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Cherry smash! Splashes of bold color and mod accessories make for one totally groovy pad.

TAKE YOUR ROOM FROM FRILLY TO FABULOUS

When Jessica, 14, got straight A's, her parents did more than toss a few reward bucks her way. They got in touch with interior designer Lane Oliver, creator of Digs A Go-Go, a do-it-yourself bedroom makeover DVD. Lane showed up to surprise Jessica with the news that her room would be transformed from baby-ish to beautiful. The challenge? To make a big change on a small budget. Want to make a bold room that won't break the bank? You can!

INSPIRATION STATION

Flip through magazines and catalogs, and tab colors, items and looks you love. Once you have an idea of what you're going for, pick out one key item to guide the rest of the room. For Jessica, Crate & Barrel's bright, polka-dot bedding expresses the mod groove she's always dreamed of for her room.

Also, highlight what you've already got. Jessica's room has lots of great architectural details, so Lane made the room fun and interesting by using contrasting paint colors in the recessed areas.

HAVE A SEAT

Jessica loves to invite friends over, so she needed lots of sitting space. A twin bed can double as a sofa if you add large 28-inch square pillows or long body pillows as backing. Have two twin beds? Pair them in a corner to create an L-shaped sectional. Lane found a twin bed in the basement and took it off its metal frame. A sheet was attached to the box spring with a staple gun to finish the look.

Ottomans provide additional seating or act as a coffee table. The ottomans Lane got didn't come in red, so Lane bought some fabric and jazzy trim to sew into easy slipcovers.

Jessica wanted a chair she could call her own so she'd have a cozy spot to curl up and read. The striped one from Urban Outfitters offers comfort and fun. Lane even tossed on a heart-shaped pillow to reflect Jessica's love for hearts. (Don't be afraid to mix bold patterns, like circles and stripes.)

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Jessica wanted bold, dramatic artwork. So oversized yellow flowers were plucked from the patio furniture department at Bed Bath & Beyond and mounted to Jessica's wall. The Vogue poster also came from BB&B.

Lane had a tough time finding tiny nightstands to fit in the small corners on either side of the bed. So wood pieces were cut to size at Home Depot, hit with yellow paint and mounted to the height of the bed, secured by L brackets.

PLAY DRESS-UPS

Jessica's window valances were created out of extra pillow shams and some ball fringe purchased by the yard at Hobby Lobby. Simple! Just sew the trim on the bottom edge, then fold it over a rod.

Fun beads from Linens 'n Things add sparkle and the illusion of height. To hang the bead curtains, Jessica chose tiny chrome rods. Lane hung them to fit in the bend by the ceiling, drawing the eye to what the room always had going for it--those great architectural details!

NIFTY DESK SPACE

Jessica's tiny old desk was overflowing with makeup and books. The girl needed to spread out! So Lane made the most of the deep recess under the bedroom window. Thick plywood and a piece of trim molding from Home Depot were cut to fit the window area for customized desk space. A bright-red paint job was in order before mounting it to the wall with two-by-four supports. (Jessica's new desk isn't super-long, but if you're making a longer desk, you might need a center support.)

GET YOU DIGS INTO A DO-OVER GROOVE

Having trouble tapping your inner Genevieve? Overhaul your room with Digs A Go-Go ($25, digsagogo.com), a style-savvy room-revamp kit that will get your room from "before" to "after" faster than Trading Spaces. Digs A Go-Go offers cool theme ideas (like suffer and urban), tips for mixin' Goodwill finds with your all-pink bedroom set, and the best tricks for diva designing on a budget. Because we'd like to see you clean up your room as much as morn would, we're giving 25 kits to budding interior designers. Drop a note to Digs Do-Over, GL, 4517 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214 by May 31.
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