Bulldog Chic Bedroom Makeover

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Teen Bedroom Makeover Takes Bulldog Chic Fashion Forward


The muses in my household are two english bulldogs, Hope and Bosco—equal parts adorable and ugly depending on who you ask. Although my bulldogs’ aesthetic appeal is debatable, we think our bulldogs are the perfect design inspiration for my 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom makeover.


Bulldog Chic bedroom makeover for my 13-year-old daughter features a bulldog mural honoring her deceased dog and portraits she took of her two current bulldogs, Hope & Bosco

My daughter Alexis dotes on both bulldogs with a prolific creative force that has produced their own Instagram account and Pinterest Board.


Face portraits of Bosco, pictured on the left, and Hope, pictured on the right, that my 13-year-old daughter took of her pets that hang above her bed.

Alexis took up photography as hobby two years ago. She has taken some fabulous images of both bulldogs so we decided to use her photographs as wall art over her bed. We framed face portraits of each bulldog in black and suspended them by hot pink ribbons.


Our family pet, english bulldog Hope, lounging on my 13-year-old daughter’s bed in her bulldog chic room.

So when it came time to transition her bedroom from cutesy tween to fashionista teen, we decided to create a room that was Bulldog Chic to reflect her personality and passions.


We repurposed my daughter’s dresser by painting black accents and adding hot pink glass knobs giving it a more mod, fashionista vibe.

She chose hot pink and black as the color scheme of her room. We kept the walls a neutral golden beige and accented with those two colors. Black, hot pink and white shag pillows provide textured layers against a quilted velvet hot pink headboard. A hot pink bean bag sits next to my daughter’s nightstand as the perfect landing spot for both bulldogs, Bosco Junior and Hope.


A hot pink bean bag provides the perfect lounging spot for Hope, on the left, and Bosco, on the right, in my daughter’s bulldog chic bedroom.

We painted a bedroom mural honoring Bosco Senior, our pet that passed away 3 years ago, and added a touch of realism by hanging Bosco Senior’s old collar underneath a simple black silhouette of his face.


Bosco Senior pictured on the left and a mural in his honor on my daughter’s bedroom wall in her bulldog chic bedroom.

We repurposed her bedroom furniture by painting the all white end table and dresser with black drawer fronts and tops and added glass pink knobs and drawer pulls.


A repurposed end table painted with black drawer fronts and top with pink glass knobs to match my 13-year-old daughter’s hot pink and black color scheme in her Bulldog Chic Bedroom


We repurposed my daughter's dresser by painting black accents and adding hot pink glass knobs giving it a more mod, fashionista vibe.

We repurposed my daughter’s dresser by painting black accents and adding hot pink glass knobs giving it a more mod, fashionista vibe.

To seamlessly blend bulldog chic with fashionista sensibility, we added a touch of glam with metallic, glass and mirror accents including a bubble glass clock, silver mosaic table lamp and picture frames.


glass mosaic frame with picture of our bulldog Hope taken by my 13-year-old daughter that sits on her dresser.

A black and white zebra striped chair and an area rug mix up prints and textures so that the room stays stylish without being too kitchsy.


A ceramic bulldog made by my grandmother is a special family keepsake that sits at the foot of my daughter’s homework desk in her Bulldog Chic Bedroom.

A modern chrome and crystal Inca chandelier from ET2 Lighting casts a beautiful light grid at night and during the day anchors the room’s fashion-forward style.


The Inca 7 light pendant chandelier, from ET2 Contemporary Lighting, has a laser-cut metal sheath of polished chrome with hanging crystal strands inside that cast a beautiful light grid on the walls at night.

The total cost of my 13-year-old’s Bulldog Chic Bedroom makeover was $1,200 including the bed that we purchased from American Signature Furniture Store.

Hot pink quilted headboard and bed from American Home Signature furniture store.

Hot pink quilted headboard and bed from American Signature Furniture store.

The bedspread is from the Pink Collection by Victoria’s Secret. Most of the accessories pictured came from Target and Kirkland’s. The challenge with both my son’s bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom is that they are constant outgrowing their decor as their sense of style evolves. Every few years, I update their rooms as a birthday present to reflect their maturing tastes and changing hobbies and interests. I’m just waiting for the day when my son outgrows Legos—whatever will I do with his wall-to-wall collection?  Maybe I can sell him on a more masculine interpretation of the bulldog theme too.


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  1. What a beautiful way to pay homage to a loved one passed and simultaneously incorporate current “family members” into a clearly chic teenage girls room.

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    I love the pinks, black and white motifs mixed with sparkly chrome pendant and silver table and candle stick accents. Well done.

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