Monday, September 19, 2011

After All The Efforts, They Grow Up & Redesign The Room Themselves

After all the efforts of working together to design a room she was thrilled with...


{Girl's Dream Bedroom - No Boys Allowed}



...she grows up nearly overnight and decides to redecorate. All of her own, without even a requesting a consultation!



But she knows what she wants. She doesn't need my help...and that's okay. Because really, isn't that what we hope for?

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  1. I have always loved your daughter's bedroom. It was my favorite room on RMS and it's how I found your blog and blogging in general. You're a good mom.

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  2. A girl after my own heart!!!! I did this to my side of the room my sister and I shared! I loved all things fashion in high school! She has some really good clippings on the wall too!

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  3. Not a single poster of the Monkees?
    Oh wait...that was my tween bedroom.

    How dare she grow up on you. The nerve!

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  4. This is so ironic because I'm helping a friend pick out fabrics for her soon to be 7-year old daughters room and it got me thinking about at what point little girls want to have a say in the design and how "adult" should the room be? I guess there are no rules just opinions and yes, you are right, that is what we strive for with our children. Wow, this is a long comment but I really enjoyed this post (love your daughter's room by the way and it does appear as though she has a keen eye for what's next in her room).

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  5. I really love that room! That light fixture is to die for! Her wall of images looks just like mine when I was her age. I plastered my whole wall!

    Jennifer

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  6. Looks like your daughter has created her own inspiration board!

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  7. I think every teen's bedroom looks something like this...all three in my house do at any rate! It's important that they can express themselves this way, so kudos to you for letting her put her stamp on things. They grow up so fast it make s your head spin....
    Cathy

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  8. I put magazine pages all over my bedroom walls as a teen too. I loved looking at beautiful things everydaY. Your daughter's room is beautiful!

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  9. What panache! Reminds me of the custom wallpaper I saw featured on the Novogratz design show. Perhaps you have a potential product and a designer on your hands!

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  10. That room is one of my all time favorites. I also love it now. So many moms would not have allowed that which is so sad.

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  11. It looks to me like she is going to be quite the fashionista. She has some great clippings in her collage. It makes me think of all the art projects your children did sitting at the table being creative. I love that you allow them to express themselves. Maybe it is time for some cork closet doors?? Hard to believe Isabella is getting so grown up, it sure seems to happen over night. She is a doll, Happy Monday,Kathysue

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  12. It is what we hope for - You have raised a strong independent designer that can think for herself!

    Congratulations!

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  13. I love it ... and you are a great mom!

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  14. I love it. I did the same time in my freshman dorm room. So Isabella is wise beyond her years.

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  15. precious. and bravo to you for letting her use her creativity! donna

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  16. The only place we were allowed to tape anything to the wall growing up was in our closets. Wonder what I will do when Maddie wants to re-decorate. I'll have to take deep breaths for sure. You are a great mom!

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  17. All the great stuff is still there, she just added more !

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  18. Love her style! She had a great teacher, which is why she is confident making her own choices! Good job mama!

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  19. So cute. She seems like she is quite the creative spirit between her collage wall and her photography skills. She has a pretty amazing role model.

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  20. *** YOU, dear girl, are a JEWEL of a COOOOOOL MOM!!!! ***

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  21. Well, to clarify, if I REALLY DIDN'T LIKE the look of it how "cool" would I be? Hum, we'd just have to see! Luckily, I think the look is brilliant and think she has a great eye, so easy to love what she did!

    Janell

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  22. My daughters did the same thing, and I'm not gonna lie, it drove me a little crazy. They also taped up shopping bags, and over the bed my youngest hung police caution tape. Of course you have to allow them to express themselves, but it challenged me! They are grown with homes of their own now, and when that "graffiti" came down, I took pictures first, and cried after.

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  23. She does have a great eye! Your girl has great style, I love your attitude and how you let her make it her own space :)
    xo
    Kate

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  24. Love it! These look taped or pinned. When I was her age I did the same thing and use Mod Podge!!!! What a mess I left my mom at redecorating time. :)

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  25. We're getting ready for a move and my son who is around the same age gave me orders that I am not to decorate his room to look like it's been decorated. He only wants posters...no more art!! They know what they want!

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  26. Looks like she created her own inspirational board...that just happens to be on the wall of beautifully painted bedroom! Great post! Helps us all keep it in perspective!

