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

DIY Modern Yarn Wall Hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I feel like its been forever since I gave a tutorial for anything!  Its definitely something I love to do, but if you’ve known me for long, I always give lots (probably too many) of details and steps, even for the simplest projects.  So, this is a simple one.  And I’ll give you lots of steps!  But its really easy, and you should try it!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I made this wall hanging for my girls’ bathroom, which needed a small pop of color!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I had seen these gold metal hoops in the craft store for awhile and knew I wanted to use them, but didn’t decide how until just recently.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I picked up the gold metal ring (I used a 10″ ring, but there are several sizes available), a 12″ round brass tube, a bag of 20mm wooden beads, and a couple skeins of yarn (Lion Brand – Feels Like Butta in orange, and Vanna’s Choice in pink).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The first step was to cut several lengths of yarn for the bottom section of the hoop.  I did 22 knots withe 2 pieces of yarn in each, so that made 44 pieces.  I’m guessing each piece was maybe 3 feet long, but longer is better since you’ll trim it in the end.  You can always cut something shorter, but you can’t cut something longer!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The knots are really easy.  I held 2 pieces of yarn together for each knot, and found the midpoint forming a sort of loop and started the knot on the top of the ring (as opposed to holding the yarn below the ring).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I pulled the loop over the top of the ring to the bottom side and then pulled the tail end of the yarn through the loop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just a really easy knot – make sure that you do all of the knots the same way, otherwise it will look less uniform at the end.  Which I guess is another look you could go for, but I think overall what I love about this project is that it feels a little bit bohemian, a little modern, and just really clean.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just keep knotting until you have the bottom section as full as you’d like it.  I chose to do about 1/3 of the hoop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The next step I forgot to photograph, but its so simple.  I did the same process with the second color of yarn on the bar, but this time with about 13 knots of 2 strands of yarn each.  Then I hot-glued the bar to the metal ring.  Full disclosure: I don’t think this is the best method, for a couple reasons.  You have to work really quickly.  The glue cools/dries really quickly so you need to get it in the right spots and push the bar into the glue fast!  And, the metal bar can be pulled off pretty easily.  If I had small kids and worried that they might play with the yarn even a little, I would try a different solution.  One idea is a stronger, slower drying glue.  Or using yarn or thread or wire to wind around the ring and the bar to secure them together.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I originally thought I might add a few beads to the yarn strands, but decided against it because I preferred the simplicity of the final product.  But I still wanted to use those beads, so I knotted a length of yarn securely to the ring, then threaded a few beads on.  Then I made a small loop and knotted the end of it.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Once I had a loop to hang it from, I trimmed the yarn.  The top layer I trimmed straight and the bottom layer I trimmed to form a wide V.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

And that’s it!  I think it maybe took me an hour or so – I love quick projects!  But, I will say that it made me laugh because it wasn’t cheap, as most crafty projects tend to be pricey.  If I already had the yarn on hand in the colors I wanted, that would’ve saved me a bit.  And I do have leftover supplies, like yarn and wooden beads.  In the end, it was worth it because I got to be creative and have something fun for my girls!