Hi! I’m Minhnuyet Hardy. I’m an Atlanta, Georgia based interior designer of smart, stylish spaces that serve as a backdrop to the refined lifestyles of top CEOs, urban executives, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and celebrities. Whether it’s a stylish bachelor pad, cultured man cave, a high-tech home office, a custom wine cellar, a handsome cigar room, or enhancing your everyday environment, I pride myself on knowing what is needed for smart, stylish living.
I was very flattered when Erin from House of Turquoise asked me to write a guest blog post and the timing could not have been more perfect! I recently finished a tween’s bedroom and it is absolutely oozing the color turquoise. Below is a behind the scenes rendition of how we overhauled this little lady’s room to create her dream space.
This tween’s room was particularly fun to work on.
It brought me back to my early teenage years… discovering design, fashion, and my own budding creativity… So, I knew when sitting down with this adorable, young lady we had to create something sophisticated, yet playful, that would see her through high school graduation. It needed to be lively and young, while simultaneously reflecting an adolescent transforming into a young woman. Not the easiest of tasks, but one I was ready to face head on.
We began by choosing a color palette. My sweet client LOVES turquoise and brown. So we went with a completely turquoise and brown design concept. We started with the ceiling and worked our way down. The room has a nice, tall ceiling so we wanted to highlight that by covering it with a beautiful, Moorish patterned York wall covering.
Then, we chose the wall color. Turquoise. Are you surprised? This shade is so vibrant and fresh, while still being sophisticated.
After that, to continue to draw the eye upward, we chose custom curtains with petal cutouts and a chandelier with turquoise blue crystal teardrops that couldn’t have been a more perfect discovery for the room. With these gorgeous curtains and this lovely chandelier, this tween can control the amount of light in her room as she experiments with makeup and new outfit combinations (as we all know… lighting is EVERYTHING).
We then chose bedding. The bedding is composed of a custom bedskirt and pillows with a ready made duvet cover and shams and a couple of small decorative pillows from Homegoods. (You can achieve a very expensive and chic look while still keeping costs low by combining ready made AND custom pieces.)
We did not purchase new furniture for the room (it was originally purchased from Pottery Barn Kids), however, we did rearrange the furniture substantially. My young client was very sure of the color palette she wanted, but when it came to the flow of the room and furniture placement, she was less sure of herself. So, I saw a an opportunity to explain the virtues of function and efficiency in regard to interior design. (Can one ever be too functional or too efficient? – I think not.)
We centered the bed in the middle of the room, with artwork on either side. Put her desk to the right of the bed so she could easily walk between them and do homework on her laptop from her bed OR her desk (teens LOVE options). And we placed her dresser with a lovely black and white chandelier canvas (every room needs a little black as it grounds the space) above it opposite her bed. Everything feels open, airy, and efficient even though the room is not overly large.
Then, to complete the room, we chose turquoise and brown accessories, eye-catching artwork, and a soft, high pile brown rug.
For me, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the smile on my clients’ faces as they see their finished room, and this one was one of the best. This wonderful tween is so happy with the results of this turquoise transformation. She absolutely loves it. It is a lively reflection of a creative, fun, tween who is becoming a sophisticated, young woman.
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