Monday, March 26, 2012

Girl power

For the first time our daughter (15) has been leading an interior design project all by her own. 
She designed her room (10'x12'), selected colors, created a layout and worked with a - rather tight - budget. She was also the project leader and her own contractor, doing most of the needed work herself. She asked for help when she felt needing it and otherwise was her own cheerful happy client....


The only thing my husband and I have been involved with were to shop with her for necessary items and to hang a curtain rod and shelves. 

We did not want to let her use the power drill just yet. Of course, one day soon I will teach her this too. Every woman should know how to use a least some power tools! 

Attaching the wall lamp

She prepped, sanded and painted the walls. 

Metallic Tin color and shag rug

She had packed up all her belongings, telling me with a wistful smile that all she owns does fit in two boxes.....Unlike me, she is not a pack rat! She parts with things she doesn't need rather quickly!

Apart from the contents of her closet. Which stayed thankfully untouched.
She had picked Glidden's 'Light blue' and Martha Stewart's metallic 'Tin' color for an accent wall. She bought a shelf and desk at Ikea and a wall lamp at Home Depot. After realizing wall to wall was not within her budget, she got a rug - a lovely gray melange shag - at Home Depot as well.

While I am typing this, she is upstairs, cleaning the floor from some of her paint splatters. We had explained the importance of a good prep work, but some of this must have gotten lost along the way. Well, she knows now.
All the while music is blasting from her room, telling me of the great mood she is in. The crowning glory, literally, are the three dimensional clouds she has painted on the ceiling! I am very impressed.

Our daughter has shown great girl power! We are so proud of her determination! She is happy with the results and all I can say is: Very well done indeed!

The room after:

She had chosen early on a faux four poster look

A look at the shag rug

Wall shelves, a wall lamp and a cozy full size bed

She hang the lamp herself!

Between bed and closet

Check out the sky...

Now we are still hanging art work, particular her own lovely photography, of pets, friends, family and travels....

Furniture, curtains: Ikea
Chandelier:Westelm (existing)
Wall lamp, rug and paint: Home Depot
Table lamp: Home Goods (existing)
Budget: $ 650

Being proud and happy about her own achievements: Priceless!

All pictures by V.Zlotkowski


  1. Hello Victoria:
    What an impressive transformation this is. Your daughter must be absolutely delighted with her achievements. Stylish and quirky, she really has met her needs as well as adding a highly individual and creative touch.

    The idea of the 'four poster' bed is inspirational and really does add an intrigue to the room. A brilliant idea!!

    All that we wonder now is whether she will ever wish to come out of the room....

    1. Jane and Lance,
      Thank you, you just put your finger on it! This morning she woke up and said, Mama, I want to stay in this room forever!
      There is nothing better then to do it yourself!

  2. Two thumbs up to the design and the girl!

    1. Thank you! She is a go-getter and a practical thinker. From the moment of asking to change the room until the final result lay not quite three weeks....we were hesitant at first to let her do it by herself, but then we thought it over and feel now it was the right thing to do! Learning by doing!

  3. So Cool!
    She did a great job and I am sure she learned a lot in the process! So much better than you doing it for her.

    I love her idea of curtaining off her bed!

    1. Hello Ann,
      I agree! The curtains were the thing I was the most surprised by and they look so good, making that small room seem really larger.

  4. Please tell your daughter that her bedroom looks beautiful, and that the sky above her bed is outstanding. What an Artist!

    1. Thank you! I will! She was determined to do the sky and with some guidance by me and watching of many clouds together she finished them very lovely!

  5. love the curtains! this one might be headed to the new york school of interior design, :)

  6. I want to go hide-out in that cozy has a modern "out of africa" feel to it.....!
    What a wonderful space to call her own.

    1. Patricia, this is a cool way to put it! You need to come over and see it one of these days. She is so happy!

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    1. Thank you, you know the girl power, don't you?

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    1. Oh, Elaine, I am glad you stopped by! It's fun to watch our girl being so determent and following through with a dream!

  9. I LOVE this post! Tell your daughter that she has a future in home renovation/decorating if she wants it. Heck, she could be an architect. I love posts like this....thanks for sharing...k

    1. You are so kind! The world is her oyster, right?

  10. What a wonderful thing you let your daughter do. It turned out lovely and because it is a lesson on budget, design, doing the work ones self,and making the decisions it will be a room she will enjoy for a long time and one she will remember always!
    Fun and lovely young lady's room.
    Does not she have a 15th birthday soon?

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Yes, Easter Sunday!!! Indeed, a great lesson, packed in fun! Thanks for the feed back!
      She can't believe how many people responded!


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