Decorate a nursery for under $1,000

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Interior designer and new mom shows her tips and tricks to saving big (KTRK)

Now that ABC-13's Patricia Lopez is expecting her fourth baby girl in the spring, it's time for a new nursery, again.

Interior designer and new mom Lisa Goe says you don't have to spend a fortune to let your baby live in style.

"I really don't think that babies care how much you spend on their beds or furniture. I think the most important thing is provide them with an environment that's safe, functional, and inspiring as they grow," Goe said.

The first thing to do when decorating a nursery is to choose a theme.

"I picked the bedding," Goe said. "I love the grays and pinks."

Once you've picked the primary colors, don't forget to take a swatch with you when you go shopping to help color match.

"There's tons of pinks and greys, so if you have a swatch of the fabric, it makes the process so much easier," Goe said.

The next big items to tackle are the pieces of furniture. Goe says you don't have to stick to the official baby furniture. She chose a small dresser, switched out the knobs, and repurposed it as a changing table.

"I needed something small in scale, and this worked perfect! So with the changing table, the knobs, and the changing pad, overall I spent $200," Goe said.

When shopping for a bed, don't discredit the big box stores. Lisa ordered one from Walmart, and it saved her big time.

"It was super easy to put together and probably one of my best purchases," Goe said.

To decorate the space, Goe found picture frames at Michael's for half off. With ideas from Pinterest, she used a gold paint pen, fabric, and a grey mat to create inspiring pieces of art that can be changed out to grow with the baby.

While all babies love having something to look at over their crib, a small mobile doesn't add much to the room. Instead, create a statement piece with just a few items from the craft store.

"When shopping for a mobile, they were all small and tiny, so I wanted to create drama and fill this whole area up. I found these rose balls and crystal chains and hung them at different levels and got the wow factor I was looking for," Goe said.

If you doubt your crafting abilities, check out the clearance stores like Ross and Marshall's for art that is ready to go.

With all of the items in Goe's nursery, excluding the bedding, she spent a total of $1,000!



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