By Caroline Biggs

Published on May 15, 2014

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When Raleigh, North Carolina–based designer Jamie Meares was hired to redo 13-year-old
Annie’s bedroom, she knew the real challenge would be balancing this Southern family’s
traditional style with the growing fashion-forward tastes of its teenage daughter.

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A vintage chair gets a modern update with a fresh coat of lavender paint and a chic reupholstered cushion.

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To put a boho-Southern spin on a classic piece, Meares tied polka-dot curtains to the rails of a
French canopy bed.
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When working with larger pieces, such as a canopy bed, it’s important that other pieces in the room are similarly scaled. 

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“It’s about layering colors and prints,” Meares says, “while also mixing styles.”

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Artwork is a fast and often cost-effective way to add personality to a space, especially a teenager’s bedroom.