Movies + TV

How to Make Your Room Look Like a Movie

(Or a book.)

Ah, the crib. The “bachelor” “pad,” if you will. Is there any sanctuary so vital to the human experience as this, a place to just be away from everybody, listen to music, and procrastinate homework by lying in bed staring at the ceiling? I say no. Amid all the woes of teenage life, the bedroom is the one place you can make your own.*

Just listening to Chloe Sevigny talk about all the stuff she had on her walls as a teenager made me want to make sure my room was a good reflection of all the things I like as soon as possible. And so, I believe in the importance of filling it with the things that make you happy.

The movies (and one book) below are movies (and one book) that are especially visual, and each one kind of their own world. So, while I can’t tell you exactly how to make your room look like Marie Antoinette’s, I can offer up cheap ways to get the same eye-candy feelings you get watching Sofia Coppola’s movie in your room—the colors, the sugariness. I am a genius, basically, is what I am trying to say.

I don’t have pictures of my room here because I want you all to BE LIKE ME, but because the ideas below are all the things that inspired me when I started redecorating my room this summer, and this was the result. I realized taking these photos how much the stuff on Rookie and the stuff in my room correlate, so now you know it’s all for real! (Until it is discovered that I actually live in Usher’s house that Justin Bieber threw a party at in his “One Time” video, in a room full of money, white space, and trophies I got for being beautiful.)

* Unless you share a room, in which case, I was there for 12 years, and I am sorry, and I hope you and your sibling like the same movies.

The Virgin Suicides

I know we’re always saying to go to the thrift store for everything, but if there’s one time I really mean it, it’s now. One trip there is all you will need. I have never NOT found a Virgin Mary statue, ceramic unicorn, or old perfume bottle at Goodwill. Just look!

I got all of this stuff from two trips to the thrift store. The total cost was probably less than $15.

Reader Estrid Nyman sent in this picture of her own accumulations, which are pretty perfect.

The whole thing about the Lisbon sisters, the subjects of that movie, is that they were trapped in their house by very worried and misguided parents. Their rooms were their world. So, clutter is good. Leave jewelry and makeup and stickers and other random shit you have out on your dresser. Candy wrappers are decoration. If you don’t want all that clutter, choose a color scheme that’ll add some rhyme and reason to all the random shit, and only put out stuff that fits. Especially Virgin Suicides-y ones would be pastels and warm colors, this based not just on their rooms in the movie, but all the summery vibes, the daydreams, the unicorn, etc.

Behold, the power of color coordination!

If you want flower curtains like theirs, you can definitely find the fabric for it on Etsy or eBay if you search for “’60s ’70s flower fabric” or something. Or, if you have any vintage dresses, hang those up! Dresses make for pretty decoration.

On that note, the girls also have their underthings lying around everywhere. If you, like me, are not grossed out, but absolutely fascinated by a creepy, overly feminine kind of aesthetic, you can also get tons of creepy-pretty pastel bras at your thrift store. I KNOW IT SOUNDS GROSS! Just wash them and hang them around. If you aren’t into that, I guarantee you’ll also find lots of pastel and lace slips and nighties. Dresses look gorgeous hanging on walls, and they make the room feel more cluttered in a way that isn’t actually inconvenient. Plus like, pastel silk everywhere is such a delight, and kind of what I imagine heaven looks like. If you are grossed out by the thrift-store thing, Aerie has very pretty floral bras, as does The Loved One. But the thrifted bras look old, and that adds something.

Photo by Corinne Day

The Lisbon sisters make a shrine to their sister Cecelia after she’s died. I’m not trying to be morbid or ironic when I talk about shrines and iconography—I think candles and iconographic statues look really beautiful, and the spooky side of it appeals to my sometimes creepy taste, and all that stuff reminds me of this movie, and it’s one of my favorite movies, so! Make a shrine to your favorite band or movie or whatever with candles, records, candy scattered throughout, etc., and definitely a picture of the thing you’re obsessed with decorated with bedazzles. Love Hole? Use baby barrettes! Ghost World? A Batman mask! Nicki Minaj? A Barbie! Etc.

My own shrine to Hole/Courtney Love.