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  27. Like many others I have to say I did the same thing when I was a teen. My parents always went away to our cabin for the weekend (I was the kind of teen that when left alone really did nothing but homework and hang out with a girlfriend!) and one time they got home to a note taped to my closed door. Something along the lines of "I have to be able to express myself and this is the way I've chosen to do it", I was faking sleep as the door opened and I heard my mom kind of gasp. As they left I heard her all upset about "how could I use tape on the walls, the paint, mess, etc, etc" but the fact was she loved to come in every few days and talk to me about any new images I'd found or changes I'd made! Kuddos to you for encouraging your daughter to express herself any way she needs!

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  28. so so funny! I know how that is ~ with 2 girls, now 13 and 14!!

    xoxo

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  29. It's so great that you let her do 'her thing' in her room - I was never allowed to hang up anything on my walls and I think it scarred me for life!

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  30. so many comments saying the same thing: we all did this! and some of us had moms that let us :o) Good for you for being one of those moms.

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  31. That's what Mom's do...let them think for themselves and teach them to fly :)

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  32. My daughter's is much the same...though hers is covered with black and white photographs and snowboard/skateboard company adds...I get to control how the rest of the house looks so I figure, her rooms is hers to do what she likes with it...Isabella's mural of clippings is very cool and the good news is that she's not doing anything that can't be changed down the road- your gorgeous room is still underneath it all:)

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  33. I loved this room they way you two designed it and I love it know for the spirit it reflects. As you say, you want them to grow up and be their own person.

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  34. I think it is wonderful you can let go of the design you did for her and let her be herself! I would probably have a hard time. You are one great and fun mom!

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  35. OMG… I did the same thing as a girl. I just hope she didn’t use Elmer’s glue like me. lol! It’s great that you’re allowing her to explore her creativity, despite your beautiful creation… kids are great :)

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  36. My daughter is 13 and she too is very opinionated as to what she wants in her room, as an interior decorator I thought it would be hard to let go of the control but surprisingly it wasn't, it's great seeing them express ther own style and seeing them become young adults don't ya think?? Of course I do draw the line at wet towels on the floor!! (; Her room still looks great btw!!

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  37. Looks like you might be asking for design input from her pretty soon! She has got the eye, just like her momma.

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  38. I always wanted to do this and was never allowed. I think that's why I became an accountant! Ugh! Now I'm a designer and I think your daughter's room is fab and you are great parents. What a lucky girl she is. Annie x.

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  39. Stephanie, you are right, seriously. When I walked in the door I gasped I thought it was so fabulous. Then my next thought was, shoot, she is so much more talented than I!!

    I also think we have to say "NO" to our kids on so many things that it is important to let them have their say in as many areas as possible, and their room is one area we can do this for them. BUT, again, what if she had no taste and it was dreadful?! Then letting her go with her own vision would be MUCH HARDER! Janell

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  40. Wow! She definitely takes after her mother! Looks like she loves to surround herself with beautiful inspiration images too!

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  41. Wow, I would have loved a room like that growing up! So beautiful, now its just a bit teened up but it's still lovely in its own way :)
    Enjoying ur blog!

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  42. I really had to giggle (loudly). I have two teenage sons (one turns 19 tomorrow) and they have long since decided to 'redecorate' their rooms. The difference between your daughter and my sons is that your daughter has very nice taste. If my boys had decided to do things that were as obviously attractive as what your daughter did, I'd have been delighted.

    Instead... I simply close their doors and smile.

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  43. It's like she's livin in Pinterest!! Love her

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  44. Thank goodness her room has turned out as it has ! I follow many interior blogs and have been mystified that most of the childrens rooms featured don't look like a child has ever been in them or had any input. Most look like a mini adults room. I loved the room that you did for Isabella but its only right and proper that she makes it her own.
    ZoeB

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  45. I did the EXACT same thing to my walls growing up. Teen Vogue. Ahhh sweet memories of those pages that smelled like worldly women (or estee lauder perfume, I thought that was pretty worldly then!)

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  46. It's my nightmare revealed! I dread the day my boys decide to "personalize" their rooms! I'm such a control freak when it comes to how the house looks. When that first poster gets tacked to the wall, my control will slowly slip away!!!!
    Danielle
    http://frogstruckslipstick.blogspot.com/

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  47. Ha, ha...yes, that is how it starts. A single poster or some piece of paper that has something on it they love. Then it's another, and another! The first poster that went up in Isabella's room was quite the shock, but I managed to keep my mouth shut...good think, or I may have never seen her take on "wallpaper"!

    It will be okay...Janell

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  48. Love it! My 13 year-old did same thing about 2 months ago. Since the pages were likely to fall down, I gave her some old wallpaper paste and it did the trick.

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  49. Sounds about right once they hit a certain age... but she will need your input/opinion now and then so your job is not quite done!

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  50. After all efforts they grow up as redigners. Useful post
    Blinds

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