Building A Room: 2-4-1

A friend of mine with two tween daughters and a twenty something son called me for a favor the other day. Her son had decided to move back in to save for his next semester of college; and the girls were now having to downgrade back to sharing a room. In order to make it a smooth transition, she offered me up with the promise I’d help make them a cool, functional space to share. They took the bait, as did I, and so begins my blog…

The room had two paralell windows, and one big closet. With the girls wanting to get more grown up decor than the pinks that suited them a few years ago, I found a rug that still had a bit of whimsy but would still work for them as they entered their teens. This rug would be the beginning of the design.

Luxe by Surya Rugs

Luxe by Surya Rugs

We bought two of these 2×3 rugs in order to create our 4×6 work space for a multi-functional table that would be the center of the room. Two twin beds they already had were used, and two matching wood head board from storage were used to replace the pink ones they both had before. (Remember, use what you have when you can – this will free up money and is a great way to be eco friendly.) The two beds were put side by side on the wall opposite the large closet.
We bought a Large bookcase that acted as a divider between the two beds providing storage and privacy. The open style lets both girls use the bookcase and keeps the effect from looking too bulky.
Warwick Bookcase w/ White Rub by Linon Home Decor

Warwick Bookcase w/ White Rub by Linon Home Decor

With the girls sharing a closet, I knew we’d need at least one dresser. Also, a space to do homework, school projects, hobbies, etc. would be needed. With the two beds already on a wall, I didn’t want to have any other douplicates through out the room. We got one desk with two drawers,  used an old dresser. Chairs for reading and lounging were on our to-get list also.
348 Floral Chair by Armen Art

348 Floral Chair by Armen Art

We bought two of the amazing chairs pictured immediatly left for a sitting area  next to the closet. The chairs are light enough to  move to the desk when needed, but make a cozy reading area most of the time.  Remember when dressing a room that woods, fabrics, or patterns don’t have to match perfectly. This floral pattern isn’t a match to the rug – but they are both flower prints and both contain white and black.

The desk was a task to find, but we decided on a simple black design. We used a pink dresser they already had, but changed the knobs to sleek black to tie in with the more mature color scheme.  Accessories the girls had, along with some new ones pictured below completed the new look for the tween roommates.

Satin Black 2 Drawer Writing Desk by Southern Enterprises

Satin Black 2 Drawer Writing Desk by Southern Enterprises

Dachshund lamp in white by Offi

Dachshund lamp in white by Offi

Recycled Newspaper Square Mirror by Linon Home

Recycled Newspaper Square Mirror by Linon Home

The bold pieces  bought and wise use of already owned furniture combined to make a room that will grow with the girls.  They have ample storage, defined private sleeping spaces, a shared work desk big enough to use for  various projects, and a reading/lounging place to relax. The few remaining touches of pinks are moderate and the bold black and white accents will stay relevant as they grow and expand their styles.  Remember to be bold when putting rooms together; and wise before disregarding current pieces that might just need a bit of a remix instead of a relinquish.  ‘Til next time…

Thomas Herman

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