Today I am so excited to introduce a great new site that is totally changing how I plan my decorating projects. So far I have only tested it out for projects within my own house but I am definitely going to recommend it for clients too! itSums is a great site created by a mom, Carrie, who wanted a way to recreate those great designs she was seeing on Pinterest but in a realistic, budget-friendly way. Her mantra…
Dream it. Plan it. Do it…in a budget
Carrie reached out to some bloggers and challenged us to create a kid’s room, complete with furnishings and accessories for $2500 or less. We had a list of items that must be included so that the room design takes into consideration everything from the pillow inserts to the actual furniture so that this plan would be totally realistic.
I recently completed a makeover on my sons’ room so I thought it would be fun to see if I could recreate their “Modern Cabin” so you too can get the look! Here’s a look at their completed room and the inspiration for this challenge…
I changed out their bedding for something more cozy looking for fall and that inevitably led to more changes. I really wanted to create a retro camp feel for the room and I love how it feels like a cabin! I didn’t really work from a budget since this makeover was somewhat unplanned so I wanted to see if I could recreate the look working from a set amount of money. I’m sure my husband would like for me to work like that always 🙂
To get started on itSums you have to create an account (just requires an email address) and then start summing. Once you add the itSums bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar you can easily clip items from any website.
When you save an item you can fill in the pertinent information like price, quantity, and category so it’s immediately documented on your board.
Your budget is always front and center so you know if you are going over or still have money to spend.
That is my final budget up there which means I actually came in under!
And here is my vision for the space…
I would use the same bedding I used in my boys room- army green quilt with a fun plaid throw! I would continue the camp vibe by using these great printables from an Etsy shop. I would hang them using the simple gold binder clips. Another cost-saving trick would be to use solid white curtain panels and adorn them with simple cord tassels. In real life I just strung them up on the curtain rod to create a fun and easy trim. The lighting and moroccan shag rug give the room a modern edge. And most importantly this kid’s room has plenty of space for the child to lounge and read (on the couch and poufs) and draw and play (the desk)! Speaking of the desk it’s the same one I used for my boys and I love it! The bed and dresser are slightly different from my actual room but I absolutely love them! The metal bed is so retro cool and the dresser has a great mid-century modern shape.
To see my full breakdown of the items check out my itSums board
You can shop directly from the board!
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway on their blog!
You can enter for a chance to win a $150 Pottery Barn Kids gift card!
And to see what my challengers came up with check out these blogs