before and after

before & after: katie’s bright and modern nursery

by Kate Pruitt

I’m not yet in the nursery-planning phase of my life, but I’m thankful for all the great projects that come our way that can provide inspiration if the time ever comes. This light and airy nursery from Katie Raadt has a lot of great things going for it; I love that it looks fun and kid-friendly yet has crisp, modern details that appeal to adult sensibilities, as well. The global theme is carried through quite well, and the mismatched alphabet composition is a great visual feast for viewers of any age. Wonderful work, Katie! — Kate

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Time: About 3 months

Cost: $600

Basic Steps: They started by painting the walls a light gray and had the carpet steam cleaned. Katie created a custom closet design fit specifically for a baby’s needs by cutting down the existing shelves and rearranging them. She sourced the vintage globes at a thrift store and the map wall decal from Etsy, and her mother-in-law made the custom crib skirt, crib sheets and blanket.

The rocking chair was a garage-sale find that Katie painted and reupholstered to fit the room. They saved money by cleverly painting the alphabet letters during one of Katie’s baby showers and creating the artwork and bulletin board themselves. The crib was purchased at Babies ‘R’ Us, and the dresser, bookshelf with orange bins, blackout shade, curtains and rug were all IKEA finds.

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