January 20, 2012

Inspiration for a "Tween's" Room: Part I

I never knew what a "tween" was until I'd had a daughter. My daughter is now almost 9 years old, and I am quickly becoming acquainted with the world of a tween. She is part little girl, the one who wears glittery sneakers and plays with Lala Loopsy dolls. 

Photo by Deanna Sammons Photography in her favorite pair of Lelli Kelly sneakers.

She fancies herself a teen (albeit, one whose developing tastes are trending classic-- yay!) who gazes dreamily at pictures of glittery high heels, long flowing skirts


and Audrey Hepburn.

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She is the little girl who plays fetch and tug-of-war in the backyard with her dog and later draws sketches of what will one day be her very own veterinary clinic. (By the way, her name is quite fitting for such a career; don't you think?: Dr. Doolittle, the vet, she plans to be.) 

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She loves to read and still prefers books to boys. To her, boys are still gross up close and in person (THANK GOD!), but through the video screen she is quite comfortable declaring one or ten of them the cutest ever! 

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She giggles one minute and sits in deep reflection the next. To her a phone like this, while adorable, is quite old-fashioned, and I doubt that she would have a clue about what to do with a real rotary phone, but she is definitely master of the business of "thumb-talking".

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She dreams of someday living in Paris,

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via www.etsy.com/shop/chezjolly

 but for now is content to have her daddy and me tuck her into bed at night. 

She changes her mind with the wind, and if anyone dares to call her fickle she simply tells them, "My grandma says a lady can change her mind whenever she likes."
To watch her grow up is amazingly funny and wonderful and tear-jerking all at the same time. Am I sounding like the tweenager now?

It's time for some interior updates at the Ivy Clad Cottage, and her room is first on the list. I want to create a beautiful room that reflects her interests and personality, and one that will, I hope, be able to span that gap between little girl and grown up girl and last until her early to mid teens. This is the start of her room-- a virtual mood board to remind me of the colors, style and feel of things she likes. I feel lucky: I have a feeling that when it's finished I will be able to smile when I walk by it (so long as the previous day's socks are not lying on the floor).

Since she has dreams of Paris, I'm letting that guide me, however loosely.
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Pale pink with gold and possibly pale blue is the tentative color palette. I hope you enjoy looking through the inspiration photos that I'm using to get the creative juices flowing!


Pink and gold luxe. Interesting how both cream (the dresser & upholstery) and white (the bed and window and baseboard trim) are used. I think the mix is pleasing. This room looks vintage. When I was 14, I had a bed so similar to this one from the 1940's.

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Beautiful Venetian-style mirror on shell pink walls.

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A lovely shade of blue compliments the mix of brighter pinks, gold and white.

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That radio--too cute!

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Gorgeousness!

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It's a little hard to tell here, but the walls and draperies are a tiny pink stripe. This room has a whimsical vibe with the oversized paisley print.

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This room has very little pink, but its composition and the use of muted, warm gold appeals.

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Pinks in apricot tones, creams and vintage blue. So chic!

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I love the beautiful straw-gold color of the seagrass carpet. These antiqued shades of gold, cream and pink really appeal to me.

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Such pretty, girly little ballet flats.


Now, for the choosing, deciding, second-guessing... third-fourth-and-fifth-guessing too, sorting it all out and choosing and deciding again. I'll be back with more soon as I hone in on our actual choices.

What are your favorite variations on these colors? Do you like the pink and gold mixed with white or do you prefer the deeper, more apricot shades with burnished gold and tea-stained cream? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

One last thing, many of these photos are were found at Debby Steele of Inspired Design's Tumblr page where I find inspiration on a daily basis. If you are looking for beautiful inspiration or just need a glamour fix, visit her HERE and HERE. All photo sources listed HERE.

xo Keri





















27 comments:

  1. The preferring books to boys thing will change a bit...now I am helping my 24 year old daughter with her apartment in NYC. Change is fun.

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  2. Oh do I know this stage of life! My fourth graders come in all sizes of stature AND character! WOW....when I think of it, when I was in fourth grade, I was playing with dolls. Some of these girls in my classes would spit at the thought of playing with dolls! So these days, the TWEENS is a a new thing. Even moms have asked me what I think is causing this surge of "maturity"....some even think it is the hormones in the milk!!!!!!! Either way, your ideas are stunning dear one, and now that we are mutual collectors on Pinterest, I have seen these photos and you have used them SO WELL!!!!!!! GOOD CHOICES that I don't think will ever go out of style. ENJOY YOUR DAY! Anita

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  3. Oh Keri your daugther's room is going to be wonderful no matter what colors the both of you pick. How exciting to give this gift of a grown up room. I hope you'll share the progress with us and I can't wait to see.

