Over a year later when Kristen still hadn’t gotten around to making this extra room in her home pretty. Other than refinishing the floors and hanging some window shades, she hadn’t even painted the walls in this room. This was her starting point for creating son Tate’s nursery room. She didn’t really have a “budget” per se, but the desire to be as economical as possible and still create a nice space that could grow with our baby. After a few weekends of tackling a board and batten wall treatment, months of shopping for baby furniture and accessories, and creating some personalized statement pieces, the space had quite a transformation.
Tate’s room is a bright, fresh space with a classic feel, a bit of whimsy and an interesting color palate that Kristen could build on as he grows. She chose aqua and orange, and ended up with a nice mix of blues that compliment each other as well as contrast with the bright hits of orange in the space. White is a huge component in the room as well, with a large circular shag rug providing softness and texture, and a white micro-velvet rocker/glider giving her the perfect place to spend (a lot!) of time.
“I like this crib for its clean-lined, modern feel. It has a nice drawer for storage as well. I considered starting my own line of nursery/kids bedding in response to the fact that there is little out there in terms of classy nursery linens that are affordable. I purchased the entire “Ben” from Serena & Lily bedding set for 70% off in a sale this summer. The art piece at the end of the crib is a letter-pressed “T” I found, and framed in a turquoise frame that I had previously been using in another room. I added an orange background to make it pop and tie in with the room.”
“I had a great time making the map letters above Tate’s crib—they are made with vintage maps that show where my husband and I are both from.” The map letters sit perfectly above the board and batten, and tie in all of the shades of blue in the room.
Much of Kristen’s time is spent in this the comfy rocker-glider. She brought in this Eileen Gray table from her living room for a touch of modern glam. “This is for me, because let’s be honest, I care way more about how this room looks than the baby does right now! I love the pattern on the ottoman pouf, and it’s the perfect height and softness as a foot rest for me. Plus, it will function well as Tate grows and wants things to pull himself up on.”
The mahogany bow-front dresser was given to Kristen by her in-law, and it’s been in several rooms before this one. She was originally going to paint it, but just couldn’t cover up the rich wood that she loved so much. It was a great move because it looks great in Tate’s room and is a nice juxtaposition with some of the more modern elements.
The “art” above the dresser is simple framed letter-press greeting cards that are the right color tones for the room. To make the images stand out more, Kristen wrapped a couple of the frames in natural linen.
The completed drapery panels were a project she thinks turned out particularly well. “My mom came to the rescue and finished sewing them after the baby was born and I was in no shape to complete the project. It was her idea to add a narrow piece of orange grosgrain ribbon. The panels are mostly decorative, but I love the pattern on this fabric and how it ties in with the other elements.”
The built ins were original to the house, and are perfect in Tate’s room. The countertop is the right height for a changing table, and there’s lots of surface area for diapers, supplies and essentials to be within easy reach. Lots of open shelving is great for storage and display, and Kristen painted the backs of the shelves a soft aqua to offset the brightly colored accessories. With drawers and more storage below, this unit can evolve as Tate grows, providing space for all of his “stuff”, and hopefully giving him some incentive to keep things neat and organized. “I’m looking forward to the room growing to fit Tate’s needs, and am excited for the next decorating project!”
Thanks for sharing Tate’s beautiful, bright room with us Kristen!