My Daughter The Tween!
Brown Residence, Week 18
I’ve been in the middle of a small remodeling project of my own over the past couple of weeks, and I’m happy to say my client has been a blast to work with! Helping my “Tween” daughter design her new bedroom has been a real trip.
Spending more quality time together with my 10 year old lets me catch of glimpse of another facet of her personality – discovering her of her sense of style. I’ve been able to help guide her on how to research design trends, online and off and most importantly to notice what approach best appeals to her personality, ultimately creating a room that defines her personality (all with my approval of course).
There are 44 million tweens and teens from the ages 8 to 18 here in the U.S, and after scouring all the sources available to this market, the one that speaks to my tween the most is “Teen Bedding” from PBteen. While the themes and trends they offer are limitless, I’m attempting to teach her that good design is less about trends and more about style – and to pull inspiration from multiple sources. It keeps things interesting.
Re-designing a tween’s bedroom doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Sometimes it can be as simple as painting out the room in a vibrant new color, incorporating some new bedding and/or adding an extra lamp or two.
Keep in mind that even though tweens are growing and maturing, they can still be hard on their things. Doing homework on their beds with permanent markers and the constant slamming of doors and drawers, consider durable fabrics and furniture to ensure they withstand years of use and abuse.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.