Here's a question from Becca:
I'm due to have my 3rd child in two weeks. This baby and my son (14 months) will be sharing a room. We just recently moved into a house and the boys' room is nowhere near being done. Actually it hasn't even been started - talk about procrastinating. The theme for the boys' room is going to be a retro-modern Dick and Jane. I have bedding being custom made. We have super cute cribs (the Hermelin crib - but we're going to paint them) picked out - though IKEA doesn't have them in stock right now. I don't have a clue for giving the room personality. I want the room to be functional for a nursery but also functional as a toddler's room too. I have no ideas for art or decorations. We are on a small - read very small budget. Anything DIY would be cool. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
When we think of Dick & Jane and Retro-Modern we think of primary colors especially reds and blues. If these are colors you like, that might be a good place to start.
You mentioned you're having custom bedding made and there are plenty of other ways to incorporate fabric: curtains, a throw pillow on a chair, soft blocks, covered frames, etc.
The fabric panel at the top of the post is inexpensive (24" x 44" for $6.75) and could be framed or hung from a dowel. You could also make a mobile with the individual panels .
Below is a selection from the Kids Vintage & Retro category at eQuilter which also carries the Dick & Jane fabric line by Michael Miller
The best source to turn to for affordable art prints is Etsy. Seller Lanis Vintage makes art from vintage flash cards ($8 each).
Ric Rac and Buttons makes hanging plaques from pages of vintage Dick & Jane books (which are easily found on Ebay if you want to make your own).
Hit thrift shops and garage sales for vintage toys to display on shelves. If you can't find anything locally, Ebay and Etsy Vintage are also good bets.
For example, we found this vintage metal firetruck for $15 on Etsy.
We hope these ideas will give you some food for thought. Readers, what ideas do you have for DIY projects or sources for vintagey-retro-ish products for Becca?