before and after

before & after: sharon’s nursery

by Grace Bonney

today’s first before & after comes from sharon taylor. sharon worked working with a mom-to-be to create this colorful nursery using a wealth of up-cycled items. using the canopy as inspiration, sharon painted a fun striped ceiling and brought color to the room by painting the doors bright yellow and the accessories a bright blue. to keep costs low, sharon was able to rehab several pieces for the room, including a junk store wardrobe, a pair of lamps from the late 50s’ (also found at a junk store), antlers, a vintage pram, a rock, and an estate sale chandelier. sharon reupholstered, painted, and gussied up all of these affordable items to create this colorful new room. the colorful circus theme was even carried through to the baby shower for the mom-to-be! the final touch for the room was a set of collages made by sharon’s sister millie johnson, who used vintage crates and illustrations to create artwork for the wall. i love the bright new look- well done, sharon! photos by dawn shields

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  • I like this room a lot, me and stripes get along really well. I think I would add a rug, but it’s great regardless.

  • Very Cool! It’s nice to see a nursery in colors other than pink and blue! The ceiling is marvelous as is the cupboard!

  • I can not stop looking at this! The design, the colors, and the style is genius. The suit case with the hippo! How clever and cute is that!!

  • I’m dying over this! Wish I had a reason to do a nursery again. My 7 year old has visions of the Incredible Hulk as a theme for his room! What do I do with that?!

  • HOLY CATS!!! It’s like Jonathan Adler and Dr. Suess had a baby. Wow. And shouldn’t every child have a fabulous chandelier overhead? Obviously. I love this room. Mazel tov to you Sharon –this baby is so very lucky to have a mother who takes such great care in feathering their nest.

  • Lots to love about this: amazing, eclectic accessories, WOW ceiling, quirky arrangement. Love the chandelier, the cute hippo suitcase, loads of charm. But personally, that green with that yellow hurt my teeth. Hurrah for non-traditional colors, but for me, maybe not THOSE.

  • Stripes are definitely not my style! Reminds me of a fun house that would scare the heck out of a kid. Love the armoire and chair for a reading room tho.

  • Cool design, but a few of the elements don’t seem incredibly practical for a baby/child’s room, especially the thick and long curtain framing the crib. I can see those getting dirty or a baby trying to pull themselves up on them.

  • This makeover was truly amazing. I have seen stuff like this in thrift stores and alleys and never realized it had the potential to become so beautiful.

  • How wonderful! I’d happily cram into that crib if it meant that nursery would be my bedroom! I’ll have to save this in my “inspiration” folder for when we decide to have a little one.

  • How wonderful! I’d happily cram into that crib if it meant that nursery would be my bedroom! I’ll have to save this in my “inspiration” folder for when we decide to have a little one.

  • I love, love, love this nursery! The colors are so vibrant, and the ceiling is bold, but overall it is still a peaceful room. Makes me wish I were having a little one soon!

  • Stunning! Great use of color and very imaginative details. That ceiling is amazing. What a wonderful nursery!

  • OK, apparently I’m in the minority but those stripes make me feel like the ceiling is pressing down on me. SORRY!
    Obviously most everyone loves it but I think about a little baby lying there staring up at it and getting Vertigo…

  • Wow flashbacks of Pee Wees Playhouse! I love quirkiness for children(and adults) but I too find the ceiling a bit much and can see it conflicting with sleep deprivation of parenthood! I do see the back fabric panel making their way over to the windows – which was probably part of the master plan as they look to be made into panels! What is the fabric?

  • Something kind of creeps me out about this nursery. I can’t put my finger on it. I feel like a clown should be hiding around the corner.

  • Wow, so many wonderful comments. Thank you!! I realize stripes aren’t for everyone, but their is no denying their presence in the fashion and interior design world for 2010.
    Paint Colors: Kilkenny Green, Lemon Twist, and Capri Blue {Sherwin Williams}. These bright colors and bold stripes are said to be conducive to learning in early infancy…and that was one of our main intentions for this nursery.

    My Best,
    Sharon Taylor

  • and you know what else…why the need for rude comments on someone’s hard work? Nobody says you have to like it but to go out of your way to write these things…TACKY!

  • I agree with Rosie….not only is this nursery fresh and beautiful but as the old saying goes “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…”

  • I LOVE the fact that almost everything here is thrifted and re-worked. I’ve been slowly decorating my whole house with items from craigslist, thrift stores and flea markets. It takes a long time to troll around for the perfect combination of pieces, and a lot of time to paint and transform them. What an imaginative finished product! I really appreciate the time and thought that went into this, and the recycle/reuse part of it. This room, whether you like the style or not, is so much more special than if she had just gone to a furniture store or ordered everything from Pottery Barn Baby. Job well done!!

  • Great job on the upcycling but I would dare to say that all those that love the ceiling are childfree. You try going to sleep looking up at that. There’s a reason nurserys are calming spaces and it’s not just for the baby! Also people should be allowed to dislike what they see as long as they’re not rude about it and I don’t believe any of the above comments are.

  • I absolutely love the nursery! It is so fun and cool! Can you tell me where you purchased the crib, super cool and modern!

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