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Product Budgeting

My process for selecting and ordering products for my clients is the same way I do it for myself. The first thing is to determine a budget. I have noticed that a lot of people do not like to "define" their budget for many reasons like they don't want to be judged, maybe they have no idea what the cost is of doing the level of room they are requesting or maybe they have wiggle room in their budget to be flexible. However, I always try to establish a realistic ballpark figure because budgets can drastically vary!

For our nursery budget, we wanted to keep it around $3,000 (knowing that we could be flexible to move up a bit on certain items). Defining this budget pretty much instantly took out the crib from Restoration Hardware I had my eyes on as well as the glider chair from Pottery Barn. Once I came to my senses that the crib and glider would only be used for a few years and not to make these "splurge" items; I focused my attention on just getting the look I wanted for the crib and glider that were more affordable but with great reviews. We decided to spend a little more on a dresser which we are going to use as a changing table since the dresser could be both a focal point of the design as well as a piece of furniture that can be used for years to come. Here is the breakdown of the big ticket items and costs - we came in just over $2,500 on the big ticket items which I've linked all below. This does not include the paint, shiplap, closet shelves, artwork and closet organization as I will be doing a separate post for them!

Custom Monogram Crib Sheet - Fox Orange Heather Crib Sheet w/Windsor Navy Font (Carousel Designs. $49)

Crib Blanket - Gray Fox Crib Blanket (Carousel Designs, $59)

Dresser - Kids Bay Street Blue Dresser (Rooms to Go, $499.99)

Changing Pad - Keekaroo Peanut Changer, Grey, One Size (Amazon, $136.45)

Floating Book Ledge Shelves - Kody Picture Ledge Wall Shelf Set of 2 (Wayfair, $61.99)

Side Table - Round Lattice Carved Wood Accent Table (World Market, $169.99)

Plant - Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plant (World Market, $129.99)

Plant Basket - Small Black And Natural Seagrass Calista Tote Basket (World Market, $24.99)

Monogram Wall Art - Shiplap round nursery name sign 24" - #7 Dark Walnut (Etsy: House of Rounds, $68.80)

Curtains - Half Price Drapes Faux Linen Blackout Room Darkening Curtain (1 Panel), 50 X 120, Oyster (Amazon, $45.22)

Stencil - Beads All Over (Cutting Edge Stencil, $42.95)

Shopping During a Pandemic

When shopping during a pandemic we had to pay close attention to product availability/lead times. This drastically limited the options knowing that we wanted to have the room completed before the finale week of the One Room Challenge (November 22nd). The other challenge was having to shop online and not be able to see the finishes and test the quality in person. We relied heavily on reviews and did order samples that were available through Carousel Designs for the crib bedding. I wish we would have been able to get a sample of the blue dresser as I knew I would base the accent wall color off of the dresser color. I am so glad we waited to choose am accent wall color until after the dresser arrived because it does look different in person than it did online, but we love it! For the bulkier items that would be really hard to return, I made sure to order online from stores that also had a brick and mortar store so that I could return them in person if need be. We did this for both the crib (from Target) and glider (From Buy Buy Baby). Luckily, both online purchases ended up working out and we did not need to return! The crib had more of a cool blue undertone than how it presented itself online and what I had originally wanted, but we were able to warm the gray color up by adding the orange crib bedding so that the bluish-gray crib is not noticeable.

To see the other amazing room transformation and cheer on all the designers participating in the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge, visit:


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