Kids' Room Tour: Eva's Pale Blue Beauty

Kids' Room Tour: Eva's Pale Blue Beauty

Alejandra Valera
Oct 7, 2009

Name: Sean, Emily and Eva Paben
Age: 5
Location: Texas

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We love examples of great looks at even better prices. If you have a knack for finding the right look and still be at, or below your budget, then we salute you. Eva's space shows a lovely room that was affordable and fun to put together.

Take the full tour after the jump...

Eva's mom, Emily writes, "We moved into this house after returning from living overseas with barely a stick of furniture to our name. We were attempting to furnish an entire home on next to nothing. I often hear terms thrown around like 'budget decor', 'design on a dime' and ahem, 'design within reach' and I often find the rooms to contain nearly nothing that I would consider budget. Or perhaps their dime is just worth a little more than mine. When I say that Eva's room was done on a shoestring, I mean a shoestring!"

Emily tells us more about the room below...

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The infamous Domino nursery that launched 1,000 nurseries.

Favorite Element:
The graphic black and white curtain offsetting the "sweetness" of the rest of the space. And of course, that cherry blossom branch.

Biggest Challenge:
Taking inspiration from that photo but then doing with really nearly no money at all. Anyone can have a fabulous room with no money at all -- it gets a whole lot trickier when you're broke.

What Friends Say:
"I need your help." The most flattering thing we could be told.

Proudest DIY:
I made the photo board and Sean made the curtains. Neither was particularly difficult but it is still fun to be pleased with what you've done rather than having paid someone else to do it.

Biggest Indulgence:
The rocking chair, but i think we'll have it and love it for life.

Best advice for those approaching the decorating process:
Move beyond pastels, baby chicks and bunny rabbits. If ever there is a room to have fun with, it is a kids' room. Just go for it!

Dream Source:
ABC Carpet & Home, Design Within Reach, Finn Juhl.

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• Ikea - bed, dresser, fabric for photo board & curtains, lamp, clock
• Target - bedding, side table
• The chair is from a small shop in NYC that I can't recall the name of; similar one available at Design Within Reach.

Thank you for sharing, Emily, Sean and Eva!

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