Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Perfect Room for Boys and Girls

Let me just start by saying I love IKEA.  If you haven't been to their Draper location, you are missing out on great deals and inspiration.  A couple of months back, I helped my Mother-in-law decorate this room at her house for my niece and nephew.  We headed to IKEA for all of the items.  When decorating a room that both boys and girls will use, look for fabrics that are gender neutral but can be enhanced for either gender.  For example, we chose the plaid for the boys' bed, but used the plaid pillow as an accent on the girls' bed.  To make the girls's bed more feminine, we added an embroidered flower pillow with the colors of the room.  As a nightstand, we used the fabulous $39.99 Expedit book shelf from IKEA mentioned in Tuesday's post.  We used to wicker baskets ($16 each) for toy storage and left two shelves open for books.  A simple silver lamp with red shade which costs roughly $10 total is paired with a white tulip arrangement to finish the nightstand.  Everything came from IKEA.  The entire room, bedding, accessories, rugs, frames, lamp, nightstand, basket, and pillows cost less than $300.  Quite the bargain!

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