Girls Coral & Aqua Inspiration Board

We decided once Phoenix was born that we would re-do Emmi's room.  With all the attention P is getting we want to make sure she is getting something special for herself.  I want her to be the "client" and have a say in what her room will look like.  Since what she wants and what I want (I'm sure that is going to be a theme with the two of us until she is in her 20's) are almost opposite, I decided the below inspiration board would be a good compromise.  She asked for purple, but as I've said before our ENTIRE house is wood.  Dark wood.  Purple will just be too dark. 

Here is what I came up with..with approval from Emmi of course.

1-Paint swatch from Pinterest with broken link.  If this is yours let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due!
2- I painted this dresser for my sister and I hope to find something similar and paint the same color
3-White Duvet, 4-Chevron Blanket, 5-Rug, 6-Owl Frame, 7-Coral tray, 8-Lampshade, 9-Painted Headboard (will do something similar to a 2nd hand piece I find), 10-Coral Box, 11-Zebra Head

I think this is a good start for Emmi's room.  Sarah Richardson, who is one of my favorite designers, gives great advice on decorating children's rooms.  She always designs rooms they can grow into.  That's great for the budget too.  As they grow older you can switch a few key pieces at a time and save some money rather than redecorating the entire space every couple of years.  This is one of the main reasons we did not buy Emmi a toddler bed.  She is going from crib, to crib with one side off to full size bed. 

How do you plan out a room?  Do you start with one inspirational or existing item and build from there?

Nursery Inspiration Board

With both of our children we waited to find out the gender baby until she/he was born.  I am so glad we went that route.  It was such a wonderful surprise both times and if we decide to venture into the unknown land of 3 children (eek!) I am sure we'd wait to find out again.  Since we didn't know his gender we waited to complete his room.  We picked up a few neutral pieces-crib, bedding, rug and the dresser but waited on the rest.  I decided that no matter what we'd go with a neutral gray base with navy blue accents.  If it was a girl we would add coral and if it was a boy we would add green. 

Since he was born I decided to nix the green and I think I want to go with gold...gray/navy/gold.  I put together this inspiration board to see if I liked where I was heading with this. 

1 - Crib, 2 - Chevron Ottoman, 3 - Lamp, 4 - Chair, 5 - Globe Nightlight, 6 - Bedding, 7 - Garland, 8 - Curtains, 9 - Rug, 10 - Dresser we bought at an antique store, 11 - Print

Like I said we already purchased the crib, rug, bedding and dresser.  My lovely and talented mom made me the bedding.  It looks exactly like the one above.  She is so talented and I'm extremely grateful!  We picked up the mid century dresser at an antique shop and as soon as I saw it I wanted it.  The price wasn't marked and when I looked inside and saw it was a Heywood Wakefield Dresser I thought it was going to be way out of our price range, but I asked anyway and guess what the price was...$100!!!  I said yes so fast my head spun.  This dresser is so solid and well made I knew we were getting a deal...I didn't know how big of a deal until we got in the car and I looked it up online.  I saw the exact same dresser on ebay for $1995.00!  I couldn't believe it.  I paused for a second to allow myself to feel just a smidgen of guilt for basically stealing this piece and then I quickly moved on and celebrated!  I've done some research on the piece since then and found out it is a Heywood Wakefield Trophy Mr and Mrs Dresser and Mirror and was likely made in 1951 or 1952.  The Trophy line is very rare since it was in limited production.  We're not going to use the mirror in PD's room, but we may find another place in the house for it. This is one of the reasons I LOVE shopping for vintage pieces to mix with new items.  You never know what you will find you can't beat the quality of these older pieces. 

So, what do you think?  Have you ever scored a great deal like we did?