Tuesday, June 1

A teen bedroom inspired by a little orange box



This June let me show a Do-It-Yourself
 teen bedroom makeover!

using an orange painted Hermes box
as inspiration, coupled with sepia tone
equestrian photography together they
set the tone for
this bold teen bedroom



We stopped into Home Depot for inexpensive paint, and picked up Behr paint for $24.99 a gallon. We handed the salesclerk our Hermes tie box, she hooked it up to her machine and within five minutes we were leaving with three gallons of semi-gloss custom Behr paint. Four coats later, we have a lovely sheen on the walls.
We coupled Clarence House fabric with Ralph Lauren white ruffled paisley bedding, and vintage lace pillows to create a calming balance for the vivid walls


Equestrian lover's art:
Gabby and friend Bailey's photography provide beautiful sepia tone 
images for the orange walls


I hope this helps to inspire you to take on something in your home that needs spiffing up.  This was a challenge for many reasons and namely no budget, a very decisive client (having your daughter as a client is a daunting experience), plus there were many items in the room we needed to salvage. For the most part, teens are good at following their instincts. I admire the Hermes orange color because it is a great combination of vibrant orange with a touch of calming brown. The history of their company as saddlemaker fascinates Gabby and she loves their saddles and tack. Since she was a very little girl she has been utterly fascinated with horses, and as she gets older this interest grows. The pretty orange and brown combination is what she settled upon when changing up her room to reflect her lifestyle. I have to be honest, I have never used orange this much, coral maybe, but not orange as a room color before. Although I often go for bold, quite frankly, this color scared me a bit. Although I enjoy the vibrancy and happiness of orange, I have used it subtly and more or less as an accent before this project. However, the boldness made the room feel larger, and by painting the ceiling as well it opened up the room. The entire space basks in a glow. 

 We used what we had in the house, swapping out a dresser from the guest room to bring in the dark burled wood. I knew that if we were going bold on the walls, I needed to bring in white, brown and tan to add earthly elements. The floors are dark already, the scalloped valance was made from Clarence House fabric and the bed hanging linens from a trip to Paris a few years back. We kept the two painted ivory iron beds from years past. My husband fixed an old mahogany mirror that we had purchased at a flea market in Boston ten years ago.

The second driving force to the design was to showcase my daughter's fascination and budding talent with photography. She takes hundreds of equestrian photographs weekly at the many events we attend. Within hours we had a dozen sepia tone images printed from her computer. 
I brought in a pair of antique painted white pineapple lamps from another room. (they were originally gold and I painted them white). I find an orange ceramic lamp in the basement, and rifle through my linen closet to discover Ralph Lauren sheets and linens I had stashed away. I wash and iron the linens and somehow their brown paisley design seems new and fresh set against the brightness of the walls. We add white matchstick rolldown shades under the brown valance. I keep the kind of ugly IKEA desk that needs to eventually be replaced, but since it is white and non-descript it fits in fairly easily. 

12 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautifully! I think you did great for the budget and that paint color really makes the room. Very "adult" looking now and the photography adds a nice touch of her own to the room.

Juliet said...

It looks wonderful and inviting. When my son was born, I painted his room terracotta. It was a beautiful warm and restful room. It is a Ralph Lauren suede green now. But I moved that terracotta to a downstairs hall. Love your daughters interest in the photography. Let me know if I can assist there in any way.

@MaisonDecor said...

I have to say the orange is a great backdrop for the white and black elements. Its crisp and grown up, but still has a youhfulness about it! Would you do a new Boston design blogger a favor and visit my latest post and tell me what you think? I'd appreciate it!

Amy

Lady Grey said...

Wow, it looks amazing! I would have LOVED a room like that as a teen : )

Anne Lubner Designs said...

Tamara, I love how you incorporated Gabby's desire for bold color with her equestrian photography. Now she has a room that really reflects her personality, is bright and fun without being childish, and all this on a teeny budget! I especially like how you raised the ceiling with the bed hanging linens. And you are so right that interior designers almost always work around existing pieces. In a way this gives more character to a room as it gives the room history. Great job!

Shani said...

What a beautiful result! I think small budget projects can sometimes turn out best because they can ooze more personality than big projects where one can get lost in the... well, "bigness". I'm sure your daughter is so proud of her new space!

Norbridge Antiques said...

You've used the just the right colour orange in this beautiful makeover. Your daughter must love her new bedroom. I love the white pineapple lamps.

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson said...

Thank you kathy - I always look forward to your comments and they seem so heart felt...hope you have a lovely summer in Long Island. I agree, Mary Alice did a great job. Thanks for stopping by. best, Tamara

Lisa said...

When a mother and daughter with such passion & style decide to do a make-over, you just know it's going to be good.
Tamara, you not only encouraged Gabby to design with her instincts, you showed her how to do it on a budget.
Anyone can "order" the new look from the latest catalog, that's so easy. It takes true talent and vision to use what you have and get the end results that you love. It also teaches her to buy good, classic, quality items that can be enjoyed for years to come.
That's just plain smart & alot more fun!
It looks fabulous!
xo Lisa

Michelliott said...

It is very exciting to have our remodel featured on my favorite design blog. Looking through the latest post I am honored to be in such good company.

Tamara you do a wonderful job of picking interesting topics every month. Each one is presented with a new and fresh approach. When you incorporated Gabbie's pictures, Miles helping with projects and views of your own life, it brings a domestic element that makes it uniquely yours, yet tangible to the rest of us.

Michelliott said...

It is very exciting to have our remodel featured on my favorite design blog. Looking through the latest post I am honored to be in such good company.

Tamara you do a wonderful job of picking interesting topics every month. Each one is presented with a new and fresh approach. When you incorporated Gabbie's pictures, Miles helping with projects and views of your own life, it brings a domestic element that makes it uniquely yours, yet tangible to the rest of us.

Keep on writing and thanks for adding beauty to our lives.

Lisa said...

Dear Tamara,
Oh how I have missed visiting with you lately. I have enjoyed myself here at the Nest tonight and look forward to a warm, sunny and green July with you.
Nite,
Lisa