One Room Challenge: Before Pics + The Plan!

Tween Room Makeover Ideas | Kelly Golightly

Hello friends! Today kicks off the One Room Challenge! I’m so excited to share which room I’ll be making over. See which room is going under the knife, before pictures + my plans for the space below!

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The room I’ll be making over is…drum roll please…Kaylee’s bedroom!

In case you’re not yet acquainted, “Kaylee Golightly” is my sweet peach of a niece who lives in Texas. You can see her here, herehere, here, here and here and even follow her on Instagram. But enough about the apple of my eye…

Let’s get to the before pics, shall we?

BEFORE

 

As you can see, her room looks like a lot of tween rooms. A mishmash of things from when she was much younger mixed in with some cast-off furniture. I’m THRILLED to be able to give her this room makeover!

Tween Bedroom Makeover for the One Room Challenge

About a week before Linda from the ORC and I connected, my sister had told me she wanted to update Kaylee’s room. Kaylee’s friend had come over and was surprised that Kaylee’s room really didn’t really reflect her personality. And Kaylee had been wanting to change things up already.

But they weren’t sure where to start. My sister told Kaylee to call her Aunt Kelly (that’s me!) since interior design is something I love. My Dad, Kaylee’s Grandpa, had already said he wanted to gift her new carpet and paint, but they needed advice on what colors to pick.

  

So, I was really happy to be able to say: Let’s do more than just carpet and paint. Let’s give Kaylee the room of her dreams!  So…the room is about 12×12 and this is the view as you walk in the door.

She’s had these same baby pink walls since she was a baby. She’s now 12. Impossible, I know. Let me wipe away my tears and regroup…

STEP ONE

As with any client, my first step was asking Kaylee what she needed and wanted.

KAYLEE’S REQUESTS:

Closet doors – maybe with mirrors on them
Queen bed + tufted headboard
Vanity
New blinds
Leave at least one window open/not covered by furniture
Bigger bookshelf (she LOVES to read which makes my heart swell!)

INSPIRATION

My next step was having Kaylee create a Pinterest board of rooms she likes. I was VERY happy when she came back with this:

Tween Bedroom Moodboard | One Room Challenge

Yes to a mostly white backdrop! That will instantly freshen up the room. And I love a good faux fur throw, pillow — you name it. Kaylee and I have a lot in common. Like me, she’s very sensitive. She likes soft things. Clearly she likes fairy lights too. So I’ll try to find a way to weave those in…

LAYOUT

Luckily my hubby Fred Baby has a program where he can layout and render a room. He did this for our house when it became The Christopher Kennedy Modernism Week Show House (aka Villa Golightly) and it was SO helpful in making decisions. This room really has been a family affair so far.

As you can see here, I want to re-orient the bed.

Tween Bedroom Layout | One Room Challenge

And swap out the high dresser for a lower, longer dresser.

I also want to put folding doors on the closet. They won’t take up as much space as full doors, but will be so much better than sliding doors, so she’ll be able to see her whole closet at once. The bookcase will remain in the same location but will be taller to accommodate more books.

To the right of her bed, we plan to put a vanity.

Room permitting, we’ll put a fun chair in the corner by the windows. The tall desk/hutch currently there was blocking one window, so this will give much better light.

So, that’s the plan!

What do you think? Any suggestions/tips/questions? Let me know in the comments.

And stay tuned next week to see how it all unfolds!

Until then, check out all of the other participating designers and their room plans by clicking on the links below.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE DESIGNERS

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Vestige Home

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | SMP Living

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC

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16 thoughts on “One Room Challenge: Before Pics + The Plan!

  1. Albertina

    How exciting!! I love kid spaces, so this will be fun to follow! I’m doing a friend’s 10 year-old daughter’s playroom. If your niece lives in Dallas and you come by let me know! I’m excited to see you put your fabulous twist in this room! I know I will love it!

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    1. Kelly Post author

      That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what you do.

      She’s in San Antonio, but that’s such a sweet offer.

      Best of luck…to us both!!

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  2. Deb

    What a wonderful aunt you are! Plans look yummie. She asked for mirrored doors, what if there was a full length mirror hung on the back of the access door?
    Excited to follow your progress.

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  3. Morgan

    OMG–if I had that program for layouts, I literally would never do anything else again.

    I can’t wait to see this happen–especially since the room right now looks EXACTLY like my room at that age, and all of my friends’ rooms at that age, and my nieces’ rooms as well!

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