:

    What a redo! I am so impressed with all your ideas and creativity. You mentioned about leaving the space over the headboard empty for now – I agree! It’s nice to have a place for the eye to “rest.” Thanks for sharing – I enjoy your blog a lot and am going to try your window covering plans from the master bath post.

  133. It’s gorgeous Kate! Not that I’m at all surprised :). Your girl is a lucky one to have that beauty to romp around in.

  134. Misty says:

    I am speechless!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!

  135. Erin says:

    Absolutely fantastic! You both did a fabulous job getting this room updated to her liking. I love it for myself!

  136. LeAnn says:

    There are are so many decorating blogs to choose from nowadays and in a lot of ways they have replaced our beloved magazines that have gone away BUT your blog truly is sensational! Your talent blows me away and your style so elegant yet comfy. I applaud you for your talent and I also realize that even though you probably won’t get around to visiting my little ole blog, I just wanted to let you know that your home is fabulous!

  137. OMG that is totally awesome!!!! Thanks bunches for the pics!

  138. Lynn says:

    You are seriously amazing and talented! She is such a lucky girl. I am very inspired to do some redecorating of my own now! :)

  139. Erin says:

    Absolutely, positively stunning!!! You have such a talent!!! This is seriously a dream-come-true bedroom!

  140. Natalie A. says:

    You are both so lucky to have each other! I know a lot of love went into this room. Job well done!

    Are you already planning a dorm re-do when she goes off to college? :-) Think of the possibilities? Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos & congrats on your beautiful work!

  141. Juice says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!! I’m in awe.

    I linked to you on my blog the other day. Boy do I wish you lived closer!

  142. Brittany says:

    I love this room! You have such great ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m totally linking this to my blog.

  143. Leslie says:

    If it is possible to love a blogger, I love you. Yours is one of my favorites blogs and always the one that I look at first. Such beauty in this room. No words to describe just how beautiful it is. Lucky girl she is!

  144. LauraBo says:

    Sooo beautful and serene…. what a wonderful palce for a 17-year old girl to relax and refresh! Just one question… where is her clothing storage? I see the hutch and closet, but am wondering where she stores her clothes (or is it just my 8-year old has too many clothes already?) :-)

  145. Meghann says:

    Im not sure if you mentioned the wall color or not.. but I would be interested in its name. My little room “needs” to be redone.. well not really but I painted a mural when I was preggers and now I need to change it. I wanted to do turquoise with silver and green accent pieces.. and I love that color you have on the wall. Any info would be great!

  146. Danielle says:

    So sweet and fresh!

  147. jeannine says:

    Stunningly Sophisticated!

  148. Ellen says:

    A wonderful transformation! Good for you! smiles.

  149. Jessie says:

    The room is STUNNING! I’m so envious of everything, even the amount of sunlight! I’m 26 and I don’t even think my room’s as sophisticated. You’re such an inspiration, thank you for sharing!

  150. YES – gorgeous is the perfect adjective for that room. I know she loves it and you!

  151. margaret daniel says:

    CG, I love your home. Yours in my #1 favorite site. I so wish I lived in Northern California again so I could use your talents and hang out in the wine country. Your trip post are drool worthy. I keep telling my hubby when the kids get older and are off to college, that’s our first couple trip.

  152. The wallpaper in the hutch makes it look as though there is no back – which is brilliant! It really lends an airiness to what would normally be a very heavy looking piece of furniture.


  153. Outstanding transformation… this is so elegant!

  154. Kate, it’s just beautiful!! Wow, just a perfect room for a teen girl, I can def. see your hand in it. Love, love the wallpaper, in fact, I’ve got my eye on some lime green & white & I’m thinking about using it in my office nook on one wall.

    OUtstanding job, my friend! You really know how to put a room together, every single detail.

  155. Shea Lynn says:

    Kate, the room is SO BEAUTIFUL! I ran through the post twice, drooling. You did an amazing job, and she’s so lucky to have a mama like you.

  156. Nancy says:

    This is such a gorgeous room. Would love to see how you did the chair. I have some barstools that are similar and would like to reupholster them in the same way. Any pictures?

