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Young Modern Vintage Bedroom

Oh, y’all I know I’ve been such a tease with our teenage daughter’s room, but today you finally get to look at every nook and cranny of this youthful, modern, yet vintage bedroom. So grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable.


From the moment we found out we were moving to Alabama, she began planning her new bedroom. She started a navy, pink, sky blue and gold accented design palette. (And being the clever teenager she is, she would be quick to tell you, “That was even before those colors were in style”).


The process of collecting vintage pieces, reinventing them, shopping for just the right accessories, as well as designing a desk for her room, was a long, but enjoyable affair.  With each little treasure we moved closer and closer to the finished product.  And then she had to wait.  Wait for me to actually makeover those treasures, sometimes for months.  Bless her little heart. 


In the end, she is so proud of her space. And I think I’m just a bit jealous I didn’t have a rockstar room like this to spend my teenage years in.


The road-side rescue desk above, used as her vanity, and her dresser are the only pieces that remain from her previous room. I found inspiration for the rescue desk from my friend actually, who lives in the UK as you know. She recently purchased a bed from Revival Beds, and when I saw it, it was beautiful! Luckily I found a supplier here who manufactures a similar style bed, along with the rescue desk seen above.

dressingtableteenroomAnd even those pieces were made-over to fit with the overall design.  Subtleties like a soft shade of pink on top of the vanity and new modern knobs were important to her.


The biggest elephant in the room, the project she waited months for me to complete? That would be this now soft and velvety, navy reading chair.navychairleatherottoman

The project I’m most proud of? It’s actually the very last DIY in the room, that leather ottoman with a weaved top. You can check out the easy tutorial here.


Of course the piece she’s most proud of is her desk.  While we, her father and I, did all the work and design execution, she had a clear vision of what she wanted, a minimalist design with an expansive surface and clean, simple gold legs.


The clamp lamp swivels so that it can be used as either a desk lamp or a reading lamp.


Nearly all the large pieces in the room were thrifted or found on Craig’s List. From her beautiful vintage brass bed that didn’t even have a proper support structure, to the vanity bench…..

golddotbedsideto the mid-century bedside table.


This room is definitely a testament to taking the time to find just the right piece for just the right price, and obviously patience was key.

And when we couldn’t find a bold, large-scale, yet soft floral for her bed, I designed fabric just for her from Spoonflower and sewed it into pillows when the fabric arrived.


Even her love of bulldogs became a new opportunity for a DIY.  This image is from a tea towel that wasn’t quite the right shape for the pillow we needed.  Cut down and trimmed in gold sequins it becomes the perfect bling on the bed.


I also used a stencil to customize her gold dotted duvet cover. I shared the tutorial for that a few months ago. You can see that here.

She initially wanted to just tape her memorabilia and inspiration up over her desk, but I made her wait until we could design an acrylic memo board for her.  Many of these projects, like this one, were completed almost year ago.


Not to worry, I’ve been taking step-by-step photos along the way and will be sharing in detail over the next month.


Working on this project together as a team definitely created some great opportunities for talking about design and fun shopping trips and I’ll miss that. Nevertheless, I’m not which one of us is more excited this lengthy room makeover is finally finished, resulting in a completely custom, light-filled transformation.


The last few years have been tough for her dealing with chronic headaches/migraines, but we pray that like her room, she’s finally off to a fresh, new start.

Thanks for reading to the end! I wasn’t kidding when I said I was sharing every nook and cranny. 


  • Susan Gay
    July 11, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Lovely! It has such a fresh, stylish feel. And the fact that she designed it herself will mean she will love it for years. Have an awesome weekend!

  • Christine Smith
    July 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    This is unbelievably cool. I love all the details from the hand-designed fabric to the saving mirror (I think that’s what it is? on the expanding thingy? so fun). The space is so well lit and lovely. great teamwork!

  • Melanie Pickett
    July 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I love this room! We’re redoing bedroom floors this summer and you’ve inspired me with ideas for my daughter’s room. So light, airy, and happy!

  • Melanie
    July 13, 2015 at 1:41 am

    What a beautiful room. Well done!

  • andi
    July 13, 2015 at 3:16 am

    LOVE this – great for us grown-up gals too! 😀

  • Caroline @ In Due Time
    July 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I love this! I love that chair – the color is so pretty! I love the pillows too!

  • Mary Collins
    July 13, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I love the pulled together look of all of your great finds and DIY projects. I’m a DIYer too. Just goes to show you, a lot of money is not needed to get a nice room.

  • Roxanne
    July 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I would have LOVED this room as a teenager.

    Wait, wait. I’d love this room now… 🙂
    Great work!
    You should link to where you got some of those things!!! I love that butterfly print! And THOSE PILLOWS.

  • Chari
    July 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    It is gorgeous! Love it!

  • Marie with
    July 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    wow! what an awesome bedroom for anyone!!

  • Emerald
    July 13, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I am so jealous! Lol I will be copying a bit for my dorm room 🙂 Awesome job!

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    July 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I love how you found and made over such an eclectic collection of items. I struggle with being too matchy or a random collection of stuff instead of decor that just gets deposited on my shelves. I love the crisp, clean feeling of this room. It feels like the beach is right outside.

  • Jennifer Dawn
    July 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    What a stunning space! I love the print above the bed and those pillows!

  • Cheryl Jackson
    July 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    So pretty! Fit’s E’s personality! I recognized the vanity table. Made me smile to think about you rescuing it just before that big truck made it around the corner. 🙂

  • Chris
    July 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I love the bedroom, and that leather ottoman is FANTASTIC! What a transformation

  • Mandi
    July 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Leslie your daughter did a fantastic job designing this room!! I love the brass and pink and that cute plexi bulletin board!! Great job girls!!


    • Leslie
      July 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Mandi! You should have seen her smile when I showed her your comment! 🙂

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