Boys to Men Part Deux

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“My many years of living have not made the actions of teenage boys any less enigmatic.” – Avery Williams, The Alchemy of Forever

A Boys Room with a Big Makeover | @D.L. Rhein


 Remember the fabulous Bollywood Bungalow we did last year? Our clients recently moved into a larger home and wanted to give their teenage sons fresh, updated bedrooms that said goodbye little boys, hello young men.  The rooms had nothing in them but walls and windows when we began working in the space. A highly creative family, with ideas and projects constantly flowing, we wanted to create soothing bedrooms that were relaxing and kept these young collectors items orderly.

Monogram Pillows always add a nice touch | @D.L. Rhein

A new bed fit for a king!  Navy fabric gets tailored definition with a modern design and silver nail heads.   Black and white linen duvet and shams embroidered with his initials from Monogrammit, an LA staple for personalized linens and accessories.  A royal blue silk shade is the perfect accent for these lucite lamps.

A boys bedroom with a little extra storage | @D.L. Rhein

One challenge in this room was that there was no closet!  A custom built bench is covered with a stenciled zebra hide, stained in a mahogany, and modern pulls from Restoration Hardware.  The furniture anchors the room and functions as a place for him to store some of his clothes.  A Greek key rug adds some texture and pops the blues in the bed and lamp shades.



To give the boys rooms that reflect their individual styles and personalities, we went with a grey and brown pallet for the older brother.  Vintage bamboo side tables make eclectic and one of a kind end tables.  A cable knit throw brings out the dark grey headboard as it accents the light grey embroidered bedding.  A faux croc tray painted in high gloss lacquer allows for an impromptu breakfast in bed.




There is nothing new paint and hardware can’t make magnificent!  Lacquered in grey, and chrome plated original brass hardware, this vintage piece is given new life and turned modern with a lucite chair from CB2.  It is one of our favorite, inexpensive pieces to place.  (They make great dining chairs too. )  The patchwork hide rug blends the scheme of the room together effortlessly.  Stay tuned for the guest room in this newly appointed home.




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“The blue we bathe in is the blue we breathe.  The blue we breathe, I fear, is what we want from life and only find in fiction.  For the voyeur, fiction is what’s called going all the way.” – William Gass

A young boy's bathroom in need of a facelift. Read our post to see how we did it. #tile #makeover #bathroom | @D.L. Rhein


 A dear friend of mine was desperate to update her teenage boys’ bathroom from the 1980’s to the new millenium.  She wanted it to be modern with a little edge so we opted for some industrial fixtures, still keeping with a clean aesthetic.  Out with the lineloeum and formica, in with the marble.  The results were tremendous!

New fixtures, sinks, tile, + Mirrors. Read our post to see how we did it. #tile #makeover #bathroom | @D.L. Rhein


 A new white vanity with a marble slab and raised porcelain sinks replaced old wooden cabinets at an economical price.  The faucets were replaced with tall spouts from Ferguson, the perfect match for the chrome hardware.  Lineoleum floors were ripped out to make way for veined marble tiles.  Kensington Recessed Medicine Cabinets from Pottery Barn are sleek and sly with their hidden storage.  Edison Glass Sconces from Restoration Hardware are a beautiful touch of soft lighting.

Out with the old, in with the new. Read our post to see how we did it. #tile #makeover #bathroom | @D.L. Rhein


Blue tile and taupe walls - just what this teenager needed to update his bathroom. Read our post to see how we did it. #tile #makeover #bathroom | @D.L. Rhein

The tub and shower had to go!  Navy Subway tiles from Discount Tile, an excellent local resource Angelenos, are a dramatic backdrop for clear glass doors and a modern square tub.

A double sink…Yes, Please!  Read our post to see how we did it. #tile #makeover #bathroom | @D.L. Rhein

The walls were transformed with Benjamin Moore’s Whale Gray mixed with Hollandlac from Fine Paints of Europe to create a lacquered effect.   A brand new bathroom with dramatic results while keeping on a tight budget.   Now when the boys cry the blues about their bathroom, it will be with good reason.




Tile Transformation – DIY

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“If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want – I go to the bathroom.” – Alicia Keys

BEFORE | BROWN BATHROOM. Read here to see how we made "this" beautiful. #tiles #bathroom #makeover | @D.L. Rhein


Oh the tile colors of the ’70’s and ’80’s…not the most appealing of palates, that’s for sure.  What most people don’t realize, is there is an inexpensive way to give yourself a brand new bathroom without always having to rip out the unsightly existing pieces.  In four steps, you can go from this, to this….   read more

Modern Hacienda

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“It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.” 

– Glenn Close



Sometimes you have to start a remodel with nothing.  This home had a great shell, but was in need of some cohesion and updating to bring it to a level of  modern grandeur.  With high ceilings and oversized windows, I wanted this room to radiate natural light and feel less heavy.   Fresh paint and a re-stained floor were just what the zhush doctor ordered to remedy an ailing room.  read more

Boys to Men

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“I’d rather be a boy and play with paper airplanes, than be a man and play with a woman’s heart.” – Niall Horan

Boys Room "Before + After" | @D.L. Rhein


 Once people start to update their home and see the transformation, it’s hard to leave the kid’s rooms untouched when they are in dire need of an age appropriate remodel.  This client’s little boys are becoming young men and a few simple changes completely transformed their rooms, making them suitable for tweens entering their teens.  We tried several blue samples on the wall, none of them were really speaking to me.  I found the perfect grey and decided to go in completely different direction.  The result was a mellow and mature bedroom fit for a young man.

Simple Boy Color Palette | D.L. Rhein

Crown molding and new base boards painted in white lacquer are an economical way to make a huge impact within a space.  Grey bedding accented with a chevron throw and a vintage silk scarf turned custom pillow.  An electric blue cow hide warms up the dark wood floors.  Furniture from Ikea is the perfect choice for a budget friendly remodel.

Simple Boy Accessories | D.L. Rhein

Malm Bed and Side Table

Simple Boy Colors | D.L. Rhein

Dry Erase boards for Dad’s daily messages

Ikea Dresser | @D.L. Rhein

Hopen Chest of Drawers

Boys Simplicity  | @D.L. Rhein

Linmon/Alex Desk | Jules Desk Chair

Boys Room "Before + After" | @D.L. Rhein


Boys Simplicity  | @D.L. Rhein

Adios to the kinder wall decals, and baby blue!   Hello to masculine neutrals!  After painting his brother’s room Benjamin Moore’s Timberwolf, we decided to do the same in here.  This funky custom pillow was created from curtain panels I found at an amazing vintage store in San Francisco on a shopping trip with Jess.  A patchwork hide rug adds a funky touch and makes this room unique from his brother’s.

Boys Simplicity  | @D.L. Rhein

PS Locker Cabinet

Ikea Desk and Chair  | @D.L. Rhein

A grown up car collection | Black and White Rock Art in Gallery Frames | Linnmon/ALex Desk and File Cabinet

White + Gray - Great Boy Colors | @D.L. Rhein

Malm Six Drawer Chest | Master of the room’s trophy collection and rock band in the making portraits

Kids rooms are easy, fun and affordable to update.  Ikea is an amazing resource for things like this and will last until they are off to college.  Until then….