    XX
    Debra~

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  4. I just love your inspiration pictures. I have 2 1/2 year old that will be getting a bedroom inspired but this color palette. I plan on painting the walls a very pale shell pink with black, white and gold accents around the room. Even though she is little, I am going for a sophisticated look with framed fashion prints and some original art to balance all of the sweetness.
    Your daughter sounds fabulous and I love her taste.

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  5. HELLO BEAUTIFUL GIRL! Thank you my precious new friend for coming to visit today! NARNIA is one of our favorite stories and I was just inspired the other day as we were watching the movie. I then wondered, HOW COULD they bear to come back to reality after having had such an experience! But alas, we are given the grace to do anything we meet up with. Now, to remember that when I go into work on Monday!!!!! HUGS! Anita

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  6. Love the gilded touches!

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  7. These pictures make me wish I had a daughter! Just gorgeous. Maybe one of my boys will want a pink room! Yeah right! X Sharon

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  8. Keri,
    So glad to have discovered your blog. We do have the same taste. I'm looking foreward to enjoy your future posts ! greetings and hugs

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  9. What very beautiful inspiration you have put together here. My tween turned into a teen faster than I could blink an eye! xo Karen

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  10. Thanks a lot for this gorgeous post!!!
    I really enjoyed,

    A big hug,
    Elena

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  11. You just made my morning!! Thanks for the shout out! I am kind of obsessed with Tumblr... I find the BEST inspiration over there!! Your daughter sounds adorable. Yes, tell her to live in Paris one day... aim big!! The tween years are just so much fun. Can't wait to see what you come up with for her room. She is lucky to have such a talented mother! xo

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  12. What a fun project, decorating your daughter's bedroom! I love your beautiful and inspiring images. You will come up with a lovely plan based on these ideas. Audrey Hepburn, Paris, sequined heels, books, and dreams...it is so much fun to have a daughter! Good luck with your project!

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  13. I LOVE the pink and gold mixed together! I also love the touches of aqua you showed in some of the images. It is going to be stunning!
    Stacy

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  14. Keri, what lovely inspirational images!! Any tween girl would love to be surrounded with such beauty! I am sure that you will come up with a stunning design; and I can't wait to see what you do! Have fun!

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  15. Loved this post! I always wanted a pink princess telephone. Pretty Pink Tulips (prettypinktulips.com) did a post on January 20 on pink and gold. Love your blog!

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  16. Does your daughter want a roommate? LOL! This room is going to look like a quintessential parisian apartment. Chic and magical!
    BEAUTIFUL post, Keri!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  17. Your daughter sounds like she is destined to creating a beautiful life for herself. I love how she dreams big. I adore the fact that she wants to be a vet. My five year daughter wants to be the same, since she was two she has been saying that. Great post. The gorgeous images were a great way for me to end the night!

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  18. Love all the inspiration pics.
    Love the earnestness of a nine year old!
    LOVE your heart for translating her
    dreams into a beautiful room.

    My 16 year old has never wanted
    me to re-paint over the Beatrix Potter
    images hand painted on her walls
    when we moved here. She was six
    and chose each of the illustrations.
    Only curtains and bedding have changed.

    Enjoy this project!!

    xx Suzanne

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  19. J'adore all of these pictures!! Pink & gold are a beautiful combination. I'm also quite partial to lilac & gold. I can't tell you how many pictures I've pinned to pinterest or saved from Debby. She always manages to find the most alluring images.

    ~ Clare x

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  20. Gorgeous post! I've been contemplating painting my guest room walls a very pale pink, and this just convinced me to go for it!

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  21. Hi Keri,

    Thank you for visiting me so I could meet you too! What a wonderful post and your daughter sounds just delightful. I loved the photos of this post and I am partial to the bulldog and bike. I had a bulldog once and I love them so. I enjoy reading how your daughter is between little girl and grown up....such a hard age but luckily she sounds like she has a great mom who is there to help her along.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Big hug
    Elizabeth :-)

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  22. Please credit image 7 to Chez Jolly (White Paris Dollhouse photograph)
    -www.etsy.com/shop/chezjolly

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    1. Jason, thank you! I am always happy to find and credit the original source & will have the edit made directly.

      Keri

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  23. Light pink and golden color combination is very nice. Beautiful color style is like it very much. With thees colors, room is looking awesome. All the stuff is inspiring me a lot, thanks for showing us.

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