before and after

before & after: bohemian chic nursery

by Kate Pruitt

One of the joys of working for D*S is our loyal readership. We love seeing repeat submitters over the years because it means we get to follow their lives a little bit: first home, first office, first nursery, and so forth; it’s kind of like being part of the family. We’re longtime fans of designer Justina Blakeney’s style: it’s bohemian, feminine, earthy, effortless and so much fun. We’ve posted a few of her projects before, and now she’s sharing her brand new nursery with us. Unsurprisingly, I love it!

Utilizing some collected knick-knacks from around the house, a few gifted pieces and some fun DIY projects (including a pot rack for hanging clothes and an upholstered wall like Amanda’s — yay!), Justina transformed her walk-in closet into a cozy, cheerful and eclectic nursery for her baby girl (due in July). She is going to be a very stylish kid I think, and I hope Justina continues to share projects with us as her family grows. Awesome job, Justina! — Kate

“Before” photograph by Jennifer Young

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Time: about three weeks

Cost: We were extremely blessed to have been handed down and gifted so much of what is in the nursery. I also do a lot of thrifting and upcycling, which saves cash. We spent about $1300 to transform her whole little room.

Basics Steps: Once the small room was empty of my junk, we painted the walls in two shades of aqua. Next, we robbed the house of pieces that we thought would work well in the nursery. We had a little bookshelf we weren’t using, an extra pot and pan hanging rack from Ikea that was left over from our last apartment, a yellow ceramic lamp, a small stool, a tiny white cabinet that I had been using as a nightstand and a blue pendant lamp that I picked up a few years back at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. We also collected some art: the birds print I got at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum in Istanbul (where our little one was conceived), some drawings done by my nieces, the birch trees and flamingo wall hanging — all stuff that I already had. Admittedly, I have a lot of stuff hiding around my home!

After collecting the items from around the house, I headed to the fabric store. I wanted to add a pattern splash on the back wall, but don’t know how to install wallpaper (and I know how pricey wallpaper can get), so I thought I’d try a medium I’m more familiar with: fabric. I ended up upholstering the back wall following a tutorial from Design*Sponge (thanks guys!). I love the way the stripey upholstered wall looks, especially around the tiny window that is on that wall.

Next I used the leftover fabric to upholster the little green stool, and I also cut the fabric into strips and covered the Ikea hanging rack in the matching fabric. I also cut little scalloped fabric pieces to frame the upholstered wall and added some vintage fringe trim (this also helped to hide the clothing bar that I kept intact so that we could hang the mobile, lace curtain (made from a tablecloth) and other stuff from it, since we are not allowed to drill or hammer into the ceiling). Then we added hand-me-downs and gifted pieces: the crib, super comfy sleepytime rocker, humidifier, Dwell Studio crib bedding, some suzani-style throw pillows, and the coral high boy dresser that we got on Craigslist.

Lastly, we added the clothes and toys and other little accessories we had been gifted and handed down. We moved things around a little bit until we found an arrangement that worked best given how tiny the room is, and that was it!

If you’re trying to make a nursery in a very tiny space, I recommend using the height of the space as much as possible; hanging lots of things makes the room cozy and allows more room for furniture. — Justina


Paint Colors: Himalayan Mist by Behr (walls), Spa by Behr (trim)
Sheets and Crib Skirt by Dwell Studio from Tottini.com
Bamboo Lion Clock from Tottini.com
Bamboo Mobile by Petit Collage from Ecomom.com (similar)
Sleepytime Rocker from Tottini.com
Crane Cool Mist Humidifier from Tottini.com
Rug from Urban Outfitters
Throw pillows from Couleur Nature on One Kings Lane
Hanging Ceramic Basket from Jeanette Zeis on Etsy
Quilt hanging on crib is a vintage Kantha quilt from West Elm
Fabric for upholstery from Michael Levine

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