Whitney has been waiting to show you her decorating skills.

This is her room.

Her design.

Her colors.

Her planning and hoping and dreaming and putting and placing and fluffing and creating.

Remember when she told me what she wanted and I worked with an online designer and there were two design plans and you all chimed in and told us which plan you loved and which elements you loved? We read every comment. We listened to every one of you who took the time to leave a note.

And in the end?

We actually liked things from both rooms so we combined what we liked and added in a few elements of our own.

And now there is an after to the before.

Want to see what the room looks like now?

I took the same camera angles from each of the before pictures so you could see the change better.

Are you ready?

Several months ago the room looked like this.

And now?

It looks like this.

Here’s the before from this angle.

And now?

It looks like this.

Here’s the before from this angle.

And now?

It looks like this.


I am so proud of her.


When we first started planning out the room, I was going a different direction.

A little more farmhouse.

But Whitney knew that she knew that she knew.

She wanted a room that was bright and white with pops of yellow and blue.

Here’s what we kept from the original room.

The bed.

The desk.

The dresser.

Here’s what we purchased for the space from the original design.

The chair.

The basket.

The rug.

The side tables.

The bench at the end of the bed.

The tufted chair in the corner (which we both LOVE SO MUCH because it’s so cozy).

I sold much of the rest of the room on Facebook Marketplace (thanks to all of you) and used the money to purchase some new accessories for the room.

I’ve linked all the sources at the end of the post.

It was a process of figuring out which direction we were going to go.

But Whitney knew.

She knew she wanted a little bit of greenery.

She knew she wanted blue and white.

She knew she wanted curtains.

And she knew she wanted this yellow chair.

I’m so proud of her.

Designing a room is challenging and overwhelming and a little intimidating.

But it makes it so easy when you find a yellow chair and fall in love.

And then?

Just decorate the rest with your heart. 🙂


(please note that there are affiliate links included on this post)

Linen tufted barrel chair

Blue and yellow area rug

Storage bench

Blue and white flower print–Hobby Lobby

Side tables

White curtains—IKEA

Tufted bed

Feather print—Hobby Lobby


Yellow chair


Hanging gold planter

Emlyn basket

Blue and white pillows—Hobby Lobby

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  1. Image for Terry Terry

    Just beautiful! So serene and calm! I just did a blue and white room for two girls who will be joining my family. (I'm getting married for the first time at age 62. He still has 3 daughters at home!). I can't wait for them to come and help me complete the decorating. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Wow!!!!! She is on point in every way. (I'm glad I was able to contribute to the room design fund) LOL If I had to choose to favorites in this space, I would go with that yellow chair and the artwork.

  3. Image for Chloe Chloe

    Be proud, Mama, be proud! The room is perfect because it is what Whitney wanted. The best part of this story isn't the re-styling of the room, but the relationship between you and your daughter. Your trust in her decisions and you working together is the story. God bless you and Whitney. I am sure she is enjoying the new look in her room.

  4. Image for Terri Terri

    ohhhhh myyyyy goodnesssssss.... You have a clone!!! Those decorating genes are on overload !! How beautiful !!!!!! I love it ...........

  5. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    So fresh, serene, and beautiful! Great job! I love it all. The apple doesn't fall far from the momma tree. Happy Hump Day!

  6. Image for Jillian Jillian

    Love how it turned out, so fresh and pretty. A girl after your own heart, what could be better! One question, where to find those little picture rails...?

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Jillian, We made them! You can see the how-to on this post here: https://thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-make-a-quote-wall-with-picture-ledges/ Hope this helps! Happy day! karianne

      1. Image for jillian jillian

        Thanks for info, will be making a few of these, love idea of sitting multiple pictures there and easily changed out.

  7. Image for Jenn Jenn

    This looks amazing!! I love the rug and all of the artwork, but especially the floral print on the window wall! How fun to do the room together! Daughters are such a gift!

  8. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    So beautiful. Very tastefully done and the colors are to die for. She is obviously your daughter. She must love her new retreat, and you have every reason to be proud. It is perfection from start to finish!