  157. Beautiful! I know she must adore her new room…it’s wonderful and sophisticated! :-)

  158. I love it all! SO SO awesome, like I absolutely love it! Sigh. Great job!–not that we’d expect any less!

  159. Sylvia says:

    What a beautiful transformation and what a lucky girl to have such a gorgeous room.

  160. JenB says:

    Oh my goodness. Total room envy here. *WANT*

  161. Judy says:

    AMAZING!! I thought your project office was incredible, but this is way up there as well! I love, love the ruffle pillow. Where did you get it or how did you make it? I’m trying to find a similar one for my daughter’s nursery. :)

  162. I’m a grown up girl, will you come do that to MY room too!? It’s simply breathtaking.

  163. jackie says:

    Beautiful. You gave me inspiration. We are in the process of updating my 2 year old’s room. I want to skip the toddler stuff and go straight towards the grown up girl stuff!

  164. Becky says:

    Love the room. It’s very calming. And it could really work for any age. Great inspiration!

  165. Amanda says:

    Love it! It looks like a blissful spa retreat!

  166. Melanie says:

    It is beautiful and it has your stamp on it definitely;)

  167. Rhonda says:

    WOW! That is so completely gorgeous… I want to live there!!

  168. dina says:

    WOW!!! When can you come over and re-do my house. You are amazing. :)

  169. Wow! I almost wish I was 17 again to have a room like that….it is that amazing!

  170. elz says:

    Lovely, just lovely. This room will work well for years to come. Kudos!

  171. JEN RAMOS says:

    Awesome…where’s the headboard from? I didnt see where you mentioned it. :))))

  172. Melinda says:

    This room turned out great and looks so grown-up!! Love it!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  173. WOW!! it turned out completely stunning! I love it!

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  175. Linnea says:

    Wonderful! Have you made this change? Beautiful!

  176. Cathy M~ says:

    Simply gorgeous! Love every inch of it!!!

  177. Fawn says:

    That is beautiful. Everything looks perfect. Her puppy looks jus like ours–so cute. She is a lucky girl.

  178. Just found you through House of Turquoise today – GORGEOUS, really well done! So glad I found this page.

  179. Marianne says:

    I love this room. We did one of our guest rooms very similarly. Everything is pretty much perfect, but I’ve been seeking a small chandelier. Yours is perfect! Where might I find one like it?


  180. Jane Little says:

    What a gorgeous and serene room! It’s like a boutique hotel room! I can’t get over how much the color seems to change with the silver accents. It looks so different. Your personal touches and sweet comments about your dd really made me smile! You are a great mom!

  181. Thirkellgirl says:

    Are the curtains from Target, by any chance? I’ve been looking at some very similar to that and if they’re the same ones I’m going to snatch them up today! Beautiful room!

  182. Frankie says:

    This is gorgeous! You have some incredible skill! I’m planning to paint my room that color this summer :)

  183. AMAZING! If you have any spare time and feel like visiting me in LA and decorating my apartment…haha!

    Glad I stumbled across your blog!

  184. nataliekaren says:

    this room is fabulous. I wanted it for my room!

  185. wow! what a beautiful room. i am sure your daughter loves it.


  186. Amy says:

    I just stumbled on your site and am loving it! I am off to have a look around! Thanks for the inspiration.

  187. Romi says:

    Beautiful Room and so elegant!

  188. jenjen says:

    So so Beautiful!! I featured it today!

    {tatertots & jello}

  189. WOW. WOW. WOW.

    This is beautiful. Fantastic job. I love it!

  190. Lynet Witty says:

    OH MY GOODNESS – it is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Those pictures and that headboard and that comforter are my favorites!!!
    You did such a good job.

  191. Jelli says:

    This is perfectly lovely! I would love to have a bedroom like that now, and I’m sure Husband wouldn’t even mind. You did a fabulous job, and I can’t wait to see how you did some of those makeovers, especially filling the cushion part of the chair. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  193. Brandy says:

    That is gorgeous! The best bedroom redo i’ve seen in blogland yet. I want that bedroom for my own!

