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Designing a Nursery with Rooms By You

Pimp Your Crib: Rooms by You

If mommy-to-be has something set in her mind, nothing's going to stop her from getting it, especially now that there's Rooms By You. Many expectant mothers looking to customize a unique nursery for their bundle of joy will fall in love with the personalized interior design concept dreamed up by Jon Leafstedt. Moms who aren't crazy about traditional gingham crib sheets or the exorbitant price tags attached to high end yet massively produced designer bumpers will be delighted at the ability to play interior designer in the privacy of their own home.

Technologically challenged moms need not worry. The website itself is self-explanatory and completely manageable, even fun once the process gets rolling. Mama must first choose a traditional room versus a contemporary theme — think Jenny Lind versus Oeuf. Then she can browse through the designers to see which stylist suits her taste the best. Once that is decided, she can then move on and pick out patterns and color schemes. That's when the fun begins!

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To see all the bells and whistles and to find out how to buy items, just read more.

What makes this website so incredible is the ability to make a dreamy room come to life on a computer screen and then have the goods at home just weeks later. Starting with a blank virtual canvas, users can paint the walls any hue they desire to either match their home's current color or visualize other ideas. She can test out funky geometric patterns or decide she may like cartoon characters for her tot's abode. If a mom wants to add a truly unique touch to the room, she can submit an image (think art project, ultrasounds or mommy's own crafty work) and have it as part of the room as a pillow, wall art, drapes or whatever she desires. Methinks grandma might like a little bit of that Picasso, too.

When mum is set on the design she has created, she can save her work and share it with friends and family— perfect for a woman who wants approval or ideas before clicking the purchase button. And, she can register for the items in the room! Can you say happy mama?

While the price points aren't cheap, there's something to be said for the customization and the speedy production. The diaper stacker and crib sheets run about $38 and the storage bins are $48. All in all, it's not inexpensive but it's certainly cheaper than hiring a designer for the job. The only thing that could make this site better would be adding adult rooms to the mix, which will surely happen before too long. Until then, I'm testing paint colors and checking out the more adult patterns for my own bedroom pillows!

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