I’m a copy cat designer. I found beautiful twin nurseries for inspiration and copied their ideas. But when I tallied my budget, bedding times two, crib times two, let’s just say I didn’t even want to ask my husband to agree on a price cap.
After much exploring online, I was able to finagle my own projects at lower costs. Here are the originals, my copy cats, and what it cost.
Stella Gray Bedding for Two
Original = $1,124 Copy Cat = $530
Savings = $594
I got a headache when I began shopping for bedding. New Arrivals sells this 4 piece set (above left), including bumper, sheet, skirt, and coordinating blanket for $562 before shipping and handling. Times two, that’s $1,124. Nuh-uh. I found the fabric at my local Premier shop and had it custom made. My total cost for 2 cribs, $530.
Restoration Hardware Nursery Rhyme Art
Original = $234
Copy Cat = $36
Savings = $198
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child had this lovely collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme art in 2011. I found the book for $10 at Amazon, cut out the pages, and picked up the white 8×10 frames for $3.99 at Target, totaling $25.62 for 6. Just lovely.
Ikea Book Shelf and Bins
Copy Cat = $35
Savings = $404
I loooved this room on Project Nursery. I prefer her room, but ours is comfy. Ikea has this wonderful shelving unit for 89.99, but alas shipping and handling to Mississippi would cost me a whopping $349. (Oh, if we only had an Ikea in town.) Target had a similar unit, the ClosetMaid Cubeicals 6 Cube Organizer for $34.99. One day, I may still upgrade to the Ikea unit.