Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Children: Alice Vivian, 2 months old
Inspiration: We needed to turn our proper 1950's wood-paneled study into a little girl's room. The obvious thing to do was paint the paneling, but after weighing the pros and cons I instead opted to fill the room with as much color as possible...
Inspiration continued: I made two thrift store scores for our then unborn daughter that I just loved--a beautiful copy of Alice In Wonderland and three vintage baby dresses. The main colors in both were pink, green, blue and orange and the book even has trees (that looked to me like the paneling in the room) mixed in. The nursery evolved from there. We made, etsyed, or thrifted everything but the crib.
Tip for Using Color: If you can't paint your walls for one reason or another, don't fret! You can bring so much color into your space just by choosing fun and cheerful accessories. Or do what I did-- cover a sheet of drywall with craft paper, wallpaper, fun fabric or whatever inspires you, and mount that to your wall. It creates an instant colorful focal point, and you can easily recover it if you (or your little ones) fall in love with a new pattern.
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