I don’t have nurseries on the brain just yet, but I can already see myself gravitating toward a subdued, sophisticated and clean nursery style. I like the occasional crazy, colorful toy-filled nursery, too, but sometimes it feels a bit overstimulating. Lindsay’s nursery room strikes just the right balance for me. The gray walls and black dresser provide a nice background for the pop of colors; the ornate dresser painted green is cheerful and unexpected; and I really love the mix of sophisticated but kid-friendly patterns on all the textiles. Well done, Lindsay! — Kate
Time: A few hours here and there + one weekend for painting
Cost: $210 (furniture, paint, lumber, chair, and accessories)
Basic Steps: My friend Heather helped me pick the great gray for the walls, and I fell in love with the green for the bed. The bookcase was a fun find at a church garage sale, and I wanted it to be fun and quirky for our son, Maddux, to be able to grow into. We found some fun vintage pieces like the chair and records and decided to have some fun with accessory colors like the polka dot quilt (from my mom) and the fun pillow and blanket thrown over the back of the chair. The map was another vintage find for a measly $24.99, and some of the colors came from that map.
We wanted it to fun, young, and clean. I think we achieved what we were going for. We got the idea for the bed while laying in bed trying to brainstorm something fun for a toddler’s room that we hadn’t seen before! Give yourself enough credit when crazy ideas pop into your head, and give yourself enough time to complete the thought before throwing it out the window! A kids’ room is a great place to explore those crazy ideas. — Lindsay
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