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Bye, Green Walls: Colorful Girls Room Decor & Makeover Plans

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Today marks day one of the One Room Challenge — and I couldn’t be more excited to join in as a guest participant this year! This is my first time participating in the challenge. I’ll be designing a colorful girls’ room for my sweet “tween” daughter. (I hate that word, but I don’t know how else to describe a 7-year-old who’s going on 17.)

If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it’s a challenge that’s hosted twice a year where lots of designers and bloggers get together and choose one room in each of their homes to re-do in just six weeks. That timeline makes the whole thing pretty daunting, but it’s also a great opportunity (or a forcing function, some might say) to give part of your home a facelift.

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Our Girls Room Decor Before: Worst Wall Color EVER

If you’ve been around here for a while (Yay, THANK YOU!) then you’re probably familiar with my 7-year old daughter’s rainbow-hued bedroom.

It’s the room with the VERY green walls. Here’s the full room tour.

Yeah, you might need to get your sunglasses for this.

See what I mean?

Haley jumps on her bed in front of a bright lime-green painted wall, decorated with framed art prints and cork boards.

When we moved into our home over five years ago, the walls were this bright apple-y green color. And because we were overwhelmed (and, if I’m being honest, totally broke) immediately following our move, we left the walls as is and decided to decorate around (or in spite of) the neon green.

I worked largely with what we already owned, spray painted a thing or two, made a couple of Target runs, and that was that.

A gallery wall on a bright lime green bedroom wall. Framed artwork of a colorful owl, rainbow, ice cream cones, and super hero prints.

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A white 6-drawer dresser stands against a lime green wall. A pink framed mirror hangs over the dresser. A pink lamp, picture frame, and other girls bedroom decor sits on the top of the white IKEA dresser.

And my sweet girl loved it all for a while.

But the older she got, the more I kept feeling that the room — not just the paint, but the whole space — needed to change.

It needed to be a better reflection of her and the things she loves.

Not to mention I kept getting insane headaches from looking at the neon walls. (Well, that’s not entirely true, but … I despise that color.)

Which is exactly what prompted me to jump into this fall’s One Room Challenge.

Truth be told, I’m a little terrified. I have never remodeled any space in our home in six weeks. More like six months!

Between holding down a full-time job, keeping up with my two kids, and trying to grow my side business (this blog) in the evenings, my husband’s and my lack of free time means that our DIYs are never on any kind of fast track.

In fact, it’s usually just the opposite — I am the queen of completing about 90 percent of a project and then leaving the last details hanging in decorating purgatory FOR-EV-ER.

But you guys … WE CAN DO THIS. I think. I hope.


Girls Bedroom Decor Makeover: Our Design Plans

Like many of my design projects, I don’t believe in throwing the baby out with the bath water. (Unless you’re our 1980s kitchen. Then I will get out the jackhammer myself and completely and utterly destroy every last piece.)

This means we’ll be holding onto and reusing some of the furniture in my daughter’s room for the makeover.

Here’s what we’re keeping:

Unexpected Design Change: New Flooring

I promised my daughter months ago that I’d redesign her bedroom.

But what I didn’t plan on doing was replacing all her flooring.

No, the eight-year-old beige carpeting wasn’t exactly my thing, but updating her flooring was NOT in the budget.

Until this happened.

So as of last month, she’s now the proud owner of gorgeous new flooring, which you’ll get to see in just a few short weeks.

Girls Bedroom Decor Sneak Peek

Now that you know all about what items we’re keeping and working into her new room design — as well as the surprise flooring update — I’ll be back next week to share the full design plan for her colorful bedroom.

To give you a sneak peek, we’ll be incorporating some of my FREE printable wall art into a gallery wall, and we’re also be adding this super cool mirror (sponsored) into the plans.

And here’s one more teeny glimpse at the inspiration I’ve been collecting for this makeover:

A collage of all the new girls room decor we are planning for our daughter's bedroom makeover! A colorful area rug, new artwork, pillows, and bedding, and a new chair for her reading nook.

Stay tuned! I can’t wait to share the full plans with you and to get cracking on the room makeover.

In the meantime, make sure to go check out all the featured designers and guest participants who are participating in the fall 2019 One Room Challenge. You’re bound to find some seriously amazing inspiration from all these talented gals and guys!

A collaged image shows different pieces of decor for our girl's bedroom makeover, including artwork, area rug, new furniture and more - all part of the One Room Challenge!

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Friday 4th of October 2019


Love the mood board here! Welcome to the ORC and I'm looking forward to seeing the transformation.



Friday 4th of October 2019

Thank you so much, Libbie! I appreciate the encouragement and kind words. I'm thrilled to be participating in the ORC this time around.

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