Fear Not Bold Colors

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  1. secret agent woman says:

    I shared a room with my brother AND sister, and then, YAY! got my own room. But a divorce in the family changed that and my sister and I had to go back to sharing a room. Not good. This is why when I got divorced, I didn't even look at places smaller than three bedrooms so the kids could each have their own space. It matters.

  2. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    What a great space. We are currently on makeover number 3 of the youngest girl's room–all sophisticated in gray and cranberry. Once again, thank you IKEA.

  3. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    My room, my haven, had purple carpet. Purple. It was soooo cool. And it had slanted ceilings, a closet for me to hide in and a door to slam closed when my brother drove me crazy. Which was often. And always. Behind that door I could blast all the boy bands I wanted to without anyone (but my future self) to condemn me.

    Ah, what memories you've brought back for me!

  4. Patois says:

    Wow. Just wow. My parents had five kids in six years (and three months). I was #4. I didn't get digs of my own until I was 13. And that was a space smaller than your daughter's. We painted it orange. [Why oh why do parents let children choose their colors? It's why we have a yellow bedroom, a purple (two-tone) bedroom, and a green (two-tone) bedroom.] Until the room of my own at 13, it was military housing, sharing with my older sister. My kids? Have always wanted to sleep in the same room. My 13-year-old son finally stopped wanting that about 1.5 years ago.

    Damn, girl, you are always conjuring up my memories. (And, hey, BTW, did you know "Doublesifted" is sending people to you? You must be big time. I know you must be big time 'cause they just sent people Beck's way earlier. I'm so proud to "know" you!)

  5. jess says:

    What's doublesifted? I'm SO not in the know. Anyways, please tell girl I think her room rocks. The reading nook is my favorite. It really seems to reflect her personality, which a room of one's own should do. Your teenage personality was clearly artistic and, um could not be confined in a barren space.

  6. kmkat says:

    We were in the midst of 2-3 years of remodeling when #1 son was in high school. He camped out anywhere he could simply because he could no longer stand to share a room with his little brother. My fondest memory is of him sleeping on the floor of our walk-in closet. For months.

  7. Fragrant Liar says:

    Well that took me down a historical pathway to my own house of the '60s, where my brothers and sisters had their own rooms down in the basement — the cold, cold basement — where Dad had erected makeshift walls between them. Meanwhile, upstairs, I had my own room, the lilac walls of which were taped and tacked with Tiger Beat PR shots of my favorite teen idols. Total girlie chaos. I'm thinking now about revisiting those days on my current bedroom walls. Can't you see it now? Bobby Sherman and Sajid Khan, David Cassidy and Peter Tork. Groovy.

  8. phd in yogurtry says:

    Those colors are wonderful. So bright and energetic, all the more to twirl her pen and claim her paper.

  9. flutter says:

    does she want a room mate?

  10. diane says:

    Your brother was a bottom feeder, haha *snort. That's hysterical. My BIL lived in our recreation room for years before he finally figured out which one of my sisters he wanted to marry; his real mother hated my mom for letting him live with us.
    I really like your daughter's room. Yours….meh, not so much. Stop making that face, my room was not so great either when I was a teen.

  11. ds says:

    Go, Girl!! What a great room! The last time we painted (family project: if it's your room, you help with the prep & painting) CS's room the much-desired color was black. Everywhere. Scheme vetoed by Parental Units. Deepest, darkest blue was presented & okayed because ceiling was to be a lighter hue. Whenever I enter that room and look up, I have a literal visual reminder of the Stormy Seas of Adolescence. And a strange twitch in my neck…

  12. furiousBall says:

    Consider yourself lucky, that balalalika hanging ominously over my pig-tailed head did crash down in the middle of the night.

    Oh, the balalalika scars I have to this day.

    WTF is a balalalika?

  13. Jazz says:

    What a great story. And what a great room – though I hate a frigid bedroom…

    The first thing that jumped out at me when I saw that picture of your room – the mustache. God that was a nasty broom he had there. Was that Hall or Oates?

  14. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I LOVE her room! And like you, I got a room of my own but in a basement. My advice is to get your daughter an electric blanket and all will be well.
    It still amazes me that my 3 boys are voluntarily sharing a room when they don't have to. I? Would NEVER have voluntarily shared a room.
    And I love all the details about your early years…including singing U2 to imaginary fans.

  15. Yo is Me says:

    beautiful post.

    my sister had a booger collection in her room.

  16. choochoo says:

    I shared a room with my sister. She drew on the walls. Or maybe it was me. Either way, the took the fall.

  17. lime says:

    oh yippee for her. that is a fun step especially for a girl who shared lodgings with a younger brother (been there, done that). i like her choice of bright colors and the reading nook and slanty ceiling. also had a room without heat and it made me love the feeling of a hundred blankets weighing down on me to keep me warm.

    oh, and as an aside. daryl hall graduated from a rival school in the next town over from me. a friend's mom graduated with him. he was sort of revered locally.

  18. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Catching up. I'll be back to read the posts I've missed. Meantime, how lucky your daughter is to have such a creative mom. HGTV couldn't compete with the love that has gone into her room.

  19. Becky Cazares says:

    The reading nook is to die for! Any girl who starts out tween life with that many books in her room will turn out not only well adjusted, but also well read! First time I didn't have to share a room with older sis (just 17 months older so we shared 'til the bitter end!), it was a corner of the attic much like girl's but I had to scamper through stinky brothers' room to get to it and it had a curtain, not a door. But it was MINE!

  20. cathy says:

    That is a great room! A happy space:)

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