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