Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

How to Help Your Teenager Design Their Space

By: Nina Asusa

How to Help Your Teenager Design Their Space


Being a teenager is an exciting time, filled with highs and lows, and explorations of their hobbies and passions. Helping design their own space is a way to allow your teen to get creative and make their room feel like their own. There are so many different ways to let their personality and interests shine through, from the furniture they choose to the decor and accessories they pick out.It’s also a great project you can work on together! Here are 6 tips and ideas to help your teenager design their space. 
1. Incorporate Their Interests
Whether your teen dances, plays baseball, loves to read or has a passion for music, incorporate their interests into their room. You can do this in a number of different ways, from wall murals to personalized decor. For example, if your teen is a music fanatic, consider music note wall decals, vintage instrument prints and a guitar desk lamp. Get creative and allow their interests to inspire the design of the space. 
2. Add Lots of Shelving and Storage
The teenage life is a busy life. They’re constantly in and out of their space, working on school work, pursuing their passions and hobbies, and entertaining their friends. It’s best to have lots of shelving and storage to keep things in order and help maintain any clutter that arises. Shelving and storage will make their room look tidy and organized, even when life feels just the opposite.
3. Paint Colour 
Choosing the paint colour for your room is one of the most personalized parts of the design process. Everyone has certain colours they’re drawn to, which typically changes as we get older. If your teen’s room is currently painted the same colour it has been since they were a kid, it’s time to change it up. Allow them to pick their favourite colour to reflect where they are at this stage in life.
4. Create a Hangout Nook
One thing every teen loves to do? Hangout with their friends. So what could be better than a hangout nook right in their room? Make things comfortable and cool for them and their friends with lots of seating. Consider furniture such as a hanging swing chair, a couch, or floor poufs and make it cozy with lots of pillows, throws and a rug. 
5. Add an Accent Wall 
Accent walls are an awesome way to add dimension and personality to any space. When it comes to your teen’s room ask them what they would love to feature on an accent wall. It could be anything from gorgeous patterned wallpaper, to a bold paint colour that’s different from the colours of the other walls, to a wall mural, to a fun geometric pattern. 
6. Frame Their Favourite Photos
Photos live online these days, so it’s extra special to print them out and get them framed. Ask your teen to choose their favourite photos of them and their friends and loved ones andget them framed nicely to hang on the walls or place on their bedside tables. It’s a personalized touch that will make any teen’s room feel special.
Helping your teenager design their space is a bonding experience that allows the both of you to work together to create something awesome! Incorporate these ideas for a room your teen will love for years to come!