Venice Loft Nursery

Yes, it’s a total coincidence that both yesterday and today’s post are child-centric, although yes, I do love me some miniature humans — and we are hoping and excited for a miniature Henderson too.

So I finished this nursery a few weeks ago, but it’s posted on Apartment Therapy today. While I kinda wanted to wait to post it (so you guys are totally overwhelmed with super high quality, yet very mommy-centric content), I also wanted to capitalize on Apartment Therapy’s readership.

You know. Get ‘em hooked.

So, for all the Apartment Therapy readers and my loyals alike, here is a nursery makeover. Here’s what the room looked like before:

It’s pretty much a fact that every nursery was once the guest room where people put leftover stuff. And this one was no exception. They actually already had a great guest room that was well put together (and now looks even better thanks to Orlando and I) so this was basically just the leftover room. Also they had just moved in so that’s why it’s kinda thrown together.

That’s enough of that. You get it. We started with a blank slate — a white room with lots of light and tons of north facing light. So I created the plan:

 

 

Here’s the mood board I made for the space. Normally what I do after meeting with the client is create a mood board for each room with tear sheets, color palettes, and collage boards like these. Each mood board takes about eight hours to do — playing with rugs, colors, accessories, furniture — making sure it looks good together, but that I like each individual piece … even if it’s just “stand in” pieces. As much as I want these pieces to be the real pieces, often budget or availability stands in the way and the rooms turns out different, but normally the same “vibe” … like in this case.

Overall, the goal was for it to feel young, happy, fresh, and playful, but still sophisticated.

The homeowners wanted this aqua color on the walls and I was totally down with it. I don’t use it very much, but Orlando is a MASSIVE fan of it. His blood runs aqua, and he was even more on board so I went with it. They live by the ocean and this was called “Ocean Spray” by Benjamin Moore so it seemed very serendipitous. (Remind me to tell you the one about how nervous I was about choosing an ochre paint for the walls of a client, and then I pointed to one and it was called, literally, “Leap of Faith” by BM … I mean, hello).

We decided to bring in grey to counteract the pastel-y nature of the aqua, and then give it some shots of peacock (see, there I am) and bright yellow to amp up the playfulness.

We wanted to do a wallpaper wall behind the crib and the homeowners LOVED this frames wallpaper by Graham and Brown. While I had seen it a lot before, I also think it’s a pretty great paper for a kids or family room. It’s neutral on its own, but then you can color it in or add photos, forever making it a living memorial to your family and the kids’ childhood. It’s funny that sometimes when something is so great it is EVERYWHERE and you get sick of it, but once it surpasses that ubiquity I normally get back into it because good is always good no matter how often you see it.

photo by Bethany Nauert

Oh, yes. It’s VERY cute. And that wallpaper is awesome. The crib was the homeowners already, but it worked in the space.

The rotating bookshelf is from PotteryBarn Teen, but we had it painted to work better in the space. We had a painter come over one day and paint, like five pieces of furniture, so I think this piece was like $250 to paint. Orlando spearheaded that whole thing and really did so much more than I did in this nursery.

The baby bedding was custom from Etsy and the homeowner picked it out so I have to give her credit for that.

photo by bethan nauert

Orlando also had this dresser painted to match the bookshelf, and let me be clear Orlando did A LOT of implementing the design of this room and house. I did the art direction, but he made it all happen. Hire him.

photo by bethany nauert

It was vintage, I think $180, then painted two tones. Nice job Orlando, it looks great. My contribution to this space was the yellow bicycle lamp, of course. I found it at a thrift store for like $23 bucks or something, and then we just spray painted it and added a shade for $40. It might be my favorite thing in the room. The artwork was picked out by the homeowner, all from Etsy, but we framed them with inexpensive frames and hung them up.

photo by bethany nauert

The twin storage bed is from Ikea and the hot air balloons are from Authentic Models (although it’s a wholesale company so I’m not sure who sells them to non-designers — but I see them around a lot so they shouldn’t be too hard to find. In fact HERE.) The bedding is a West Elm blanket and their striped sheets. Then we bought Aina linen curtains from Ikea and the homeowner had them lined with blackout lining and hung them on an Ikea hospital track across the ceiling.

photo by bethany nauert

The nursing chair is from Little Castle  which the homeowner chose. I really wanted to get the one from PotteryBarn that you see in the moodboard, but they had none in the LA area to sit on to try out before customizing. And there was no return policy because each one was custom. Not exactly a smart business move. So the homeowner went with this one because her friend has it so she could try it out — and it’s crazy comfortable.

The charcoal closet doors is chalkboard paint, which he is way too young to utilize now as he is only six-weeks-old, but later he will.

Pics of the rest of their loft later, but what do you think of the nursery? When you are in the space it feels so happy and fresh, which is pretty much what we were going for.

  1. Emily M

    Oh, love! I have aqua walls in my nursery…though my son is almost 9 months old and I have yet to finish putting it together. This post may be the inspiration I needed to finish it. Thank you!

  2. Chloe

    such a beautiful and functional nursery! your baby is going to be so cute and he or she will have the best nursery ever. so excited for you!

