Musings Of A Young Lady's Bedroom
On a recent trip to World Market, I spied this addorable and affordable Asha rug from World Market. I love girly spaces. So, I thought it would be fun to design a deconstructed young ladies room inspired by this rug. The colors make it youthful, vibrant and fun. The Turkish inspired design allows it to go the distance as she grows up. Since I don’t have a specific space, I am not considering measurements. I am just gathering a collection of pieces that I am loving right now. I have tried to come up with various price points. I do think the best results come from a mix of high and low. I also know that young ladies tastes can be fickle. Quality is important but nothing should be terribly precious. So spend your money on things that could be used in other parts of your home. For example, if you are going to invest in art for the room, make sure it is a piece that you love as well.
When decorating a tween to teen girls room, I try to keep the room as “clean” as possible. I have found that with my daughter and her friends, there is a constant influx of personal stuff which can make the room feel chaotic and hard to keep the tidy. I think it is important for them to bring their keepsakes and personality into their room, but I also want them to have a space where they can study and relax. I approach these rooms like I do the rest of the house. Keep the walls fairly neutral and the large pieces classic. Bring in personality through art and light fixtures and fabric. If there is an adjoining bath, this is where I would to incorporate a fun wallpaper.
I love a canopy bed! I have one myself. The bed I chose is current, but classic and has the added advantage of a padded headboard and footboard. It could easily be transformed over the years, by reupholstering, painting or adding fabric panels. Since it is likely the biggest piece in the room, why not make a statement.
This queen size bed from Society Social is fit for a princess
Pink is often my go to, but when I found Heather Chaduck’s Petite Frond in Pollen, it was love at first sight. It is colorful and fun, but sophisticated as well. I would use it to upholster the headboard and footboard, and incorporate it in the window treatments. It is not cheap, so to save money, cream linen panels or roman shades could be banded in a (frond) strip of the fabric. This is a trick that I have used and written about in several blog posts. If budget is not an issue - go for it and use it for your entire treatments.
I chose the Emma Scalloped duvet and shams from Ballard Designs. Scalloped edges always work in a girl’s room. Using two standard shams will provide a nice backdrop for a statement monogrammed pillow without covering up the beautiful headboard. White bedding is crisp, clean and surprisingly practical. It can always be bleached in a pinch.
Now, consider a monogrammed, statement pillow for the center. I try to keep throw pillows to a minimum because I have found the easier it is to make a bed the more likely it is to be made. I love the appliquéd styles available from Lettrefina on Etsy. Their products give you a bespoke look at a very reasonable price. I tend to keep bedding fairly monochromatic, so I would match the monogram to the yellow from the headboard. However, there are several lovely embroidered styles that would incorporate the yellow and pull in another color from the rug.
I like the modern clean look of no dust skirt on this bed. Without a dust skirt, the box spring will need to be covered. This matelasse box springs cover is by Annie Selke. There are several available on the internet. Just make sure it fits nice and tight.
Bedside Table Options - use 2 if space allows
Consider options with drawers, shelves can look cluttered ,and the storage is so valuable. Idealy my second option below wouldn’t be quite as leggy since the bed isn’t skirted.
Use 2 matching if you have two side tables.
Occasional Chair Options
One of the best ways to add color and personality is through art. I have chosen several options below, but there are also countless, creative ways to make art for your home. My blog post, How to Create Large Art on the Skinny has several ideas that might be useful.
It’s never too early to start a collection. Nashville artist Kayce Hughes always has fun and inspiring artwork.
I love Katherine Stratton Miller’s work. She has a charming Otomi series available in a variety of colors and sizes.
This Kate Roebuck print is available in a couple sizes through Artfully Walls.
Photography is always a fun option. Etsy’s 527 Photo is a great source for prints.
A fun more budget friendly option is this Block Party 33x33 framed print from Target.
Desk/Dressing Table & Chair Options
Both of my kids have desks in their room that they NEVER use. They have always insisted on doing their homework on their beds. They make good grades so I have given up that battle. However, I think a dressing table/desk in a girls room is a great place to use something antique or special. Builtins work really well too.
If you do want to purchase a new one I like a parsons desk for the clean lines. Consider adding a mirror or pin board.
More Lighting Options
I hope you have enjoyed my little experiment. There are several other elements to a room that I have not included in this post. These are just a few that I find interesting at the moment. I am not in any way being paid for my opinion.