Creating a room a little girl will love

What was once a boy’s room is now a charming nursery for a

My client had two busy boys and recently had given birth to a
baby girl. Wisely, Mom wanted the baby close to her room to make
those middle-of-the-night feedings as painless as possible.
My client had two busy boys and recently had given birth to a baby girl. Wisely, Mom wanted the baby close to her room to make those middle-of-the-night feedings as painless as possible.

The boys, who were bunking together, were relocated to an upstairs bedroom and their baby sister was to move into their old room. Our challenge was to transform the boys’ bright blue room into a sophisticated, gender-neutral nursery. My client wanted a space that was less whimsical and more elegant, with a fun design scheme that would grow with her little girl.

The first thing I did was to banish the blues, replacing the bright blue paint with a lovely soft gold. A wonderful black and cream toile fabric, accented with other checked and floral fabrics, brought the gold color scheme together.

A fresh coat of white paint and some new hardware spruced up the hand-me-down crib and an antique dresser that the baby girl had inherited from her older brothers. Then, to stash all the paraphernalia that comes with a baby, I designed two new storage units.

The first is a bookshelf with a circus tent theme. I took some of the fabric from the room and draped it around the bookshelf to create a domed, tent-like effect. The second storage unit is a long bench under the window, also skirted in one of our accent fabrics. Blankets, clothes and toys are tucked away in easily accessible wicker baskets on the shelves of both units.

The baby also inherited an iron-framed double bed, which we put next to the crib. I designed the bedspread using the black and cream toile and then created a versatile multi-layered bedskirt that’s easily adapted for a total of six different looks. The room’s two windows were draped in the same toile fabric with a sheer cotton underlay.

To create a quiet nook for reading and feeding, I rescued Great-Grandma’s old red velvet chair and reupholstered it with a soft gold floral fabric.

My client had accumulated so many pieces of art that she had run out of wall space in the rest of the house. I selected three paintings and chose new complementary frames, and the art was prominently displayed on a shelf above the crib.

Finally, we installed recessed lights and angled them to highlight the art, the bed, the storage unit and the drapes. A gorgeous chandelier was installed over the bed, its warm glow reinforcing the style and elegance of the room’s design.

Thus a bright blue boys’ room got a new life as an enchanting, sophisticated nursery. The key to tying this design together lay in the little details.

The toile drapes were edged with one of our accent fabrics and some gold tassel trim; the same fabric carried over to throw pillows on the bed; and even the baby’s teddy bear got a new dress made from a snazzy black-and-white checked fabric. Complementary area rugs and a painted chest completed the look.

The result is a room this little girl will love for years to come.

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