My daughter just got back from a three day 'pioneer trek' where they basically have to hike, pull handcarts, and camp. It's a big deal. I realized a few weeks ago that it'd be an awesome time to surprise her with a little room redo!
Let's go back to some before shots. Yikes.
Notice anything missing? Like a BED? She was sleeping in a loft bed, but decided she was tired of it this winter and put her mattress on the floor. And we haven't done anything about her bed situation since then!
So after I dropped her off for her big adventure (at 7am!), I came home and spent the rest of the day (with help from my AWESOME MOM) cleaning and organizing her room. It got crazy. Worse before better, right? She has So. Much. Stuff.
I didn't count, but pretty sure we found at least 100 pencils/colored pencils. Also about 100 hair elastics. No joke. We organized her stuff, but didn't get rid of anything important, I promise.
We did box up a lot of toys that were still hanging around with nowhere to go, which really freed up space and visual clutter.
When she got home, she walked in to see this!
So we didn't paint or change her curtains. But, we did do a lot.
We setup my old bed (it goes back a couple generations, it was my grandma's bed!), got her a bedside 'cart' (which holds books, charge cords (in her record bowl!), etc.), and hung up some new stuff.
She's had the chinese parasol (from her Grandparents' trip to SF chinatown) for years, but I'd never figured out how to hang it. Um, it took less than 30 seconds.
My mom made all the awesome pom poms! (print is a silkscreened handkerchief from Mikodesign).
The girl made the yo-yo pillow a couple years ago with Nana. We got her a cute aqua sham and a new big pillow, with a pillowcase made from a thrifted sheet. The morning she came home I stitched up the felt + pink houndstooth pillow.
I spy a succulent! I had fun playing with layers, COLOR, and mixing patterns like a crazy person.
We weeded/straightened her bookcases, but left them largely alone. She still has her blossom branches from her 8th birthday party!
Nana gave her a new quilt for her birthday.
My mom gave her this letterpress print from Sycamore Street Press. It looks sweet above her dream hooks.
We pom-pommed up her barre mirrors and added a few dance portraits. two from when she first got her pointe shoes, the other is poster-sized above her cubbies, and is of her during a performance a few years ago.
I put her fedora from tap up on top of the cubbies, along with her fave dolls. I wasn't totally sure she wanted her dolls on display, but she does (yay!). We didn't clear out her lego display cubbies. She loves lego, and had awesome sets on display there. But she also has little brothers. So we will help her rebuild those soon. Packing away a lot of her toys meant extra cubbie space for a belt/bag box and a dance clothes box.
Not pictured: an organized closet and under the bed boxes!
I thought this would be a good thing have by the door. All teenage girls need reminders that they're beautiful, right?
We were talking about how cool her 'stuff' is. Quilts from Nana, lots of handmade stuff, vintage stuff, dance stuff. Her stuff has stories. That's good.
She came home hot, dirty, sweaty, tired, and thirsty. Headed upstairs to grab comfy clothes before she showered... and she was surprised!
She loves it!
So fun to do something awesome for our amazing girl.