My oldest children are female preteens with very different interests and personalities. Only twenty months apart, they’ve been each others first best friends aaaaaand first enemies! Let’s get real here: two girls venturing into those teenage years together is hard enough … add in the fact that they have to share a SMALL bedroom and a bathroom? Mercy.
We compromised on color and added in their individual character to make a space that both can enjoy (sometimes together, sometimes NOT). I started decorating with the color scheme: Black, White, Gold Sparkle, and a pinch of pink & purple.
The main focal point is the gallery wall above their antique refinished dresser. We painted the dresser black and exchanged the rustic bronze knobs for more modern touches. The gallery wall is a mix of each girl, with dollar store frames and custom prints from my own computer!
The top of the dresser is home to vintage perfume bottles and additional storage boxes, one for each of course.
Next to the dresser is my FAVORITE thing in their room: their vanity! Found at Ikea, the Ekby Alex is showcased in an office as a shelf with small storage drawers. However, I knew it would make the perfect dual vanity for my girls! Each preteen has their own drawer to hold “makeup” (read: lip gloss and hand sanitizer). The dresser’s mirror hangs over, continuing the black & white theme.
Discovered at Goodwill, I turned this old cookie jar into a bow holder with a glittery golden lid! This was accomplished with just a few coats of gold glitter spray paint found at Lowe’s!
Along the window wall, we have cube shelves from Target to create a library and lego storage. My youngest preteen still has two “toy” baskets that are really just there for my sake, because I’m not entirely ready for this next phase. Their stereo sits atop, along with pictures and owl accents (the oldest has a Harry Potter addiction). My former living room rug was a great addition to soften the view from floor to ceiling, and that zebra chair? I’ve found my daughter asleep in it on more than one occasion, book still in hand.
They share bunk beds, which we found online at Walmart for a steal! As much as I hated going back to bunk beds (they seem so childish to me), I really like these for the simple style and the fact that they separate to create two individual twin beds with headboards and foot boards when the time comes for them to split up. Their bedding is also from Walmart, with gray and white chevron printed sheets and soft light gray comforters.
We were able to create a comfortably chic room that both girls “see” themselves in …. and while we’ve made a few undocumented changes (magnetic dry erase board by each mattress and a canopy net surrounding the bed), they both say they wouldn’t change a thing.
And THAT’S something coming from hormonal little ladies! ; )