Plan a big thrift-store day to look for all of this stuff, and maybe return periodically, since most restock every day. The things you’ll be looking for for a Virgin Suicides-esque room transcend the differences between city and small-town/suburb thrift stores, because people who have weird tacky figurines or old perfume bottles or religious iconography or bras live everywhere. So remember: thrift, or…kift. (That’s not a word.)

Where the Wild Things Are

It might be hard to make your room transform into woods, but do you remember those walls from Eleanor’s shoot earlier this month? Those are hers! She had the paper for some reason and her parents hung it up as a surprise. (Audience: Awwww, *applause*.) I also really like the little clothing rack she has—I definitely go through phases of wearing the same stuff over and over again, so it’d be convenient to have it all set up. Also a nice way to deal with stuff that’s too nice to wear often but too nice to be hidden away.

Here is a website where you can print your own wallpaper. It’s kind of expensive, but parents are generally happy when their kids are motivated to fix up their rooms, so see if they’ll help pay for it or put it up.

For all the happy feelings of Max’s crown, get your own paper one from Burger King! Just kidding. Max’s crown reminds me of that gold-star tinsel wire-ribbon stuff usually around for Christmas and the Fourth of July. Hang that everywhere, too. The great thing about hanging things—tiny lights, flags, lanterns, paper chains, paper dolls, garlands, this gold thing—is that most room decorating is limited to placing stuff on flat surfaces like shelves and desks, and hanging flat stuff on walls. This kind of adds another dimension.

Also, make paper crafts that are happy and childhood-like and can be hung up: paper dolls, paper chains. They conjure up nostalgic feelings for birthday parties and preschool crafts.

If you want it to look more special than your usual construction paper situation, use stationery paper like from the Paper Source. I chose a bunch here that remind me of the colors from the book and movie, which are super cozy and the thing I always remembered most about the book when I was little.

You can also look in thrift stores for blankets, sweaters, and flannels in brownish, green, and blue musty cabin colors, like the fur of the Wild Things. Just have them everywhere, like your room is one big bed. You might get sick of this come summer, though.

Also, obviously, all the plush guys from Wild Things are super adorable.

Marie Antoinette

This one’s super easy. Just live in the palace of Versailles and have Manolo Blahnik give you a million pairs of customized shoes, duh!

OK, so I don’t really have any ideas on how to make your room look like Marie Antoinette’s. I’ve thought about it a long time and now I totally know how hard things were at this part:

I feel you, girl.

So we’re not gonna focus on the ROYAL FRANCE and GIANT POWDERED WIGS aspect, and instead zone in on the little details that make this movie so visually delightful: all the color-coordinated pastries, fans, shoes, and macaroons, specifically in this montage. (If you do insist on all that fancy Victorian stuff, however, you can use wall stencils to paint on those kinds of designs.0

If you have lots of shoes, organize them. You probably do already. I just wanted to get in this photo that a girl named Pavanne sent us, it’s like the goth version of the one above:

Japanese (that’s right, we’re gettin’ MULTICULTURAL) eraser companies make incredibly elaborate pastry duplications. If you Google “Japanese erasers” you will find tons of websites that sell them for like a dollar each. Nothing beats actually having a million cute cupcakes everywhere, but think of this as an homage to the sickeningly sweet colors and details of the film. (I would one day like to be someone who just has plates of sweets everywhere, though.)

All of these found at Itsy Bitsy Robot.

Another homage: get those tri-level pastry tower things. I have no clue what they’re actually called so I couldn’t find a picture, but do you know what I’m talking about? It’s like a stand with three trays around it. Cover in the eraser scones, obviously, but it’s a great organizer too—everything is in its own compartment, but easy to access, unlike a jewelry box. Good if you have makeup, jewelry, etc., that you use every day and need to grab in the morning, but it takes too much space for it all to be sprawled out across your dresser.

Buy costume jewelry at thrift stores and scatter it onto every surface. Buy a bag of bows in pastel shades from a craft store and do the same.

For the feel of the imagery of the paintings and fans in the movie, cover surfaces of your shelves with antique-looking wrapping or stationery paper. I’m not gonna compile them because if you Google “antique wrapping paper” or “antique stationery paper” you will get LITERALLY A MILLION options and you know what you want better than I do. Also, satin ribbon from a stationery store—just buy like, a whole roll, and cut it up a lot, and tie it all into a million little droopy bows, and hang them everywhere. Gold and pastels will be your key colors.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

This movie is kind of Virgin Suicides 1.0: girls disappear and no one knows why, and we get only small glimpses at the world they’ve created for themselves as they’re stuck in their homes or school dorms.

