Challenge Nursery

My good friend Roberta just had an adorable little baby boy this past week, and just a few days before she had him, we finished baby's nursery. This nursery was the most challenging space I have ever had the privilege to work on.  Roberta's and my styles are almost polar opposites. My dream room would be totally neutral. White paint on the walls, lots of texture, lots of wood, and hints of black. Roberta loves colour. And the woman knows what she wants. I told her a couple of times I wasn't sure why she hired me because my original design plan for the room looks nothing like the end result.  However, through much back and forth, the room did come together and it is such a happy space for a nursery. Roberta loves the nursery and while it was way outside my comfort zone, I love it too. The room is quite a small space for a bedroom and the room was painted an almost neon blue colour. It is hard to capture how bright the blue was in the before pictures but, when you look at them, think even more neon. Roberta really loved the colour and wanted to colour match the existing paint. I found a very bold, lovely colour that was similar but had a lot more depth and warmth to it. It was called Vardo and it is from Farrow and Ball.  Roberta also had compromised with her husband who likes more neutral spaces and they had their hearts set on having two of the walls painted blue and the other two painted a cream colour. Finally, Roberta wanted to have an open closet with some sort of wall paper or stencil back the closet. Y'all, I was worried.  This is a small space and while painting all the walls a lighter more neutral colour would make it feel bigger, it would not have been Roberta at all, and the end result makes you smile and feel happy.  

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I hunted down this amazing wall paper. I called and emailed people across the globe looking for it and I was finally able to order it into Benjamin Moore. Roberta already knew her colour scheme. She wanted turquoise, lime green, grey, and white. The wallpaper was just perfect.  The turquoise matches the Vardo colour perfectly and even the background is the same colour as the cream on the walls.  We had to really twist Roberta's husband to put the paper up, and while I would have loved it on all the walls that had cream, it was just too much for the man to handle. It really does make the closet space extra special. 

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Roberta wanted to maximize the use of the closet by removing the doors and the heading around the closet opening. It makes the space feel much larger and, by adding white and grey baskets for storage, the open closet still feels neat and tidy.


Something else I suggested was to plank the ceiling to cover the popcorn. Originally I mentioned the idea because we were hoping that we could move the light and get an interesting light fixture. The light is in such a random place in the room. However because of the structure of the house, moving the light wasn't an option, but they still really liked the planked ceiling idea. I love the way it turned out. We bought a very simple white light fixture so that it would blend in as much as it could with the ceiling. Since it's in such a random, off-centre spot on the ceiling, my goal was for it to be the least awkward it can be. When you take in the whole room you really don't notice it.

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Roberta really wanted a bookcase for baby's books and toys. I found a bookshelf at IKEA but the website said it was out of stock. Roberta went and found one on display and convinced them to sell it to her. It is just the right size for the small room.

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Let's talk about the chair corner. Roberta has a chair that she loves and wanted in the room. I think I tried to convince her to change the chair five times. She is a very patient friend. The chair is really big, BUT it is super comfortable and the perfect chair for nursing or baby cuddles. It was a 70's floral pattern, but we covered it with a grey slipcover. It really is the kind of chair that, once you sit in it, you don't ever want to get out of it. I found a footstool at a garage sale for $5.00. It is nice and heavy and it swivels so it is perfect if Roberta wants to rock the baby with her feet up. They painted it white and recovered the fabric in the same grey as the chair.  We added a small stool with a lamp for nighttime feeding and a place for her to put a glass of water.  

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Unfortunately, we didn't get the art completely finished. Underneath the two pictures of their other adorable kids, Wade is going to add a shelf with more pictures on it to balance the art on the other side of the chair. The wood art above the chair was a last minute DIY. Roberta really wanted a sign with a special saying on it but we couldn't find anything that was the right look for the right price, so I made the sign for her. She and Wade choose the saying, and we threw it together. The wood is stained a grey to tie in with all the other grey in the room, and Roberta made the driftwood leaf.  

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Roberta choose a grey crib from IKEA. It ties in with the room so nicely. We also found a blanket she had made ages ago that could have been the inspiration for the room. It was exactly the colour scheme she wanted. We knew we needed a big piece of art or something above the crib, and I asked Roberta if I could make her a mobile for her baby shower. She agreed and I went outside my comfort zone again and I made her a mobile. The crib is so sweet.

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The mobile fills out the space above the crib so nicely while still keeping it airy. I made the mobile based on the colour scheme and the wallpaper.  

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This project was such a challenge for me but I really love the way it turned out. It is such a happy, colourful, and warm room. Roberta's oldest son likes to just sit in the room because he likes it so much. Baby Oliver was born this past week, and I really hope he enjoys his new room. Here is a little pic of sweet Oliver, and I hope you all enjoyed the post.










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  1. Gorgeous room! It's amazing ❤

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  2. Oh my word, I love it! I would never ha e thought the plank ceiling could make the room so much lighter but it really does. Wow! Now I want to plank my ceiling! This is great, well done!!

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    1. Sarahta I love it too. I can't wait to plank my ceilings as well.

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