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Creating a bedroom that will grow with a teenage girl

The revamped space bridges the line between sophisticated and sweet.

photograph by eric roth

The 13-year-old occupant of this Weston bedroom had strong feelings about the redesign. She and her mother “came into the office with lots of images and very specific colors,” recalls Newton-based designer Liz Caan. “We took the daughter’s ideas, amped them up, and pulled them together.” The teen wanted cool tones, including a lot of gray. “She definitely did not want pink and green,” says the designer. Caan used a gray wool-loop carpet by Stark as a base, pearl gray velvet for the custom-made bed, and wallpaper in two shades of blue on all four walls, along with matching shades. Pink and purple accents keep things youthful but not childish. “We gave her a room that feels a little innocent but that she can grow into,” says the designer. “Even when she comes home as a 20-year-old, she’ll feel comfortable.”

1 Lacquered linen chests by Bungalow 5 do double duty as nightstands and clothing storage, and violet acrylic paneled lamps by Jonathan Adler inject glamorous, gem-like color.

2 A double-welt detail in navy and lavender makes the pale gray upholstered headboard look as though it’s lined in neon. Caan says, “I wanted it to glow and to stand out from the wall.”


3 Occipinti wallpaper with a digitally printed watercolor herringbone pattern was a splurge balanced out by the retail finds used to maintain the budget. “This is very much a high-low project,” says Caan.

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4 The gold-framed pin board and playful prints are trendy touches that tie in with the room’s gold-toned hardware. “Gold works well with a cool palette and gives life to the space,” Caan says.

5 The Coleen & Company flush-mount ceiling light, customized using Benjamin Moore Crocus paint, matches the lavender welt on the

6 Caan reupholstered a desk chair from a big-box store in navy sheepskin by Garrett Leather, adding cozy texture and a layer of deeply saturated color.

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