ROOM TO GROW

Five ways to fash­ion a space that will eas­ily suit your daugh­ter as she grows into her 20s.

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Five ways to fash­ion a space that will suit a teen as she grows into her 20s

1. PICK A PAL­ETTE WITH STAY­ING POWER

Pink isn’t only for young­sters and bub­ble gum. De­signer Matthew Meis­ner made the “it’s a girl” hue more grown-up in his step­daugh­ter Milena Bet­ten­court’s room by com­bin­ing it with black and gold. He also en­sured the pink items were easy to swap should the 16-year-old ever tire of them.

2. MAKE IT SPE­CIAL

Cus­tom pieces don’t have to be pricey. Matthew up­graded a big-box-store desk with funky ge­o­met­ricprint vinyl wall­pa­per for added charm.

3. GIVE A LIT­TLE PUSH

“Per­suade your kids to try looks that will ma­ture with them,” says Matthew, not­ing that the Rorschach-in­spired wall­pa­per that re­sem­bles a haute French damask wasn’t an easy sell. “I don’t think Milena would have cho­sen this wall­pa­per on her own, but she loves it now.”

4. KNOW WHERE TO SPLURGE

“In­vest in neu­tral pieces that have longevity, such as an up­hol­stered bed frame,” says Matthew. “And have fun with pieces like toss cush­ions, which are in­ex­pen­sive to re­place.”

5. ADD MEAN­ING

Es­tab­lish an eclec­tic aes­thetic that looks col­lected over time by grouping items that have per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance. Take, for ex­am­ple, the pink-un­der­toned art­work on Milena’s desk: Many of the pieces ref­er­ence her dad, Rick Bet­ten­court, from the photo of a Mis­soni fash­ion show he at­tended to a print of Jimmy Choo shoes that nods to his work as the vice-pres­i­dent of shoe em­pire Nine West Canada.

DE­SIGN, Heir­loom & Knot, heir­loomand­knot.com; Sim­ply White OC-117 WALL PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; WALL­PA­PER (on fea­ture wall), WALL­PA­PER (on desk­top), STOOL FAB­RIC, Heir­loom & Knot; DESK (cus­tomized), RUG, TASK LAMP (on nightstand), pink TOSS CUSH­IONS, IKEA;

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