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Before & After: A Nursery Gets The Black & White Treatment

by Maxwell Tielman


When interior designer Jennifer Schmidt was approached about redesigning a nursery for one of her clients, she knew she wanted to make a room that was fresh and updated—and the first thing to do was sort out that orange paint. “We decided we wanted a modern nursery,” Jennifer notes.  “The client was so sick of seeing the orange-ish paint, we decided to paint the walls all white for a clean slate.” This take on nursery decor, one that veers firmly away from the impulse to pastel-ify any room for children, is one we have been seeing more and more of (check out this other recent nursery flip). People, it seems, are learning that it’s possible to create a space that is both sophisticated and whimsical—one that can be enjoyed by parents and infants alike! Jennifer’s creation melds a sophisticated black and white color palette with modern forms and safari-influenced decor for a look that is both chic and playful. That’s one lucky baby! Check out all of the photos plus Jennifer’s notes after the jump! —Max




“The graphic rug (Jonathan Adler) and easy to install Pottery Barn roman shade coordinated beautifully with the modern rocker,” Jennifer notes. The pillow in the crib is from IKEA.

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“The black mirror was a find that was originally navy and we just painted,” Jennifer says. “The ‘changing table’ was actually a wine rack I took from the customer’s dining room. The buffet height was PERFECT to use as a changing table.”


“To continue the cute animal theme, I found the animal heads on Anthropologie and then the wall decal which helped tie the room together.”

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