As someone who loves to decorate my home, I couldn’t wait to start working on my kids’ nurseries.

My goal was to create something fun, inviting and trendy — without breaking the bank. I spent a lot of time in discount stores like T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls searching for the best bargains.


The inspiration for my son Jagger’s room came from Pottery Barn Kids where I found a cute little crab quilt. I wouldn’t normally spend the Pottery Barn price tag, but since it was on clearance and it was going to be the centerpiece of the room – I bought it. The rest of the decor followed that nautical theme. We painted stripes on the walls. I also made a mobile from items I bought at Kirkland’s (another great place to find bargains).


My daughter Mila’s room was a bigger challenge. My husband cut me off from painting the walls (how dare!) so I had to build off of the nature scene that was already there. It was pretty easy to “girly” it up, though. I found butterflies on Etsy and placed them on the walls with the birch trees. To keep with the nature/girly theme, I also bought a trendy white deer head and tied a pink bow around it. And of course, every girl needs a ballerina skirt. I found the perfect one at Pottery Barn Kids on clearance.


I can’t really tell if the kids love their rooms yet – Jagger is two-years-old and Mila is three-months-old – but Mom is definitely proud of the rooms. And my husband is happy that I did it on a budget.