  9. Image for Dana Dana

    Whitney your room is lovely! It's now a true reflection of who you are and it's just beautiful! Really well done! Bravo!!

  10. Image for Marion Marion

    Just lovely and crisp and fresh and classy and trendy all wrapped up in one! Tell Whitney her choice of a pop of yellow/gold inspires me as I still have some remnant gold from the red/green/gold days that she has shown me how to "work in" very nicely.. Great job!

  11. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Blue, white and yellow- bright and happy! Actually my entire beach home is done in this combo which I truly love. And the best part is that for a seasonal change it is so easy to add a single bright color with a pillow or vase or lamp shade!

  12. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Looks beautiful and "grown up"!! Very talented- it's in the genes:) Love blue and white and a pop of yellow- I have that same feather print (I love nests and birds and feathers!) GREAT job Whitney!

  13. Image for Gina Gina

    Whitney, I love your choices and your colors. They are the same colors I chose for my baby's room almost 18 years ago. So classic. Great room!

  14. Image for Sara Ross Sara Ross

    Kudos to Whitney!, the Apple sure doesn’t fall from your tree of decorating! Beautiful job and I love the colors! She should write a book for teens!

  15. Image for Jody K Jody K

    I love the new look. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! But I spotted a perfect rug for me in the before shots. Do you have a source for that one?

  16. Image for Laura Beynon Laura Beynon

    WOW! It's gorgeous. You guys are a great team. Where is the bedding from? Would love to check it out for my daughter's room.

  17. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Whitney is so talented! I love her colors and the room looks so fresh and bright! Gold accent steps up her design and this decor is mature, yet fun. Could you provide the bedding source(s)? I love the embroidery-design.

  18. Image for Linda Linda

    It is so very pretty ! Your daughter sure takes after her Mom. I know how proud you are of her ! IAM sure she will enjoy it so much !

  19. Image for Joy Shanor Joy Shanor

    I love everything about this room!!! I WISH I could be so decisive! I've lived in my house for over TWO YEARS and I still can't decide how I want to decorate!! I want it to be perfect so now I'm just paralyzed!!! My husband just says, "Whatever you want, babe!" SO not helpful!!

  20. Image for Laurin Magill Laurin Magill

    So beautiful! Good job Whitney!! I love blue and yellow together. Can you tell me whether the tall plant next to the desk in the basket is real or fake? If fake, where did you get it because it looks real and I need one!

  21. Image for Mary Mary

    Love it, great job!! I also appreciate the before pictures and that you took the before and after pictures at the same angle!

  22. Image for glenda schock glenda schock

    It is just lovely Whitney. Just. like. you. It's wonderful when a plan comes together. Thanks for sharing with us!

  23. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Whitney, You definitely inherited your Moms decorating skills! Your room is just beautiful and I really love that you went your own direction. One of the things that I have learned over the years when it comes to designing and decorating is follow your own heart. Forget trends and what everyone else is doing and do what inspires you.

  24. Image for Shelia P. Shelia P.

    Great job Whitney!! 😊. Looks like she’s going to have great taste in decor like her Mom! I’m just so impressed! I especially love that yellow gold chair, the artwork, the rug, the greenery, well, everything! haha! It looks so beautiful. She’s never going to want to come out of there, Karianne! Lol! Awesome job! Y’all have a good evening! 😊

  25. Image for Nita Christian Nita Christian

    Whitney you did an amazing job on your room! Lots of talent inherited from your mom and I love the fact that you knew what you wanted and went for it!

  26. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    What a great job, Whitney. Shows you have developed your own eye and style. You will have a beautiful home of your own one day.

  27. Image for Cheryl Foley Cheryl Foley

    I love it. Such a bright yet serene space...with wonderful personal touches that say so much about her 💚

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Susan, I got it from Target! It was about $99 I think? Hobby Lobby also has great fiddle leaf figs, too! Happy day! karianne

  28. Image for PJ PJ

    Well done, Whitney! Your beautiful room has elements that will stay with you for years to come. I love the color choices and the warm, welcoming feel of this room.

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