How to Decorate on a Budget: Part II

So in our last post I talked about tips for designing a space on a budget. These tips can work for any space, but I'm currently applying them to our latest project: Violet's Nursery! Remember that the first step is to Set a Budget. We'd like to keep our budget within $1K, and so far we have spent $391.50 on the major stuff (flooring, wainscotting, paint, furniture, and window treatments) That leaves us with $608.50 for decor and accessories.

Also, don't forget that one of our money-saving tips is to Plan and Organize. I like to plan by creating an idea board for the space (if you haven't noticed).

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Here is the idea board I came up with for Violet's Nursery:

I based all of the fabrics, pillows, artwork, etc. off of my main inspiration piece for the room - the curtains (Choose One Decorative Piece to Build Your Room Around), while keeping my Budget in mind. I also used another of the money saving tips - Think Outside the Box by searching non-baby sites and stores.

Let's see how we did:

Owl & Fox: Etsy Gifts from my Sister = free!
Mobile: Land of Nod ($68)
Custom Crib Bumper: Etsy Seller Rocky Top Designs ($99)
Crib Mattress: Gift from my Parents (Free!)
Custom Window Seat Cushion: Etsy Seller Rocky Top Designs ($89)
Love Print: Made by Girl ($25)
Love Birds Wall Art: Urban Outfitters ($28)
Floor Lamp: IKEA ($39.99)
Orange Pillow: cb2 ($29.95)
White Flower Pillow: the one pictured here is from Bobby Berk Home ($75), but I found a cheaper version on Etsy for $32!
White Shaggy Rug: Target ($69.99)
Wall Hook: Urban Outfitters ($24)
Hamper: It's a Girly World ($29.99)
Book Rack: cb2 (39.95)

Grand Total: $574

Under budget by $34.50! We did put most of this on our gift registry, so it could end up being less, we'll see! If you're wondering about the crib skirt and sheet, we just chose inexpensive white linens, which are on our registry. There are also certain things we could get more inexpensively if necessary. For example, I could easily re-create the wall art if I had to. I could probably even make the mobile and window seat if necessary. So we'll see how it all pans out.

I hope these tips were helpful, and if you have any great money saving tips of your own I'd love to hear them! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. These are all such cute ideas! I love that bird mobile from Land of Nod so much I just added it to my registry on I'm contemplating adding the little owl and fox pillows too, those are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE decorating on a budget!

  3. I LOVE your nursery!!! I can't wait to see it when it's finished! :)

  4. Thanks all :) I'm so excited to get the construction finished and start the fun part - decorating!

  5. I love that mobile with the birds. So whimsical and different than other traditional things. That is one lucky baby. So dang cute!



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