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Real Rooms: Slim Budget, Big Style

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It always interests me to see what people can do when on a tight budget. Creativity and sheer determination can turn out some of the most creative rooms. Today’s Real Room was designed for twins on a slim $400 budget. A bit of a challenge but designer Ashley DeLapp of Evaru Design took the task on with confidence and the outcome was WOW! A do-it-yourself overhaul on both cribs (which were picked up on Craigslist) and a statement rug make this room a favorite (I can’t get over the $40 rug!). Don’t miss all the details on this nursery created for Ashley’s friend Christina and her twin girls, Izzy and Avery.

What was your inspiration for the room?

My friend Christina was so sweet to let me design a second nursery for her twin girls. I designed the nursery for her first daughter Cameron and it was full of pink, so I knew I wanted to go in a different direction this time around. Once I found the perfect rug, it guided all the other design decisions.

What best describes your decorating style?

I am open to many design styles, but I seem to lean toward classic themes with a modern twist.

Please share with us your choice of paint colors, furniture, art, diy tips, etc.

Budget was a concern with the room, so I got really creative (my favorite way to design!) The cribs were recycled from Craig’s List. I sanded them down and painted them a glossy kelly green. The paint was from Lowes, Valspar ‘Garden Green’; they turned out even better than I imagined. The rug and curtains are from IKEA. The changing table and armoire were gifts from a friend, so I made them a little more special with hardware from Anthropologie. The bedding was stock bedding from Baby Best Buy and I added pink pom-pom trim for some vintage flair. The wall decals are from etsy, and idea I picked up from a Real Room on Project Nursery.

What is your favorite item(s) in the room?

I do love the rug, but I think the cribs by far steal the show. I toyed with painting them orange or cherry red before deciding on Kelly green. It’s my favorite color and I knew my client loved green, so it was the obvious choice. With the pink pom-pom trim the room really has a preppy-vintage vibe.

Is there anything else you would like PN readers to know?

Of all the nurseries I’ve designed, this is by far my favorite. This room was completed for under $400, granted the two largest furniture pieces were free, but look what you can do with so little money! With a little creativity there is nothing you can’t do.


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    I absolutely LOVE the green cribs. If we hadn’t decided on convertible cribs for our girls, I really wanted to have some beautiful bright color. I may have to think about that rug too…$40 you say?

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