Because the movie takes place in 1900, you’re more likely to find little details of the girls’ rooms in nature than in thrift stores. Pick (or buy) flowers to tuck into surprise places—between books on a shelf, sticking out of the top of a dresser or desk drawer. It’s probably stupid on some level to tell people how to pick flowers, but I only say this because for a long time I thought my only option was to steal from the caringly kept yards of little old ladies. There’s that fenced-in area along highways, right? Full of flowers! Not gorgeous ones, just daisies and white gangly ones, but they actually look really nice placed randomly throughout a room, and the boring ones will act as some kind of middle ground between your more exotic colored flowers and the rest of your stuff. Usually they grow and curl up around the fence too, so you don’t have to risk your life or anything. Also, strip malls always seem to have flowers in weird islands throughout the parking lot. You will look odd picking them, but soon you’ll have a pretty room, and anyone who’s skeptical is either spending too much time near the highway or at Super Cuts, and that is both shady and sad.

Pretty wilted petals.

Once they wilt you can scatter the petals on like every surface. It’s nice for the same color to pop up throughout a room. Bird feathers are pretty too if it’s true that they don’t give you a disease or whatever.

Fake flowers are fine—if you get one of those plastic rose vines from Michaels you can line your ceiling or headboard with it. It would look super pretty intertwined with Christmas lights, though Anaheed has pointed out to me that might melt the plastic flower stems. When we get our own Science TV Network Channel Station, we will put this experiment to the test.

You know all those old perfume bottles you bought at the thrift store for your Virgin Suicides shelf? Clean them out real good and use them as vases, lining your window sill. Smuckers peanut butter and jelly jars are also super cute, the small ones, as vases.

Keep the stuff hanging on your wall in vintage photo frames from a thrift store. They are dirt cheap.

The other big thing about the Picnic girls’ rooms is stationery. First of all, I believe flower and leaf presses are just great things to have. Find them here. Second of all, leave notes and cards and stamps and letter-writing material everywhere. You have to be a big letter writer first, though, I guess. If you want pretty vintage stationery, look on Etsy.

Lastly, LACE. The girls in this movie all have lace dresses, lace stationery, tablecloth, everything. You can find tons of lace slips (and maybe even a wedding dress, if you’d like to be extreme) at a thrift store. Hang them everywhere!

Both thrifted.

Lace fabric is expensive, so if you want to make curtains, again, find it at a thrift store. It’s OK if it looks shoddy and old—that’s kind of the point, and it’s stressful having to keep things in your room nice, anyway.

This is my own lace contraption, though I didn’t realize till writing this how Hanging Rock-y it is. My great-grandma’s lace tablecloth, a rose wreath I got at the Salvation Army, and letters from friends that look especially nice or mean especially a lot. If you wanna nail up a thing of fabric to cover it with letters (or other paper things), stick wire through the top and shape the wire into hooks like you would with an ornament. You’ll probably need to poke the hole with a needle or thumbtack first, since wire isn’t quite stiff enough to do the job.

Pretty in Pink

I started to do this one, but then I realized that Andie’s room is basically a combination of every idea listed here!

Other Random Ideas

Wanna hang something up on your wall but don’t wanna ruin it or your wall with sticky tack or tape? If your parents are OK with it (or if they aren’t! C’MON, BE A REBEL, PEER PRESSURE) you can hammer small, pretty tacks from stationery stores like Paper Source [] to your walls to hang stuff up. It’s time consuming, and my family members have complained about the hammering sound a few times, but it’s such a shame when sticky-tack grease stains and ruins a special poster.

Again, you might need your parents’ permission, but painting things everywhere (use acrylic paints—it’s what you’re supposed to use on walls) can look nice. Just don’t do anything you’ll get sick of or become embarrassed about, like, erm, Bob Dylan lyrics. Flowers are a good neutral motif—and add a Virgin Suicides kinda vibe—but maybe in a year you’ll be like, “MAN, I HATE FLOWERS, UNLESS THEY’RE MADE OF NAILS AND LEATHER!” You never know! Look how cute Mia Farrow is, though.

