The Purple Palace

Aside from a few details, Tessa’s room is finished and I’ve been eager to share the results. However, looking back over the original photos makes me realize just how much my youngest is growing up.  They are sweet and girlie and all the things that she still is.  But they also show a girl who played tea party and Polly’s and all the things that she is moving away from.  This room makeover is the definition of bittersweet.

Deep breath…

Let’s just get to the photos, shall we.

From another corner:

We still need to make a decision on pillows for the bed.  We both agree that we don’t want the matchy-matchy ones that came with the duvet, but that’s as far as we’ve gotten in the process.  I do have something in mind, but I think it will truly be something that we will “know it when we see it”.

Tessa came up with the idea to put the shelf that was formerly in her closet…

… above her bed which I thought was a really cool idea.

Plus she chose and arranged the items displayed up there.  We even covered a couple of books in scrapbook paper to give some of her smaller items some height.  It’s completely accidental that the pattern on the top two books lined up perfectly.  I couldn’t have planned it if I had tried.

And lastly, we turned this…

… into this.

We still want to add a side table next to her new chair.

I think we have it narrowed down to one of these from Cost Plus.

Whatever table we end up with, Samson (the pup Tess got for her birthday) will relocate there.

It probably goes without saying, but Tessa loves her room.  It’s EXACTLY what she wanted and she has really been enjoying it.  She sits at her desk daily to draw or lounges on her bed to read.  Heck… I love to just hang out in her room!  And I think the space perfectly reflects who she is.  It came together organically and it was pretty great to work on this project together… even if we didn’t always see eye to eye on things.

And thank you to all that followed along with our little summer project! It was really fun to read your comments through the process and you helped keep me focused when I wanted to move on to something else.  So please tell me… Were you able to wrap-up all of the “to-do”s you had planned for this summer?  Big or small… What was your favorite project that you tackled?  Is there any part of it that you know you’ll need to revisit down the road?


**Since this post, I’ve also added a new throw and lighting.  It’s fun to see how the space is continuing to evolve.

**This post has been featured as a part of’s 75 Rad Teen Rooms


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  1. Alex @ northofseven says:

    Love that bedding! I like the Before/After growing up shots. My daughter took down her baby pics off of her bedroom walls this weekend. When we asked her why she said they felt babyish. We’ve got a room revamp coming up as a to do project this Fall. I still love your daughter is way more stylish than I ever was as a teen. I don’t think I did a gallery wall til I was in my late 20’s.

  2. 40 is the new 13 says:

    This turned out so amazing! I’m going to show these pictures to my daughter. She’s been hinting about making over her room. This is exactly her taste! Tessa must be ecstatic. What a lucky growing-up girl!

    • Danielle says:

      How fun! I’d definitely love to see what you guys come up with. Fair warning… I’m quickly discovering that all my kiddos want to do is hang out in their rooms now. Maybe it’s a teenage thing, maybe it’s a hint that I need to make the rest of the house look cooler… either way, it sure is quiet. Thanks!

  3. Stacey says:

    Palace is right… a room fit for royalty! Tessa… you’re a lucky girl. Love how you decorated your shelf. Nice touch with the book covers!
    Congrats on a super cool and very pretty room (both of you!) I know it was a collaborative effort… which is always more fun.
    I have to know about the turtle collection you’ve got going! They are adorable. Do their heads move? So cute!

    • Danielle says:

      Good eye and thanks! The girl totally has a turtle collection. I’m not sure how it started, but it continues to grow. And the ones on the books are bobble head turtles that she has picked up on our trips to the coast. Someone talented puts them together and hand paints them so their all unique. They are really fun!

  4. Victoria Elizabeth Barnes says:

    What a transformation! Still girly. But not little-girl-y.
    Love the high chair-rail. I don’t think I noticed that before, but it’s a great accent against the purple. Also, random not-décor-related…but that aqua dress is adorable. I’d like one in my size!!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks, Victoria! My girlfriend brought the aqua dress back for Tess from China. It’s even prettier in person and it was fun to display it in her “old” room. I want one in my size too! 🙂

  5. Cameron {The Stimson Chronicles} says:

    Danielle & Tessa, the room looks amazing! I’m sure what makes it even more special is that you did it together! I must admit, I’m not even a huge fan of the color purple, and I still love this room! I think my favorite parts are the gallery wall, the pug statue, desk area, and okay just about all of it! I do still love the apple painting from the old room…I hope you found somewhere else to display it in your house :} Great job!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks, Cameron! Sadly, we don’t have a spot for the apple painting, but we are holding on to it for sure. I really like it too… it’s one of my favorites that she’s done.

  6. Leslie says:

    Love this room! We are looking to paint our daughter’s room too! Can you tell us what the name of the purple is? We can’t seem to agree on any purples but this one.

    • admin says:

      Thanks! The color is “Regal Purple” by Glidden. We used their Paint and Primer duo and for such a dark color, it covered easily in two coats. After six months, we are still really happy with the color. If you use it, I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. sketchystyles says:

    Wow! Danielle! Amazing!

    I love the details – the porcelain dog, the books, the framed photos. And the colour!

    What a great room for a growing teenage girl!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! It made me smile that you used the Janette fabric from IKEA too. It’s just such a fun accent without being too stuffy.

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