tweenish room remodel {Betsey Johnson}

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For the longest time renting, I didn’t put a lot of effort into decorating my home.  I tend to like streamlined, modern minimalist designs so my lack of decor efforts didn’t bother me much.  Then this past January arrived and we owned a home.  Everything changed and ALL I can think about it decor, permanent, seasonal, all of it.  You will be seeing lots of my latest decor ideas, DIYs and decisions on the blog this spring, but let’s start with my daughter, Savannah.


My Savannah turned 8 in Jan and I have to tell you, I’m kind of loving 8.  Savannah was a doll as a baby and toddler.  She was quiet, calm, focused and sweet.  Then year 5 hit like a tsunami and knocked me off my feet.  She evolved into a bossy, sassy creature with a short attention span and a whole lot of opinions on everything.  She drove me crazy but I did always celebrate her confidence, her sharp wit and her strong will.  Now that she is 8, it’s like she has begun to mature a bit and while the sass remains, we are total buds again.  To celebrate the beginning of tweenship, we have been working on her medium girl room (because she is neither little nor big).


The first step to her room design was paint.  Diehard red lover that she is, I was surprised she chose pink for her room color.  Not just one pink, but two pinks.  She decided on two right next to each other on the paint card, which gives the room a bit of a subtle ombre — very pleasant!  My husband did an amazing job with her two tone walls but I am certain he is happy that project is done!


In my previous post I talked some about how the A owners of our home had a lot of knickknacks and they loved to display them.  When we first walked into what is now my daughter’s room, there was a wall of built-in shelves covered in teddy bears and dolls – I kid you not.  Two childless males (partners) lived in the house so it was interesting!  We thought about knocking out the shelves but our daughter loved the idea of displaying her things so they stayed!

Savannah and I went around to garage sales and clearance aisles to hunt down new treasures for these shelves and I let her arrange them how she liked.  The bottom shelf is her work station for blogging, school work and little art projects.  When you see her In The Know Kid posts, know that she is probably sitting right here typing away!

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Yesterday was Easter…


So there are quite a few candy items on the shelves at the moment!


The succulents we planted together because we are succu-obsessed in this house!  Ask Savannah what her favorite treasure is so far and she will tell you that key (above).  There is a brilliant mystery behind every key and she will not rest until she finds what it unlocks!  We have two more shelves to go so you better believe we have a lot of thrifting and deal-hunting in our future!

You might have noticed the super amazing new KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs around Savannah’s room.  Two things you should know about Savannah.  1. She is very itchy all the time. 2. She is a double and triple sneezer and it happens multiple times a day.  I’m serious.  I have never seen a person sneeze as much as this girl!! Needless to say, she always keeps plenty of tissues lying around and there has NEVER been a more girl-friendly box than these Betsey Johnson designs!!  You can find these styles in the single 74 count boxes and also KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3pk are available for on-the-go.  Find them at your local Kroger banner store – down here it is Ralph’s!


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  1. April 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    Beautiful post! Have an 8-year old son… so I am seeing those glimpses of growing up and maturity. But of course, girls mature faster… so we have a ways to go. My daughter on the other hand, is 5 and I completely understand how you described 5. Though I would add emotional wreck… Love how you decorated her room. I am sure when my daughter turns 8 she will be begging for a room makeover! #client

    • April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm — Reply

      Yes, emotional wreck is in there too but that one only gets worse before it gets better! I’m afraid of the tween/teen years but still excited for the challenge (she says now)!

  2. April 7, 2015 at 7:00 am — Reply

    I love your daughter’s room! It’s fun & eclectic! It’s refreshing to see parents allow their children the opportunity to design/redecorate their spaces.

    Love your blog btw!

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