Stills from deceieversever on Flickr.

Use the notes from a CD you love and hang it on the wall. I like having Joni Mitchell’s lyrics and drawings on mine.

Cool places that make 3D things you can hang up: Confetti System and Nice on Etsy. There’s stuff you can add to your wall other than posters, too—jewelry and crowns hang on thumbtacks like it’s no problem. If your school makes you wear your ID around your neck every day (grumble grumble) you can’t forget it if it’s hanging by the door. Look in a thrift shop for records that have interesting-looking centers, and nail them to the wall through the hole in the middle.

From Nice on Etsy.

Toys from when I was little have felt like a burden lately because keeping them tucked away feels cruel and sad, but having them everywhere takes up space. I have found a happy medium. You should totally look through your old toy box and see if anything fits the kind of taste you’re into now. I’ve started tacking up my Barbie’s clothes on the walls, and it looks both paperdoll kind of cute, and creepy.

T-shirts from childhood are similarly problematic, from camp and school and such. Cut out the front and make a quilt of all of them. Sorry if that sounded shocking since everything else here is like “I DON’T KNOW, LEAVE YOUR CRAP EVERYWHERE.” You can also just tack up the front part that you cut out on the wall.

Don’t limit yourself to Ikea storage. Lunchboxes and doll boxes are cute and convenient. Easy to find at thrift stores, joke shops like Pumpkin Moon and Uncle Fun (Chicago bias), or you might have some from when you were little. You can also collage a shoebox with stuff from magazines and stickers.

They look like any old lunchbox from when I was little and vintage Barbie case from a flea market...

...but—what's this? They hold jewelry, 45s, and tapes? Why, who would've thought!

Buy a bag of confetti from Party City (or any party store) and just scatter it everywhere. Makes everything shiny and, like the flower petals, adds cohesion somehow. Candy hearts are good for this too, if you don’t have any pets.

Old science books are really pretty. Those about space and the desert are especially appealing to me—retro futurism, like The Jetsons, and a California vibe. Paperbacks about things like psychology have usually got kind of trippy designs with cool colors and weird drawings of people and sunbeams. Sci-fi books, too. Since you’re not looking for super-rare and special first-edition books, searching for “vintage science books” on Etsy or eBay will get you cheap ones. The folks on Etsy seem to know what they’re doing more, cuteness-wise, but this also means they can be more expensive. Obviously books are good to read too and not just decorate with, but I think this is the one instance where having books you haven’t actually read out for decoration isn’t a dick move. The information is super outdated! Think of them as artifacts. I like thinking about how people like the Lisbon sisters tried to learn about the world way back when.

Also super funny, weird, visually pleasing, and cheap: old pulp fiction, romance novels, and Sweet Valley High-type books. It is amazing how many people found a career writing about prom drama, and the covers are hilarious.

Other cute, small books that are new: those by Edward Gorey (The Gashlycrumb Tinies!!), Grapefruit by Yoko Ono, and certain comics like Chris Ware’s ACME Novelty Library books.

OK THE END. In summary: HAVE SHIT EVERYWHERE. Any other cheap ideas you’ve used? Send us pictures if you end up trying any of this stuff! Have fun in your bedroom. That sounded sexual in a way I didn’t mean it to. OK bye. ♦


  • Marguerite December 12th, 2011 3:16 PM

    Oh I love the Where the Wild things are room! Its so cool!!!! Wish i could do that…

  • amythecat December 12th, 2011 3:18 PM

    love the ideas. but i’m trying to take a minimalism approach to decorating i.e. not collecting a bunch of stuff so i can move away easier after a graduate. boring but motivated.

  • FashionHauties December 12th, 2011 3:33 PM

    I really like this post.
    I’ve done the thing with buying the big paper sheets from paper source before and they look great and add a defiantly needed color without buying those ridiculously tacky ones at school book fairs..
    other than those, I decorate my room with these:

  • Molly Blues December 12th, 2011 3:42 PM

    since i was 13 (when i watched the virgin suicides for the first time and had a profound impact on me) i always wanted to create such a pretty atmosphere in my own bedroom and inner world. thanks for the tips, girl, you totally got it! <3

  • moonchild December 12th, 2011 3:54 PM

    This is literally the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life. literally.

