After over a year of trying to conceive and despising the spare room we found out we were pregnant on a month that beat out all scientific odds. Once we passed the first trimester mark we got to work (my husband and I). We knew we wanted a neutral basis for the room with pops of color so we purchased/DIY-ed all the neutral pieces before we found out Baby's gender. When we found out that we were expecting a baby girl I looked at fabric sample after fabric sample until we decided on a peachy/pink and buttery yellow for the accents in the room. We couldn't be more pleased with our work and the outcome!
For the basis of the room Pinterest was my biggest source of inspiration. I loved the calm, serene rooms. For the pops of color I used Etsy.
Dresser: Craigslist $30 (painted & sanded ourselves)//Beaded chandelier: DIY-Dollar Tree items (flower hanging basket, beaded necklaces, wire, hot glue)//Alphabet wall: DIY-I spray painted 26 frames, cut fabric for the background, and used my Silhouette machine to cut out the letters.//Side table: Garage sale $5//Shelves: Garage sale $19 (cabinet doors and brackets)//Canvas: DIY-I painted a canvas with acrylic paint, stuck on my vinyl letters, then used hot glue to stick on the fabric flowers.//Printable: DIY-I created a printable for every season and Baby's arrival on the computer and printed them out 5"x7".//Book accordion wheel: DIY-I took an old book and folded the pages inward until I was done.//Glider: Lonestar Baby Swivel Glider Upholstered $475//Ottomans: Craigslist 2 for $20 (covered with fabric)//Bedding: Cottage & Cabin on Etsy//Crib: Graco Charleston from Walmart//Mobile: DIY-I knew I wanted some natural elements so I went with a floating branch with various objects hanging from it--flower balls made of fabric, jute covered balls, and white yarn balls.//Closet: DIY-My husband expanded the entrance and created the shelving system.//Curtains: Ikea Merete $20 per pair (we used 2 pair)//Verse board: DIY-My husband created the board using old fence posts and fill-it strips on the back. I then used a stencil I created and acrylic paint to put the words on. Once dried I sanded over the words to give it an aged feel.//For info on any DIY project check out my blog: lifewiththeellwoods.blogspot.com
This is a hard choice..probably the alphabet wall.
Start with the basics-the furniture and wall color if you want them neutral like ours. Decide what feel you want. We wanted traditional, so we went with curves and timeless pieces--the dresser, uplhostered chair with tufted buttons, and crib. Then move to your fabrics-bedding. We wanted this to be neutral as well. Decide what materials you want--something really soft and warm, a pop of color, etc. Then move to your wall pieces. For us this involved the alphabet wall, mobile and shelves. Once those things are in place it makes the smaller items easier to decide on because you can step back and see what might need to be added-more white, more color, etc.