By Design: Valentine’s Day-themed decor sure to capture your tween’s heart

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. Jenn O'Brien Interiors

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Topsfield-based interior designer Jenn O’Brien of Jenn O’Brien Interiors pulls together a mood board of a dreamy tween escape that can flex through the years. “Start with mature furnishings that can stand the test of time, then layer in accessories that help a girl find comfort and happiness,” O’Brien said. “Accessories have a shelf life, but your furniture doesn’t have to!”

Daybed The upholstered daybed helps transform the room from a bedroom to a hangout space without losing any functionality. It has a trundle bed to accommodate sleepovers while not taking up chill space.

Pendant lights Small chandeliers keep the side tables clear and add sophisticated appeal to the space. 

Coffee table A transparent coffee table provides a place to make Valentine’s for friends, play a board game, or get cozy on the floor with a laptop for remote learning. It matches any color and is easy to move for impromptu dance parties.

Print This “Boss Babe” artwork feels aspirational and powerful. The unexpected contrast and powerful graphic design up the room’s cool factor. The digital download is economical, too.

Chest A curvy front infuses femininity into an otherwise serious piece that grounds the room and will work hard forever.

Wallpaper The pattern makes just as much impact when used on one wall as an accent.

Rug Blue works as a neutral to temper the pink and allows for updates with a whole new color scheme. And, the intricate pattern will help hide dirt if the little miss isn’t always tidy.

Pouf You can pull the pouf up to the table, use it as an ottoman, or offer it up as a night stand for the guest sleeping on the trundle.

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Square pink pillows 

Floral pillow  

Navy pillow 


Teddy bear


Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @globehomes. Subscribe to our free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at