In this teen bedroom, designer Nicole Lanteri welcomed the challenge of adapting the space to better serve the needs of a college-age student and also ease the transition for the room to function as a guest bedroom…


Our main goal was to functionally transition this bedroom from a pre-teen/teenage girl’s bedroom to her college/post-college graduation bedroom, with flexibility to be easily used for a guest bedroom. We removed the built-in desk, which wasn’t being used anymore, and created a fun dressing area (shoes are hidden in the storage ottoman!) that is also a great place for guests to unpack and get settled.


We kept the Honolulu Blue paint color from Benjamin Moore – there are some things that you just aren’t ready to part with quite yet! – which against a crisp white, gray and black color scheme kept the room youthful and still reflected her personality.


In terms of style, we were carefully balancing modern and classic, chic and timeless, and west elm is great at designing products that strike that balance. The shapes of the Turned Table Lamps and Chamfered Nightstands are classic but the larger scale of the lamps and the chic gray lacquer of the nightstands make for a fun take on these classic shapes.


There’s nothing better than white bedding in a guest room to give a welcoming, crisp and clean feel. The Square-Tuck Duvet adds just that little bit of texture that makes the classic white bedding a touch more modern and young. The Deconstructed Rose Pillow and Mongolian Lamb Pillow are great accents for the bed — they add a lot of texture while still keeping it easy-to-make and stylish.

This room is just one of many in a house that Nicole has been working on — see more rooms of home at Nicole’s site On My Agenda | A Re-Defined Home. You can also see Nicole’s own home! Check out her Home Run | Nicole + Aaron’s Patchwork Dresser as a Bar.


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Nicole Lanteri creates unique, functional and fun spaces for real people who might have thought they didn’t have the time or the budget to work with a designer. Learn more about her design work at On My Agenda. Check out her blog and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Images: via On My Agenda


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February 13, 2013

I can’t believe that they paid a designer for this…. there’s nothing wrong with it but it’s so expected and “in” the box.


February 13, 2013

I think it’s lovely, but i wish the color extended onto the slanted ceilings. it’s very jarring to have that white jutting out so low down on the wall.

Amanda S.

February 13, 2013

I like the design but I think the built in desk used the space more efficiently. I think that area was lacking.


February 13, 2013

Beautiful, though I was also a fan of that desk. Where did the shades come from?


February 13, 2013

Basically you got rid of the knick nacky stuff and placed more of a bold less cluttered look.


February 14, 2013

i think the space where the desk used to be is now cluttered and empty. it actually made that area look smaller and with no purpose…liked the desk better


February 14, 2013

Clean up a room and remove the mess and any room looks better. I think the furniture is great, but its not apples-to-apples.


February 14, 2013

I’m totally unimpressed.


February 14, 2013

I liked the floor length mirror in the “before” bedroom. While the new BR is cleaner looking, it also seems “sparse”. And what happened to the “old” closet to the left of the bed, now hidden behind a screen??


February 14, 2013

Where are the roman blinds from? They’re beautiful.

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