Before & After: Award Winning Teen Dream To Cool College Room

Before & After: Award Winning Teen Dream To Cool College Room

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Tara Bellucci
Mar 14, 2015
(Image credit: Anna)

Anna's lime green room had won her a teen interior design contest, but three years later, this 19-year-old graphic design major had other plans for the space.

(Image credit: Anna)

From Anna:

About three summers ago, I had the honor of working with Pottery Barn Teen as their "student stylist." As a Student Stylist, I wrote articles and produced pictures and videos for their website, with the focus of the videos/pictures/articles being my room. I was dubbed "Student Stylist" because I won an interior decorating contest through PBteen's website. Out of a whopping 10,000 entries, I was the national winner!

At the time of the contest, I was 16 years old. My walls were lime green and I thumbtacked up every poster, picture, album cover, and mirror I owned. I wasn't knowledgable in the art of grouping/arranging/spacing things within my room, so my room was overwhelming.

Now, I'm a proud owner of a newly painted, decorated, and arranged updated room! I swapped lime green walls for grey and choose a turquoise blue, white, grey, and black color scheme. I pulled inspiration from my favorite DIY blogs- A Beautiful Mess, Apartment Therapy, and Thoughts From A Coffee Shop- and went about decorating with a Scandinavian interior design slant- mixing modern and classic items and keeping in mind that "less is more". I worked on a project a few years back where I gutted my closet and turned it into a study/desk area, so I updated my closet space with a new coat of turquoise blue paint and DIYed white hanging paper lanterns.

My room update was done under $100, with the biggest budget items being the paint and the black and white lattice rug that sits in front of my bed. It would have been so easy for me to avoid updating my cluttered, lime green room, but with a little time, effort, and a budget of $100, I completely flipped my space around! My room is very small— only about 10ftx9ft space. But with this new update, my room looks polished, neater, and bigger and brighter. My unique DIY crafts and personal artwork are displayed prominently and I can't help but walk into my room and feel utterly proud.

You can check out a "before" video of Anna's room on YouTube.

Thank you Anna!

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