Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mia's Mood Board: Inspired by Zig Zags

As the weekend approaches, I'm excited to get back to work in Mia's room!  After our first stab at giving her room a functional, organizational, and aesthetic overhaul last year, we're addressing some of those areas that aren't working as well as we anticipated. 

Whenever we take another look at an aspect of a room that's not working, we also take a second glance at the room as a whole.  So, while we need to address some ill-functioning storage and the furniture layout, I'm excited to have a little fun tweaking her room design too!

I want to work in some more aqua blue accents and maybe a few more neutrals.  For a long time I've also wanted to make Mia a quilt for her bed.  Something she can use as a cozy reading blanket once she outgrows it and hopefully one she can take with her as a keepsake when she moves out one day.  Don't dash my dreams, OK?  In my mind this quilt is uber special.  And I create it without flaw.  Stop laughing. 

I pinned some darling quilts and am most inspired by this pin via Mommy By Day Crafter By Night.



And it's inspiring the updated design in our little girl's room...



Many of these elements are already in place, so our main goal is to make sure we're making the most of what we do have and then to fill in any gaps.  Here's the breakdown....

1.  Last time we used butterfly clips from the flower department in Michael's to create a whimsical feature on the dark pink focal wall.  Mia still loves these and I do too.  So, they're staying!

2.  The white bed in Mia's room was a garage sale find by my parents.  It was dark brown and worn from age but they had it painted a fresh white along with the rest of her main furniture pieces.  You can find identical twin Jenny Lind beds at Land of Nod, but I'm sure a patient craigslist or yard sale stalker could find one for less.

3.  After seeing zipper canvas bins used as under the bed storage in the Centsational Girl's daughter's room I knew they would be ideal for Mia's space.  Right now they are on sale through One Step Ahead.  I'm hoping this will be a better way to corral all those small little toys and dolls that tend to end up all over the room.

4.  This will actually be the last step, but we eventually want to lay hard flooring throughout the house.  Our youngest has asthma and getting rid of the carpet will be a big help in keep the dust to a minimum.  Especially living in the desert.  A cushy rug for floor play will be essential and a big element in the room.  We love this Raised Floral Rug in Green by Land of Nod.  We also have our eye on these two options:



5, 6, 7.  We created a reading corner with this Pottery Barn Teen Hang-A-Round Chair
 in Pink "Dottie" (I don't see the polka dot chairs on their site now, but they bring in various prints through out the year).  I'll be stalking flash sale sites for a pouf similar to the white Moroccan number in the mood board from Overstock.com. We'll also be looking to DIY or repurpose something for book storage on the wall...like the shelf in the mood board or this Wall Mounted Book Bin.


We thought this book rack was pretty cute too:


8, 9.  Mia's vanity is one of my favorite zones in the room, and one that's still working well for us.  It came with the bed my parents found and was also given new life through a fresh coat of paint. Here's a similar option. We painted a birdcage for a pop of color and it doubles as a charming clip holder.

10, 11, 12, 13.  Mia's dresser is in her closet and is my childhood dresser.  You can find a similar one here. We updated the hardware with these pink acrylic knobs from Target.  The dresser has ample storage, but will swap places with her bookcase.  It will be a fun spot to play with accessories like the pink alarm clock (we found one on clearance at Hobby Lobby) and colorful animal bookends.  The giraffe bookends are from Etsy.

14.  In searching Etsy I came across some adorable fabric push pins and am scheming up a sweet wall art project with these black and white zig-zags. But these floral, black and whitepink and yellow, and colored lace ones are super cute too and we may end up bringing in a pin board for Mia's photos and special treasures.

15.  We love these Charming Floor Bins via Land of Nod to help contain stuffed animal, extra blankets, or medium sized toys.

16.  Mia received a beautiful doll house bookcase from her baby shower.  I'm not sure where it was purchased but I found similar ones here and here.  As we mentioned above, it will be swapping places with the dresser.  We'll be using the cubbies for books, display, and doll house parts.  Having this piece in the closet will hopefully help keep the toys from taking over the room and make for easier cleanup. 


You can see on the mood board how we've created little zones within her room.  A place for sleep, reading, dressing up, drawing (the vanity doubles as a workspace), playing, and getting ready for the day.  Hopefully the room as a whole is a place for her to dream, use her imagination and feel at home.

Now, to get on that quilt ;)



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2 comments:

  1. Very cute! Can't wait to see what you and Mia come up with. :)

    Sharon @ DWL

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  2. I love the idea of adding aqua blue into the space and that Aqua Crows Feet Rug is so cute.

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