Tween Room Birthday Makeover for Mia
Turning double digits is a pretty big deal.
It’s the kid’s equivalent of us hitting the big 5-0 I think, except without the mid-life crisis looming overhead.
Tweens are notoriously hard to buy birthday presents for .
What they want is either 18 gazillion dollars and not even released by Apple yet, or they are elusive and can’t commit to exactly what they want for 5 consecutive days, leaving you with the feeling that whatever you choose for them will be yesterday’s choice.
Seeing as they may be spending a lot of time in their rooms (I could say doing homework), sulking or just escaping into their own Minecraft world, then creating their own unique, personalised and gorgeous hideaway is an awesome gift that will keep on giving long after last week’s trend has been forgotten.
As long as you make the room about them.
My friend Lisa-Marie (owner, designer and awesome chick over at Bear and Sparrow), wanted to give her daughter Mia a room makeover for her 10th birthday. This is how we did it.
Our brief was pretty simple. Not too girly. Not too much pink. Inspiring, happy, calm, somewhere to read, cool prints and images… Mia put together a moodboard, containing snippits of decor or room styles that she liked, which was a huge help for us to see the kind of things she wanted for her space.
We asked Mia to choose any of her current decor, toys and favourite bits and pieces that she wanted to keep in her new room, and then spent the next few weeks planning, scheming and spending to get the room PERFECT for Mia.
It started with a headband as our inspiration. Yep, we took the colour palette from this gorgeous navy, gold, nude and pink headband that Mia loves and absolutely ran with it.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I rant on about getting your kids involved in choosing pieces for their spaces.
This gives them a sense of ownership of their room and belongings, and also takes the room in a direction you might not have chosen, but in the way that will work for both them, you, and your home.
Get them to choose the “big ticket”items with you. This doesn’t mean they have to see it straight away, so it can still be a surprise for their birthday, but it means they are guaranteed to love it and it can guide the rest of your decor choices (ie: make it easier to pick out stuff they’ll actually like).
We were pretty happy with how it all came together. This is how it looked on shoot day, after a lot of giggling and laughing (I’m sure I have way too much fun styling kids rooms).
The most important thing was that when Mia came home from school, she LOVED it. Woop woop! Nailed it 🙂
Balloons – Favorlane Party Boutique
M letter, Camera photo frame and Radio Shadow Box – Bear and Sparrow
Green pencilcase – Poppy and the Wolf
Alice in Oz Print – Natalie Briney Artist
“Beautiful Print, Felt ball garland – Toucan
Heart Flowers and Candle Stick Flowers – That Little Nook
Stationary – Officeworks
Printed Instagram Photos – Pocket Prints App
Custom Dolls – Down 2 Earth Dolls
Love Moneybox – Mini Morriss
Ballerina Doll – Nana Huchy
Shoes – Pavement Brands
Knot Cushion – Hello Mia Shop
Face Cushion – Eclectic Critters
Forest Print – FizzyPop Designs
Dream Catcher – Lotti and Bella
Beanbag – Baud and Co
Bow Girl Wall Print – Oh Hello Wall Prints
Pom Pom Blanket – Willow and the Owl