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Leanna’s Room Makeover

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So way back in August when my step-sister Leanna went off to college she took most of her belongings with her. Her room at home was almost comical after she left. I said it looked like my parents were pretending they had a teenage daughter who lived in that room because it was pretty hodge-podge looking and not really pulled together in any way with all these random personal items, and posters just tacked to the wall. The bedding in the before pictures is actually the new bedding, before the quilt it was just a pink, fuzzy blanket. Here are some before pictures:


So my parents asked if I could make this blank canvas over, to make it look like someone actually lives there, and pull the space together for Leanna. It really wasn’t that hard for me to come up with a concept and to start pulling things together for her room makeover at the beginning of September.

So I worked up a mood board for Leanna’s room to try and show my parents what I was working towards in her room, they paid for everything so I wanted to be sure they understood what I was doing with their money.


Leanna really likes “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and had received a great framed print of a picture from the movie that hadn’t been hung up in her room yet. So I knew I had a good starting point. She also likes sparky things, the bla-bling-bla-bling (what girl can resist?) so I wanted to pull in the classy Audrey Hepburn vibe, bring in some bling and glitz, and make it feel a little more grown-up and girlie with out being GIRLIE! if ya know what I mean? My parents liked the mood board and really just trusted me to do a good job and make it look nice. So, I cleared the room, besides the dresser, taped the windows and Bb helped tape the baseboards, and we got to work painting the walls a really pretty shade of pale blue called “Glass Slipper” by Benjamin Moore.



Once we were done painting my step mom painted a fresh coat of white on the trim and windows and it was time for the fun part, decorating. Leanna had a small bookcase in her room that had been painted brown with turquoise shelf backs. I repainted the back of the shelves the turquoise and painted over the brown with a glossy white.

Here is a picture of the bookcase all styled up.


OK, so here’s the exciting part, the after:


The paint made a world of difference, it really made the room feel fresh and invigorated, then I added all the pretty stuff and I personally felt like it looked amazing! We hung some sheers to soften the windows, as well as some thermal blinds to block the light and keep the room warm in the winter. I switched the side of the room the bed was on, and pushed it against the wall like a day bed. The pink blanket wasn’t fitting the new look, so we bought a new quilt from Target on clearance, (you saw it at the beginning of the post) but we flipped it over and just used the plain, dark turquoise color. Then added some pretty throw pillows to soften up the bed (far left is from Bed, Bath and Beyond with Audrey Hepburn on it, the middle circular pillow is from Pier 1, the grey square is from Bed, Bath and Beyond and the pillow on the right with the bow is from Target).


So the dresser went where the bed was, and got styled a little. We hung a mirror we had hanging in the dining room above the dresser. I think it kind of fits the vintagey feel of many of the items in the room like the bird mirror, and the coat rack from Pier 1 hung by the closet.


The little mirror is  from Pier 1, so is the little metallic tray, and the diffuser. I threw some of Leanna’s accessories I found in her dresser in the tray. I also grabbed her white Pandora box from her dresser, and put an old Tiffany’s box I had on top.  I had to do the Tiffany’s box in the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” room. I also got a couple new frames for Leanna’s pictures, silver ones and one black, patent, snakeskin textured frame from Michael’s craft store.


Here is one last shot of the room, a moody shot, of the shears to the backyard.


Leanna came home from school in October, saw it and loved it; so I think that was a success.



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