Forever amazed by God’s grace and perfect timing, Erika Ward created this enchanting room design in just two days. Inspiration came from her daughter’s name, a bird, and God’s unmerited favor. photography by Katlyne Hill

Ava Grace, my little princess, is the sweetest, most patient dream you’d ever meet. She spent several months in this room waiting for me to make up my mind on the design for her space. The last time I posted on Ava’s room was back in January 2010 when it looked like this:

Then, a huge wave of inspiration hit after our beach vacation and I finished her room in two days! While headed home from Myrtle Beach, my husband and I discussed each child and the meaning of their name. Ava (meaning bird) and Grace (meaning unmerited favor) brought to mind a well-watered garden covered in God’s protection. A secret garden where she could escape from her rambunctious brothers for a little tea party with her favorite feathered friends.

Love and Trumpet Flowers
The color palette was inspired by Amy Butler’s Love/Trumpet Flowers/Pink as seen below. Hues of watermelon pink, ballet slipper pink, watery blue, and key lime appear throughout the room and create an atmosphere of calm and enchantment. Her room is painted with Watery SW6478 by Sherwin Williams.

Sweet Sentiments and a Labor of Love
What makes Ava’s room so special is that she is surrounded by many items that hold sentimental value. The handmade light fixture and wood chest were presented as gifts when she was born. The pink teddy bear accented with silver threading was a loving gift presented to me by my own mother. The armoire was my first furniture refinishing project.

Frugal Finds
I had much success on my shopping trips for Ava’s room. I purchased three adorable wall hangings (above) for $4 each. Her side table was purchased for $9 at a local thrift store. The watermelon pink coverlet, by Kenar Home, was a score for $29 at HomeGoods. The curtains are Ritva/Ikea priced at $20 per pair. I used Fabric-Tac glue to attach grosgrain ribbon to each panel and to the $3 lamp shade. The refinished armoire, my biggest deal, was $20 on Craigslist.

While visiting this blog, I came across the finishing touch for Ava’s Enchanted Garden, this “I Am A Child of God” print by Persimmons and Pink. It’s only sold in a 5×7 and 8×10, but I would love a poster size print.

What has been your greatest inspiration when decorating a room? Have you ever been inspired by God’s grace?

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Mimi Scarlett Says:

    What an oasis this truly is for her!! Ava is so blessed to have you for a mommy! Can't wait to see what you come up with for Addison. Love Ya!


  2. Divamom-Act II Says:

    I'm in awe of God's grace everyday. The space you created is complete joy! It's the little touches that make it special, and refreshing to see a nod to God that your little one can see everyday as a reminder of how special she is.


  3. Janell @ Isabella and Max Says:

    This room is a pure delight! Love the fresh casual feel that is young and feminine, and love the paint color! I used the same color for Isabella's room…though can you believe she is already planning a redo? She is taking after me too literally…Janell


  4. Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow Says:

    Erika you did an awesome job on this room! It's so sweet. Love all the fabulous details and the photography is beautiful as well.



  5. L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys Says:

    Very cute Erika! I love the colors that you chose for the room! The fabric is my absolute favorite:-)


  6. Kim@Chattafabulous Says:

    Erika, this is a masterpiece! Your clients must be beyond thrilled with the outcome. I am constantly amazed and inspired by God's awesome creations – we just need to look (and listen!) Oustanding post – have a wonderful week, Erika!


  7. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design Says:

    This room is beautiful!! I love all the sentimental touches you added!


  8. Blayne Beacham Says:

    I love this Erika!! I can tell how inspired you were… It's great how each piece has special meaning. I can't believe you got it all for such a great price. The photography is outstanding.


  9. Talking with Tami Says:

    Now you know I'm loving this! Too Pinktastic!


  10. Kiki Says:

    This is an amazing transformation!! and it seems so perfect for little Ava!!



  11. Kiran Says:

    Very Cute!


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  13. ashlina {the decorista} Says:

    absolutley adorable. wow. i just am smitten with this room! xo


  14. Dobbygirl Says:

    Just looks amazing! Fab job!!!


  15. keely @ luxe + lillies Says:

    What a perfect little girls room! Ava must be in love!


  16. Anonymous Says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I would have LOVED this big girl room when I was a little girl. That armoire would be perfect in every color. Great job!


  17. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Says:

    I love this! What a lucky little girl? As we all are living under grace. Thanks for sharing.


  18. Emily A. Clark Says:

    This is simply beautiful. I love that headboard and the pink chest is my very favorite :)


  19. Erica @ Decorica Says:

    You did a great job – I'm sure it was worth the wait. It's a wonderful room. The headboard is gorgeous and I love the shade of pink you used on the armoire.


  20. Karen Davis Says:

    So sweet and wonderful!


  21. Marcus Design Says:

    What a beautiful room! You did an amazing job :) I have just discovered your blog and have fallen in love, I'll be following!

    PS. Gods grace affects every area of my life, I am thankful for it every day!


  22. The Makeup Queen Says:

    Very sweet. Great job!


  23. Angelicque Says:

    This room is beautiful, your daughter is very blessed.


  24. Mrs. Chic Says:

    love love the room!! It's so pretty and delicate, I love the wall color your chose. Sherwin Williams has the best selections of blues!!


  25. Hello Lover... Says:

    Gorgeous! what a difference – you must be so happy with this project!


  26. nannykim Says:

    Oh, I love your inspiration and the name of your daughter. Love the bright cheerful colors too. I live next to Myrtle Beach and I hope you had a good time in your visit. It is nicer here in the off seasons, if you ask me!

    I think all of life comes from God's grace. So anything we do that is creative is because we are made in his image.


  27. Raru ♥ 79ideas.org ♥ Says:

    I love it. SO pretty space. Thank you.


  28. Stacey Says:

    Such a divine space and quite inspiring!


  29. Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) Says:

    That palette is beautiful, but I think what makes this room really special is that you decorated the space with love- and it shows. Wonderful.


  30. charm home Says:

    This space is so inspiring. I love how it turned out! The armoire is my favorite thing. That is such a major score. And the Amy Butler fabric is amazing. Great job!!! xo, Cristi


  31. Michelle Says:

    Erika, your kids are lucky to have such a talented mom, the rooms are fabulous.


  32. Jack and Annie Says:

    Your kids rooms are fabulous! Lucky kids!


  33. Mikky Says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog, you do amazing work! This room is gorgeous.

    I absolutely love that froggie teapot. Do you know where it's from or who makes it? I'd really like to get one. Can you please email me with any info you have on it. Thanks in advance!




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