Mood Board Monday: Etsy Artwork

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today I'm participating in my second Moodboard Monday Challenge, hosted by Sarah of Pewter + Sage. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge, Sarah 
offers three visual inspirations to create a room around. Today's inspiration was three different pieces of art created and sold by artists found on Etsy

In the last challenge, I designed a "dream" dining room around a beautiful set of china. I went big and didn't worry about budget whatsoever. This time around, I used the artwork as a springboard to update my daughter Neve's bedroom, much more realistically.  I focused on using the fixed elements already in her room and adding small updates inspired by the artwork below. She even helped me with this challenge a bit, making selections from a host of things I considered for the board.

Bird Art Community Tree by Cori Dantini/

Here are the fixed items in Neve's room that I'll be working with:

fixed items-Neve's room
And here are some ideas for updating the space:

A big girl's room update
1. Inspired by the colors of the artwork and the existing paint color , I began to build the palette with these fabrics: Tonic Living's Spa Geo Coral, Tonic Living's Solid Leaf flannel and Caitlin Wilson's Coral Tall Chevron

2.I chose simple white Ikea Vivan curtains, embellished with a border using one of the two bolder fabrics to replace her little girl toile valances.

3. Antonina Vella wallpaper to give some subtle interest to a slanted wall that is difficult to hang anything on. Neve was adamant that it had to be blue.

4. A new bedside lamp from Target to grow with. Less baby, more big girl, but it still works for an almost six year old.

5. Neve spied this image that I had pinned and asked for a bed just like this.  Currently she has no headboard, but I've seen ones similar to this image at a local second-hand furniture store for less than $50.  I love the idea of giving new life to one with a vibrant color that ties into the palette. For minimal investment, I'm okay with having to change out the color or replace it when she's a little older.

6. We're blessed with two closets in Neve's room. Currently her toys are housed in one in an old toy bin.  Shelves like these are on the agenda.

7.I pinned this piece of Etsy typography months ago for Neve. I love the quote and hope I can instill this message in both of my kids.

8. Neve requested chalkboard paint on the back of her bedroom door. She loved this hot pink variety.

Realistically, I don't know when any of this will happen as we're in the midst of finishing our basement and updating our bathroom, but it's good to have a plan, and now I have a very doable one!

Thanks to Sarah for hosting. Stop by Pewter + Sage and check out the other boards!

Have a great Monday.



  1. So fun Erin! Love all of the updates for your daughter's room and the fact that you approached this from a realistic standpoint. Your daughter has great taste and I am sure you will have no trouble finding the perfect bed to paint and add to the room.

  2. It is always nice to play around with design ideas! That way when you actually hit the room, you will be able to narrow it down! Great plan!

  3. Your board is so sweet! I would have loved a room like this when I was a little girl! I love all the colors combined and that hot pink door is any little girls dream!!!

  4. This is so funny, Erin! We did like the exact same thing and yet our rooms look totally different (and it looks like we both have sorta the same wall color)! That is why I love this blog party:) Hats off for keeping a realistic budget, that's one of the things I didn't do, ooops! And I think its so cute that you had Neve help you with this, she has great taste!!! Love the yellow painted headboard, pink chalkboard door and the typography poster! Thank you so much for playing along and hopefully you will get to incorporate some of these ideas into her room.

    PS. My sister-in-law's name is Neeve. When she was little it was spelled the traditional Gaelic way "Niamh" but in high school she had it legally changed to "Neeve" cause no one could pronounce correctly! I think its so pretty:)

  5. Sarah, I thought the same thing when I saw your board! Great minds think alike ; ) I tried to keep the budget somewhat realistic because I would really like to accomplish some of this by her 6th birthday in May, but am not promising myself anything! (although the $50 a yard fabric probably won't make it's way into her room!)

    I have to say love this party. Everyone who participates is so creative and supportive of one another and it's a great creative outlet which I often really need.

    The story about your sister-in-law is excellent! I have to share it with my husband because we often feel like we should have kept the spelling authentic. Having been a teacher though, and remembering how kids with challenging names felt, I couldn't do it to her! She can always change it to Niamh if she ever moves to Ireland, lol!

    Thanks for hosting Sarah, and for your kind words.

  6. As soon as I saw this painting at Pewter+Sage I thought it would be perfect for a little girl's bedroom. The only thing that stopped me was the fact I did a nursery the last time I did a link up!

    I love what you've done here, all those colours are gorgeous and would create such a cheerful, welcoming space. :)

  7. What a really great transition you've shown from what you have, adding in some new items, and then creating a mood board. That was a great idea (and wise use of time I might add as well) ;) You should be very proud of your board - you did a great job. Children's rooms are so fun and really lends to letting the imagination run free. And 2 closets in Neve's room - that is awesome! We have 1 closet that we had to create - I should probably show it someday on the blog. Great work Erin!

    1. Thank you Holly for your sweet comments. You should definitely show off your closet!

      Six boys grew up in this house, so the original owners were masters of maximizing space. Eamon's room has three closets. We lived up there until he was born. The kids definitely got the better deal and the bigger bathroom!

      Have a great day.