    Like, I’m not exaggerating at all.

  • Olivia December 12th, 2011 4:15 PM

    THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE omg so many good vibes

  • Hunter December 12th, 2011 4:26 PM

    wow tavi look at all these *vibes*

  • Molly Blues December 12th, 2011 4:27 PM

    btw my bedroom looks like this nowdays,

    i’ll keep working on it! :)

  • darksideoftherainbow December 12th, 2011 4:45 PM

    this post is so amazing and comes at a really good time for me for SO MANY REASONS. i’ve been a little sad lately and this will not only give me something to do when i get home from my boring job or on the weekends, but help take my mind off of things and also probably cheer me up when it’s all done because i’ll get to look at all of it! also, my dad recently refinished a gorgeous table he and my mom found so i can get rid of the gross old small computer table i currently have in my room…the new one is big and i need more stuff other than my sketchbook and laptop to put on it. and lastly…my mom cleaned my room for me last week! she knew i was feeling down and wouldn’t be up to doing it myself. i’m really excited about this project now…it’ll be like giving myself something for christmas! thanks so much!!!

  • Toilets December 12th, 2011 4:52 PM

    I think I’m in love with Eleanor’s wallpaper!

    This article made me take a proper look at my bedroom, and I’ve realised there’s probably more Where’s Wally themed items than is acceptable for a seventeen year old. And pictures of dinosaurs…

  • RikkiTikki December 12th, 2011 4:56 PM

    These are cool ideas! My room is pretty tiny, but I pretty much just stack things everywhere with my favorites on top. I have a small stack of DVD’s (Serenity, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hairspray, etc.), a LARGE stack of CD’s (Tegan and Sara, The Killers, Alicia Keys, etc.), and a bookshelf literally overflowing with books (and seashells). I have some paint-by-numbers and bumper stickers and old notes from my friends on the wall. I use an old M&M’s blanket as a curtain. I pile my jeans on top of my dresser just to take up more room. There are seashells and toy ducks (because they’re awesome) scattered about. There’s no method to my madness, but it is definitely personalized!

  • fizzingwhizbees December 12th, 2011 5:03 PM

    I absolutely love this article! I’ve been at college for a whole semester and still have yet to actually decorate my room beyond putting up a collage my sister made me. When I get back from winter break I’m definitely going to reference this article.

    • Tavi December 12th, 2011 5:06 PM

      We have one specifically about college dorm decorating later this month! :)

  • Lora December 12th, 2011 5:04 PM

    For the Where The Wild Things Are room: IKEA has some really nice forest wallpaper, which is probably not so expensive, and it’s also drawn so it looks a bit like the book!

    And I really like all those other ideas as well :) Makes me kind of want to clean and redecorate my room.

  • Hannah December 12th, 2011 5:15 PM

    I think you mean a tiered cake stand, re: Marie Antoinette (three years of working in a home decor store learned me good)
    I have a some glass cake stands with bell jar dome lids and I keep perfume bottles inside, whoo.

  • Skatapus December 12th, 2011 5:24 PM

    My room: books, books everywhere! :D

  • sedgwick December 12th, 2011 5:30 PM

    wooooow best post. when i was 7 or 8, i had just gotten big into harry potter and tried to decorate my room like the hogwarts dorm rooms. All i did was turn my kids bed into a four-poster bed by duct-taping old broom handles/random wooden poles to each corner of my bed and then draping fabric over the top. the fabric was all this weird tropical hibiscus-y print (this was when my family lived in fiji haha), so yeah i don’t know if i ever achieved the hogwarts look but it felt pretty magical to me, especially when i had a torch inside the bed, reading after dark, it made everything this warm red-orange colour.

  • mortalkombatalie December 12th, 2011 5:32 PM

    i’ve always wanted enid’s room. so much sid & marty krofft stuff!

  • MechaMech December 12th, 2011 5:34 PM

    I am such a fan of teenage bedrooms full of crap everywhere, mostly because my family moved a lot during my childhood/teens so I never really had a single room I could put a lot of effort into. Now I’m old and if I had crap everywhere I would worry about cleaning it (THANKS, MOM), but I vicariously enjoyed all the rooms featured here, and being a Sofia Coppola fan, mine is thoroughly white and pastel.

