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Chinoiserie bedroom makeover for a young twenty-something


Design by Ellen Rhett

My young collegiate was anxious for an update to the room that had last been decorated when she was thirteen.

A college co-ed desires a sophisticated space to return to when she’s home.

Chic chinoiserie details pleased and surprised.


Pink dogwood linen fabric unifies the hot-pink wallpaper with the neutrals.

And repeats the Chinoiserie theme.

Existing strié wallpaper was kept.

Foo dog lamps add a youthful vibe and continue the Chinoiserie theme.


They also repeat the white in the dogwood fabric and bedding.

Remember, white is never a neutral in décor, even though it always is in fashion.

It must be repeated at least three times in a room.

White peonies, a favorite, are a natural in this room.


Design by Ellen Rhett

Custom padded headboard with expertly hand-applied nailheads (by my wonderful upholsterer)
Fun and funky and ultra-feminine light fixture, below, with plenty of sparkle and a dark finish.

Repeating the shape, movement, darkness, of the branches on the drapery and neckroll fabric.

Repeating the color of  the  lampshades as well.

And, a gorgeous on-trend sunburst accent mirror, handmade and all-wood. 


Design by Ellen Rhett

Both sourced online for a song.

If I told you from where, you wouldn’t believe it anyway.

But, I know you, reader.

I know what you really want.

You want the before.

I’ll show you the before.

Get ready.

A little embarrassing so I’ll make this quick. 

Here you are:



And,  one more time, the AFTER:


All Images Color Calling

Fabric Sources

Neckroll: Clark and Clark “Dogwood” (trade only)
Draperies: same as above. 
Headboard fabric: Clark and Clark “Chinese Square” (trade only)
Bedspread, shams, comforter: Macy’s

6 responses

  1. Ellen, what a beautiful room!!! I would love to visit when she is away at college 🙂 Love those foo dog lamps.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

  2. Andrea Brooks

    Thats fabulous Ellen!! I am definitely a chinoiserie girl too!! Love it all!

    December 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

  3. Love the pink, I’m in love with that exact colour these days! Fabulous transformation Ellen! x Maria

    December 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

  4. Wow what a transformation! I love it!

    December 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

  5. What a great job, I love the existing wallpaper too then it gets even better from there! Love it.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  6. It’s fab! love it!

    December 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

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