Home Design

Redesigning a room for a tween

New furnishings and accents reshape room

Jessica Delaney

Home design, it seems, has captured the attention of tweens and high schoolers. Lately, Acton interior designer Megan Pesce of MK Design has had a slew of clients seek her help in reviving the look of their children’s rooms. “Everyone is flooded with PB Teen catalogs these days. Kids know about design. They have their own Pinterest boards. They have opinions and they want cool spaces,” says Pesce.

Often, parents come to Pesce with a specific budget in mind. “They might say we have a nice bureau that we’d like to keep in the room, but how can we accessorize to make the space feel more grown up for our daughter?” says Pesce. “It’s key to know where to splurge and where to save.”

For the Acton bedroom of a sixth-grade girl, Pesce kept the existing wall color, Benjamin Moore Candy Stripe, and brought in navy blue and deeper shades of pink.


Elements of the Jordan’s Furniture bedroom set the girl’s parents bought for her years ago remain while more grown-up chairs were brought in to create comfortable areas where she and her friends can hang out.

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The majority of new furnishings and accents are affordable — particularly the striking blue-and-white club chairs, which were scored at Walmart. But to give the room a truly distinctive feel, Pesce splurged on fabric. Custom window treatments and throw pillows are made of a Catherine Boyd Duralee fabric that has a fun, 1970s vibe; two additional pillows and a throw are made out of a textured wool fabric by Tilton Fenwick by Duralee.

“The fabric adds a layer of detail that really sets the room apart from what you’d see in a Pottery Barn catalog,” says Pesce. “It feels special.”


A navy blue velvet headboard was found on Blue and white polka dot sheets are Pottery Barn Teen; to make a matching bed skirt, Pesce had a seamstress sew two queen sheets together. The nightstands were part of the original bedroom set; blue and white lamps are from HomeGoods. A monogram of the girl’s initials came from Memory Maker Studio on Etsy. Made out of PVC, the piece is affixed to the wall with double-stick tape.

Seating area

While Pesce was initially wary about buying two blue and white chevron patterned armchairs from Walmart, at $99 they had the look she was going for and the price was right. “And they are actually pretty high quality,” says Pesce. “They aren’t going to last 25 years, but they will absolutely get her through to college.” The pink and white rug was found on One Kings Lane.



The original white desk and chair were in great shape, but to make the area feel new, Pesce had a seat made for the chair upholstered with the same fabric as the curtains. A new lamp was found at HomeGoods, and the bulletin board was painted navy blue to echo the room’s new color scheme.

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