  • unicorn December 12th, 2011 5:42 PM

    Well, now I know what I’m doing over winter break.

  • missblack December 12th, 2011 5:42 PM

    this is one situation where I’m totally screwed, because I have to share a room with my twenty-year-old sister who listens to really shit rock music and decided it would be a good idea to paper our walls with magazine ads from Glamour.
    Plus she always has clothes strewn everywhere so it’s basically impossible to get any sort of good vibes in there.


  • CariStereo December 12th, 2011 6:04 PM

    I always thought Elaine’s room in The Graduate would be great inspiration for a teen girl room. Lots of white, pink, tissue paper pom poms and strings of mini Chinese lanterns. The interiors in that movie are great.

    Pics of the room here:

  • marimba_girl December 12th, 2011 6:07 PM

    Great ideas if you’re into flowers/pink/pastel/lacey-things. But I prefer to go for more of a mod meets art-deco take on it. My room is a bright neon green and has these cloth and balsa wood kites hung from my ceiling. I also have a ton of posters from books (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) and music and flyers from bands I saw and art galleries I have visited. I’m not dissing the floral-ness,l but it’s just not me. Just to keep it interesting I have stacks of books and cds all over my room too , messy, but I know where everything is. My room would not be complete however without my sub-woofer!! It was half broken when I bought it but it was cheaper to fix it then buy a new one. It takes my music to a whooole new level!

    • brynntheredonethat December 12th, 2011 10:37 PM

      YAY fantasy nerds :D And I actually contemplated painting my room lime green for a while; that sounds AWESOME. But I think I’ve just resigned to the fact that when I move out, that’s going to be the color of my kitchen.

  • Limey December 12th, 2011 6:15 PM

    Before reading this post, I never really thought of my room as unique. I also thought my room was way too small to do anything.

    As I look around now, I see how individual my room is. Everything has its own place. I have costume jewelry hanging from the giraffes around my room. I have snow globes, ribbons, pretty lotions, sunglasses and A TON of stickers on my dresser (Barbie and fairy stickers from when I was five).

    Now I am really appreciating my room, but I think I’ll give it some more love by cleaning it up a little…

    …and making an Audrey Hepburn shrine!

  • sarahwindy December 12th, 2011 6:31 PM

    this post rules. i’ve been so enthused about rookie since it started up but here is the pinnacle!

  • Adrienne December 12th, 2011 6:43 PM

    Thank you thank you thank you Tavi!! Loved this article! I’ve been wanting to redo my room (actually I share it with my twin sister), but I’m going away to college in two years, so it might be just a waste. :\

    I love the Where the Wild Things Are theme. I was actually looking into furniture/decor stuff on the Urban Outfitters website for fun and when I looked at all of the furniture I had picked out, it seemed like there was an Alice in Wonderland vibe which I think is awesome. :)

    Oh Tavi: by the way is that a Proenza Schouler Rope necklace on your wall? Love it!

    • Brookems December 12th, 2011 6:59 PM

      “Going away to college in two years”? Do it now! Two years is a long time to live in a room you dislike. Trust me. Do it, you’ll love it.

  • Brookems December 12th, 2011 6:59 PM

    Now this post…this post was awesome. I just looked around my room and realized I can make it awesome. THANK YOU ROOKIE

  • stephanie4786 December 12th, 2011 7:25 PM

    literally every movie (and book) that i love being referenced to and my opwn inspiration for my room. i am in love with this post.

  • EmilyP December 12th, 2011 7:33 PM

    Those little tri-leveled pastry towers are called tea tiers!

  • diny December 12th, 2011 7:35 PM

    i hung some papers at my curtains. and i always feel gross about it. and i have no idea now that you do that too. i have plan to make collage at my door (because wall is very predictable. duh)
    by the way, that is what do you mean (i guess) about ‘tri-level pastry tower things’

  • rebecca December 12th, 2011 8:17 PM

    my religious housekeeper told my mother she finds my virgin mary statues and rosaries offensive! what do i doooo?

