By Lesli DeVito

Published on June 24, 2015

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Photography by na

I recently completed a 17th Birthday makeover of my teenage daughter Phoebe's bedroom. This is the end result, and below, her "old" room taken by John Petersik of Young House Love.

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Her room was wonderful before, but kids grow and tastes change and she has ME for a mother! Phoebe wanted a bedroom that was lighter, calmer and quieter with lots of white punctuated by gold, and some pastel pops of color. She had me at "gold"!

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We took an inventory of what we had that could be recycled, up-cycled, diy-ed, and repainted to fit into the new color scheme.

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This is a before and after of Phoebe's wash stand. 

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The last timeI did a makeover of my daughter's bedroom, I completed ALL of the work over a 3 day period while she was away on a 7th grade school field trip. The results were beautiful but the pressure of doing everything in such a condensed span of time did not leave much room for error! This time, I paced the work, doing one big project each week…for 6 weeks. I did wallpaper and painting one week, furniture makeovers the next, bedding and other accessories were purchased throughout as I watched for sales and specials. It took longer, but the process was much less stressful.

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Teenagers' lives go in a million directions. It is a blessing for them have an inviting place to come home to at the end of their day. There are certain "must haves," a bed, storage, etc…and it helps to have a desk or work area. There remain so many "optional" item, a comfy chair, rugs, lighting, etc. Here I used an Ikea desk and PBTeen chair. 

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The best rooms reflect the inhabitant (s). I painted a surprise portrait of my daughter's beloved kitty Gus as a birthday gift. The portrait hangs in a place of honor and though cats are not allowed in dorms, her painting will follow her to college one day.

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Gus the cat.

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Gus keeps a watchful eye over our girl.

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The girl who flies.

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Phoebe is in love with her new room and so am I.