Almost immediately after finding out I was pregnant I started thinking about the nursery. I went back and forth over so many themes, color schemes and furniture choices and ultimately decided on something that looks pretty similar to my inspiration board. However, I never really finished it. Sure, I have all the necessities and it is a wonderfully functioning nursery but it still needs those finishing touches that pull it all together. In looking for these touches I came across LOTS of great nursery decor options but they were all expensive. So I set out determined to find similar items that added the style I was looking for but didn’t take such a hit on my wallet. Here is what I came up with and it just goes to show that serious style can be done on a budget. Not only great for the pocketbook but great for your ever changing child and style. All in all these finds represent a savings of over $2,700! You guys. That is a vacation, a really, really nice vacation! I added some additional notes below that will hopefully be helpful to you too.
So this is a pretty neutral pallet but lots of these items comes in various colors. We choose to add pops of color via the paint color and art. Other ways are via accessories like bedding, window treatments, throw pillows, etc.
Splurge: Oilio Glider – $1,349 / Steal: Target Glider – $579.99
This swap is a savings of almost $800! The Target glider mimics the clean, modern lines of the Oilio glider with the addition of the button tufting and the absence of the piping. The Target option still achieves the same overall feel at close to 60% the cost of the original.
Splurge: Antrhopolgie Dresser – $1,298 / Steal: zgallerie Dresser – $899
I love mirrored furniture and the petina and vintage vibe of the splurge option from Anthropolgie are almost unmatchable. But the steal piece from zgallerie comes close and still gets you an awesome mirrored piece that can double as a changing table. And if your style changes this piece could go lots of other places in your home like an entry, office or family room.
Splurge: Land of Nod crib – $900 / Steal: Babyletto crib – $399.99
The crisp white, clean lines of the El Greco crib via Land of Nod fit with the modern yet traditional vibe of the decor and the Babyletto is just as cool for less than half the cost. The bonus is the Babyletto comes with an extra storage drawer – double win! We already have a crib that I am happy with but I love these white clean lines.
Splurge: Robert Abbey Double Gourd Lamp – $251.91 / Steal: JCPenny Double Gourd Lamp – $45
Splurge: Restoration Hardware – $579 (sale) / Steal: Pottery Barn – $249
The splurge chandelier and table lamp are two of my most favorite lighting pieces. However, assuming you purchase one of each (and you may need two table lamps) it is close to $1,000 on just lighting. The steal options are nearly identical and for just over $300 a total victory.
Splurge: 5′ x 8′ Capel Rug by Genevieve Gorder – $628 / Steal: 5′ x 7′ Urban Outfitters Rug – $59
This Capel rug is really what started my search for a more budget friendly option. I love it. It also comes in a super cool gray and pink color, too. BUT it is out of my budget, like wayyy out. And for $59 the steal for Urban Outfitters is perfection. We currently have an expensive-ish rug in the nursery that is a braided rope look which is cool but it is cream and boring. Not to mention, a 100% cream rug for a nursery with a 90lb golden retrieve was not the best idea. I think this Urban Outfitters one will give the pattern and umph that it needs. Also, Urban Outfitters has lots of other great, inexpensive rugs – especially a really cool chevron one. But I will still dream about the Capel rug by one of my all time favorite designers, Genevieve Gorder (I mean I have been a fan since the Trading Spaces days… that should make the rug seem a little less expensive?!? No, says the husband.).
Tell me, how do you like this saves vs. splurges?? Should we do more of these??