Despite its dreaminess, amazing light and wall of windows, after Birdie moved into Charlie’s room this room was an embarrassing storage collection for over a year. We moved a desk in here while we fixed the basement and had a dresser full of I don’t know what. It sucked. I truly didn’t know its purpose for a while so I couldn’t really design it. Was it a guest room? An office? My writing room for the book? Would Birdie actually want to move back in soon as they are 4 and 6? So I left it pretty much empty. But first, here is what it looked like when we moved in and then 3 years ago when it was her nursery, shot for Real Simple …. so cute.
I still LOVE that wallpaper (tree murals forever) and yes we put it over the plaster, ill-advised by everyone and it looks GREAT. Don’t put something graphic like a stripe over plaster (the texture beneath can make it look wonky) but something more fluid and organic like this actually looks GREAT.
We originally put up a custom double rod curtain – one for blackout and one for sheers (for one the sun blasts in). Now about a year in the plaster wall simply couldn’t support the weight (it was a LOT) and the rods came out of the wall. So if we were to stay here (and advise to the new owner) they need individual shades on the window frames – I would do something minimal OR a track on the ceiling that can hold the weight. We were going to do one of those two options but the room was not being actually used so it wasn’t a priority. It never gets blasted by the sun (southern light – yay!) so Brian and I could write in there just fine.
So to sell it, I wanted to show people you could put a twin (or even a full) bed in here in a way that still made it feel really big and bright. I had always wished I hadn’t sold Birdies vintage wicker bed from her first tree-muraled nursery (above), so instead I bought this $500 new replacement from World Market that is pretty darn GREAT. A daybed in front of those windows is just so pretty, although you could have it come into the room on the side or in front of the windows and it would be fine, but just make the room feel a bit smaller.
We kept it pretty simple after that… round rug, layered with sheepskin (holding strong), and a bookshelf (and cute lamp) on the opposite side. We shot it with a dollhouse and rocking horse but for the real estate photos took those away to make it look more open and bigger (I truly don’t know what is the right way to style to sell, I personally like more personality but we tried to stick to the “more space and light” idea for any future buyers).
So that’s how it ended up. It’s so simple and pretty. You could obviously put another piece of furniture in here (dresser or toy storage) but we left it simpler. Also taking down this wallpaper is $400 and having this room be all white would be DREAMY, too.
P.S. If you are interested or you know a serious buyer have your realtor contact Howard Lorey at Nourmand & Associates, [email protected] DRE # 01263717.
In case you missed any of the other reveals so far check them out: The Living Room | The Kid’s Shared Bedroom | The Basement Guestroom/Office | Basement Bathroom | Kitchen and Dining Room | The Entry | The Front Yard
**Photography by Sara Ligorria-Tramp