We love a good designer challenge and that is just what we got when we agreed to take on a room for this year’s Heart of the Home Tour in Piedmont.

Our assignment: to transform an awkward space, with angled ceilings, shutters on the windows and lots of clutter — which made it feel dark and heavy and not at all the kind of energy an adolescent girl would feel drawn to or enjoy — into a pre-teen dream hangout for movie watching and sleep overs.

The homeowner wanted a space where she knew her girls would feel relaxed and happy; a room that would be sophisticated enough for them to feel like it was appropriate for the young ladies they are becoming, yet still playful enough for them to not take it all so seriously.

The result: A lovely room that is light, happy, sassy and fun, with just enough tradish to make the grand, old Piedmont home not feel too left out.

During the two-day event, I spent the entire time hanging out in the super-inviting hanging-bubble chair — and it was the most fun I’ve had in ages.

Designing and being in that room certainly brought out my inner teenager. I felt playful, engaged and relaxed — which I think is a testament to the transformative energy of design.

Take a look at the outcome below in the after and before images and let me know if you can feel the shift.

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Some of you on the tour were curious about where the bubble chair came from. Here’s the link to the one we specified (a must-have if you can’t live without floating while journaling, meditating or watching Modern Family—three of my favorite past times).

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hanging-Bubble-Chair/4685457/product.html

Special thanks to all of my supportive and talented staff especially Darshan who contributed greatly to the process with her organization and task mastery. We couldn’t have done it without the countless favors we called in from our generous vendors and a very big THANK YOU to McCutcheon Construction and MB Jessee Painting. And to all of the generous and kind people at the CSL who volunteer their time for such a good cause. We appreciate being a part of such a successful tour and a great cause.

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Photo Credits (“After” images): Steve Babuljak