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oheightohnine.com.au · Sep 1, 2016

Kate’s Teenage Bedroom Makeover

Prior to having Chet I was employed as an Interior Design Consultant. I was lucky enough to have 2 years of maternity leave but recently I decided not to go back to fulltime work. Even though my heart was still very much in love with interiors, I wasn’t ready to leave Chet for 40hours a week, so pursuing my own career path became a clearer option for our family. It has been tough trying to juggle work life and home life but I feel confident I will adapt in time.

When I launched my blog 4 months ago, email after email started rolling in straight away for private home consultations. I initially thought, “no-one will want me to design and style their home,” so I literally hadn’t even put a pricing list together when people started asking for my design rates. Anyway, I eventually got my act together and I’m proud to show you my first completed project.

Narelle and Andrew contacted me and wanted to entirely redecorate Kate (their daughter’s) bedroom for her 15th Birthday on Tuesday. I was so excited because I rarely got to do teenage bedrooms at my old job (in display homes the bedrooms are generally designed around families with young children) so I was eager to specify and install this teenage bedroom for Kate as a complete surprise.

Below is my concept mood board that I created for Narelle and Andrew.

We had a budget of $2000 which included

Literally the only thing we kept from the existing room was the double mattress. We ended up sourcing some great product for reasonable prices and I think the room came together really well considering.

Before Images-

The skeleton of the room was gorgeous. Large in size, beautiful natural light, lovely view from the second floor, built in wardrobes, wall detailing, new carpet etc. All it needed was some fresh paint and an overhaul of everything in it. I chose, DULUX Lexicon Quarter for the top half of the wall colour as well as the wall trim, skirting boards and wardrobe doors. The bottom half of the wall colour I chose DULUX Tranquil Retreat Quarter. What a difference a coat of paint makes…. it instantly transformed the entire room!!

Using a crisp white and complimenting cool grey shade really helped give the room a fresh new look.


We used Kmart sheets and their Waffle Quilt Cover to keep the budget down in areas which weren’t key items. Then we bought some on trend feature linen from Rebecca Judd Loves range at Adairs. The design name is called ZEPHYR however it is now sold out online. I picked Kate’s up instore at a heavily discounted price and they had quite a few left so it may be worth a phone call to your nearest store.


A desk was an absolute must for Kate as she is approaching the back end of high school. Shelves and storage were also important to hide clutter and text books. We ditched the concept of ‘needing’ a bedside table and placed the desk next to the bed instead. It is a great height and Kate has access to her lamp on the other side of the bed. See below.

The Wall Hooks from The Wall Collective act as a feature to hang Kate’s new pendant lamp from Cheeky Reubens. The pendant has a switch on the cord, that I have looped conveniently to turn on and off. I love this idea instead of using a typical table lamp or night light.

I was also told in our initial discussion of Kate’s likes and dislikes, that she loves animals so when I found this Heico Rabbit Lamp from Little Lola Boutique I knew I had to put one in the new room. These are definitely not just for children- heck I’d have one in my room if it fit the theme haha… I guess you can also spy my absolute favourite trinket to style in vignettes… the faceted clay bowls from Miss Kelly Made in Tasmania are incredible and so versatile. Pat was so kind to make them in complimenting colours for Kate.

We used this tall boy from Fantastic Furniture to keep costs down and I’m actually really impressed by the quality. Usually I am a quality snob but the design looks a lot more expensive than it is.

The last thing to complete was to style Kate’s new Interior Motive shelves. I love how the natural blush leather ties in with the rest of the decor and the shelves house some gorgeous knick knacks.

A huge thank you to Olive Et Oriel who customised the Cest La Vie and Mandala print to match the colour scheme and Scandikid for sourcing the most amazing white icelandic sheepskin. You’re both awesome.

Well I’m exhausted but over the moon that we created a magical teenage retreat on a $2000 budget. If you have any questions of where to find other featured items please leave a comment below. As always I would love to hear what you think of the room design and piccies.

Lastly, If you would like to book a room makeover please feel free to email me for more details. Please note I am currently booked out until December 2016.

Have a lovely evening,

Much love,

T xx

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