One perk of finding out I was pregnant (after the shock had disappeared) was that I had a perfect excuse to create a beautiful little room. As this news also meant we would soon be living off one income that meant this little project of mine had to be done without breaking the bank. So, with my one-time experience (ha), here is my answer/example to ‘How to Create a Beautiful Baby Girl's Room on a Budget.’
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am not overly girly. I grew up with a dad and a brother. I road motor cross bikes, BMX, built huts and there was not a dress in sight! Obviously as I got older, the love of clothes, makeup and shoes entered the equation. But, until now, there still hadn’t been a lot of pink in my life.
I wanted Eva's room to be pretty and girly but in an almost understated kind of way. Obviously, being who I am, meant no overwhelming array of hot pink and purple (totally get this is some peoples jam which is cool, you do you).
Step One – Choose your colours
Personally, I started with a base colour and then chose three other colours. I would suggest no more than this as it can start to look a little messy and all over the place. Here is what I went with…
- Base Colour: Light, natural wood/white
- Colour #1: Blush Pink
- Colour #2: Navy
- Colour #3: Gold
As we live in a rented military house things like painting or wallpaper was out of the question. Besides that, it is also a little pricey and not easily changed later on. Thankfully, decals have become crazy popular. My mother in law works for The Sleep Store which is an online baby shop (hit the jackpot with that one I can tell you), anyway, they stock an awesome range of decals at great prices (and everything else baby your heart could possibly desire). I went with simple dots which happened to include my top three colours. I was totally stoked.
Step Two – Choose your main pieces of furniture
Three things to consider when choosing pieces of furniture:
- What do you need in the room?
- What is the size of the room?
- If you are working with a small space is there anything you could do without as to not over clutter the room?
The space I had to work with in our tiny, two-bedroom house, is well, small. I would have loved to have a beautiful, comfy chair to sink in to for feeding, cuddles and reading books but there just wasn’t room. So, sadly I scratched that item off the list. Also, it was classed as a luxury item and there was no room in my budget for it, let alone in the room.
- Set of drawers
- Single bed
- Bookshelf (small)
Cot – For obvious reasons. Purchased from The Sleep Store. I will admit, I did allow myself one splurge item which was my Cariboo bassinet (which sits next to our bed). It’s beautiful and I have no regrets.
Set of drawers – Obvious reasons again. Where would I stack the mountain of clothes this tiny thing already had and she wasn’t even born yet! Purchased from The Warehouse. Instead of purchasing another set, Josh and I cleared out his and somehow managed to cram everything in to my set of drawers and our wardrobe so that his one could be used in the baby's room. An easy way to save money.
Single bed – As Josh does shift work as a firefighter, he doesn’t always know what his day will bring. Going to call outs exhausted because of a screaming baby wasn’t going to be ideal which is understandable. We decided having a single bed would be a good idea so Eva and I could have a sleep over in her room on the rough nights.
Seeing as eventually she would need a big girl bed of her own anyway I chose one that I loved. A metal bedframe in white. That was what I wanted and I was not willing to settle for anything less. Finding one in a suitable price range however, was another story. After numerous Googles of every store possible, my workmate introduced me to the world of Mocka! Mocka is an online furniture/home décor store based in Christchurch. They have some awesome products and even better prices, and just to make your day.... FREE SHIPPING!
Bookshelf – For all the books and oh so cute accessories of course! Mocka once again made this purchase more than doable (let’s be honest, a bookshelf is necessarily a necessity).
I am really not in love with the styling of the bookcase. It's one thing i seem to struggle with. Maybe its the choice of accessories, the size of it, I just don't know. Something I will work on but obviously not life or death.
Step Three – Choosing accessories
This is the extra fun part. I had so much fun buying all these cute little items and spent hours arranging and rearranging them. They are the details that tie the whole thing together so do not tell me they are not essential (ha).
When gathering these little pieces of happiness (yes, I know that sounds sad but I don’t care) keep in mind the following….
- Stick to your chosen colour pallet.
- Picture where you would put the item in the room (sometimes, less is more).
- Could you get a similar item from somewhere else for a better price? Or, is it worth waiting for a sale? (This is where the budget creeps in).
- Can you pinch items from other rooms in your house and re-home them in your nursery?
How I did it.
I wanted a large, framed simple piece of art to compliment the room but struggled to find anything that was in our price range. So, I ended up doing a bit of DIY. I found this picture which I thought was perfect, but was in an ugly thin, plastic black frame. Hmmm *think think think*... duh, find another frame! So, that’s what I did. Found a frame I liked and swapped the picture out. All this for a total of just $35!! I was more than happy.
The cushions are from two of my favourite stores which are on the pricier side (but totally stunning...go and check them out if you haven't, Nood and the Design Depot). I got all the cushions on sale so were totally justified purchases.
The little lights wrapped around the bedframe are another Mocka purchase. They look so pretty but also double as a night light when feeding.
The basket was my partner’s grandmothers who had passed away. His parents were going to get rid of it so I took it and filled it with all her soft toys. All other accessories I found along the way from places like Kmart, The Warehouse, Typo or were given as gifts. I even suggest going to second hand stores. You never know what you might find.
Overall, I am more than happy with the way Eva’s room has turned out. As much as I love designer furniture stores it is definitely possible to create something beautiful on a budget. At the end of the day, as long as your baby has warm clothes, a full belly and a safe place to sleep that is all that matters.
Just to point out, I am no interior design expert. I just have a passion for it. So, if you take nothing else away from this post just remember this.... just do you! Find things you love. Play around and then change it all over again. You don’t need to play by the ‘design rules,’ just find what you love and go with it. That’s exactly what I do.
What is your favourite piece in your baby's room?