I used a cool "fashionista-ish" painting I found at Homegoods on clearance for $8 as the inspiration piece. Somehow this room had to reflect all three of the girls ages 12, 10 and 6 AND this painting. Considering all three girls come from different planets... it was a little challenging at first. But once I found the perfect comforter set (perfect meaning they were on SALE for $28! Cha-Ching!) it was easy peasy from there. Fun, clean, modern and vibrant was the goal. (And CHEAP.) Oh yeah... And sturdy.
As for the beds we went with IKEA Mydal bunk beds for $159. Considering these beds can take a whole lot of abuse and weight (including my own)... it doesn't get much better than that. The boys share the same bunk beds except theirs have been around for over 5 years and they're still standing strong. I've done my share of shopping around and comparing prices and I could never justify spending over $1,000 on children's furniture when there's an IKEA. It's damn near a crime if you ask me. Yes, a lot of their furniture can be a little "simple" and "plain" or a little on the "modern" side. But that's exactly why I like it. No dings and whistles. And I love the look and feel the wood on these bunk beds give the room. Plus, I get to bring it home the same day. After a few hours of decoding assembly instructions, struggling with the miniature tools provided and testing the relationship and communication skills between yourself and the person helping you build this thing... you've got yourself a nice, sturdy, to-the-point piece of furniture. Best of all, at a fraction of the price you normally would pay anywhere else. For those who know me, they know IKEA is my piece of heaven on earth. Need cups? IKEA. Need some design inspiration? IKEA. Moved out of your mommas? IKEA! Swedish meatballs? IKEA. Cure for the common cold? IKEA!
Anywho. A $4 can of white spray paint and a table given to us by a friend along with a pink chair I found for $17 at (take a wild guess) serves as a desk for homework and art projects. And since I can't stand pieces of paper, stickers or posters taped to the wall, we hung magnetic boards & magnets for the girls to display their art work & boy band clippings "freely". A $6 on sale bird and peony wall art piece, a few other accessories and finishing touches and TA-DAAA!!!! FINITO!!! The girls are happy with their new space... Dad's just happy it's over... and I get to chillax a little before Halloween/Birthday/Thanksgiving/Christmas season in our household.