  194. THis is seriously gorgeous. What a lucky girl! I love the framed photos and the wall color.

  195. Shan says:

    Excellent!!!! I love the drapes. Please share where you purchased them from. Thanks!

  196. bungalowbliss says:

    FABULOUS. So fresh and sophisticated–your daughter must be thrilled!

    I’m off to explore the rest of your blog…love what I’ve seen so far. :-)

  197. Looks great! Wish I could have this bedroom as my own!

  198. Amy says:

    oh my goodness, I love this! I LOVE the blue and white together, with the floral prints. So glam!

  199. Sharon says:

    Incredible! Really a breath taking transformation!

  200. Joyce Poole says:

    The room is BEAUTIFUL .. inspires me to WANT to make some changes in my OWN rooms. The only thing I say .. actually was the 1st thing to catch my eye in the 1st pic .. the bed is AGAINST the little round table .. surely the bed could be moved over an inch or two .. just so it doesn’t look as if the round top of the table is on top of the bed covers.

    Great job .. would prob have never used the color scheme, but LOVE the softness of it! Do you work for hire?

  201. Lyndsay says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! You did a truly amazing job!! Where did you find that ruffled pillow?? I am in LOVE.

  202. Pilar says:

    Hi Kate. I used some of your photos to show this amazing renovation with my blog fans. Of course I put a reciprocal link to your site.

    pilar from Argentina.

  203. AP says:

    I love the shade of paint on the walls. I think you mentioned that the paint colour stayed, but so you remember the colour name/brand of the paint?


  204. joanna cohen says:

    Simply love it!
    Amazing job!

  205. Jessica says:

    It looks amazing you did a great job !
    So refreshing and chic your stepdaughter is a lucky girl !

  206. Hannah says:

    Where did you find the silver frames??

  207. Colleen says:

    ….Great Job…Love that you reused items and still created a knock out room!…Colleen

  208. This room is so beautiful! Your daughter is one lucky girl, now can you come decorate mine? :)

  209. Michelle says:

    Ever since I found your blog 2 days ago, I haven’t been able to leave my computer. This room is beautiful. Did you paint the mirror above the desk or did you buy it that way? I have a mirror I would like to paint a similar color if you know the paint brand/color? Great job! Looking forward to seeing more of your work as I check out your blog.

  210. Ali says:

    Where did you purchase the silver frames for your step-daughters room?

    I love how it turned out! So peaceful and stylish!

    ~ Ali

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  212. Natascha says:

    OMG you really are a decor genious and godess! Love this room so much! Making me wish I was 17!!! You daughter must be so happy in this room! Cudos to you!

    Natascha xoxo

  213. Hi Kate, I haven’t been following you for very long so after reading your latest post I followed the link to this one. Can I just say – THANK YOU!!! My daughter LOVES Sky blue and it as been so difficult for me to find something for girls with only blue and white. I’ve shown her the pictures and she says a resounding YES! Although this design is a little too old for her, you have certainly opened up a lot of ideas for me.

  214. Gabby says:

    I LOVE this space! I would love it for my own space (as a grown up mama of two). So soothing, simple and beautiful. Great job.

  215. Savannah says:

    I know the wall color stayed the same, but do you know what the color is and the brand?

  216. rachie says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! what an inspiration!!! I love looking at your reinventions, creations and make-overs!!! Ive been aimlessly looking at all this new furniture that I need to buy for my home, because Im in desparate need of storage for my childrens room, my kitchen, laundry and lounge that was going to cost us about $10000, now…there is nooooo way i am going down that road….im going thrift store shopping, hardware shopping (to get me all the bits and bobs – thanks to your DIYer’s Tools guide) and i am transforming my drab to fab…oh im sooo excited!!! im soo grateful you have invested your time to share your transformations with us all..Your a GEM!!

  217. Aqua says:

    I love this room i’m redoing my room myself and I was going to go turquoise and white with purple accents and just wondering what color is your carpet white or cream?

  218. Ann says:

    Does anyone know the specific paint color used on the walls of this room? I love it but unfortunately can’t locate the name of this beautiful shade of turquoise. Thanks!

  219. Ann says:


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