~Delightful~ Disorder in the Bedroom

January 18, 2013



Years ago, as an architect was walking through the second floor hallway of my house, she remarked “You know what  you do with these kids’ rooms, right?”  And she slammed the doors shut.



the desk



With the holiday stuff finally hauled back to the attic and my daughter returned to college, I’ve turned my ~tepid~ attention to her bedroom. We’re packing the whole thing up in preparation for refinishing the oak floors.  To be honest, I’ve paid scant attention to her room over the past few years (like never go in there) but got a little nostalgic today looking around. Got me thinking about kids rooms in general and the reality of what they look like most of the time.



shoe pile #2



If you have a teenager (unless they have an oddly minimalistic bent), their rooms are usually a mess, right?  Lots of stuff laying in lots of piles– most of it important and not to be touched by anyone but themselves. Ever.





But in fairness to my daughter, she’s just a little messy some of the time. There are also some very pretty little vignettes to be snapped– her room is quite nice and filled with the things she loves.  She chose the deep peacock wall color–  “Bluebeard ”  from C2 Paint.





An antique headboard covered in brown toile is certainly “grown-up”  but whimsical enough to feel right with the room’s “bohemian” vibe.





Floaty, embroidered floor to ceiling drapery panels are from World Market.





Art that she loves:



pop art



Warhol. And more Warhol.






Pretty, yes?  But for kids, especially teenagers, it’s only a matter of time before the “Hello Kitty” stickers, posters, ticket stubs and swim team photos start going up on that nice new coat of paint– with bad, sticky tape or worse.  So…. back to the real reason I started this post– to talk about one little (actually kinda big) thing that can help corral some of this stuff in one place and “save” your walls.







It’s called Homosote. Probably never heard of it.  But it is sold at your local Home Depot and can be cut and covered with fabric to create a large bulletin board. There is a fabulous link on all about how to do this here.  For teenagers’ rooms, I love to use the entire 4×8 panel– floor to ceiling. This is my daughter’s accumulation of 4 years of “stuff”  (don’t look too closely).






When it comes to kids’ rooms– you gotta relax.  It’s their space… they’ll find a way to express themselves there one way or another, but you can actually help them do that.

Shut the door if you must.






And always say YES to cats and dogs, but NO to guinea pigs and chipmunks (in the bedroom that is).


+  have a great weekend! 






2 Responses

  1. Libby says:

    Yes, I have blogged about homosote in my studio/office! I had a huge board in my old house: 7 ft. long and loved it/ Painted it white like the walls and framed it. Actually, now “they” recommend something else that is much lighter in weight…of course, can’t remember the name, but I have a huge piece of it in my office here! I’ll find out for you. Anyway, I painted it and am now redoing the entire space so thinking about a frame or perhaps some trim for the edges. To be continued……
    And, P.S., I was lucky: my daughter is a neat freak so no problem there!

    • jeankee says:

      Thank you, Libby! Yes… architects have been using this forever. I love the large panels… many clients w/ kids really love this idea (as alternative to tiny bulletin boards). But, alas, like mother, like daughters, we are “messy bessies” here. : ) Hopefully these floors will be finished by spring.. in time for visitors! : )

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