May 6, 2015

one room challenge REVEAL: teen bedroom with striped cork + chalkboard wall

i'm so excited to show you my teenage daughters finished room!!

(all images by sara boulter photography... at least, the pretty ones!)

i have loved being a part of these challenges over the last three rounds. i have finished two other rooms in my house thanks to linda at calling it home and the one room challenge. she has done so much work behind the scenes and does an amazing job of promoting EVERYONE who participates in the challenge. bravo, linda! hundreds of pretty, finished rooms around the country applaud you!

if you are new to my blog, and this room design, you follow along with my progress, here:
week 1
week 2
week 3
week 4
week 5

just a reminder---here is what i started with:

there was nothing really "wrong" with this room, but it definitely didn't feel welcoming or cohesive, and didn't reflect the young lady that olivia has become in the last couple of years. it had just about zero personality, and some of the furniture were cast offs from other rooms. plus, the light fixture in the room stopped working about 8 months ago, and there weren't even any blinds on the windows!

there was no place for her to hang out with her friends, and she had taken over the back wall by pinning some posters on it. instead of fighting her *need to plaster the wall with stuff she likes, we decided to embrace it with a striped wall of cork and chalkboard.

one of the elements of the design that i am most proud about is that i DID NOT PURCHASE ANY NEW furniture for this room makeover!  i already had every single item in my house! i actually already had the new light fixture and the swing arm sconce as well, and chose to use them in here instead of where i originally planned them to go.

i have had the vintage chairs and lamps for several years. i fell in love with the chairs when i spotted them at a thrift store about 5 years ago (for $30 each), and snagged the lamps at a consignment store about 3 years ago. (i believe i paid $75 for the pair) i have been meaning to revamp both of them for a while now, and this room makeover was JUST the incentive i needed!

my daughter is less than a week away from turning 16, and she is pretty thrilled with the new look of her room. (happy birthday sweetie!) she was very involved in the design...she chose all of the fabrics and art (with a little preselection by me FIRST, of course), and i worked with her on all of the details of the space.
a few of her loves:
-guitar + music
-the beach
-learning to drive
-sushi, and all things asian
-the obvious teenage girl stuff--boys, her friends, funny you tube videos, instagram, netflix.

(all sources are listed at the end of the post)

the chest was brought up from our foyer, and new hardware was added.

the vintage lamps were rewired and custom shades were made. (check out week 3, and see how i pulled this off.)

new hardware makes all the difference on this white chest.

 the new curtains are made from the same fabric as the bedskirt and shams, to keep a calmness and continuity to the room. i usually love mixing tons of different patterns when i design kids rooms, but i wanted her room to feel just a little more grown up.
the bottom and top are banded in a stripe fabric from premier prints. they have blackout lining, so when olivia wants to sleep in, she can!

 the pillow was a bit of a splurge, but out of all of the fabrics that i showed olivia for the "front and center bed pillow", this was the ONLY one she loved at first sight. DONE.


 the new light fixture, from overstock. i was struggling with wanting something a bit more "WOW", but kept this one due to budget, and i am glad i did.


and now...for THE WALL!

we painted the chalkboard stripes first, and then added the cork. the cork was purchased at a craft store, and came in 4' rolls. we bought 6 rolls for the two stripes. and mounted it with contact cement. yah.
contact cement.
the good?
that cork isn't going anywhere.
the bad? that cork isn't going anywhere.
we figured the walls were going to get damaged with the amount of pinning that is going on here anyway, and when olivia grows up and moves out, we will strip the cork off the wall and repair it.

she LOVES, loves, loves this wall. and so do her friends...she had a few over the other night, and there was a LOT of drawing and giggling going on. exactly what we wanted!
i am looking forward to seeing every single inch of it covered with whatever crazy stuff she wants pin or write on it!

the new seating area is a place for her to hang out with friends, read, or practice the guitar.

the revamped vintage chairs are amazing! i am so happy with how they turned out!

the fabric on the back of the chairs is the same as the stripes in the curtains.

thanks for stopping by!!

