April 17, 2014 02:00 PM

Talk about room service!

Now that Simone Masterson-Horn is officially a big girl, it was time to transform her owl-themed nursery into an oasis fit for a princess. The catch? Dads Bill Horn and Scout Masterson wanted to fulfill her request of a light pink room — but in a fun, creative way.

“Ever since Simone graduated into a big girl bed, we’ve discussed wanting to re-do her room. It was important to us that she had a say in the design process,” they told PEOPLE.

While still in the process of planning Simone’s sleep space, the family sat down for lunch one weekend at their favorite spot in Los Angeles: the Beverly Hills Hotel. And then it hit them: why not turn their little girl’s room into a carbon copy of the iconic lodge?

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“We’d create her new bedroom using the same color palate — the pale pink of the hotel’s exterior and the green and white stripes of the majestic entrance, with gold accents and banana leaf fabric that mirrors the hotel’s famous wallpapered hallways,” Horn explained.

He adds, “We wanted her to have a room fit for a princess without the obvious princess things — so we created a room fit for a Beverly Hills princess!”

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The couple ran with their idea and immediately began putting together a vision board, pinning photos, materials and even a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign they picked up. For added authenticity, Horn and Masterson made sure to hit up the experts.

“We even took paint samples and consulted the hotel’s gift store staff. We have no shame!” they joked.

Channeling the life of luxury while sticking to a “strict budget” involved a little creativity. But after a few trips to the local flea markets, the 3½-year-old’s room gained a $10 side table and an $80 vintage dresser.

“We discussed painting both, but we lucked out that the shades of green worked perfectly in the room decor,” Horn said.

As for the jadeite lamp that sits on top of her table, Masterson scored the priceless treasure off Etsy. “It was broken, came in pieces and had to be professionally fixed and rewired,” Horn shared. “We wanted pieces of the room to be things Simone can keep forever. Someday, we hope she’ll use her jadeite lamp in her own home and think of us!”

Finding a way to incorporate the hotel’s banana leaf motif could have been their biggest challenge, as the famous wallpaper was way out of their budget. “As luck would have it, Calico Corners carries a similar print in fabric, so we used that as our look-for-less in the room,” they revealed.

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“We found the chair on Craigslist for under $100 and had it recovered — total score! Simone loves to cozy up with one of her dads at night and get read a few books before bed.”

To balance out the green striped wall, inspired by the hotel’s entrance, the couple painted the adjoining wall pastel pink.

They continued the pink theme with the bed’s custom-made mattress from Nook, topped off with a simple yet chic white duvet.

“We didn’t want it to be too busy — this isn’t Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom!” the couple quipped.

While the room stays true to the hotel’s style, Horn and Masterson made sure to incorporate plenty of personal touches as well. Hanging next to Simone’s bed are framed photos of the family’s dogs.

And her dresser is adorned with pictures of her best friend (Tiffani Thiessen‘s daughter, Harper!) and cute keepsakes, including an antique jewelry box and a Jonathan Adler elephant piggy bank.

The finishing touch? A framed print of Slim Aarons’s famous photograph of the hotel taken in 1957.

And, with the help of her Beverly Hills Hotel monogrammed pajamas and her pink pretend phone, Simone even plays the part of hotel guest! “At night, we call the front desk and tell them to hold all calls while Simone sleeps. She eats it up!” Horn says.

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— Anya Leon

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