How to Girly Up a Bedroom

Dear Mom and Dad,

From picking up (and probably stepping on) hundreds of building blocks to that time I told you I wanted to play the drums, randomly decided to play the flute instead and then never played it, you’ve always entertained my often fleeting interests. You even let me paint my room that way-too-dark midnight blue and only screamed once when I came home from college with a pet rat. You put up with a lot, and for that I thank you. Love, Jessica


Claire Paquin

Photo by: Claire Paquin

Claire Paquin

Not pictured: Me, being uncooperative.

As anyone with a little girl knows, a bedroom is her place to dream and forge her own identity, which my parents so indulgently allowed me to do. And design is a great way to express that identity. Ready to inspire your daughter or granddaughter’s creativity? Read on to get easy, stylish ideas for anything they’re into – even if it’s just for a week.

If She’s a Bookworm


Lauren Rubin Architecture

Photo by: Alyssa Kirsten

Alyssa Kirsten

She’s had her head in a book ever since she learned how to read – just add a bookcase, shelves and a lamp to create a cozy reading nook. The designers behind this whimsical bedroom even included a small table to make this space double as a homework station.

If She’s in Tune with Nature

Invite the outdoors into your daughter’s bedroom. One reader used this dandelion decal as a low-cost headboard, which served as inspiration for the rest of the room’s design. Consider adding a potted plant or making a terrarium for girls developing green thumbs.