  • Blou December 12th, 2011 8:18 PM

    I love the pictures for this! I’m obsessed with pastel colors right now. :)
    My parents make me keep my room pretty clean (so no stuff scattered around) but at least my walls are two different colors, and I love hanging things on them. Pretty drawer pulls, like the ones they sell at Anthropolgie, can be screwed into the wall to hang stuff on. I have blue and purple glass ones above me bed that I string pictures and my artwork between. Also, If you can attach a hook into a corner those paper umbrellas that you can buy in Chinatown look really pretty. I have a green one with dragonflys on it. It makes the room seem more full but is totally out of the way. :)

  • mwong1025 December 12th, 2011 8:20 PM

    This post is so awesome I died. Then I came back and appreciate its awesomeness. I wanted to redo my room for a loooong time(which is expressed in the 4 lowercase o’s) but, you know, procrastinating issues and ran out of inspiration. The problem is, I live in a rented apartment the size of a shoebox, since I live in New York, and I HAVE to share with my brother. He hate all the shit I love, which makes it a real problem and the reason why I can’t really redo my room.

    Sigh. *insert troubled teenager’s face here*

  • Jade December 12th, 2011 8:35 PM

    This has inspired me to actually tidy my room properly because it totally has the potential to be freaking awesome! I would also recommend getting lacy or cool patterned fabric and just drape it around the place, and if you don’t like your wallpaper/colour of your walls, wrapping paper is cool to stick up. I’ve covered one of the doors of my wardrobe with batman wallpaper :)

    Wicked article, I love the ones that you guys do like this and I can’t wait to read the college dorm one even though I’m not in college yet haha!

  • bedazzledbandannas December 12th, 2011 8:37 PM

    I love this. I’m trying to personalise my room a little more, and this has finally validated my years of hoarding useless garbage – I can just throw it everywhere in my room, and when people ask why I have Polly Pockets on my desk, I can just shrug and say ‘you obviously don’t understand what I’m going for’.
    one thing that would be helpful is advice on how to use a small amount of space? my room isn’t that big, and I don’t really have that many surfaces to HAVE SHIT EVERYWHERE on.

  • rachel December 12th, 2011 9:18 PM

    The best part about moving into my own apartment was the decorating, which is seriously a never ending process. I loved the forest wallpaper, how very.

  • royal_futura December 12th, 2011 9:27 PM

    I loved this article. Really well done, Tavi. Lots of inspiration here. I also love to look at the teenage bedroom tumblr for stuff like this. It’s so great to see how teens from all over the world personalize their living spaces. It’s like a snapshot of who they are and what they care about.

  • brynntheredonethat December 12th, 2011 10:34 PM

    Seriously, guys, I love how Rookie keeps posting about Where the Wild Things Are. I have a complete obsession with it (because I’m either creepy or still 5 or both) and I love that other people see it as inspiration for like, stuff, and crap.

    Also, my name is Andie, so the Pretty in Pink reference is appreciated. XD (And I’ve been told that I dress like her, too, so I suppose it’s fitting.)

  • Bren December 12th, 2011 11:39 PM

    This is so cool, I wish I had an ounce of the Rookie staff creativity.

  • Arwen December 12th, 2011 11:39 PM

    I love this post!!! I just moved and redecorating my bedroom is at the top of my to do list! I absolutely love the Where the Wild Things Are room, that story has always been dear to me and has served as a source of inspiration. Nice to see I’m not the only one who has an obsession with Where the Wild Things Are!!

  • DarlingDelirious December 13th, 2011 1:41 AM

    This is fab! I’m in the process of making a
    sweet lolita/ Marie Antoinette/ cupcakefaerieunicornglitterprincess room right now… Maybe I’ll submit some pics when it’s done ?

  • December 13th, 2011 1:42 AM

    Earlier I was using some Eucalyptus Oil on tissues to clean some sticky shit off a DVD case when I remembered how the oil soaked tissues in the bin always leave a nice smell in the room for a long time. If you’re looking to add an extra dimension to your lost in the woods Picnic at Hanging Rock bedroom, perhaps this could be the go?

  • Peronnelle December 13th, 2011 5:27 AM

    That was an amazing post! It gave me lots of ideas and also made me want to watch Picnic at Hanging Rock and Pretty Pink, which I have never seen.