 (all images by sara boulter photography)

bed, dresser, mirrored nightstand, white chest : existing
vintage lamps, purchased at consignment store for $40 each (rewired and new custom shades made)
vintage chairs, purchased at thrift store for $30 each, painted and reupholstered

tailored bedskirt--loom decor
shams--loom decor
crisp white duvet cover--mark & graham
josie antique copper light fixture-overstock
teal velvet pillows-etsy
manuel canovas les cavaliers pillow-etsy
constellation print over bed-minted (frame-black premium wood)

hardware for white chest-chinese brass hardware
twinkling light print--minted (frame-ikea ribba frame spray painted gold. custom mat)
under water print on nightstand--minted
faceted dwell studio vase- wayfair
deer statue--thrifted
brass apple--thrifted

acrylic tray--container store
upside down glass carafe--mark & graham
kikkerland wood block clock--wayfair
head vase--wisteria (no longer available)

curtain fabric main--animal instinct, loom decor
curtain fabric accent-premier prints cabana stripe
curtain rod-walmart
curtain rings-target

paint color: "old soul" benjamin moore

standing medallion mirror--anthropologie (no longer available)
topiary in white urn--homegoods
picture frames--homegoods
jewelry tree--wayfair
gold ceramic tortoise--target
wood legged stool-wayfair

seating area

chair fabric--faux leather crocodile
chair fabric stripe--premier prints
peking handicraft parisian lights embroidered pillow--decoratorsbest
silver drum side table-target
swing arm nickel sconce-crate and barrel
ceramic vase--thrifted
leaf dish--alice lane home 
glass house--already had

wall mounted bookcase--wayfair
looking good print over wall bookcase--minted (frame--whitewashed herringbone)
wood turtle--souvenir from trip to hawaii
black lacquer box-container store (foo dogs on top--ebay)
black white striped bowl--h+m

cork--joann fabrics
sleepy kitty art print--minted (frame-white premium wood)
reserved parking sign--vintage, purchased on ebay
all other art--previously owned

be sure to check out the amazing transformations from the other designers today!
i am looking forward to seeing all of the linking participants transformations tomorrow.

Trademarked by Calling it Home

hope to see you again in october!


  1. So so pretty Autumn! She's got to be on happy girl! That mirror is to die for and I love your nightstand styling and that memo wall is just too cool! Love it!

  2. Oh how happy she must be! Love the details on the curtains and those chairs!! Congrats on getting it DONE!

  3. It's perfect for mom and teen. My daughter would love that cork wall. I am not as brave with the contact cement. I love how you worked together. Great choices on everything.

  4. So fabulous!! It's all amazing but the wall is inspired - what fun for teenage girls. And those reworked vintage chairs are perfection!

  5. That cork wall is everything!! With those cool chairs.... I wish my daughters space was bigger and I would copy your cork wall idea!! And that manuel canovas pillow I have told you before I LOVE that fabric!! It's such a cool space for a 16 year old girl!! It looks amazing!!

  6. What a fun yet mature space for your daughter. Mission accomplished!!!! Those chairs are incredible. Congrats!!

  7. That wall is fabulous for a teen's bedroom! And the rest of the space is just gorgeous - great choices (I love that front pillow fabric - want to use it somewhere in my own home)! Beautiful job, so inspiring! xxx

  8. Autumn you did a beautiful job with this room! And not purchasing any new furniture.....that is my kind of makeover:) I know your daughter is thrilled with all of your hard work. The stripe cork wall was genius! Congrats girl!

  9. What a great space for your daughter! It's the perfect balance of youth and maturity for a teenage girl! Way to go :)

  10. What a great space for your daughter! It's the perfect balance of youth and maturity for a teenage girl! Way to go :)

  11. Stunning!!!!!! Those lamps! And everything else!! Just gorgeous and I love your twist on the striped wall. Brilliant chairs.

  12. Happy sweet 16! what a fun bday gift for your daughter... so sophist aced yet infused with fun. LOVE the lamps and vintage chairs!

  13. What a fun and awesome room for a teenager!! Love the seating area and that wall is fabulous! Great job!

  14. It looks fantastic!! And all the vintage pieces look amazing and so cool for a teenager. I love the cork wall - wow!! Lucky daughter!!

  15. It looks amazing!!! I can't wait to try my own cork/chalkboard wall, now that I've seen yours. Such a great idea!

  16. Autumn, I LOVE this!!! It's so inspiring to see what can be done without purchasing new furniture! As a mom of teenager I know how much you love that Olivia and her friends will have fun hanging out in the wonderful space you've created for her, so many unique elements!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Autumn! I love every single detail. I'm sure your daughter is so in love with her new space!