  3. love this nursery, and i'm not a big "nursery" fan as baby rooms can look a bit preppy and pretentious really quickly. you and orlando make such a fun team—great lamp find and i wouldn't mind cuddling up in that bed-nook myself, thank you very much. and that bunny floor pillow is just awesome and so practical. thanks for sharing!

  4. love this nursery, and i'm not a big "nursery" fan as baby rooms can look a bit preppy and pretentious really quickly. you and orlando make such a fun team—great lamp find and i wouldn't mind cuddling up in that bed-nook myself, thank you very much. and that bunny floor pillow is just awesome and so practical. thanks for sharing!

  5. love this nursery, and i'm not a big "nursery" fan as baby rooms can look a bit preppy and pretentious really quickly. you and orlando make such a fun team—great lamp find and i wouldn't mind cuddling up in that bed-nook myself, thank you very much. and that bunny floor pillow is just awesome and so practical. thanks for sharing!

  6. love this nursery, and i'm not a big "nursery" fan as baby rooms can look a bit preppy and pretentious really quickly. you and orlando make such a fun team—great lamp find and i wouldn't mind cuddling up in that bed-nook myself, thank you very much. and that bunny floor pillow is just awesome and so practical. thanks for sharing!

  7. love this nursery, and i'm not a big "nursery" fan as baby rooms can look a bit preppy and pretentious really quickly. you and orlando make such a fun team—great lamp find and i wouldn't mind cuddling up in that bed-nook myself, thank you very much. and that bunny floor pillow is just awesome and so practical. thanks for sharing!

  8. Lisa

    Nailed it. It's beautiful.

  9. Ashli

    First off, huge fan of yours…I'm the dork that re-watches Secrets From a Stylist on HGTV.com over and over again…because that's normal. Also, I'm in love with the yellow bike lamp and the hot air balloons in the corner. Great space. I always look forward to your posts!

  10. Gorgeous and incredibly functional nursery! The addition of the twin bed in that awkward corner is genius, to give mom or dad a place to crash in the middle of the night. I have loved that wallpaper from the first time I saw it.. agree it's everywhere ( including on my own blog recently http://artsyforager.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/friday-design-finds-if-these-walls-could-draw-2/ ), but it's just so fabulous. Congrats to you and HUGE congrats to Orlando for a fantastic design!

  11. EmilyHS

    LOVE the balloons. My husband is from New Mexico. I think hot air balloons would be a sweet addition to our future nursery.

    You two definitely made the aqua work.

  12. Chana

    Youre soooooooooooo unbelievably talented!!!! i want to work for you, ill do ANYTHING I just want to be in your presence!
    I love the nursery youre so amazing
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    designbychana.blogspot.com

  13. Biz

    so freaking cute. where is the sweet cradle from?

  14. amy

    Love that it's a nursery, but it is not so baby specific and will grow up nicely with the tiny one. Very nicely done Emily and Orlando!!!

  15. Robyn Fisken

    Hi Emily, I love this. It is real baby's space that can grow. It looks like someone actually could live there.

  16. Jonica

    hi emily! i love all your (with orando too) work and think this space is as gorgeous as anything else you do! i read the previous post too and saw that you asked for tips about babyproofing so i thought i'd share some things i've learned about babyproofing. over the last couple of years i've been taking some design classes, and working as a nanny on the side. when designing the area around the changing table remember to choose items that are unbreakable or non-electric. when a baby first arrives they just lay there while you change or dress them, but soon enough they are wiggling around and reaching for everything, so things like picture frames, mirrors, lamps with cords, etc. are all fair game for grabby baby hands and exploring mouths, and then once they are sitting or trying to stand forget about it. but mobiles (out of reach) or other pretty/graphic/colorful/non-breakable distractions can be really helpful when changing a little wiggler! wired wall sconces (v. with a cord) are something to consider too. hope this helps!

  17. Laura

    Lovely room, for a lucky baby. That tiny bit of yellow makes the whole thing sing. I would just like to second praise for the twin bed. Every nursery needs one—for nursing, for playing, and for sleeping on when they're older. I've found that some kids get very attached to their cribs, but the move to a big-kid bed is easier when it's always been in the room. I also think a bed is the ideal place for dressing and diaper changing—big enough for squirmy kids, softer, lower, and therefore safer than a changing table. Picture a baby covered in poo perched a top a narrow table, and you just used your last baby wipe. This situation is way easier from a bed (with a plastic mattress cover underneath the adorable linens!). Great job to both of you!

  18. Niki

    Actually….. we got the pottery barn chair and don't get me wrong, it IS comfortable. BUT the one you got (which my friend has) is MORE comfortable. The pottery barn took over two months to arrive and they were seriously annoyed at the 6 week mark when I started asking when I could expect it (since the baby arrived early and was at this point already here). After that experience I would be hard pressed to recommend them unless you absolutely loooooved the chair, because like you said, you can't return it. So I say it was rather serendipitous. Beautiful room!

  19. Lindsey

    where is the big stuffed rabbit on the floor from?

  20. Love everything about this light-filled nursery, but SERIOUSLY LOVE that adorable bicycle lamp! But then, I am a bit biased when it comes to creative, imaginative, vintage lighting in kids' rooms..! Was it already wired or did you have it done? Love it either way but even more kudos if you had it done! Susan

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