Playful Shared Girls Room on a Budget

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Renting can sometimes limit your design choices. I tried to make the most of the small room with a little creativity and even less cash. Shared rooms can be difficult to set up with so much furniture in the room, but by removing the closet doors I gained more space for a dresser and utilized the top shelf as a display.

Design Inspiration

Long before I was pregnant I had seen Shirley Novak's "Meadow Suite" prints and fell in love with the colors and feel of them. Bright and playful, they are something that my girls can grow with instead of grow out of. I wanted a room that was creative and fun for my girls. I didn't want to go with a specific theme or characters so that they could have a unique space.

Decorating Style

Contemporary traditional. My style is very relaxed and attainable.

Project Details

Paint color: Behr Moonlight Yellow Crib and glider: Babies R Us. (Gifts from family members when I had my first daughter.) Twin bed frame: furniture wholesale Rug: Pottery Barn kids (purchased brand new from Craigslist for 1/3 of the original price) Giraffe and Arabic alphabet print: Etsy. Paper lanterns: Daiso Polka dot quilt: Floral throw, floral pillow, and giraffe pillow : Homegoods Crib bedding: Pottery Barn Kids (handed down from my neice) Blue alphabet canvas: Babies R Us (on clearance) Orange stacking suitcases: Land Of Nod Floral wire wall hagning: Pier 1 (on clearance, originally black) Striped fabric stapled on closet wall: Joann Fabrics Felt and paper butterfly garland: Made by me -

Favorite Items

Shirley Novak's poppy print, my daughter's hand embroidered name in Arabic, and the paper lanterns.


Paint! Nothing changes the look of a room more than having some color on the walls. It provides the most impact for the smallest price. Create your own theme and look by shopping around. Things don't have to match exactly to work. Include you and your child's personality and culture. Try craigslist and thrift stores. There is nothing a little soap and water or spray paint can't fix. Do what you love and love what you do!


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    I just love what you did with those paper lanterns.  And I love the knickknacks you have on your wall. 

    And yes, this looks like it was not done on a budget!

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