the land of oz (tween room makeover)

our oldest, ozzie, is now 12 and in middle school (someone pinch me) and we would really like our home to be a hub for him and his friends.

i’ve found this to be easier said than done, but fortunately we have a couple things going for us, a) i married a man that is both fun and entertaining and is pretty much a big kid himself.  and b) our backyard is dialed in (trampoline, sport court and plenty of grass).

however, the inside of our house is on the small side and much more kid friendly than tween friendly.  SO, as of a couple weeks ago, it’s been my goal to put together a cool room the older boys will want to hangout in….  on a budget.


(some inspiration from ozzie’s pinteret board)

oz is an all american boy, but he’s also drawn to black and white and geometric patterns.  i’d love for his room to reflect all of those things….  fingers crossed.

ozzie's-tween-room-beforehere’s a peek at what his room looks like as we speak…  excuse the mess.

i don’t think we’ll need to buy any new furniture, but definitely want a snazzy alarm clock that plugs in but also takes batteries as his siblings can’t seem to fight the urge to unplug the one he has.

can you think of anything else that is a must have for a tween or teen room!?  or tips for hosting older kids?  i’d love the help!

happy hump day, friends!  we’re off to make welcome home banners for my little brother and his fam!  woot, woot!!

xo . rae
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  • Laura Greer March 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Definitely have some shelves or cubbies under the slant wall. Magnetic bulletin board would be super easy. And pillows to help make his bed into a couch. You have all the expensive stuff already.
    My son at that age painted his own room ( he is 36 now and paints cars for a living) He used a navy blue on the walls and then splatted primary colors on the walls. It really looked cool and his friends loved it. They were always over here.. (My house is only 1000 square feet) You can really get a lot done on a budget. Good Luck!

    • rae March 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      laura, those are fantastic ideas…. yes to the pillows and cubbies for sure. thanks so much! xo

  • Jenn@moonflowermadness March 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I think a chalkboard wall would be fun. Gives the kids room for expression, & let’s you in on what’s happening! Also – a gaming area is key! Maybe a fun game chair that vibrates etc! Good luck! Can’t wait to see the changes.

    • rae March 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      thanks jenn…. so right about the chalkboard wall! <3

  • Kipin March 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I second the chalk board wall. I think a hanging chair would also be awesome.

    • rae March 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      ahhh, yes! a hanging chair! xo

  • Pam March 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Rae. I love the pinterest board. I too am in the process of creating a tween room for my soon to be 12 year old and my 10 year old. I love everything about that work table and can’t wait to see what you come up with. I will try to share pics as we progress also. I did find some cool metal desks for both of them and cute herringbone mirrors from Threshold at Target on CLEARANCE! We are going for the same color scheme. You might also like

  • Maude March 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    One thing my son really liked when we redid his room: I photocopied some cd covers of bands he likes and attached them to the wall. We pushed the contrast a lot, so they are very graphic and black/white which looks cool on his black walls (We kept the ceiling white!). Instant artwork that he relates to and can be changed as his taste changes.