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Small Changes -- Big Difference

  • Give a plain chest some drawer d¿¿cor: With a utility knife, cut patterned wallpaper to fit drawer fronts. Wet back of paper with sponge and apply to drawer fronts, pressing firmly; let dry two hours. Tovik dresser, $100, by Ikea. Striped wallpaper, $32 per 33-foot roll, by York; 866-967-5925.

    Another DIY idea: Glue rickrack onto a lampshade. Accent lamp, $40, by JCPenney. "Wango" horse pull toy, $20, by Gund; 800-448-4863.

  • Install a cute mirror that does double-duty as a peg rack. Not will it liven up the room, it just might encourage your little guy to pick up after himself, too! Gingham peg mirror with cars, $46, by BlueDogz design.
  • Does your child's room have a cold wood floor? Warm it up with a bright, textured area rug. Kryp Myra striped rug with ants design, $30, by Ikea. Blue shag rug, $40, by JCPenney. Castle Gator stuffed toy, $17, by Save the Children.

  • Need a dash of instant color? Throw pillows in contrasting shades add spark to a bed or chair. Tufted pillow, $10, by Pier 1; Fuzzy pillow, $25, by JCPenney. Patterned Tribeca pillow, $15, by Sure Fit; 800-305-5857. Storage cart, $30, by Target.

  • Kids will love these whimsical drawer pulls -- an easy way to change the look of furniture that's seen better days. Flower or car dresser pulls, six-piece set, $30, by BlueDogz Design. Cottage nightstand, $159, by Pier 1 Kids. Silver lamp with blue shade, $49, by Bombay Kids; 888-2BOMBAY.

  • Transform a little girl's room into a wonderland with a mosquito net draped over the bed. Embellish it, as we did, with glued-on rickrack. A jumbo dragonfly adds to the magical feel. Hanging dragonfly with gems, $9, by Bombay Kids; 888-2BOMBAY. Mosquito net, $39, by Pier 1. Cottage twin bed, $299, by Pier 1 Kids. Kryp Slanda duvet cover and pillow sham with dragonflies and clouds, $15 for the set, by Ikea. Horton elephant toy, $32, by Giggle.

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