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.
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.
Contemporary traditional. My style is very relaxed and attainable.
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 http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/pink-chenille-braided-rug/?pkey=dgirls-rugs (purchased brand new from Craigslist for 1/3 of the original price) Giraffe and Arabic alphabet print: Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/ Paper lanterns: Daiso http://www.daisojapan.com/ Polka dot quilt: Overstock.com 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 - http://lifeofmineblogged.blogspot.com/2009/12/felt-garland.html http://lifeofmineblogged.blogspot.com/2009/10/made.html
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!