If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you know I love a design board. I can see it written on my headstone… “loved her family, sweet potato fries and design boards”. I actually wasn’t always good at them. I wanted to be. And just like anything in life, practice makes you better than before. I make design boards before I buy anything, they save me money and are also a good “brain dump” for me. It allows me to move onto other things once I get my ideas out.
I put together bedroom design boards for Finn (our 4 year old), Lola (our 10 year old) and Ella (our 13 year old). The girls helped me create their design boards. Just because I put an item on my design board doesn’t mean I am going to necessarily buy that exact thing. They are my inspiration. So if you are on a budget you could put everything together, then slowly purchase things or look for similar items at second hand stores or online!
FINN- TODDLER BOY ROOM
Finn is going to be 5 in April, *cue tears*!!! The room that is going to be his, we kept calling the “green grass room” because it had a bright green carpet! When we moved from Connecticut to Utah he asked “When am I going to sleep in the green grass room”. So to honor that and his love for that green carpet, I found a green rug, which was my starting off point!
Finn had built-in bunkbeds in our Connecticut house, that obviously stayed with that house. We did like the bunkbed, but we really didn’t need bunkbeds in this house. I wanted to do a full-size bed that would grow with him (but seriously can you just stay little Finn??).
- Moon Art (you might notice repeat items we moved with us from our Connecticut home:))
- To The Moon And Back
- Ceiling Light
- Wall Sconce
- Prep School Plaid Bed (I did order this and I am soooooo excited!!!! I immediately knew I wanted it when I saw it. Having a harder time picking my bed!)
- “Green Grass” Rug
- Step Stool
- Sherpa Bean Bag
- Horse Art
- Mustard Dresser (not available in mustard anymore- I bought mine from IKEA like that)
LOLA- PRE TEEN ROOM
The girls will get their own room in our new house. But, I have a feeling the idea of “their own room” sounds a lot more fun in the day than at night! Luckily, they will be right next to each other, joined by a Jack and Jill bathroom. They will have enough space for a queen bed, which I want them to have so they could sleep together if they want. We will also have extra space for guests! WELCOME ALL THE GUESTS!!!
Lola loves all things fancy and ultimately just likes what I like. So I like her best, kidding. She sat with me as we pulled together her space. We want to use the rug they already had in their shared room, again the rug was the starting off point. Lola LOVES the water. When we had our pool she was in it ALL DAY. I try to bring in decor that reflects their passions, so we want to add some water and beach art. Considering the waves wallpaper we had in their Connecticut room somewhere.
- Light Fixture
- Girl Swimming Art
- Cane Bed with velvet
- Blue Nightstand *this isn’t a budget nightstand- so if it is out of budget I could look for a thrifted nightstand and paint it in this exact blue!
- Rug (our exact rug is discontinued)
- White Ruffle Duvet
- Velvet Shams
- Kidney Pillow
- Peel and Stick Wave Wallpaper
- Blue velvet desk chair
- Dresser (we had this in mine and Kevin’s room, going to put it in Lola’s room now!)
Both girls will have a built-in window seat. I thought we could do a built-in desk on that same wall. Similar to the above inspiration photo- via Studio McGee.
ELLA- TEEN ROOM
Ella did not like our Utah house when she saw photos, she called me crying saying she didn’t want to live in that ‘ugly house’. Bless her heart. I told her that I understood, it did look really dark in the online photos. After I sent her some inspiration photos and videos of the yard and community, she got onboard. Kevin told her to start looking for bedroom ideas, and that got her really excited.
She sent me the inspiration photo above (source). Which was really helpful to have some sort of inspiration photo or item. We did discuss that her room wouldn’t be exactly that, we would just use it as inspiration!
- Round Light Fixture
- Cool to Be Kind print you can order it framed here
- Face print
- Palm Tree art
- Spindle White Bed
- Pink Nightstand
- Terracotta Lamp
- Jute Rug (we had this rug in our CT family room!)
- White Ruffle Duvet
- Peach Euro Shams
- Cozy Slub Tie Shams in copper
- Cream Pillow
- Chunky Knit Throw
- Floor Mirror
- Linen Pink Desk Chair
- Girls Girls Girls print
- Desk (we aren’t doing a desk, but might do this dresser)
Hope that gave you some inspiration! If you want to see a video of how I put together these deign boards you can watch on Instagram HERE! Still working on our master bedroom and will share that soon!