I’m not a parent yet, but I’ve spent enough time around babies to know that even at an extremely young age, they love to look at patterns — particularly high-contrast, big patterns. Honestly, with all that exciting repetition and play between positive and negative space, who can blame them? This gorgeous nursery makeover from Summer Bellessa is chock-full of gorgeous high-contrast pattern, but I like that she’s limited the color palette to keep things calm and soothing.
She’s made a clever choice in her foundation colors; the right teal looks awesome, but should she want to change it up, she has a wide range of options for what will look good against the sophisticated black, white, gray and silver combination. While some nurseries trend toward rainbow hues, I think this punchy, pattern-filled room is every bit as joyous and entertaining to a little one and with an added sophistication that adults can appreciate. Great job, Summer! — Kate
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Time: The renovation started when I was 6 months pregnant and was finished when Rockwell turned 4 months. Within those 7 months, progress was off and on. Being pregnant and then having a newborn made it a bit of a challenge.
Basic Steps: I wanted a baby boy room that was unique and modern with classic elements. I took color inspiration from Oscar de la Renta’s pre-Fall 2011 collection and imagined they were going on a safari. I painted the walls a dolphin grey and found a bold wallpaper from Sherwin Williams. I hunted down individual pieces and reimagined others. The glider for example, was found at a garage sale for $20. The hubby sprayed a coat of high gloss white spray paint over the yellow, and I bought sheets from Target to use as fabric and recovered the pillows. I also used the pillow case that came with the sheet set as my changing pad’s cover. My Girls With Glasses partner and best friend, Brooke White, created the circle garland for my baby shower. I draped it above the window and used the rest for the mobile. The mobile is made from a spray-painted cross-stitch inner hoop and ribbon. When I ran out of art budget money, I used personal black and white images of my husband and I when we were babies and our photo booth baby announcement.
My advice: Finding resale items or having them made gives you the ability to have a very specific look without added store and shipping costs. Search online for local artisans. I commissioned the Zebra painting from an artist who lives on my block (Sariah Clonts). The dresser/changing table was repurposed by Natalie Cox. The “R” was made by a metalsmith who usually makes cowboys and horses. Check out Craigslist and garage sales. I found the crib on Craigslist, which is good for your budget and the environment. I found the baby rocker at a garage sale. With a little paint and fabric, it was transformed. Put art on your baby registration. The baby giraffe is from 20×200 by Sharon Montrose, butterfly from Ben the Butterfly Guy and Angela Kohler created the monster watercolor, to name a few. — Summer