Ursula Carmona, founder of DIY design blog Home Made by Carmona, has been in love with home décor and DIY as long as she can remember – and her 12-year-old daughter Priya is just as creatively inclined. When it came time to remodel her daughter’s room, Ursula looked to Priya herself for inspiration.

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The budding artist hard at work. Shop Priya’s designs on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.

Priya is quite the little artist in the making. It dawned on me that her room should be an expression of her style, her passions, and her own creations.” – Ursula Carmona

Together, mother and daughter listed items they could design themselves and started creating. “One day as I was sizing up her room for a remodel, I watched her deeply absorbed in sketching flowers to display on her cork board. Right then and there we began making a list of things she could design and create for her own room. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I learned that you could print your own designs on fabric and wallpaper through Spoonflower! It was a match made in DIY heaven.”

Find out how easy it is to turn kids’ artwork into fabric with this tutorial

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Priya’s design, Whimsy Girly Floral, takes center stage in her bedroom makeover.

With Priya’s designs, Spoonflower’s Cypress Cotton Canvas, and some elbow grease, Ursula revamped her daughter’s room into an expressive space full of personal touches. “There is something wonder-filled about taking an idea and seeing it become a physical product in your hand. I love that Spoonflower has handed the common person the ability to let their creativity soar and feel like a designer in their own right. I believe it opened her imagination to the world of possibilities.”

See how to transform your bedroom with Ursula’s DIY headboard tutorial

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Priya’s pillow design, Whimsical Leaves, pops on neutral bedding.

From the custom upholstered headboard to the cushy throw pillows from Roostery, Ursula and Priya’s vision was realized through their own creativity and discerning taste. Ursula is a proponent of tasteful design on a budget–but for her, being frugal doesn’t mean sacrificing style.

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Find out how to make your own Cypress Cotton Canvas with Ursula’s tutorial.

“Bringing your own custom DIY touches to a space is an amazing way show off your style and make your home uniquely yours. Start simple and work your way up: reupholster a bench, make a pin board from your own fabric, make your own cafe curtains. You are only limited by your imagination.” – Ursula


 Shop our picks for a handmade headboard! 

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Top row, left to right: Watercolor MarbleArabella – Damask AquaBlush King Protea
Bottom row, left to right Colorful Retro Summer BlossomTangier in Indigo Linen, A Clockwork Orange