I can’t wait to share this Vintage Boy Nursery Design! And the best part my friends, I designed it all with budget in mind!
I am unbelievably honoured and excited to be teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you the first ever Kids Bedroom Design Challenge! Not only will be all creating our own very own kids bedroom design, but we’ll all be doing it within the very same budget. That means that everything from the mattress to the window coverings will have to come in at less than $2500. And how will we be keeping track of it all you ask? We’ve partnered with THE MOST BRILLIANT project planner ever – Itsums – to keep it all organized, in one place and on budget. Itsums allows you to add any product to a visual pinboard, while keeping track of costs at the same time. Think Pinterest with a handy budget tracker my friends. Genius, right?! It just makes it so easy to keep track of products, materials and most importantly, budget!
And, not only that, my friends … we’re also giving you the chance to win a $150 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids just for signing up for an Itsums account!
So, wanna meet the participants?
The Kiwi in the Clouds | Making it in the Mountains | Rae Anne Kelly | Oh My Dear Blog | Fresh Crush | Design Post Interiors | Brepurposed | Simple Stylings | Clair Brody Designs
Seriously, is this not the most fun idea ever?! I cannot wait to see what everyone came up with!
Here’s how it all works:
To make sure everybody was on the same page, each of the participants had to include the following elements in the design:
First of all, those of you that have been following along with my adventures for a while might wonder why I’m sharing a nursery today – after all, our son is three years old and loving his new Big Boy Bedroom. I should probably start out by squashing any pregnancy rumours before they start – there are no new babies on the way in the Mercer house. So, why then did I choose to design a nursery you ask? Well, we chose to wait to find out the gender of our little man until he entered our world, which means that his nursery design was completely gender neutral – here’s what I would have liked to put together if I’d known we’d be having a little boy!
I am SO in love with each and every element that it almost makes me wish we did have another on the way … almost.
So, how did I put Itsums to work for me as I planned out this sweet space? I can’t wait to show you!
The very first step is creating an Itsums account (which just so happens to automatically complete your entry for a chance to win a $150 Pottery Barn Kids gift card!).
Then, just install the itsums bookmarklet to your bookmark bar and it’s time to start window shopping! When I came across something I might want to add to the room, I simply clicked the Itsums button and this helpful little box popped up prompting me to enter in the price, quantity & allocate which board I’d like to add it to.
If you haven’t yet created a board, then just select “add a sum board” from the Sum Board drop down menu and it will show you another box that you can use to name your board and set a budget (check out mine here).
It also gave me the chance to further categorize each item and add in any other details I wanted to make note of (this is where I noted which elements in the picture I liked and where I’d like to use each item in the room).
With each and every product you add to your board, your budget adjusts, telling you how much you’ve used and how much you’ve still got left to spend.
Or, if you’re like me, how much you’ve gone OVER budget (don’t worry, I fixed it!)!
What’s really great is that when you go over budget, you can just “hide” items from the total budget to see how that might get you back on track. As you decide which products you like the most, you can also eliminate ones that have maybe worked their way down your list. This is SO perfect as it allows you to window shop for multiple options, compare prices and then keep only the ones that are your absolute faves!
Itsums made it SO easy to sort everything into the set categories and even broke down the budget so I could see where every dollar had been allocated.
And I absolutely love having the option to mark things as “purchased,” which makes it easy to keep track of how much I’ve spent so far and how much I’ve got left to go.
Not only is this a way to keep track of your own projects and budgets, but it’s a great way to search by topic for ideas and inspiration as well. Any board you like can be recreated and you can add or adjust items as you wish. This means that if you find some really inspiring boards, you can just use them as a jumping off point and make things your own. Though you can use the project categories to look through every board in the community, boards and budgets are kept anonymous to protect the privacy of all users.
I swear, this site is the greatest thing since sliced bread! I’ve been using it for everything from planning out our Christmas shopping to renovating our home (see how we put it to work through our entire Boy Bedroom Makeover here).
I’m telling you, this is just SO brilliant!!! And it’s SO incredibly easy to use – everything is super intuitive! I really could chat forever about how much I loved putting itsums to work! I swear the possibilities are endless!!!
Now, I’d love for you to hop on over to check out my Vintage Woodland Nursery Board to see how I put every dollar of that $2500 budget to work! You’ll find direct links to shop by simply clicking on your favourite photos!
And while you’re there, don’t forget to create your own Itsums account to automatically be entered for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids!
Follow the links below to check out the other gorgeous Kid’s Room Designs for all sorts of inspiration!
The Kiwi in the Clouds
Making it in the Mountains
Rae Anne Kelly
Oh My Dear Blog
Design Post Interiors
Clair Brody Designs
I’d love to hear what you’ll be planning with your Itsums board!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!