Mixing old and new

Creating a boho chic girls room is easier than you think! This Summer my mom and I emptied out our basements and attics and had a huge tent sale. Up from my parents basement came my sister’s childhood antique oak bedroom set consisting of a bed, nightstand, armoire, mirror and dresser.  It was in great shape. Little did we know that it was headed to my sister’s house again. Only this time her daughter Charlotte wanted it. We couldn’t believe that this little free spirit would have interest in an antique! I asked Charlotte “Do you want Aunt Amie to paint it a fun color for you?” “No. I love it just the way it is ” she said.  I was shocked but happy to see that this family heirloom would be loved again after being unused for 30+ years.


Boho Bedding

Charlotte outgrew her baby blue walls from the previous owners and pink wasn’t her style. She craved a neutral palette with loads of texture and a bohemian vibe to match her creative flair and free spirit. When I get involved in these projects I always seem to inject some pop of color and that was OK with her. Charlotte definitely had her own vision of what she wanted for her boho chic room and needed me to tie it all together. We set out shopping for bedding. She fell in love with this colorful floral inspired bohemian set from SteinMart. For similar quilt sets, click here.  The other side, a reverse with a majority of the quilt having color. I fell in love with the feather and arrow pillow shams and we went from there! We also added tasseled down pillows and a turquoise embroidered accent pillow.


Bohemian wall art

When it came to accents and accessories I turned to one of my favorite Etsy artist Jen from The Dotted Bow.  Jen created the wooden trio of arrows that I nailed together. She custom painted the arrows to compliment the bedding. To visit The Dotted Bow click here. We flanked the wooden arrows with real arrows and adhered them to the wall with double sided mounting tape. boho_chic_bohemian_bedding_bedroom_teen_makeover_elephant_decor_adventure_bedding_arrows

Once I got to Jen’s Etsy site I needed the Adventure Awaits pillow. This soft linen pillow cover is in natural duct and totally describes Charlotte’s zest for adventure. We added a sequined soft cotton throw blanket from HomeHoods at the foot of her bed. 


Macrame Wall Art

We switched out the old oak nightstand knobs for brass feather knobs. Charlotte and I found this jute macrame wall hanging and a modern linen drum shade brass reading lamp. We loved them so much that we bought two.  


Chic Storage

We also bought two wooden boxes and stacked them on her bedside table to store pens, jewelry and other treasures. All these items were purchased at HomeGoods. The monogram C is a book cut from an old Reader’s Digest. I had seen these letter in Anthropologie for over $16. each. We purchased a whole box for $2. at a church sale last Summer and had my father cut them out for us! The antlers were found by my husband on a golf course. 



I just couldn’t resist this leather journal found in the stationery aisle at HomeGoods. Just a friendly reminder that it’s a good idea to  wait before hitting the publish button.



Desk Accessories

Charlotte loves to write, draw, AND eat in bed so I purchased her a wooden and metal embossed tray along with a few journals, file folders, note cards and colored pencil sets. All inspiring her to use her creativity!


Unique Furniture

Gone are the plastic bins and in came the rustic Rudy Accent Chest from Raymour & Flanigan. You might recognize this chest from my Rustic Farmhouse Lakeside Cottage Post this Summer. It is such a wonderful conversation piece and I can’t get over how it works in both styled rooms! If you’d like to see the Rustic Farmhouse Lakeside Cottage post click here.  Charlotte loved all the different sized drawers and the metal drawer labels. It’s the first piece you see once you walk into the room. My favorite drawer is of course the copper one in the center because we all know how obsessed I am with copper these days. 

Upcycled Furniture

Extra cozy blankets are folded up in a rattan gray and natural basket. Layering more textured neutrals, Charlotte’s great-grandmother’s chair got a slipcover in a cream floral embroidered cotton fabric. We also added the fabric to a small footstool.


I love how the embroidered detail on the slipcover is still feminine without adding color.


More wooden initials hang over the Rudy chest along with a beveled speckled teal round mirror.

On the right wall once you enter the room we had just enough room for a small metal chevron and wood bench. Its the ideal dropping station for homework, backpacks, shoes and the next days outfit.

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The wall above the bench is the perfect spot for a gallery wall of arrow hooks, inspiration quotes, more wooden initials, and frames.


Rustic Wall Art

Charlotte and I both started laughing when we came across the free spirit sign on Jen’s The Dotted Bows shop! We both looked at each other and said “Thats so me!”  We also snapped up the chevron wooden heart that she custom painted to match the bedding and wooden arrows.  Just the right amount of color in the sea of neutral. The wooded bird was purchased several years ago from Anthropologie.  We had so much fun putting this boho chic room together. It’s a room that Charlotte can grow older in and enjoy well into her high school and college years. I hope that you’ve found some inspiration from our boho chic design! 

xoxo Amie (and Charlotte)



Details of the antique oak armoire.


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    Beth Catalana

    September 2, 2016

    Amie and Chatlotte, the room looks spectacular!! Can’t wait to see it. Amie, another amazing job.

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      September 5, 2016

      Beth ! Thank you so much. Im dying to get to NJ shore. Jenni couldn’t tell me enough great things about it! We would be trouble if we were in the same town. Watch out boys!

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    Liz Serling

    September 4, 2016

    This is an awesome make-over. I love the nod to the Indian spirit. We are in the Finger Lakes region. And the advice to start with bedding and build the room from there.

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      September 5, 2016

      Hi Liz- Thank you so much for commenting! We fell in love with it too. It’s different and great to have unique theme. I hope you have fun with your makeover and please share a picture of the finished product! Amie

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    February 7, 2017

    I truly want to find this actual bedspread. The Stein Mart link wasn’t the exact one, and I would greatly appreciate knowing where to purchase this. I’m redoing an RV and love everything about building off of this quilt. Very well done, thanks for sharing!

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      February 7, 2017

      Hi Angie! STeinMart does not sell the exact bedspread online but the link is to the same brand. You would have to visit you closest store to see if they have it stocked. You might even try googling the brand to see if any other store sell that line. Sounds like a fun remodel!

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"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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