Once an office/catch-all room in this couple’s Wells Branch home, this space needed some drastic changes in preparation for a new baby boy. Storage space and functionality were primary concerns. Another request: include a nod to Lebanon and the Mediterranean, where dad-to-be was born and raised.
With a cheerful palette of sea blues, oranges, and browns, this former adult space transforms into a safe haven for new baby. The custom crib bedding and valance made with fabrics from designer Heather Ross add a touch of whimsy and bring a hint of sea life into the nursery. The textiles are used as a starting point for the non-traditional color palette, which is carried throughout the space.
Four new pieces of storage furniture increase the room’s functionality substantially. A bookcase with a pop of orange hold baby’s books and toys, as well as keepsakes from friends and family. An antique dresser–the perfect size for the closet–is refinished and transformed into a changing table and diaper/clothing storage for baby. A paper lantern hanging above the changing pad is placed on a dimmer switch to make those late-night diaper changes a little less harsh. Dollar store baskets are placed high on the top shelf to hold extra wipes and pacifiers.
A second dresser stores onesies and socks, and also serves as a side table beside the glider with a reading lamp and a place to set baby’s bottle or mommy’s glass of water. The precious toy chest, a keepsake from mom’s childhood, is painted by grandma and used to house all of baby’s new toys. Another paper lamp provides soft light to the far corner of the room, near the crib. The colors and patterns in the space’s decor lend themselves to growing with baby, and they are gender-neutral enough to work if another child comes along in the future.
The result is a soothing nursery for a sweet baby boy, filled with meaningful touches.