  18. Autumn, this is truly a dramtic and stunning transformation! I love every detail, especially incorporating your daughter's love to pin poster on the wall in a stylish way with the cork board/chalk board! Those chairs and lamps tie for my fav! I've had to the pleasure of participating in 3 ORC's with you and each time you inspire me! You have true talent especially when you are able to be daring and design a completely different room from your younger daughter's, still one of my favs from Fall ORC! XOXO, Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions)

  19. What an amazing transformation! What a lucky girl to have this perfect space. I love the fabric of the curtains and all the lighting choices. Congratulations!

  20. Amazing! I love this space fun & grown up all at the same time - the wall is fantastic *& don't even get me started on those killer chairs. Wonderful! Hollie

  21. I just knew this room was gonna be fabulous, and it IS!!!!!! Gaaaaad! That wall, love the young vibe the room still exude even with all the glam touches! WONDERFUL JOB!

  22. What a sophisticated room! Great idea for the wall.

  23. Beautiful transformation. This room not only suits the teenager, but any adult as well. The table lamps are fantastic!

  24. The wall idea if fabulous! My teen would love it! Where did you find the faux leather for the chairs and who reupholstered them? I have a couch in need of reupholstering and I live in the Davis county area. Thanks a ton for the inspiration!

  25. Autumn, this is such a well designed room for your daughter, I bet she is thrilled! I love all of the special touches for a teen, yet the details like the vintage lamps and artwork that are a little more grown-up, too. Well done!

  26. What a fun space for Olivia! Lucky girl. Love all the thoughtful details!

  27. What a wonderful transformation! Your daughter must be thrilled!

  28. Incredible transformation. I love the color choices. Bravo!

  29. Beautiful! I love the colors together and how you were able to incorporate so much of what she loves with the chalkboard/cork wall. So fun!!

  30. It looks awesome! Love the mix of pillows & that is the perfect hang out space! I especially love your mix of pillows, gorgeous!

  31. My daughter would LOVE this room! You are an awesome and very talented mom!

  32. Just f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s! I love the wall, the bedding, chairs, just about everything.

  33. Congrats! I love the drapery. Very chic for a teen

  34. What a FANTASTIC room for a teen!! I love it so much. I hope your girl enjoys every inch of it!!!!

  35. Love the addition of the cork and chalkboard wall. Our daughter's room has a chalkboard wall and it is one of our favorite design elements.

  36. Such a beautiful room! I'm sure she has to love it! I especially love the chalkboard and cork wall. What a great/fun idea!

  37. It's gorgeous and that chalkboard/cork wall is legit!!!! Oh and the chair!!! EEEK! I love it all!

  38. Love so many things in this space but those lamps are amazing. I'm obsessed!!!

  39. It's like a dream teenage space! Grown up with a huge splash of fun on the wall. I wanna go back in time and move in!

  40. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the lamps and the pillows are perfection! The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

  41. Found you through another blog. What an amazing difference in the room for her! I'm in love with her night stand!
    Liz → {sundays with sophie}

  42. Beautiful Job...the curtains and bedskirt--love!

  43. Aghhh I love the cork board idea, it came out brilliantly ! :) I absolutely love the room, well done on all your hard work during the process x

    Caitriona | Blog

  44. This is such a great room for a young lady. Sophisticated but still has a bit of whimsy to it--I love it! My favorite element is the dresser mirror--it's the first time I'm seeing a standing mirror of that size. Just beautiful.

  45. This is such a great room for a young lady. Sophisticated but still has a bit of whimsy to it--I love it! My favorite element is the dresser mirror--it's the first time I'm seeing a standing mirror of that size. Just beautiful.

  46. Gorgeous! I love it! Love the curtains, the chairs (those backs are stunning!) the cork board wall - every element is beautiful. I have a taller version of your lamps - sadly only one was found at the thrift store. It's my favorite lamp - and I think I love your version of it even more. Great job!

  47. Great job! Was wondering if you could provide more detail about the brass pulls on the night stand? I'm not seeing that particular one on the site link? Thanks!

  48. Great work Autumn! Love the drapes, your fabric choices, the lamps and how you styled the room. I can't believe you didn't buy any new furniture. Your daughter must be the envy of all her friends. Kudos!

  49. This looks amazing! I wish I'd had a room like this back when I was a teen!


  50. Beautiful photos! I have my new room and now I know exactly how I'd decorate it. Thanks for inspiring! :)

    Paula Montgomery
    Ayala Land Premier Montecito

  51. That Wall!
    My tween daughter thanks you for coming up with such an awesome idea that we must now copy.