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Tomorrow my daughter turns 13. In the last year, she has transformed herself from an child who dresses ordinarily to one who dresses very "artistically". I support her fashion sense because, notwithstanding the leather and army boots, she is a good kid and a great student. For her birthday, I decided to transform her bedroom so that it fits more closely with her style. First, the before pictures:

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I have been told I was moody myself once long ago...or maybe that was last week? Elise, the orange mirror was donated to a friend who has a more "cheerfully" inclined young daughter. I am going to offer him the beautiful striped rug, too. Kass, the chandelier came from Totem (and was only $39.50!) and thanks goes to Homegirl who found that bargain and was kind enough to share the details. My daughter already has a notion to drape the chandelier with ripped, black cheesecloth. Perhaps we will, after I paint the walls dark to perfect the gloom. I will probably install a dimmer on the chandelier, too.

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What a great mom you are! And what a lucky daughter!

I think it reflects the "dark" look you were going for very well. I'm glad she loved it to, even though there was no jumping up & down! :)

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....what are you planning to do with the mirror that was over her desk before?

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everything looks wonderful, what a thoughtful & sweet mother you are;)

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Her reaction was happy but a little subdued, as her friend came home with her. Jumping up and down and kissing your mommy is not the coolest thing to do, I imagine. She slipped out of her room privately to give me a big hug, so I think she is pretty pleased with her room's transformation.

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....laquered steel to go with her desk.

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What about the Dalselv series of beds for your DD. It has the light wood to compliment the dresser and laquered steel to go with her bed?

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Aan, if you hate it, I do too. I don't like matchy either, Scarlett - in fact, my daughter's room is the matchiest room in the house - my DP picked out her furniture. I am not clever enough to make an upholstered headboard - but that would be SO cool! Do you think I can find one that is afordable? I WILL keep your advice about cushions in mind if I get time to make a "Homesense Run". I am notorious for loving cushions too much....who knows what I will end up coming home with!

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I would NOT get a Malm bed, take it from me, because I have one, I strongly dislike it.
There's other nice beds at Ikea...We'll find you one.

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I don't want to "tip her off" by rushing her - I told her I would pick her up when she called (and that may not be until suppertime).

Luv2shop - she is definitely 13 going on 30, as we probably were at that age. I laugh at her when she is not looking!

mdesign, I probably will go all the way. You are right, that IS what she would prefer. A moody room to go with her current personality! The mirror came as it is, from Ikea. I love Ikea!

Catherine & Redheron - she WOULD like a new bed. Suggestions? Ikea has the Malm bed that goes with her dressers. Birdie, after I took the picture I did put one faux fur leopard print cushion on her bed (donated from my room). If I have time, I will stop at home sense and pick up a black one to add. I really think it is the dark paint that is going to make this room...I am excited about painting now.

Elise, Mmcormi - thanks. We moms try, don't we? We can't ignore "who" our kids are, people separate from ourselves! I do my best to be supportive on the superficial things, because I am extremely determined that she do things my way on the important issues.

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You are a wonderful and cooll, double L mother. You have achieved the perfect mix of young adult, and carefree child. I disagree with Aan about the mirror, I love this one best. It adds more symmetry to the area.
The chandelier is perfect. It adds that touch of grown up formality that the room needs. What a lucky ducky she is. You must keep reminding her that you're the best mom she'll ever have!!!!

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Thank you all for the kind comments. Aan, nothing will get in the way of my painting...despite what has been said, I am NOT a D-cup. This last corner is the only one with any colour left. Her favorite stuffie, the Oogie Boogie Man, is waiting for her on her pillow. Paris, you were right about the tarantula...there is a little one on the beside table too, right beside her rubber rat.

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Although not asked for my opinion, I will offer it anyway. I think you should paint the walls in the colour suggested. I am tired of white walls, but I am concerned about your nipples/stipples, whatever... Can you get a professional to come in and do it? And I don't mean your other self.

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Now that you have seen it, what do you think about painting the wall behind her dressers, or all of the walls, a dark colour, a deep brownish grey? Would you paint one wall, all walls or none? The walls are stippled by the way, with a horrid old concrete like finish that is so hard it has broken drill bits.

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I intend to attach a bow and card to the knob of her bedroom door and surprise her when she comes home tomorrow!

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Did you notice that I switched out the colourful beanie babies in her baskets for strictly brown, black and white beanie babies? Those came from the big box of beanie babies I am required to keep in storage in case they are worth millions one day. I wonder how long it will take her to notice!

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:D
Your daughter might have to go hide in fear of cracking a delightful smile, I am sure she will be very pleased! - The chandelier looks fabulous, and although I was a big fan of the orange mirror, this one seems to suit her more! Well done old lady :D

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The bed, with animal print linens that I hunted for high and low and found on a clearance table at Sears for $15.00! The "area rug" is faux leather. Notice the poster of her latest idol, Amy Lee.

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Thanks to the tip from the fabulous Homegirl, my daughter now has a wonderful chandelier.

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The mirror is covered with shiny little metal studs, which are a little too reflective, but note the faux alligator makeup case she has acquired!

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Her desk, which my DP made for her, with a mirror so it serves as a vanity, a glass top so she can do her artwork on it without fear of ruining the surface, and school supplies stored with optimism in the little drawer unit.

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Before the "while you were out" (she is at a sleepover tonight)

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