Tween Dream: One girl’s room, from Disneyland to Hollywood
Zoey Tucker is the daughter of design aficionados, so it’s no surprise that she got the itch to update her bedroom décor around the age of 10. Zoey, who dreams of being a fashion designer when she grows up, asked to do something “glamorous” with her home base. Dana, Zoey’s mother, admits that the Tucker household is in a constant state of redecoration, so this was a license to take on a fun and fabulous new project. And thus, the journey to the Tween Dream Bedroom began.
To select the design style, Dana and Zoey looked for inspiration from design blogs. Hollywood Regency, a style that calls to mind the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, came out the clear winner. Zoey — and yes, Dana, too! — loved the idea of blending sophisticated celebrity sass with some Dorothy Draper-esque touches. The transformation from the pink and purple princess scene into a more mature, sophisticated environment would keep a touch of whimsical, sparkly fun befitting a youthful, future fashionista.
If there’s one thing the Tuckers are good at, it’s decorating on a budget. The first stop to Hollywood Regency style was Target (spoken with French accent, of course), where they found eye-catching mirrored side tables for around $80 each. The richly patterned bedding was also a Target find, and it fit like a glove with the black, silver and turquoise theme Zoey had selected.
In the Tucker family, great design isn’t just for the girls. Brooks, Zoey’s dad, happens to be a masterful faux painter and plaster artist by trade. He applied a highly polished pearl white Venetian plaster to the bedroom walls and textured the ceiling with a metallic finish. Next, he transformed a 1950s dresser and vanity — both found on Craigslist — into a gorgeous black and silver set. This combo, which was just right for a starlet, is also a nice accompaniment to the $75 zebra print chair Dana bought from a friend who was downsizing.
Another bright idea for the room came in the form of a vintage 1950s chandelier. Also a Craigslist treasure, this glitzy addition came rewired, cleaned up and ready for its starring role. Rather than pay $500 for a mirrored ceiling medallion to reflect the crystals, the resourceful Tucker family figured out how to craft a much more affordable version.
Dana knew a true Hollywood Regency style bedroom must have a grand upholstered headboard. They found gorgeous fabric at Sir’s Fabric, and just as they were prepping to make the creation themselves, Dana discovered that one of her friends had launched a business making tufted headboards. Voila! The friend designed a luxuriously tufted, 6 feet by 5 feet headboard punctuated with more than 80 buttons. The curtains in the room are made of the same fabric to bring the whole look together.
The finishing touches for the room pay homage to Zoey’s fashion design aspirations. Dana framed four of Zoey’s hand-drawn dress designs as artwork, displayed vintage thread spools under a cheese dome and perked up a corner of the room with a 1950s dress form and vintage prom dress found on eBay, which Zoey vows she will wear it to her own prom one day! Embroidered silk chinoiserie pillows — discovered at Gas Lamp Antique Mall for just $25 each — are ideal room accessories.
Now Zoey has a room she can grow up in—fashionably.
Dana Birdsong didn’t have time for a headache that day. The (then) 35-year-old lobbyist and advocate for the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. had a meeting on Capitol Hill she couldn’t miss.
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