This teen bedroom is shaping up! We have fabric samples on order and our jumping off point wallpaper has been chosen and ordered.

If you are reading this blog for the first time, I have entered the One Room Challenge as a guest participant and have chosen to make over my home office into a teen bedroom. You can catch up here on week 1 and week 2.

Every space needs a jumping off point! For each client, the inspiration item it is different. It might be a fabulous area rug or a throw pillow. Art work or drapery fabric. I love to find that one item that pulls in all the colours and feel for the space that I’m designing. In my daughter, Tara’s room, it is the wallpaper. Now that we have the wallpaper chosen, the rest of the room will simply fall into place. 

Here it is. This beauty is called Tilda from the Blush Collection by Mitchel Black. Tara doesn’t realize it but this paper will grow with her as she ages. We can go bold using all the colours within it and contrasting colours to decorate her space or we can subdue it and only play with a couple of the colours. 

Tilda, Blush Collection by Mitchel Black

Our jumping off point sets the tone for the space. We want young and fun. To keep the wallpaper’s punch, Tara would like her room to be predominantly white. White bedding, white upholstered bed, white furniture, white drapery, you get the picture. 

The above images were sourced online, not chosen for the project. Drapery: PB Teen, Dresser: One Kings Lane, Bed: One Kings Lane, Bedding: Crate & Barrel

Remember this guy? He’s still a problem for white bedding but I have a trick up my sleeve that I think will keep both mom and daughter happy. 

I want to offer Tara more of a layered room. I want to take her out of her comfort zone a bit and layer shades while still keeping the room light and bright. We can do that without making everything else white. 

To help ease Tara out of her “white” box, I need to show her the room both ways. I can’t expect her to be in my mind and already see the finished product. Mood boards and my design programs are a great tool for this!

Designing this room was a bit of a struggle at first because I wasn’t treating Tara like a client. As soon as I shifted gears and showed her mood/idea boards, the resistance dissipated and excitement started to flow. 

Wallpaper: Mitchell Black, Ceiling Light: Crystorama, Furniture: Gabby

I tried to skip some of the client processes to save time, but it simply doesn’t work well that way. This isn’t a T.V. show, this is real life design. Great design takes time to implement properly. I have created these client and design processes for a reason and I will never ever stray from them again.

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