- A Project For: Genevieve
- Age: newborn at the time (16 months now)
- Location: Manchester, NH
Super low budget nursery with a vintage modern super girly vibe..
I have had a love affair with damask for a while and knew I wanted to use it in my daughter's nursery. Once I found the hot pink damask bedding, the rest of the room developed from there...
I am certainly no design expert so it is ever evolving...but typically I go for modern with a vintage element.
At the time I was unemployed so a low budget nursery was necessary and dictated a lot of my choices. That said, I still wanted to create a room my daughter would love and one that I would love being in as well. Once I found the damask bedding, everything evolved from there. I loved that the damask 'theme' was sort of vintage but the hot pink and lime green colors made it more modern.
As for shopping, the bedding was from Target, the crib was from Wal-Mart, and the dresser was a thrift store find that I sanded and painted. The rocking chair was given to me. I spray painted it and used a crib sheet to cover it (coolest trick ever--cheap and no sewing required!). My sisters-in-law used the damask bedding for my shower for runners (they purchased crib sheets for the fabric) so a friend of mine used one of them to make a valance and I added them to the ottomans which were from Target. The side table was from ikea as were the wall shelves. The accessories were from HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and thrift stores.
I love the mirror which was a HomeGoods find. I LOVE the bedding and I loved the teacup lamp which I made myself! (well my husband helped me with the drilling). :) I also love the dresser. It was a labor of love...it took quite a while to sand and paint but I loved the end result.
Well I have to say the one thing I regret is going a bit overboard with pink so I'd say one thing is to realize that not everything has to match perfectly...But the things I did "right," were to mix and match accessories and decor items from different sources. Painting anything can give it an entirely new look so don't be afraid of old or used items if you have the patience to paint or refinish them. Creating a nursery on a budget is REALLY tough--most of the inspiration I looked at had single items that cost double what I spent on an entire room!! So if you're working on a budget I recommend finding one item that you love (and can afford) and then using that as inspiration for the rest of the space. My number one piece of advice is not to be afraid to use stuff YOU love. You spend so much time in the nursery and you'll want to love it. Genevieve loves her room--she especially loved the bright colors and bold pattern of her bumper so don't be afraid to go bold and bright. For more tips visit http://thetastefulllife.blogspot.com/2010/02/decorating-nursery-on-budget.html
Posted on April 1, 2011
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