Modern Bohemian Teen Bedroom

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Since it seems like we will never ever ever until the end of time get to build our house (WHY IS THE PERMIT PROCESS SO DANG LONG?!), I am turning my focus to the home we live in now.  Its a rental house that we’ve been in for over 2 years and it looks like we need to renew our lease yet again.  boo.  We’ve switched the girls rooms around a bit and always just used whatever furniture we already had on hand – I’m a big fan of using what you have and only buying what you need, when it comes to redesign.  We keep saying we’ll get some new stuff for the new house, or redecorate their rooms in the new house, but its been so long that I’ve decided to slowly start that process now!

modern bohemian teen bedroom

My oldest, Grace, is almost 15 (HOW?!).  She is super creative and artistic and wonderful in all the wonderful ways.  She has been pinning images of what she wants her room to look like, so we’ve been pulling ideas from there.  Basically, she’d like to live in a jungle, with lots of textures and wood.  But in real life, we’re trying our best.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Eventually, I’d love to get her a platform bed with a wood headboard, or a black iron bed.  And add a lot more plants.  She needs a big ol’ bookshelf for her massive book collection (that is in her closet now), and I’d love for her to have a place to display her art.  A desk would be awesome, too, as she’s pretty much completely independent in her school work now (woop woop!).

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Other than getting her a new duvet cover and a few plants, everything in this room has been pulled together from around the house.  Its like hunting for treasures in my own home!

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Let’s start with the bed – I got her the same duvet cover as our grey one – its linen and has the best lived-in wrinkled look without looking totally sloppy.  Plus, I am hoping to trade with her occasionally and use the white one in our room!

modern bohemian teen bedroom

The sheets are from Target.  I love a good white sheet set, but I am so tired of whites getting dingy and love a good black and white print (similar).

Also, my dad made that bedside table for my girls when they were little!  I think we’re going to paint it white… or maybe black.  I think every room can use a little black in it.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

I have a problem with throw pillows.  I love them all.  I pulled a few together from all over the house and kind of like this random collection.  Faux mongolian fur, a rich velvet (similar here),  and a beachy stripe with tassels (similar here).

modern bohemian teen bedroom

I found this heavy knit throw blanket at our thrift store and its a family favorite (similar blanket here).  Like so much a favorite that I don’t know if I will let it stay in here!  It’s like wearing a giant sweater!

modern bohemian teen bedroom

I bought the rug originally for Silas’ room, and it has moved a few times around the house.  I love the color and print, but its really lightweight and not super great quality.  But definitely worth it for the price.  It works great in here because the giant oil stain (from Silas working on his RC cars in his bedroom) is hidden under the bed!  It has a little bit of a print to break up all the solids in here, and is huge so it covers most of the red/orange floor. (similar style here & here)

modern bohemian teen bedroom

I got this chair years ago for $5 at a garage sale.  Yes, $5! It needs a new coat of paint – I’m thinking another coat of white with gold legs…

modern bohemian teen bedroom

The faux sheepskin adds a little lux and coziness to this spot, as does the striped throw. modern bohemian teen bedroom

Grace is a bit of a collector – like if something goes into her room, its hard to get it out – trinkets, gum wrappers, mismatched jewelry… so I need to give her spaces to put her things, but not so much space that all the things can fit! On top of this hand-me-down dresser is a small collection of containers.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

I bought this little pot for my desk but love it in here, so I’m sharing ;)

modern bohemian teen bedroom

This little tray fits just the jewelry that she wears the most (same tray in different colorway). And she has a small enamel bowl that holds deodorant and mascara and hair ties.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Next to her bed she has a small fruit crate turned  bookshelf.  Almost all of our furniture in this house is vintage, but I’d love to mix in some more modern pieces, like a metal tray table here like this.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

That floating shelf is my favorite feature of her whole room.  I’m hoping we will continue to add more plants here to give it more of a greenhouse look.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

The shelf is from Ikea, and was originally paired with another in our dining room at our last house.

modern bohemian teen bedroom

modern bohemian teen bedroom

Thankfully, Grace is really content with how her room is now.  Maybe its because I keep cleaning it to take my outfit pictures in!  Over time, I’d like to find a new lamp, replace the rug, and continue adding plants.  But for now, I have a happy teenager, and you can’t ask for much more than that!

modern bohemian teen bedroom

1 Easy Tip That Keeps All My House Plants Alive

how to keep house plants alive

I am a firm believer in plants.  House plants in particular – the more the better!  Years ago I felt like my house was missing something, some life…  I had plenty of color, but was lacking plants.  As soon as I started adding house plants, my spaces just felt more home-y, more welcoming, more fresh (imagine that!).

how to keep house plants alive

I’m also a huge fan of flowers, but I don’t splurge on them often because they feel like a luxury to me – they are so beautiful, but don’t last for too long, and are kinda pricey.  So house plants fill that void for me and provide a less expensive, longer lasting option.

how to keep house plants alive

But how do you/I have a ton of house plants and not kill them?  I have a secret for you that has kept my plants alive and well, some for several years!

how to keep house plants alive

It’s not a special fertilizer or repotting (although I really need to do that on many of my plants outgrowing their homes), or playing calming music for them (ha!).

Its way easier…

how to keep house plants alive

Ice.  Yep, ice.

A friend mentioned this tip to me years ago because I was tired of moving all my plants to my sink to water (and drain), or ruining my furniture because I was too lazy/forgetful to put a tray under the plants to catch drips.

This makes watering the plants (we call it icing the plants) super easy for the kids to do, also.

how to keep house plants alive

Depending on the size of the plant, they get 3-7 or so ice cubes.  The best part: the ice melts so slowly that the water doesn’t drip through.  Now I will say that most of my plants have liners under them (I often wrap foil on the bottom of the plastic pot plants come in) or some sort of drip tray just in case, but I never have the issue of overflow like I used to when the kids or I would water the plants before.

The smaller plants get about 3 cubes, and the big ones, like the fiddle leaf figs, get 7 or more.  I should also note that our ice cubes are kind of big.

A lot of my plants have moss on top (I was tired of looking at the dirt), so the ice goes under the moss, otherwise too much of it evaporates before getting to the soil.

how to keep house plants alive

We also try to put the ice just on the soil and not leaning against the stem of the plant.  I have no basis for why I do this, other than I feel like the frozen ice cube might do some damage to a more fragile plant?

This ice technique hasn’t worked well with succulents for me.  I tend to just water them lightly occasionally – I’m still learning.  I can keep succulents growing for years outside, but they are more fickle inside for me.

I also find really delicate plants, like maiden hair ferns, to be really hard to keep alive.  I over water or under water… I don’t know!  But all my other plants have done really really well using this technique!

how to keep house plants alive

Every once in awhile I will put my plants in the sink (like once a year) and give them a “bath” – spraying them to get dust off.  And every couple months I’ll take a barely damp rag and wipe down my fiddle leaf fig leaves because they catch a lot of dust.

But other than that, just using ice has kept them alive!  My guess is that its partly due to the slow drip of the ice melting.  Whatever the reason, I know it works, I’m going to keep doing it!

Have you ever tried “icing” your plants?