  • samhatt December 13th, 2011 7:30 AM

    woah that’s so cool how pretty in pink brings it all together : ) sadly i don’t live near any thrift stores like that so i’ll just have to get creative >: ) he he he. thanks for this!! <3

  • MissGorgeous December 13th, 2011 10:04 AM

    Tavi, this couldn’t have come at a better time! :) I’m moving into a new house, and I’m so excited to decorate my new room, thank you so much for all the inspiration! <3 I can't wait to get started now, haha x)

  • erin December 13th, 2011 11:42 AM

    Aw, Tavi, your room is amazing!!! :( I feel like there’s this big hourglass just ticking away my time left in my room…. that sucks. I have this big orange ugly wall and tons of obnoxious colored pillows from when I “decorated” it back when I was twelve. I was a very, very taste-less twelve year old. Now all I want for christmas is a freaking can of paint for that stupid wall, because I don’t feel comfortable doing anything about my room until the wall is out of the way… oh sigh, I hate my room so much.

  • WitchesRave December 13th, 2011 12:10 PM

    Writing quotes (with corresponding doodles) you like on colourful post-it notes and sticking them on your bedroom door, so you have something uplifting and meaningful and encouraging to look at when you have to shift your ass downstairs to get to school every morning (:

  • Nishat December 13th, 2011 2:10 PM

    Your summary was so good. I love how happy you are in your youth, Tavi. Amen to that.

  • hazeleyedgirl December 13th, 2011 2:56 PM

    Amazing inspiration. Only thing is, I have to find space on my walls because they are already filled with things!

    If your like me and have no wall space, then a great idea which I have adopted is windchimes and mobiles! Find the most unique, beautiful ones and hang them everywhere. Then when you walk into your room it sounds like you’ve walked into, I don’t know, fairyland or something. It’s super sweet! You get used to dodging them, if, like me, your very tall.

  • Zara December 13th, 2011 5:02 PM

    I don’t mean to sass Anaheed but the Christmas lights are made to be put on plastic Christmas trees. And l just felt the ones I have (which have been on since 5:30 am) and they don’t feel hot.

  • ghostworld December 13th, 2011 9:28 PM

    what about Kat’s room from ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ ?

    • Tavi December 13th, 2011 9:39 PM

      i thought about that, but it’s mostly just a bunch of posters!

  • Izzy December 14th, 2011 12:00 PM


    God, now I really have to make my room wonderful! At the moment it is a mess of books, fairies painted on the wall, Kate Bush and general crap. I HAVE to make a shrine now. And garlands. And go thrifting. And generally make my room even more awesome. The only problem is that it is tiny, its the little boxroom, but I am inspired!

  • Filia-Zissy December 15th, 2011 1:38 PM

    I think everyone will agree if I say that this post is totally awesome.

    I’m really in love with The Virgin Suicides now, I watched it a few days ago (before I only knew the book).

    I love decorating my walls with pictures from magazines and stuff and this post was a very good inspiration!

    Thanks Tavi!

  • Razzmatazzberry December 15th, 2011 7:33 PM

    yay now I feel like less of a hoarder!

  • Paper-mountain December 18th, 2011 5:13 PM

    What cool ideas! I especially approve of the Joni Mitchell artwork. (By the way, my dad has one of those Virgin Mary ceramics- the same exact thing in fact!)

  • oriana December 19th, 2011 10:14 PM

    I just adore all of these ideas.

  • Lulli December 22nd, 2011 12:18 PM

    i think i need to re-do my room now.

  • elbowflood December 27th, 2011 3:19 PM

    I love this post. I am definitely using some of the ideas for my own room makeover.

  • Bette December 28th, 2011 3:18 AM

    This is fucking brilliant! I love the virgin suicides, especially the cross on the wall with the bra hanging on it.. It’s just so innocent and girly in some creepy mysterious way, and i love it!

  • Jagoda December 28th, 2011 6:05 AM

    Everything I love in just one post, great work, as always!
    My room looks like this right now, I’m pretty happy with this but also there’s still a lot to change

    • Anaheed December 28th, 2011 10:35 AM

      Love it!!! Did you make those needlepoints?

      • Jagoda January 7th, 2012 1:32 PM

        Thank you! The tapestry stuff is thrifted (pillows, bags etc.), the embroidered pictures are by my mom (coat, flowers, shoes..) and the embroidered quotations are by made by me.

  • Toria Crux January 5th, 2012 8:15 PM

    I need my own room. >_< grrrrr…