I am so excited about this post! I love to dream about how I would decorate my house, and this brings my ideas together in an easy-to-see format that can really inspire. Designers often do something like this for clients to give them an idea of what their room will look like. What they use is something called a moodboard. Here’s an example of one from Young House Love, a great design blog by a really cute couple (you have to scroll down a bit to see it). I couldn’t find anything that told me how to make that, and I think you need to be really good at graphic design to do it, but what I did find was the site Big Huge Labs, and their tool called Mosaic Maker, which allows you to do mosaics like the one I did, with lots of different configuration options. The site works best with Facebook or Flickr. You upload the pictures you want to use into one album or set, copy and paste the URL to the site, and it creates the mosaic. Once you get the hang of it it’s super easy!
The inspiration behind this inspiration post is Michal’s room. Her nursery at our old house was decorated in shades of pink and green, but her room here is painted purple so it got me thinking about decorating with that color. Without the budget to redecorate, this is the next best thing. You may be wondering why nothing in the picture is purple, if that was the inspiration. Well, interestingly enough, I found the bedding first, and thought it was purple, but loved it so much, that I thought I’d make that the jumping off point instead. So here we go! P.S. you can see a bigger version of the picture my clicking on it.
The bedding is Dwell Studio from Target. The minute I saw it I loved it- the birds, the color, the pattern, everything, and I thought it would be the perfect jumping off point for the room.
Seeing the bedding reminded me of some Heather Baily fabric I had seen over at Quilt Home (which is a great site, and is so much more than quilting). I checked it out, and low and behold, it was the perfect match. Love that! I see this being used as pillows, curtains, or a little animal like this, which is of course Heather Baily! Don’t forget add black out lining to the curtains. It may just give you a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning which I think we all could use.
One of my essential pieces in Michal’s room is the rocking chair. Even as she gets older, it’s still a highly used item, perfect for cuddle and story time. We have the Lillberg rocker from Ikea and it’s been a good chair, but for this room, I wanted something a little bit better, and you can’t get much better then Monte Design Group. They have several great choices and I found it hard to chose one, but I finally settled on the Alto Rocker with Storage Ottoman. There are so many great things about this set. The look of the rocker is clean and contemporary, but not too sterile for a girl’s room. And if you did eventually move the chair out of the room, it would fit perfectly into any other room in the house. The fabric is water and stain resistant which anyone with a child knows is a plus, and all Monte’s products are sustainably made in Canada! You can find the specifics on their website. I love the ottoman because of the storage, which is something any room can usually use more of. I wanted the set in white, but the only white fabric choice was leather, and that didn’t say little girl’s room to me, so I opted instead for the stone microfiber. It’s still light, and it throws another neutral color in the mix.
Next on the roster was the dresser/nightstand. If I were really doing this for Michal I could skip these because she has a dresser already that I really like. It was a hand-me-down from someone that we repainted white to match her hand-me-down crib, and honestly, I would say if you can get something second hand, do. The cost is much less, and because the pieces are often older, the quality is much better too. That way, it can last them through teen years, and even into college and beyond. And if it’s not exactly your style, a little paint and some new hardware, will go a long way to updating it, and making it your own. I did find some great new pieces that are excellent quality and would be perfect in the room now and later. Its the Madeline set from Pottery Barn Kids, and includes the dresser and matching nightstand. I like the simplicity of the furniture, with just enough detail to make it interesting. I also like that the nightstand has an open cubby, perfect for things she wants to keep in easy reach at bedtime.
I didn’t include a headboard, because I think this is better done as a DIY. Make a fabric headboard with plywood, quilt batting, and your chosen fabric, or try the door as a headboard trick. Curtains hung behind the bed can stand in for a headboard, as can a large picture, or shelf which has been VERY SECURELY mounted to the wall. I have even seen a wall decal that looked like a headboard. A very portable headboard indeed!
Speaking of wall decals I thought it would be nice to include one in this room as there are many cute bird ones out there, that would tie the bedding into another side or section of the room. I went to Etsy this time (the mecca of all things handmade), and again found so many good options I could hardly decide. The one I did choose, I chose for it’s flexibility. It’s sold one branch at a time, so you can do as much or as little as you want. Also, The way they’re used in the picture makes me think they could even be incorporated into a growth chart. How cute would that be? Every wall decal I found let you choose the colors which is nice. In this case I would go with pink birds, and a grey branch, to tie in the stone from the rocker.
I don’t think a room is complete without books, so bookshelves of some kind were a priority on my list. I love this book rack from Pottery Barn Kids, because the books face out, making it easy to see and retrieve them.
Two more essentials for any room, are a mirror, and a bedside lamp. The lamp I found on Walmart’s website, a steal at just $16.88. I like how the white and pink design on the shade echoes the white and pink in the bedding. The pinks are not an exact match, but that’s not a bad thing. You can’t match everything perfectly, so you might as well embrace different shades of a color right from the start. The mirror was the hardest thing to find. I had a picture in my mind, and nothing matched, although the above lamp, from Ballard Designs was the closest I could find to it. I like that it’s round, with a flower look, that is cute and fun for when she’s a little girl, but subtle enough that it could still grow with her, like the furniture.
The final elements of the room, are fun little accessories, both from The Container Store. The baskets (I would be using the white, of course) are actually shopping totes, but with the strap removed they become cute storage baskets. I’m not sure I would have had the vision to see this, but Nicole Balch, over at Making It Lovely did when she used them for toy storage in her living room. I like that they have a more antique feel with is a nice balance with the modern feel of the rocker. The baskets can hold toys, stuffed animals, or any number of other things that might need storing. One could even find a home in the cubby of the nightstand to corral the stuff that lives there. The branch hangers, (again used in white) are a cute way to store and display scarves, jewelry, hair accessories, you name it, and another nice tie in to the bird/tree theme.
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this girl’s room inspiration board/post as much as I enjoyed making it. I’m thinking next might be the kitchen. We’ll see. Stay tuned to find out.