Budget Rooms Are BACK! With A Very Colorful Nursery (Per Your Requests)


I was truly shocked when I did a deep dive into our archives to find out that it’s been over TWO YEARS since we have done an actual Budget Room Design: 1 design at 3 different price points. First off, wow, time has flown by since I did my very first budget boho bedroom. And not gonna lie, I am a little embarrassed to share it with you all. I can officially say that my style has drastically changed over the past 3 years. Secondly, the Budget Room posts were one of my personal favorites as a reader prior to working at EHD so I am excited to bring it back today in a very bold way.

Last week, Caitlin pointed out a very fun observation, there are a lot of women who are a few months out from their due date. And now I can’t stop noticing it, it’s like when you finally watch a movie and then it feels like everyone is suddenly talking about it. A lot of friends, family members, and even some of you readers have shared over on our EHD Insider Community that you are preggers and are quite far along now. Thanks quarantine. 😉 So, we thought it might be fitting to design a very budget-friendly room for those who are expecting an addition to the household towards the end of this year. This is for those of you who will be starting from scratch with no hand-me-downs included in this scenario.

Ever since our first design consultation meeting with our Velux winner, Dina, I have been so excited to design the “Cloud attached to a rainbow” room for her three very adorable kiddos under the age of 5. If you haven’t already heard about her incredible story, click over here. And I promise you I won’t be offended if you forget to read the rest of today’s post cause it is truly such an amazing story. They are so deserving of this design makeover and so I am treating this post as the “test run” for her so to speak. TO DINA: Feel free to give me any design notes in the comments below!

Also, as someone who doesn’t have a child of their own I consulted my sister, a mom of two, to make sure I included all of the essentials for the room. It is designed to give you the basics but in a bright, colorful, happy-inducing way & that will grow with you over time – see what I did there? 😉 I know (aka have only heard) how pricey baby stuff like diapers, doctor visits, & formula can be so I wanted to make this more of a challenge & lower the typical price points. Usually, the room design will be for under 5k, 3k, & 2k but today I have designed them for under 3.5k, 2k & 1.5k, so let’s get into them!

Blackout Curtains | Basket | Crib | Mobile | Crib Sheet | Blanket | Stuffed Animal | Floor Lamp | Rocking Chair | Ottoman | Rug | Garland | Dresser | Small Baskets | Teething Ring | Bookshelf ($59 each) | Neon Rainbow | ‘Time to Play’ Art (framed) | ‘Seal’ Art (framed) | ‘Sleepy Moon’ Art (framed) | Toy Storage | Changing Pad Cover | Stuffed Rainbow

First up, the most colorful yet gender-neutral nursery for under 3.5k. Honestly, this mood board just makes me smile. There is so much color and life to it and yet I made sure to include some very practical items like the rug. That rainbow ombré 8’x10′ rug can fit into your washer machine cause it’s from Ruggable. Get a big spill on it? Well, just throw that baby (talking about the rug) into the wash and you’ll be good to go. I also wanted to be sure that the larger furniture pieces like the crib, dresser, and rocking chair leaned more on the neutral side and so if you wanted to swap out color or decor later on it would be easy to do so without having to start over. And since I know how important blackout curtains are to a good night’s sleep for you and your baby, this neutral with a pop of pom pom color is a fun staple for all three price points.

Blackout Curtains | Basket | Crib | Mobile | Crib Sheet | Blanket | Stuffed Animal | Floor Lamp | Rocking Chair | Ottoman | Rug | Garland | Dresser | Small Baskets | Teething Ring | Bookshelf | ‘Be a Rainbow in the Clouds’ Art (framed) | Toy Storage | Changing Pad Cover | Stuffed Rainbow

For our middle ground price point coming in under 2k, I’ve swapped out the bolder rug for a multi-colored polka dot patterned version that is very soft and helps to hide some dirt since it’s on the lighter side. There are a lot of other items that have been swapped out but I’ve kept the turquoise toy storage since it is such a great deal and will hopefully make clean up time down the road *fingers crossed* easier for all you new parents since the toys can just be tossed inside.

Blackout Curtains | Basket | Crib | Mobile | Crib Sheet | Blanket | Stuffed Animal | Floor Lamp | Rocking Chair | Ottoman | Rug | Garland | Dresser | Small Baskets | Giraffe Rattle | Bookshelf | ‘Be a Rainbow in the Clouds’ Art | White Frame | Toy Storage | Changing Pad Cover | Stuffed Rainbow

And here we have our under 1.5k version which is pretty similar to the one above with just a few tweaks. The two larger items: the crib and dresser have been swapped out along with a few decor pieces. Including, one of our favorite cost-cutting tips which is to buy one large piece of art and source a cheaper, lightweight frame (kid-friendly) from another vendor.

So there you have it, did you feel like you were walking into a rainbow attached to a cloud? Dina, is this inspiration mood board approved? I have so many other ideas for their room including a fun paint treatment but I would love to hear from you all in the comments below. Talk to you soon. xx

Opening Photo Credit: Design by Emily Henderson | Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

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