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Lilly’s Budget Nursery


With the costs that come with a new baby, we couldn't afford to go crazy with our nursery, but we still wanted something beautiful and feminine for our baby girl. Almost everything in the nursery was second hand or DIY, costing a total of around $500.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to go for a beautiful and feminine shabby chic look.

Decorating Style

Girly, but not over the top.

Project Details

Bookcase: Free. This was being thrown out by someone in our neighborhood so I took it and gave it a new coat of paint. Looks like new!

Bedding and Pillows: Bouclair

Hot Air Balloon: DIY using a Chinese paper lantern

Large White Frame: Painted white and distressed from Goodwill

Bunting: DIY

China Bird: Bouclair

Plush Elephant: Pottery Barn Kids

Silk Hydrangeas: Michaels Arts and Crafts

Owl Canvas: Goodwill

Beatrix Potter Plushes: eBay

L's: Bought from Michaels Arts and Crafts and then decoupaged using pretty paper.

"Lilly" Canvas: DIY

Favorite Items

Definitely the bookcase! Who would ever want to get rid of it?


You don't need to spend a fortune to create a beautiful nursery! Have an idea of what you want your nursery to look like and then scour Craigslist, eBay, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. to find similar items!

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Monday 30th of August 2021

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