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BEFORE. After a while, the pink and green just didn't cut it anymore for Joelle Hyman, 18. Her mom, designer Patrisha Hyman, says she advises clients that children, especially girls, generally go through at least four room changes on the way to adulthood. There?s the nursery you make for them, which lasts until about age 4; ages 5 to 9; ages 9 to 14; and then ages 14 to 18. (Credit: Handout)

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A bedroom goes from girlie to grown-up

When Joelle Hyman, 18, outgrew her taste for pink and green, she made a sharp turn -- into black and white. She also turned to mom Patrisha Hyman, owner of Patrisha Hyman Interiors of Roslyn and Westhampton, to turn her bedroom from girlie to grown-up. "I like to spend a lot of time in my bedroom and wanted a change," says Joelle, a Syracuse University student. "I had a lot of furniture in my old bedroom, and I don't like a lot of clutter. I wanted my room to also reflect my personal style and what I wear. The pink and green room didn't reflect me. I wear a lot of black and white and leopard print." Joelle "didn't want a lot of furniture," her mom says. "She's also really organized, so she had to have storage. She also wanted a place for her friends to be comfortable when they came over." Here's how the Hymans made it work. TOTAL: $5,835 (Hyman said her usual fee for a room makeover this extensive would be around $1,750, or 30 percent of the cost) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

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