Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / June 25, 2018
Nursery Design: Making Room for Baby
Five Sweeten homeowners share their personal reno approach
Building a nursery is all about creating a comfortable, serene space. Inspiration is plentiful on Pinterest, but those artfully staged rooms don’t offer much insight into the challenges or stories behind the remodel. We decided to go beyond the pretty pictures and deliver some of the wisdom and design choices made by Sweeten renovators.
Soft blue walls, a cloud-white ceiling, and new wood floors contribute to the coziness of the bedroom Meredith renovated for her son. “Our son’s nursery was the room I was most itching to decorate as the renovation finished,” she said. Inspired by the importance of family, Meredith incorporated photos, handwritten cards, and a handmade quilt that once belonged to her husband into the design.
Nazli separated playtime from bedtime, adding a wall down the middle of the room she chose for her son, and focused on fostering an appreciation of art through the design. “I like to fill up his room with fun art that I’ve collected over the years. Now, I buy one piece a year for his birthday. I love the fact that he will have 18 pieces of his own art when he’s 18, I hope that it’s the start of a collection, or the very least, a love of art,” she said. Pops of red and green add a touch of playfulness.
“The baby’s room needed to be cozy, magical, and PRACTICAL,” Jenna said. A white shag carpet creates a cozy atmosphere, while tree branches bring the magic and a custom wardrobe delivers an organizational wonder. Jenna also filled us in on the special family meaning behind the design, “The tree that hovers over the baby’s crib is made of the tree trunks from the four posts of the huppah at our wedding.”
Idalee and Danny’s apartment lacked a second bedroom so they worked with an architect to convert their dining room into a nursery for their baby boy. The glass-paneled door allows light to travel to the adjoining living room while also making it easy for the couple to keep an eye on their newborn. “When he gets older, we will put a curtain on the inside of the door,” Idalee said. To make the space feel bigger, the design favors mostly white tones and delicate details.
Since the bedrooms were located on the lower level of Tina and Fletcher’s duplex, the couple chose pale colors and a lighter floor stain to boost the light. A cool gray paint in the baby’s nursery sets a calming tone while the honey-hued wood floors brighten up the space. Floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains help diffuse the light and give the impression of larger windows.
When Amber and Chris found out their second baby was on the way, the focus of their renovation shifted to accommodate the newest member of the family.
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