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Before & After: A Designer’s Studio Turned Nursery in a Parisian Apartment

by Lauren Chorpening

When Emily Sells and her husband James moved into their elegant two-bedroom apartment in Paris, France, they set up the large spare room as Emily’s creative studio. She’s been running her stationery and design company, Ever After Press, out of this space since they moved in 2.5 years ago. The stately fireplace, balcony access, gorgeous architectural moldings and high ceilings made it a dream environment where she could create her lovely designs. When Emily and James found out they were expecting their first child, they knew the studio would have to share the space with the nursery.

Emily has recreated the space with baby Elodie in mind without losing her stylist point of view. Keeping it an inspirational, functional workplace was necessary for Ever After Press to remain successful — so Emily decorated the room with light colors, white furniture and modern toys and accessories to combine a sweet nursery for a little girl and a practical, sophisticated office of a business owner. The room is a perfectly adorable space for Elodie to enjoy her formative years, as well as a dedicated place for Emily to keep track of her orders and designs. Elodie is even starting to appreciate the architectural features in her gorgeous space. “We are really grateful to have lots of beautiful, traditional details throughout our apartment. I caught Elodie gazing up at the ceiling rose the other day,” Emily shares. For now, this room has been transformed to work as a beautiful backdrop for when Emily wears both hats as a designer and mother.

Photography by Roxanne Matiz

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The dark stone fireplace is the beautiful focal point of Elodie and Emily's shared space. Emily designed the posters over the IKEA dresser-turned-changing-table and crafted a great beaded hanging solution for Elodie's clothing. By designing some of the pieces in the nursery-dedicated spaces in the room, Emily has created cohesion throughout the space.
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Emily and baby Elodie in their shared space.
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Emily, James and Elodie live in this apartment building in the heart of Paris, France. "Paris is a beautiful city to live in no matter what the season. I always love being able to look out of the window and see people on the street even when I'm spending many hours at home with Elodie," Emily says.
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Before: The corner to the left of the fireplace was used as extra storage with simple styling.
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Before: Emily's workspace featured a greyscale color palette.
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After: Emily's desk area is still monochromatic but sleeker and still as functional. "We moved into our Paris apartment before having Elodie, so my studio now has to do double duty as the place where I design and as Elodie's nursery. Luckily the room is a decent size and we ended up having room for everything we wanted to include in the room without it seeming too cluttered," Emily shares. "The paper pom poms above my desk are leftover from our wedding in Florence and the Stendig calendar above my desk is a design classic that I love to reorder every year."
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The mantel decorations went from oversized floral arrangements to cute stuffed bunnies. "The Noodolls have to be one of my favorites when it comes to stuffed toys for Elodie. She really reacts to the contrasting color on their faces, and I love them too! Elodie's dad christened this one 'Bobster,'" Emily shares.
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The space isn't the only thing changing with time and seasons of life: Elodie's crib will turn into a bed when she grows out of it. Emily and James selected this one for its Scandinavian design and ability to transition with Elodie until she is seven years old.
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"Miffy was a childhood favorite of mine so I was so happy to include the large Miffy light in Elodie's room. This one is from Smallable, one of the coolest Parisian children's stores," Emily says.
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The stunning architectural features of the space are not diminished, but enhanced by the subtle, modern and Scandinavian aesthetic of Emily and James.
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Soft colors and textures create a sensory environment for baby Elodie.
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Emily is the creator of Ever After Press, a Parisian design studio, focusing on wedding stationery with a range of baby and home related paper goods and posters coming soon. You can follow Emily @everafterpress on Instagram.

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